Photo Courtesy: Ava Schieffert
FOND DU LAC, WI – With the game knotted at 7-7 in the bottom of the ninth, Lorenzo Rios (Northwestern) stepped up to the plate and delivered the walk-off single which scored Parker Knoll (Lawrence) and gave the Dock Spiders the 8-7 victory over the Chinooks on Friday night. It was the final home game of the season at Herr-Baker Field and the score was deadlocked 0-0 until the top of the fourth inning when the Chinooks put up four runs, capped off by a two run double from Jimmy Juergensen (Concordia-Wisconsin). The Dock Spiders responded in the bottom of the fifth when Lorenzo Rios cracked a sacrifice fly into right field that scored Connor Cooney (Holy Cross). The Dock Spiders struck again in the bottom of the sixth as they notched three more runs, finished off by an RBI single from Connor Cooney. The two teams then traded runs back and forth with each other.
The Chinooks scored two runs in the top of the seventh, but the Dock Spiders rallied again and put up three more runs which made the score 7-6. In the top of the ninth, a lingering thunderstorm made landfall as the dirt swirled and the game was halted for a few minutes. After the abbreviated delay, Will Johannes (Madison College) of the Chinooks launched a game tying home run to right field, but the Dock Spiders did not quit. Parker Knoll laced a single which put him on base. Lorenzo Rios then peppered the walk-off single which snapped the Dock Spiders eight game losing skid. Dock Spiders reliever Kade Walker (St. Bonaventure) earned the win, his first of the season. Chinooks reliever Tyler Deleskiewicz (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) was tagged with his second loss of the season. The Dock Spiders improve to 29-42 on the season, 16-20 in the second half. The Dock Spiders want to thank all fans for their constant support throughout this season and we look forward to seeing everyone at Herr-Baker Field next season!
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. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 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.