Fond du Lac Dock Spiders

The Fond du Lac Dock Spiders are a baseball team that plays in the Northwoods League (a collegiate summer baseball league). Based in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, the Dock Spiders play their home games at Herr-Baker Field on the campus of Marian University. The Dock Spiders are the current champions of the Northwoods League, winning the 2018 championship over the Duluth Huskies 2 games to 1.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders
Fond du Lac Dock Spiders logo
Information
LeagueNorthwoods League (Great Lakes West 2019-pres)
(South Division 2017-2018)
LocationFond du Lac, Wisconsin
BallparkHerr-Baker Field
Year founded2016
League championships1 (2018)
Division championships1 (2018)
ColorsNavy Blue, Lake Blue, Tan
OwnershipFond du Lac Baseball Club, LLC, a division of Appleton Baseball Club, Inc. (d/b/a Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)
ManagementRyan Moede
ManagerZac Charbonneau
Websitedockspiders.com

History

On August 15, 2016, it was announced that the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Class A Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers) had partnered with Marian University to bring the 20th Northwoods League team to Fond du Lac. The on-campus Herr-Baker Field underwent renovations to accommodate the team.[1]

A name-the-team contest was held, with the five finalists being Barn Owls, Dock Spiders, Lake Flies, Pipsqueaks and Shantymen. On November 21, the Dock Spiders name, logo and colors were officially announced.[2][3] The team appeared in Sports Illustrated as the best attention-grabbing baseball club name new for 2017.[4] The team logo was designed by San Diego marketing firm Brandiose.[5]

In 2017, the team's inaugural season, the Dock Spiders went 38-34 (.528).[6] After posting a 16-20 record in the first half, the Dock Spiders went 22-14 in the second half to finish 3 games out of 1st place. The overall record put the Dock Spiders in a tie for the final playoff spot in the South Division; however, the Dock Spiders missed on a 3-way tiebreak with the Lakeshore Chinooks (who made the playoffs) and the Madison Mallards.[7] In 2018, the Dock Spiders compiled a 39-31 overall record (.557) to take the final playoff spot in the South Division, with split-half records of 21-13 and 18-18. In the playoffs, the Dock Spiders won road games over the Madison Mallards 17-5 [8] and the Kalamazoo Growlers 3-1 [9] to win the South Division title and advance to the championship series against the Duluth Huskies. Fond du Lac won the opening game of the best-of-3 series 3-0 at home [10], then lost at Duluth 8-1 [11] before winning the deciding game 4-3 [12] to clinch the team's first Northwoods League title in the franchise's second season of play.

Dock Spiders in the Pros

Name Highest Level Team Professional Organization Years with Dock Spiders
Luke Mangieri West Virginia Power Pittsburgh Pirates (A) 2017
Nick Fortes Batavia Muckdogs Miami Marlins (A Short-Season) 2017
Mike Pascoe Bluefield Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays (Rookie) 2017
Jacob Voss Orem Owlz Los Angeles Angels (Rookie) 2018
K. V. Edwards Gulf Coast League Rays Tampa Bay Rays (Rookie) 2017

Year-by-Year Records

Season Manager Overall Record Split Season Records Playoffs
2017 Zac Charbonneau 38-34 (.528) 1st Half: 16-20 (.444)

2nd Half: 22-14 (.611)

Did not make playoffs
2018 Zac Charbonneau 39-31 (.557) 1st Half: 21-13 (.618)

2nd Half: 18-18 (.500)

Defeated Madison 15-7

Defeated Kalamazoo 3-1

Defeated Duluth 3-0, 1-8, 4-3

Northwoods League Champions

Total 2 seasons 77-65 (.542) 1st Half: 37-33 (.529)

2nd Half: 40-32 (.556)

Total Playoffs: 4 games won, 1 game lost

Total Series: 3 series won, 0 series lost

1 League Championship

References

  1. ^ http://northwoodsleague.com/blog/2016/08/15/new-northwoods-league-team-for-fond-du-lac/
  2. ^ Zukowski, Madeline; Kern, Taima (21 November 2016). "Fond du Lac baseball team receives a name". The Reporter.
  3. ^ http://northwoodsleague.com/blog/2016/11/21/fond-du-lac-baseball-chooses-dock-spiders-for-nickname/
  4. ^ "Extra Mustard: How Lo Can They Go". Sports Illustrated. 125: 20. 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ Editors, Ballpark Digest (2016-11-21). "New for 2017: Fond du Lac Dock Spiders". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  6. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/standings.html?leagueid=120&seasonid=31293
  7. ^ https://northwoodsleague.com/blog/2017/08/14/northwoods-league-playoffs-begin-tonight/
  8. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=479271
  9. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=479338
  10. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=479535
  11. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=479536
  12. ^ http://northwoods.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=479617

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