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MoonDogs Win Thriller in Style

An incredible night at Franklin Rogers Park was enjoyed by the second largest crowd ever in MoonDogs history, as 1,302 came to watch a thriller that found the MoonDogs win 2-1 on a RBI single by Kevin Dixon in the bottom of the ninth.

Skyler Young threw another gem as he no-hit the Beetles for four splendid innings. Unfortunately, the first pitch he threw in the top of the fifth would not come back, as Bryan Mitzel of Alexandria would hit a solo home run to knot the score at 1-1. Young finished the night tossing five innings, giving up two hits, just the one run and fanning seven Beetles in his stint.

The MoonDogs scored their first run in the fourth as the Alexandria pitcher caught a bad case of the "yips” and threw two passed-balls that would eventually score Brian Steinmeyer.

But in the bottom of the ninth, the heroics of Aaron Grant and Kevin Dixon would pull the ‘Dogs to the winners circle and leap-frog Alexandria for third-place in the North Division. A two out rally got started with Grant hitting a single. After an intentional walk to Grant Rembert, it was left up to Kevin Dixon.

Dixon would not disappoint the 1,302 in attendance as he ripped a single through the left side and Grant, hustling all the way from second base, would score the winning run and cap off an unbelievable night in Mankato.

Aaron Grant finished the night going 3-5 with a stolen base and the game-winning run.

Philip Springman earned his first victory of the season as he came in relief to pitch one and one-third innings of no-hit ball.