FOND DU LAC, WI — The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders set the course for a season in the Northwoods League and came within three outs of the first no-hitter in franchise history in a victory of 19-4 against the Green Bay Rockers at Herr-Baker Field on Friday night in front of 1,978, the biggest crowd of the season at Herr-Baker Field.

The win marked the third game this year the Dock Spiders have scored at least 19 points in a game. They also tied the season record with three home runs and set a new season record with two Grand Slams.

With the win, the Dock Spiders improved to 34-29 on the year and 15-14 in the second half. The Rockers fell to 24-39, 14-13 in the half.

Josh Culliver (Minnesota) started for the Dock Spiders and dazzled. He struck out five batters in four hitless innings and struck out 11 of the last 12 batters he faced. The Dock Spiders attack started early to help him. They exploded for six runs late in the first inning, capped off by a 418-foot three-run homer from Tyeler Hawkins (Louisville) to make it 6-0. The home run has been the most affected by a Dock Spider this year. In the second set, Nolan Tichy (UMass) brought home a run on a single to make it 7-0.

The offense continued in the third inning when Nick Mitchell (Western Illinois) drove his 48e RBI of the year with a single to make it 8-0. Kemp Alderman (Ole Miss) would then smash a 381-foot grand slam two batters later to give the Dock Spiders a 12-0 lead.

The Dock Spiders then gave the ball to David Hagaman (West Virginia) in relief, who carried the combined no-hitter in the ninth, with six strikeouts. Hagaman (2-3) picked up the win while Aaron Heger (0-2, Augustana) took the loss.

In the seventh, the Dock Spiders would score two on an error and a wild pitch to make it 14-0 before Tichy kicked off the Dock Spiders’ second grand slam of the night to tie the Northwoods single-season run record League at 475. One set later, Andrew Sojka (CSUN) brought home the record run with a defensive player pick to make it 19-0.

Hagaman came out for the top of the ninth inning to three out of a combined no-hitter, but Tristian Garcia (Western Kentucky) fielded a single down the middle on the first pitch of the inning to break up the attempt. The Rockers have four in the ninth, but Jarrett Kenyon (South Suburban) shut the door on the Dock Spiders victory.

The Dock Spiders return to the road tomorrow against the Wausau Woodchucks to begin a four-game road trip. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Athletic Park.


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