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MoonDogs Survive Comeback, Defeat Loggers

Just like the night before, the matchup between the Mankato MoonDogs and the La Crosse Loggers featured early scoring and lead changes, and just like last night, the MoonDogs came out on top, this time by a score of 6-5.

Once again, the MoonDogs faced a deficit before getting a chance to hit, falling behind 1-0 after a run came across on a double play.  That deficit was quickly erased in the second inning as the MoonDogs took advantage of an error by Loggers third baseman David Villar to tie the game at one.

But the home team was not quite satisfied, and proceeded to put together a rally in the very next inning.  Singles by Toby Hanson, Kenton Crews, Jake Ortega, and Alvaro Rubalcaba led to four runs in the inning for the MoonDogs, making the score 5-1.

Slowly but surely, however, that lead would shrink.  The Loggers scraped a run across in the fourth inning on a single by Jeremy Ydens, and added two more in the fifth, thanks to two sacrifice flies, to cut their deficit to 5-4.  MoonDogs starting pitcher Tyler Lesley exited the game after the inning, finishing with four earned runs given up on five hits, striking out two, and walking four.

Reliever TJ Satterly entered the game and pitched a scoreless sixth inning.  But one swing of the bat by Garrett Christman in the top of the seventh, resulting in a solo home run, tied the game at five.  Satterly then gave way to Austin Hansen, who managed to get out of the inning with score still tied.

The game did not remain tied for long, however, as the MoonDogs retook the lead immediately in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI groundout by Hanson.

Jake Shepski, usually an outfielder, continued his impressive streak of relief pitching appearances with a perfect eighth inning on the mound.  MoonDogs closer Naithen Dewsnap closed the door in the ninth, giving the fans a little more drama than usual, as he worked out of a bases-loaded jam to seal the victory for the home team.

Jake Ortega led the MoonDogs with three hits, while Ryan Kreidler, Hanson, Crews, and Rubalcaba each had two.  Crews and Rubalcaba also contributed two RBIs apiece.  With the win, the MoonDogs improve to 7-3 in the second half, and will stay home to play the Waterloo Bucks on Saturday.

 

 

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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.