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Offense Explodes and MoonDogs Win 14-0

ST. CLOUD, Minn. Brett Newberg (Austin Peay) pitched eight innings of scoreless baseball and the MoonDogs offense exploded for 16 hits, going on to defeat the St. Cloud Rox 14-0 Tuesday night in front of 1,261 at Joe Faber Field. The scoring started in the top of the third inning. Drew Fearing led off with a single followed by a hit by pitch to Daniel Amaral (UCLA). Then Kyle Cuellar (UCLA) hit a double, scoring Fearing and bringing Amaral to third base and Toby Hanson picked up an RBI single on the next at bat. The fourth run of the inning came in on a single by Zac Wiley putting the MoonDogs ahead 4-0.

 

The MoonDogs added three in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly Daniel Amaral, scoring Ryan Kreidler who drew a lead off walk. Kyle Cuellar was the next hitter and singled to score Drew Fearing. Logan Busch hit an RBI single with two outs to give the MoonDogs a 7-0 advantage. After adding a run in the fifth, the MoonDogs added five more in the seventh on four extra base hits, including a triple to the gap in right center by Toby Hanson, who extended his hitting streak to 16 games. The MoonDogs added their final run in the eighth and the St. Cloud Rox used seven pitchers on the night including Nick Bush, Jake Stevenson, Bobby Gauvreau, Drew Avans, Will Reese, Brent Killam, and Ivan Coutinho. 

 

Brett Newberg picked up the win to improve his season record to 2-4. He worked 8.0 innings and allowed five hits with one walk, striking out 4. He did not allow a runner to advance as far as second base until the seventh and the Rox did not get a runner to third base in the game. St. Cloud starting pitcher Nick Bush was tagged with the loss, going 2.0 innings and allowing 4 earned runs on 5 hits. He faced eight hitters through the first two frames, but failed to record an out in the third, eventually being replaced with Stevenson.

 

The MoonDogs 4-3 (24-19 overall) next game is against the St. Cloud Rox 2-5 (27-16 overall) on Wednesday night in Mankato. First pitch at Franklin Rogers Park is scheduled for 7:05pm. The MoonDogs are 7-3 over their last ten games and improve to 10-11 on the road with the victory.

 

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The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit [www.mankatomoondogs.com]or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.

 

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC).

All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.