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MoonDogs stay hot with walk-off win over Honkers

The Mankato MoonDogs are officially the hottest team in the Northwoods League right now after getting their fourth win in a row in walk-off fashion Friday night against the Rochester Honkers. Mankato, who started the season 3-12, have caught fire over the last week, as they are just 6.5 games behind Willmar for first place in the Minnesota-Iowa Pod.

Michigan Pod
Kalamazoo Growlers 7 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 2
Ryan Marra (Brown University) hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third to break the game open. When the dust settled, the Growlers had put up three runs, a feat they would repeat in the fourth to open up a 7-2 lead. Marra finished the game 2-2, with an RBI double and two runs scored while Trent Quartermaine (Ball State) was 2-3, with an RBI and two runs scored. Cade Sammons (Mississippi) was 3-3 with two RBI while Ben Van Cleve (Mississippi) was 1-3, with a pair of runs batted in. Nate Wargolet (Grand Valley State) got the win after throwing three innings, allowing a run on four hits and striking out five batters.

Kalamazoo Growlers 1 Kalamazoo Mac Daddies 0
The Growlers scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the third to sweep a doubleheader from the Mac Daddies. Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) was the hero, as his single in the third drove in what would end up being the game-winning run. Garrett Schultz (Xavier) got the start for the Growlers and threw four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out four batters to pick up the win. Trey Nordmann (Howard College) threw one inning, striking out three batters to pick up the save.

Great Lakes Resorters 3 Traverse City Pit Spitters 2
The Resorters scored all of their runs in the top of the second as they beat the Pit Spitters 3-2 Friday night. Noah Marcoux (Davenport University) was 2-4 for Great Lakes, while Brendan Ryan (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) was 1-1, with a double and an RBI. Travis Janes (Northwood University) picked up a pair of RBI for the Resorters. They used eight pitchers, with Anderson Strunk (Lourdes University) throwing one inning, allowing two runs on one hit to pick up the win. Nick Brown (Pittsburg State) threw one scoreless inning, with three strikeouts to earn the save.

Kenosha Series
Kenosha Kingfish 7 K-Town Bobbers 2
The Kingfish did most of their damage in the fourth, where they scored six times to take a commanding lead over the Bobbers. George Rosales (Farleigh Dickinson University) was 2-3 for the Kingfish, with a run scored and an RBI. Mitchell Buban (Wisconsin-Milwaukee) was 1-4, but he had a three-run home run. Justin Janas (Illinois) was 1-5 at the plate, with a run scored and two RBI. Brock Weirather (Grinnell College) got the start for Kenosha, and threw five innings, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts to pick up his first win of the season.

Minnesota-Iowa Pod
Mankato MoonDogs 6 Rochester Honkers 5
The MoonDogs continued their winning ways Friday, as they scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off the Rochester Honkers at Franklin Rogers Park. Zach Kokoska (Kansas State) drew a bases-loaded walk to force in the game-tying run before Zach Giles (Central Michigan) singled to center field to bring in the winning run. Three MoonDogs had multiple hits, led by Giles, who was 2-5 with an RBI. Emanuel Dean (UCLA) finished 2-5 with a run scored and an RBI while Michael Curialle (UCLA) was 2-2 with an RBI. Jared Milch (Stony Brook University) got the start for Mankato and threw five innings, allowing a run on two hits with six strikeouts. Andre Granillo (University California Riverside) picked up the win after throwing two innings, allowing a run and striking out five batters.

Willmar Stingers 18 Waterloo Bucks 7
Both teams brought their offense Friday night, as the Stingers won what ended up being a shootout. Jayson Newman (Cal State Northridge) absolutely raked for the Stingers, going 4-6 at the plate, with a double, three runs scored and six RBI. Harrison Schnurbusch (Central Missouri) was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Brennan McKenzie (Cal Poly Pomona) was 3-5 with two RBI. The Bucks had some solid offensive performances of their own, led by Brett McCleary (Iowa) who finished 2-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Levi Usher (Louisville) was 1-2 at the plate, also with a pair of RBI.

