North Stars Guided to Victory
Baseball fever was all over the town of Alexandria, home of the 2005 Northwoods All-Star game, on Wednesday night. Drawing a record crowd of 1,857 faithful to their Knute Nelson Park, the North host was thrilled to watch the Northwoods best players showcase their talents. After all the pre-game festivities were over, the starting lineups, which included both Reid Fronk and Shane Buschini of the MoonDogs, took the field to kick the game off.
Thanks to three consecutive scoring innings including back to back two run innings, the North Stars were able to defeat the South All-Stars 5-2. MoonDogs pitchers, Tyson Brummett, Bobby Lewton, and Neil Wagner, along with everyday players Buschini and Fronk, all contributed to the North All-Stars win. All-Star centerfielder, Aaron Grant, was unable to play in the contest due to an injury he suffered to his hamstring during the professional scouting combine before the game. Grant is currently being evaluated over the next week to determine the severity of the injury.
Brummett had his name called to the mound in the fourth inning when he fanned two batters and allowed no hits or runs. Delivering just three pitches, Lewton was able to retire two batters working in the sixth inning. MoonDogs closer, Wagner came on in the ninth inning to shut the door on the North and earned the save.
Fronk reached base three times throughout the game going 1-3 with two runs scored and a walk. After making it into the previous night’s semi-final round of the Home Run Derby, Buschini played stellar defense and added a stolen base after he reached base two times.
The MoonDogs will travel to Duluth on Friday to tame the Huskies at 7:05 p.m. The talented John Hadden will call all the game action. To listen, click on the "Listen Live” link at www.mankatomoondogs.com. For information or tickets to future games, contact the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047 or stop by either Hy-Vee location in Mankato