Chinooks outlast MoonDogs in 13 innings
Mankato outhit Lakeshore 15-7, but a costly error with one out in the top of the 13th brought home Jake Noll (FGCU) as the winning run to hand the MoonDogs a 5-4 loss in Game 1 of the Summer Collegiate World Series. It was back-and-forth four hour marathon, with the MoonDogs staking an early 2-0 lead, The Chinooks fought back to pull ahead late, but Wednesday's Player of the Night Levi Scott (UT-Arlington) hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth to force extras.
Tanner Rockwell (Arkansas Little Rock) put Mankato up in the bottom of the first, driving in a run with a RBI single. They'd get two more off of Chinooks starter Will Headean (Illinois St), who left after five innings of work in which he gave up three runs on eight hits while striking out three.
Lakeshore catcher Zack Bowers (Georgia), the hero of the Southern Division finals, tied up the game with two outs in the sixth, driving in a pair with a two-run single. He did this on just the second pitch he saw from new pitcher Jacob Westerhouse (North Alabama) after the Chinooks chased starter Garrett Ring (Middle Tennesse St) after he loaded the bases. Ring went 5 2/3 innnings and was charged with two runs on just three hits as he also struck out three.
The Chinooks scored a run apiece in the seventh and eighth to complete the comeback and jump ahead by one. However, Lakeshore southpaw Hunter Devall (LSU) blew the save, giving up Scott's solo shot to send the game to extras.
Mankato couldn't get anything against the duo of Sterling Koerner (FGCU) and Mike Letkewicz (Augustana), who combined for scoreless relief. Koerner went 1 2/3 innings for the win, while Letkewicz struck out two in the 13th for the save. The loss was handed to Austin Warner (Bellarmine), who went four innings in relief and gave up just one hit- a leadoff double to Noll- who would come around to score.
Mankato at Lakeshore 6:35 p.m.