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Published On: July 1st, 2018

KALAMAZOO, MI – Growlers won game two against the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 8 – 5.

Starting pitcher Jack Nelson, from Boston College, went 4.1 innings allowing five hits and three earned runs. The Dock Spiders scored two runs in the top of the first inning to start off the game. Jack Wassel started it off with a single to right field and then advanced to third on the Jacob Adams single to center field. Wassel scored on the Brendan Rivoli throw to second base.

Adams then scored on an infield play to get an out. The Growlers and Dock Spiders remained at 2 – 0 until the bottom of the fourth inning when Kalamazoo came back with a vengeance.

Cayman Richardson, from University of Virginia, started the Growlers out by running out an infield single to third base. Sam Hall, from Clemson University, doubled to right field to put two players in scoring position. Jason Sullivan out of Central Michigan University hit in both Richardson and Hall on his single to right field to tie the game.

Niko Kavadas hit a bomb of a home run off the Bell’s Bear Cave in right field giving the Growlers their first lead of the game. Matt Mervis from Duke then stepped up to the plate, hitting another home run off the Bell’s Bear Cave to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Growlers.

In the bottom of the fifth the Growlers scored three more runs off of a Mervis single to center field, and a Baron Radcliff single to center field. The Dock Spiders tried to come back in the seventh, scoring one more run but it wouldn’t be enough with the final score being 8 – 5.

The Growlers will be at Homer Stryker Field again tomorrow and Tuesday at 7:05 PM against the Rockford Rivets.


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 or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Growlers as your favorite team.