Dock Spiders Climb into First with Double-Header Sweep

WOODCHUCKS TURNED AWAY IN GAME TWO AGAINST SPIDERS

FOND DU LAC, WI – After overcoming an early deficit, the Woodchucks’ bats were quiet in the late innings of a 5-3 loss to the Dock Spiders.

Fond du Lac scored two runs in the first inning after a costly wild pitch advanced a pair of early baserunners. They tacked on another run in the bottom of the third after an RBI base hit by Victor Scott brought home Chandler Simpson.

The Woodchucks answered with three runs to tie the game in the top of the fourth. A throwing error on Tommy Delgado’s slow grounder brought home Kevin Kilpatrick.

Jose Izarra made the Spiders pay the very next at-bat. His two-run single plated both Tyler MacGregor and Delgado, giving the Woodchucks their first hit of the night with runners in scoring position.

But the momentum wouldn’t last. Simpson’s lead-off double helped Fond du Lac retake the lead on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth. They added another after a bunt single and passed ball in the sixth to double their advantage to 5-3.

The Dock Spiders’ bullpen was excellent in both games of the double-header. They combined to throw ten scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and racking up ten strikeouts.

Much like game one this morning, the Woodchucks failed to capitalize on early chances. They stranded nine baserunners on the night, bringing their total to 20 left on base during the double-header. The Dock Spiders left just five in the two games combined.

The Woodchucks and Dock Spiders are now tied atop the Great Lakes West division with less than two weeks to go in the first half of the season. These teams will meet next on June 30th  when the Chucks will host the first of a two-game series.

Top Performers

Izarra collected three hits on the day, recording his first multi-hit game as a Woodchuck. He reached base a total of five times during the double-header.

Kehoe extended his streak of multi-hit games to six, going 2-for-4 in both games of the twinbill.

Kilpatrick was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He has now hit safely in 20 of 22 appearances this season.

Dante Chirico worked six innings in his first start as a Woodchuck. He surrendered only five hits, but the Dock Spiders scored all five of their runs against him. He tallied four strikeouts but was hurt by two wild pitches.

Jace Baumann retired all six batters he faced in two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. The second-year Woodchuck recorded two strikeouts.

 

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]