Dock Spiders Score 12 runs in win over La Crosse on Independence Day

LA CROSSE, WI – The Dock Spiders lit off some fireworks of their own on
Independence Day as they dropped 12 runs in a 12-7 win over the La Crosse
Loggers on the road Saturday night.


Fond du Lac (2-1) started the scoring right away in the first after Victor Scott II (West Virginia
recorded a base hit, followed by a walk to Tim Elko (University of Mississippi). That’s
when Aaron Anderson
(Liberty University) belted
a three-run home run into left field to put the Dock Spiders out in front
3-0. Ryan Ritter
(University of Kentucky), Drew Stahl (University of Minnesota),

and Taylor Jackson
(University of Illinois)
all reached on three consecutive walks
to load the bases. Knox
Loposer (University of Mississippi) 
stepped in and drew a
walk himself to bring in the fourth run of the inning and extend the Dock
Spiders lead to 4-0.


The Loggers (3-1) scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the first
off a two-run home run from Kobe
Kato (University of Arizona) 
to make it a 4-2 ballgame.


Anderson recorded his fourth RBI of the game in the second after sending a
line drive into center field that scored Scott II from third to extend the Dock
Spiders lead to three runs and make it 5-2.


La Crosse got another run back in the bottom of the third when Kato launched
his second home run of the night, a solo shot to center field to bring the
Loggers to within two.


Tim Elko led things off in the top of the fourth and sent a no-doubt
moonshot into the night sky at Copeland Park to get a run right back and make
it 6-3 Dock Spiders.


The Loggers weren’t going down without a fight, however, and plated three
runs in the bottom of the fourth on only one hit to tie the game at six.


The Dock Spiders had their most productive inning in the fifth that started
with Jackson reaching on a walk, followed by an RBI double from Jack Alexander (Austin Peay)
to give Fond du Lac the 7-6 lead. Things were just getting started in the
inning, as Sam Novitske
(University of Oregon) 
placed a perfect bunt just off the
mound to reach first and advance Alexander to third. A walk to Scott II would
load the bases for Elko, who lined a single into left to score Alexander and
make it 8-6. Anderson came up next and roped a two-RBI single into right-center
field that made it 10-6 Dock Spiders. Brayden Frazier (University of Iowa) would
cap off the five-run inning by sending a line drive into left to score Elko and
make it 11-6.


One more run would come across for the Dock Spiders in the top of the eighth
on a line drive to left from Novitske that plated Jackson to run the score up
to 12-6.


The Loggers would also get a run in their half of the eighth inning, but the
Dock Spiders came out victorious to split the two-game road series and win


Aaron Anderson finished the night with four hits in four at-bats, six RBI,
and two walks to help propel the Dock Spiders to a win.


Fond du Lac pitching also had a strong outing; five different pitchers
combined for 11 strikeouts on the night. Jake Brooks (UCLA) led the bullpen
efforts with a strong performance, striking out five and allowing only one hit
in three innings pitched in his Northwoods League debut.


The Dock Spiders will come home to host the Green Bay Booyah on July 5th at
Herr-Baker Field at Marian University at 1:05 pm.