Photo Courtesy of Amy Ackerman
FOND DU LAC, WI – It was all Rockers from the start on Tuesday night as the Dock Spiders offense was shutout in the 4-0 loss. The Rockers elected to go with Right-handed pitcher Brett Sanchez (Belhaven) who the Dock Spiders faced back on May 30 in Green Bay. Sanchez featured a frisbee slider that baffled the Dock Spiders hit then, and it was the same old story again tonight. The Dock Spiders were only able to muster three hits on the night and one hit, was a bunt single in the top of the first inning that Designated Hitter Paul Wittmann (West Texas A&M) legged out to get on base.
Dock Spiders starting pitcher Tyler Peck (Ohio) was able to keep the Rockers offense at bay, letting a few runners on base every now and again but would stall their advances. It wasn’t until the bottom of the third inning, when Rockers left fielder Miguel Brady (Cal State Monterey Bay) rocketed a ball over the right field wall for a solo home run to that gave the Rockers a 1-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the fourth, the Rockers took advantage of an error by Dock Spiders first basemen Seth Sweet-Chick (Nevada) to put a runner aboard which later came around to score on a fielder’s choice to give the Rockers a 2-0 lead. After Peck was pulled in the sixth inning, The Dock Spiders turned to Kade Walker (Cuesta College). Walker had his off-speed pitches were working as he struck out four rockers but ultimately surrendered two more runs in the bottom of the eighth that sealed the deal as the Rockers closer Kyle Stoddard (Missouri Southern State) got Sweet-Chick looking on an outside fastball to end the game. The Dock Spiders drop to 2-7 on the season while the Rockers move to 6-3 on the year.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow night in Appleton, WI at Neuroscience Group Field (Home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers) for the second annual I-41 Showdown. First pitch is set for 6:35 P.M. on The Northwoods League Baseball Network.
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The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having recently completed its’ 29th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 300 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. For more information, visit dockspiders.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Dock Spiders as your favorite team.