MoonDogs Shine In All-Star Game

(7/12/06) Duluth’s Brock Bond hit a blooper into shallow left field to score Thunder Bay’s Joey Lieberman in the 11th inning and give the North Division a 3-2 win over the South Division in the 2006 Northwoods League All-Star Game in La Crosse.

The Mankato MoonDogs’ league-leading pitching staff starred for the North Division, as Steve Salas and Dan Klous each worked one scoreless inning. Salas gave up one hit while recording two strikeouts in the fifth inning, and Klous followed Salas in the sixth by allowing one hit in a scoreless frame, getting a little help from Bond who made a diving stop on a ground ball to begin an inning-ending double play.

Tim Smith got the start as the designated hitter and batted fourth, and went 1-for-5.

Bond became the second Duluth player in a row to win Most Valuable Player honors at the All-Star Game. La Crosse’s Ben Barrone, the Northwoods League home run leader, impressed the hometown crowd with a 2-for-5 effort.