Rain Halts Father’s Day Game with Duluth in Extra Innings

Mankato, Minn. – It was a game of missed opportunities for both the Duluth Huskies and Mankato MoonDogs Sunday, as the contest finally ended with Mother Nature getting the best of the two squads. With the score at 2-2 in the top of the 11th, a final downpour halted the game, as the game will be played out on July 14th.

The Huskies (11-12) and MoonDogs (16-7) both had their chances as Duluth left seven men in scoring position, grounded into four double plays and made two outs on the base paths. The MoonDogs also had their chances to take the lead, as they left a total of eight men in scoring position, including five in the last five innings.

Both starting pitchers put up five scoreless innings to start the game as Jake Petricka (Indiana State) and Kendall Wehrle (Arkansas) were in command. The MoonDogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

In the sixth, a two out double by Jimmy Patterson (Central Arizona) followed by a Kyle Knudson (Minnesota) single brought home the game’s first run. The next inning saw Taylor Black (Spartanburg Methodist) bring home Tony Strazzara (San Diego) with a triple to the right-center field gap for the 2-0 MoonDog lead.

Duluth came right back in the eighth to tie the game off the MoonDog bullpen. Jericho Weitzel (Florida) walked and was brought home on a Zach Walters (San Diego) double. After Walters moved to third on an error on a bunt attempt, Tim Jobe (Florida International) grounded into a double play allowing the tying run to score.

Tony Strazzara (San Diego) and Black led the Dogs with two hits apiece. Nick Rickles (Stetson) posted three hits for the Huskies while Nathan Melendres (Miami) added two of his own.

Duluth will be in action at home tomorrow against Alexandria at 7:05 p.m. The MoonDogs will have the day off before traveling to St. Cloud for a 7:05 match-up with the River Bats.