Growlers explode for 10 runs, defeat Dock Spiders
FOND DU LAC, Wi- The Kalamazoo Growlers snapped back to their winning ways after a brief two-game skid by easily defeating the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 10-6 at Herr-Baker Field in Fond du Lac on Tuesday night.
The final game of the series between the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders and Kalamazoo Growlers had a little bit of everything; 16 combined runs, 24 combined hits, and even an hour and five minute rain delay.
Before the rain arrived Kalamazoo jumped to a dominant 6-1 lead by scoring three runs in the 1st and 2nd inning off of Fond du Lac starter Alex Crinigan. Crinigan was making his first appearance as a Dock Spider and went 5.1 IP, giving up 10 hits and 9 runs.
Kalamazoo starter Connor Adams picked up his second win of the season going 5 inning of 6 hit, 2 run baseball. Adams struck out 5 and walked 4, as he battled the mud on a rainy day in Wisconsin. The Dock Spiders had lady luck on their side on their way to 6 runs, as 5 of the 12 hits from Fondy never left the infield.
The Growlers were leading 8-4 in the top of the 6th when the tarp had to be brought out, putting the Growlers into their longest rain delay of the season. Each team added two runs over the final four frames.
The Growlers offense was led by Cayman Richardson who went a dominant 4 for 4, picking up 3 RBI. The offense as a whole picked up 12 hits, adding to their 13 they smacked in the first game of the Fond du Lac series.
With the victory Kalamazoo ties the franchise-record for wins in a half with 20, that record was set in 2016.
The road trip is just beginning for the Growlers as they will travel for a day/night doubleheader against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Wednesday.
The Kalamazoo Growlers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Entering its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.growlersbaseball.comor download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.