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La Crosse Defeated in Mankato, 8-6.

The Loggers were defeated by a slim margin last night versus the MoonDogs. The Lumberman held a 3-run lead heading into the bottom of the 7th, however, an abundance of walks and a throwing error proved costly down the stretch.  

Making his fourth start for the Loggers was right-handed hurler, Drew Christo (Nebraska). He pitched a quality outing, tossing 6.0 innings while allowing 2 runs on 7 hits and 2 strikeouts. 

Ricky Reeth (Notre Dame) appeared in relief, entering the contest with an ERA of 0.00 through 13.1 innings of work. That statistic rose yesterday, after Reeth ran into trouble in the 8th frame, forcing Trey Frahm (Nebraska) to enter the contest with the bases loaded. 

Following a fly out to right field, far enough to force a throw home, the Logger’s attempted to pick off a runner at second base. From home, the ball sailed into center field, scoring 3 MoonDogs and forfeiting the lead.  

Offensively for Mankato, Justin DeCriscio (San Diego) and Dustin Crenshaw (Grand Canyon) led the way, each going 2-3. Orlando Salinas (Kansas State) also had a productive night, going 1-2 with 2 runs scored.  

Corey Sanchez (San Jose State) made his first start for the MoonDogs. The 5’9 righty was on cruise control until the 6th inning, in which Blaise Priester (Meridian CC) blasted a 2-run homer to close the book on Sanchez. Through 5.2 innings, he surrendered 5 runs on 6 hits and 4 strikeouts. The winning pitcher was Simon Gregersen (Des Moines Area CC), and Tyson Neighbors (Kansas State) recorded his 5th save.  

In addition to Priester’s 3rd long ball of the season, the Loggers’ infield tandem had solid nights on offense. Aidan Sweatt (North Florida) posted his first 3-hit outing of the summer and Jordan Donahue (Hawaii) went 2-4.  

The Lumberman will look to bounce back tonight as they take on the MoonDogs again at ISG field. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:35pm CT in Mankato, MN.  

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The La Crosse Loggers are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 28th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 280 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com. For more information, visit www.lacrosseloggers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Loggers as your favorite team.

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