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MoonDogs Go Hunting, Bag Bucks for Fifth Straight Win

On a warm Saturday night, the MoonDogs enjoyed quality pitching and lively bats as they won their fifth straight game, defeating the Waterloo Bucks 9-2.

The MoonDogs wasted no time, putting together a two-out rally in the first inning.  After loading the bases on a walk, a Kyle Cuellar double, and a hit-by-pitch, Ethan Valdez drove in two runs on a single to right-center field.

A run by the Bucks in the top of third inning cut the MoonDogs lead to 2-1, but slugger Zac Wiley decided to widen the gap in the bottom of the inning.  After fouling off a pitch off Bucks starter Zachary Patterson, Wiley launched a two-run homer over the left field wall to make the score 4-1.

The MoonDogs got right back at it the very next inning.  CJ Schaeffer started things off with a double, followed by an Alvaro Rubalcaba single.  Daniel Amaral then drove in Schaeffer with a single of his own.  Two batters later, Toby Hanson brought home another run with a single, extending his hitting streak to twenty games, and increasing the MoonDogs lead to 6-1.

Starting pitcher Collin Floyd was the beneficiary of his offense’s outburst, but was doing just fine on his own.  Floyd pitched six innings, scattering four hits while giving up only one run.  Reliever Blake Tritch came into the game in the seventh inning and picked up right where Floyd left off, pitching two hitless innings and protecting the MoonDogs’ lead.

The home team added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, thanks to another two-run home run, this one by Cuellar.  Reliever Logan Alleman pitched the ninth inning for the MoonDogs, surrendering a run, but closing the door on the Bucks.

Every MoonDogs batter had a hit in the game, with Hanson and Cuellar adding a second.  Amaral, Cuellar, Wiley, and Valdez each contributed two RBIs.  With the victory, the MoonDogs improve to 8-3 in the second half, and will take on the Bucks again tomorrow night.

 

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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.