(Mankato, MN) – Early scoring and solid pitching led by MoonDogs starter Jordan Tiegs (2-2) led to a 2-1 MoonDog (10-13) win over the Wisconsin Woodchucks (10-13) Saturday night in Mankato. Tiegs went 6 1/3 innings, giving up just one run on eight hits and striking out three.
The MoonDog bats were led by third baseman Nate Hanson, who recorded three of the six MoonDog hits and drove in one run. Right fielder Alan Oaks singled and scored once, and left fielder James Keithley and center fielder Jovan Rodriguez each doubled with Keithley scoring once.
To follow up a solid performance by Tiegs, relievers Josh Castanza and Adam Abraham combined to throw a hitless 1 2/3 innings, ringing up three strikeouts. Closer Chad Dawson allowed one hit and struck out one to close out the game for his second save in as many nights.
Woodchuck center fielder Brandon Frazier and designated hitter Elliot Arrington each went 2-for-4 with a double to lead Wisconsin. Arrington also scored the Woodchucks lone run on a single by catcher Curt Marshall. The Woodchucks scattered nine hits, but only managed to plate one run.
Woodchuck pitching was led by starter Willy Kesler, the Northwoods League strikeout leader. Kesler (1-3) went five innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits and struck out five. Reliever Rex Ingham threw a hitless last three innings for Wisconsin.
The MoonDogs go for the series sweep tomorrow night at Franklin Rogers Park at 6:05 pm. Tomorrow is Support Your Troops Night as the MoonDogs thank those who serve our country. There will be free admission for present and past service men and women.