Bats Quiet in 6-1 Defeat
FOND DU LAC, WI – The Wisconsin Woodchucks (26-19) were held to just one hit after the first inning in a 6-1 loss to the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders (30-17) Thursday.
Dock Spiders starter Tanner McKenna set down a stretch of ten Woodchucks in a row after Stephen Reid’s first inning double brought home Kevin Kilpatrick.
Meanwhile, the Spiders got the run back in the bottom of the first and added three more in the bottom of the second. Victor Scott’s third homer of the season made it 4-1. The longball was the first allowed all season by Woodchucks’ all-star starting pitcher Nate Madej.
Madej finished his four and two-thirds innings having allowed four runs and striking out two. Reliever Jace Baumann stranded an inherited runner in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, a base hit by CJ Kayfus and a walk by Antonio Valdez presented a scoring opportunity for the Woodchucks. However, a double play ended the inning and the Woodchucks would not get the tying run back to the plate after that.
The Dock Spiders scored two runs against Baumann over his two-plus innings. The Mosinee native struck out three Dock Spiders in his relief outing.
Thomas Wilhite pitched a scoreless eighth inning, working around two hits and two walks to strand the bases loaded.
The loss drops the Woodchucks’ second half record to 5-5. One run on three hits matches the team’s lowest offensive output this season. The Dock Spiders now lead the season series 6-1.