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Published On: April 7th, 2009

(Mankato, MN)–The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, is proud to announce the signing of two players for 2009. Redshirt freshman second baseman AJ Pettersen from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and sophomore third baseman Cody Fick of the University of Evansville (Evansville, Indiana) have committed to play for the MoonDogs this summer.

Pettersen, a 5’9” 170 lb. redshirt freshman from Minnetonka, MN, is having a stellar season for the Golden Gophers. He is currently hitting .389 on the season with 4 doubles, 3 triples, 21 RBI, and 7 stolen bases, while starting all 25 games (16-9 overall). His .526 average in conference play leads the Big Ten, and he was named Big Ten Conference Player of the Week on April 5th.

Last summer, AJ played in the Northwoods League for Brainerd, playing in 65 games for the Blue Thunder (now the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers). He led the team in batting average (.303), stolen bases (15), walks (30), and was second on the team with 25 RBI.

"With having one season in the league already, AJ will be a huge asset to have in Mankato,” said MoonDogs General Manager Kyle Mrozek. "He did extremely well last season in Brainerd, and we’re excited about what he brings to the MoonDogs.”

Fick, a 6’0” 190 lb. sophomore from Freeburg, MO, has started all 27 games for the Aces in 2009. He is currently leading Evansville with a .362 average, 9 doubles, 6 home runs, and 23 RBI. Cody is ranked near the top of the Missouri Valley Conference in multiple offensive categories.

"Cody will be a huge asset to our team this summer,” said MoonDogs Field Manager Mike Orchard. "He brings a strong bat to our lineup, and gives us stability at third base; we’re really excited to have him in Mankato.”

The Mankato MoonDogs 2009 Home Opener is set for Friday, May 29 at 7:05 PM against the Rochester Honkers. Single game tickets will go on sale May 2nd at 10:00 AM. To be part of all the exciting MoonDogs action this summer, pick up your season tickets on sale now, along with group and hospitality tickets for all your event needs. For more information visit the team website at or call the MoonDogs Ticket Office at 507-625-7047.