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Another Win for the MoonDogs in Last Game Before Break

With only one game left to be played before the All-Star Break, the Mankato MoonDogs were hoping to continue their winning ways.  They ended up doing just that, defeating the Waterloo Bucks 3-2, and extending their winning streak to six games.

Things got off to a bit of a rocky start for the MoonDogs, as the Bucks strung together four hits in the first inning, scoring two runs and putting the MoonDogs in a hole.  But just like they have done many times already this season, the MoonDogs chipped away at the deficit.

The bottom of the second inning saw the first MoonDogs run come across the plate after Jake Ortega was able to jog home from third on a Kyle Cuellar double.  The home team saw another run score in the third thanks to an RBI single from Kenton Crews, scoring Zac Wiley, tying the game at two.

MoonDogs starting pitcher Andy Fisher did his best to maintain his team’s lead, finagling his way out of a few jams, and leaving the game after pitching five innings, surrendering eight hits, but only allowing those two runs to the first two batters of the game.

The tie was broken in the bottom of the fifth inning, with Wiley scoring on a Crews single, much like two innings before.  This made Fisher the pitcher of record for the MoonDogs, in line for the win if his team could hold the lead.

Fortunately for the MoonDogs starting pitcher, his four relievers combined to pitch four innings of one-hit ball, clinching another win for the MoonDogs.

Crews had two hits for the MoonDogs, leading the team with his two RBIs.  Teammate Toby Hanson also had two hits, extending his hitting streak to a MoonDogs record 21 games. 

The MoonDogs improve to 9-3 in the second half and will play their next game on Thursday in Thunder Bay, but before that, five MoonDogs will play in the Northwoods League All-Star Game.  Hanson, Ethan Valdez, CJ Schaeffer, Collin Floyd, and Naithen Dewsnap will all fight for the North Division this Tuesday.

 

 

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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.