Wisconsin-Illinois Pod
Wisconsin Woodchucks 9 La Crosse Loggers 8
It took 10 innings, but the Woodchucks walked off the Loggers Friday night on the strength of an RBI triple from Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) that allowed Alejandro Macario (Nova Southeastern) to score the game-winning run, sending the crowd home happy. Macario had a single to right field to bring Myles Austin (Alabama) in to score the tying run in the 10th. Hess finished the game 4-6 at the plate, with a triple and two RBI. Nick Romano (Central Florida) was 2-3 with a double and a pair of RBI while Leighton Banjoff (Nebraska) was 2-5 with a run scored for the Woodchucks. The Loggers had some offensive production of their own, led by Braiden Ward (Washington), who was 3-5 with two doubles and three runs scored. JT Thompson (Texas State) was 2-5 with a double and three RBI.

Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 4 Rockford Rivets 2
The Rafters scored a pair in the bottom of the fifth to break the logjam and pick up the win over the Rivets Friday night. Billy Cook (Pepperdine University)led the Rafters offense, going 3-4 with a double and two runs scored. Christian Sepulveda (UT-Rio Grande Valley) was 2-3 for Wisconsin Rapids, with a double while Hank Zeisler (Chapman University) was 1-4, with the one hit being a double. Alex Salazar (Campbellsville University) got the start for the Rafters and threw three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out six batters. Jimmy Borzone (Dixie State) came on in relief and threw four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out a season-high eight batters to pick up the win.

Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 4 Green Bay Booyah 1
Victor Scott II (West Virginia) was 2-5 with a home run on Friday as the Dock Spiders came out on top against the Booyah. Scott II was the only Fond du Lac Dock Spider to have multiple hits. Parker Noland (Vanderbilt) was 1-4, with a home run of his own while Brayden Frazier (Iowa) was 1-4, with an RBI. Pitching is what set the Dock Spiders apart, as Ryan Loutos (Washington University St. Louis) got the start and threw five scoreless innings, allowing a hit and striking out six batters to claim his second win of the season. Ryan Duffy (Minnesota) threw one inning, allowing a run but striking out three batters to close out the game.

North Dakota Pod
Mandan Flickertails 7 Bismarck Bull Moose 4
The Flickertails extended their lead in the North Dakota Pod standings Friday night with a 7-4 win over the Bull Moose in a game that saw a rain delay and a fireworks delay. Cole Elvis (California-Berkley) led the Mandan offense, going 2-4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Jared Wegner (Creighton) was 1-2, with a run scored and two runs batted in while Jackson Loftin (Sam Houston State) was 2-3, with a double and an RBI along with a run scored. John Wilson (Old Dominion University) was credited with his second win of the season after throwing two innings, allowing no runs on one hit with two strikeouts. Connor Langreder (Northern Illinois) got the save after throwing one scoreless inning, though he did give up two hits.

Schedule for Saturday July 25 (All times Central unless noted)
Bismarck Bull Moose at Bismarck Larks 12:35 p.m.
Waterloo Bucks at Willmar Stingers 1:05 p.m./7:05 p.m.
Battle Creek Bombers at Kalamazoo Growlers 2:30 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. ET/8 p.m. ET
Mankato MoonDogs at Rochester Honkers 6:05 p.m.
La Crosse Loggers at Wisconsin Woodchucks 6:05 p.m.
Great Lakes Resorters at Traverse City Pit Spitters 7:05 p.m. ET
K-Town Bobbers at Kenosha Kingfish 6:05 p.m.
Green Bay Booyah at Fond du Lac Dock Spiders 6:35 p.m.
Rockford Rivets at Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 6:35 p.m
Bismarck Bull Moose at Bismarck Larks 7:05 p.m.