Loggers Walked Off by Moon Dogs; Lose, 8-7.
MANKATO, MN – The La Crosse Loggers were defeated in walk-off fashion last night by the Mankato Moon Dogs, dropping the first game of the two-game series.
Connor Harrison (Hawaii) made his seventh start for the Lumberman, tossing 6.0 innings while allowing 4 earned runs on 7 hits and 4 strikeouts.
The Moon Dogs got to Harrison in the 2nd inning, in which Charles McAdoo (San Jose State) hit a solo home run followed by RBIs from Mikey Gottschalk (Minnesota State-Mankato) and Boston Merilla (Minnesota).
After being down 4 heading into the 4th frame, the Loggers responded with 7 unanswered runs. Ronald Sweeny III (Minnesota) collected 3 hits on the night and Xavier Casserilla (Wichita State) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
In the final inning, down 2 runs, the Moon Dogs mounted a comeback via the free pass. After walking the bases loaded, Derek Shoen (University of Mary) was hit by a pitch, Charles McAdoo scored on a wild pitch, and Boston Merilla delivered the walk-off single.
Both teams will face off again tonight at ISG field in Mankato. The first pitch is set for 6:35pm CT. Fans can watch live at https://northwoodsleague.com/watch-nwl/ or listen live at https://mixlr.com/lacrosseloggers.
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