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Published On: August 13th, 2022

FOND DU LAC, WI – The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (35-35, 16-20) are set to finish the 2022 season at Herr-Baker Field against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (57-14, 28-8). Fans will receive a mystery gift courtesy of Horicon Bank, and all kids can run the bases postgame courtesy of A&W and Grande Cheese. A player high-five line and a treat from A&W will await each participant at home plate.

TODAY’S STORYLINES

A CHANCE TO DO IT AGAIN: The Dock Spiders can finish the season above .500 for the sixth consecutive season with a win today against the Rafters… Since the first season in franchise history in 2017, the Dock Spiders have finished with at least a .500 record in every season… This season, the Dock Spiders have had an overall record under .500 on one day, on June 24 at Kalamazoo, where Fond du Lac stood at 11-12.

THIS IS IT: With a Dock Spiders loss on Friday night at Wisconsin Rapids, the Dock Spiders were eliminated from Northwoods League postseason contention… The Dock Spiders will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2019 when they lost out on a playoff spot due to tiebreakers on the final day of the regular season.

HEY NOW, YOU’RE A (POST-SEASON) ALL-STAR: The Northwoods League announced on Friday morning that OF Kemp Alderman, OF Nick Mitchell, and C/INF Parker Noland were named to the 2022 Post-Season All-Star team… The three selections mark the most in a year for the Dock Spiders since five were selected after the 2020 season.

  • OF Kemp Alderman has played in 28 of 35 games since joining the Dock Spiders in the second half… Alderman was one of six Dock Spiders selected for the 2022 Major League Dreams Showcase in La Crosse, Wis… During the Showcase, Alderman was one of two Dock Spiders to hit a home run.
  • OF Nick Mitchell set new franchise records in hits (89), triples (8), runs (76), and at-bats (286) this season… He’s second in single-season franchise history for RBI (49), tied for fifth in SB (16), and fourth in OBP (.471)… Mitchell’s eight triples are tied for the second-most in a single season in Northwoods League history.
  • C/INF Parker Noland was named to his second NWL Post-Season All-Star team after he was part of five Dock Spiders selected to the 2020 team… Noland is currently fourth in AVG (.318) among all Dock Spiders hitters with at least 100 plate appearances.

HOMER HAPPY AT HOME: This season, the Dock Spiders have set a new franchise record with 19 home runs hit at Herr-Baker Field… The 19 homers broke the previous record of 13 set during the 2017 season, the first in franchise history… OF Kemp Alderman (2), INF Branden Comia (3), OF Tyeler Hawkins (2), OF Kyte McDonald (2), C Cole Messina (3), OF Andrew Sojka (3), and OF Nolan Tichy (2) all hit multiple homers at home, the first time in franchise history that more than two Dock Spiders had hit two at home.

FOR THE RECORD BOOKS: OF Andrew Sojka enters today with a .381 average, currently the best single-season mark in franchise history… Sojka needs to go at least 1-3 at the plate to break OF John Rhodes’ record of .378 in 2020.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHING MATCH-UP

RHP CONNOR McKENNA (FDL) makes his third start of the season and his second straight against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters… In his last start, he threw a season-high 92 pitches, the most thrown by any Dock Spiders start in 2022… McKenna is set to attend UIS in the fall after finishing up four years at Truman State.

RHP DAWSON HOLBROOK (WIR) will make his first start of the year after three relief appearances… In his last outing, on August 11 against Madison, Holbrook threw a scoreless inning of work and failed to allow a hit.

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