(Mankato, MN) For the second consecutive night the MoonDog bats seemed to be cooling off from their early season explosion, but the MoonDog pitching staff showed that they can be just as dominant as the hitters have been. Starter Ryan Demmin (UW-Oshkosh) went six innings allowing one unearned run on two hits and struck out five and the bullpen combination of Zach Calhoon (Texas-San Antonio), Dale Dickerson (Nicholls St.), and Erik Hamren (UC-Irvine) allowed one run on one hit and three walks to push the MoonDogs to a 4-2 victory over the Huskies on Friday night.
The bats for both sides were just not ready to produce hits as both teams only put three hits on the scoreboard. Three runs in the game were scored on wild pitches (two for Duluth, one for the MoonDogs) and the Duluth bullpen would eventually walk the winning run and the insurance run home in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Michael Rockett (Texas-San Antonio) was 1-for-3 in the game and drove in two runs for the home team. Carlos Ramirez (Chandler-Gilbert) also added to the offense with a double.
Dickerson picks up his first victory of the season for the MoonDogs and Hamren picks up his third save of the season. The win pushes the NWL North Division leaders to 11-3 on the season and leaves the last place Duluth Huskies at 5-10. The two teams will square off again Saturday night with the first pitch scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 pm.