(Mankato, MN) – MoonDogs starter Matt Mossey (3-5) would have had a hard time throwing a better game than his dominant performance against the Thunder Bay Border Cats (12-14, 25-35) Saturday night in Mankato as the MoonDogs (13-12, 30-29) took down the Border Cats 1-0. Mossey threw a complete game shut out for the MoonDogs, going all nine innings while giving up just four hits and striking out six.
The MoonDog offense put together only three hits on the evening, but managed to produce the one run needed to secure the victory for Mossey. Shortstop Jason Christian, who recorded two of the three MoonDog hits, singled to start off the bottom of the first inning. After a sacrifice bunt by right fielder James Keithley and a single by third baseman Nate Hanson, a wild pitch led to the only run of the night as Christian crossed the plate to give the MoonDogs a 1-0 lead they would hold on to.
The Border Cats managed to record just four hits, all singles, and left ten baserunners stranded. First baseman Nathan Faulkner, third baseman Chris Curley, left fielder Kyle Dudley, and shortstop Marshal Davis all singled in the game. Border Cats starter Matt Fields (5-4) matched Mossey’s complete game, going eight innings and allowing one run on three hits. Fields recorded an impressive fifteen strikeouts on the evening.