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Published On: June 26th, 2005

River Bats Down MoonDogs 7-4

Coming off a two game sweep of the Alexandria Beetles, the MoonDogs were put to the test, hosting the second place St. Cloud River Bats. The River Bats came out strong thanks to Scott Hendrix’s three doubles and Robby Jacobsen’s homerun and triple leading the River Bats to a 7-4 victory.

The River Bats put the pressure on the ‘Dogs right off that bat, as they put up three runs in the first inning, highlighted by a Robby Jacobsen two run double with two outs.

After scoring one run in the third off a Robby Jacobsen long ball, the River Bats again threatened in the fourth inning when Scott Hendrix hit a double to lead off the inning. Third baseman Reid Fronk came through for the ‘Dogs though with two gold glove caliber plays allowing the MoonDogs to end the inning with no runs scored.

The top of the fifth inning was not as forgiving for the MoonDogs. Ryan Tousley hit a two run triple followed by another Scott Hendrix double that scored Tousley. The River Bats pitcher, Brendan McGinn, was relieved after five strong innings where he allowed just two hits and struck out eight MoonDogs.

The MoonDogs found their groove in the bottom of the seventh inning when Brandon Crawford scored off of a fielder’s choice and Matt Mossey scored off a L.J. Mims single. With the score 7-2 Shane Buschini stepped up to the plate with two runners on. Buschini doubled to score both runs and close the gap to 7-4, but the MoonDogs could not over come the deficit.

Second baseman, Matt Mossey had a brilliant night at the plate, going 3-4 with one run scored.

Lance Sewell pitched 2.2 innings of relief, allowing no hits or runs and striking out four. Mossey stepped away from his second base position to pitch the last two innings. He also shut down the River Bats, allowing no runs or hits.

The MoonDogs and River Bats will continue their two-game series in Mankato, on Saturday, June 25, at 7:05 p.m. Since it is six months from Christmas, the MoonDogs will be celebrating Christmas in June. That means presents will be given out throughout the contest along with a special appearance from the jolly man himself, Santa. For tickets call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.