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Published On: February 19th, 2004

Behind The Dish Will Stay The Same

Mankato MN—The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, is proud to announce the return of two catchers from the 2003 season. Jeremy McIntire, (University of Alabama Huntsville) and Matt McColgan (Santa Clara University) have both committed to play for the MoonDogs in 2004.

"Stopping the running game in the Northwoods League is really important and with these two guys behind the plate we should have a great chance at that. Both are very talented defensively and we know they have offensive power as well,” MoonDogs head coach Brad Rupert said.

McIntire, a junior, whose 2003 run with the MoonDogs was cut short due to an on-going ankle injury, has fully recovered and is back to peak form playing in his first year at the University of Alabama Huntsville.

In the second game of the season, McIntire exploded for 3 hits including his first homerun of the season. He drove in 4 runs in the Chargers 7-5 win over the then-ranked #3 Ospreys of North Florida.

The Chargers took over the #3 spot in the first regular season Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Poll for Division II schools. The poll is the oldest in all of college baseball, starting back in 1957, according to the CBN site.

Also returning at catcher for the 2004 MoonDogs will be mid-season All Star Matt McColgan. McColgan, a sophomore, who appeared in 49 games for the 2003 MoonDogs and started in the Northwoods League All Star game in July 2003, is seeing time behind the plate this year at Santa Clara University (Calif.) as their everyday catcher.

The Broncos lost their first home game of the season on Tuesday with a slugfest, losing 11-10 to BYU. The Broncos pounded out 16 hits along with the 10 runs in the game. On the year they are 3-2.