(6/9/06) On a cool, damp night at Franklin Rogers Park, the Mankato MoonDogs’ bats were seemingly already on ice. Jeff Richard tossed seven shutout innings for Waterloo, leading the Bucks past the MoonDogs 3-0.
Richard and MoonDogs starter Dane Secott (0-1) engaged in a pitcher’s duel in a game called after seven innings due to rain. Richard surrendered just five hits, as the MoonDogs posted just one serious scoring threat all night.
In the sixth inning, Adam Kampsen led off with a single to right. Matt Mossey followed with a single one out later, and the runners advanced to second and third on a groundout. Tim Smith walked to load the bases, but Sean Halton flew out to center field to end the inning.
In a recurring theme, the MoonDogs’ defense created an early defecit. With two out in the first inning and a runner at second, shortstop Nate Hanson threw high to first base on a ground ball by Waterloo’s Ben Humphrey, who then stole second base. Robert Matlock immediately cashed in with a single up the middle to score both runners. Pete Schneider then hit a fly ball deep to right field that right fielder Halton struggled to pick up in a 25-miles-per-hour wind, and the ball landed for a double to give the Bucks a 3-0 lead.
That would be all Waterloo would tally on the night, as Secott settled in to retire 14 consecutive batters. He matched Richard by allowing just five hits in seven innings and striking out nine batters.