Alexandria, Minn. – Brenden Webb (Palomar CC) blasted a solo home run that barely cleared the right center field wall in the 12th inning to give the MoonDogs a 5-4 victory over Alexandria Friday evening at Knute Nelson Memorial Field.
The home run was the first of the season for Webb, as his two out blast prevented the MoonDogs (31-17, 8-7) from getting swept for the first time this year.
Danny Miller (Minnesota State) and Webb both had two hits for Mankato, while Jimmy Patterson (Arizona State) blasted a two-run home run to lead the MoonDog offense. Jayson Langfels (Eastern Kentucky) was the lone Beetle with two hits.
With the Beetles (27-20, 7-6) up 1-0 in the sixth, Patterson delivered his team leading fifth home run. After a Miller walk, Patterson’s shot cleared the trees over a deep left field fence to give the Dogs the 2-1 lead.
Some bold baserunning in the seventh extended the MoonDog lead to three. KC Serna (Oregon) led off with a walk and then stole second, his 18th of the season. AJ Pettersen (Minnesota) followed with a sacrifice bunt, but Mikel Alvarez (FGCU) mishandled the throw to first, allowing Serna to score for the 3-1 MoonDog lead. Pettersen then stole second, and after stealing third, Castillo threw the ball into left field, allowing Pettersen to scamper home to make it 4-1 Dogs.
The Beetles rallied in the seventh, scoring three to tie the game at four. Jayson Langfels (Eastern Kentucky) tripled off the right field wall, then after a strikeout, Chase Porch (North Alabama) and Marcus Semien (Cal) walked to load the bases. After Alvarez popped out, Mike O’Neill (USC) ripped a single off Pettersen to bring in two runs to make it 4-3. Keith Castillo (USC) walked, and with the bases still loaded Patterson came out of the bullpen and with his first pitch, fired one to the backstop to tie the game. Patterson recovered to strike out Tim Roberson (FGCU) to keep it at 4-4.
A depleted MoonDog bullpen saw Patterson make his first appearance since June 27, and starter James Wise (Washington State) make a relief appearance. It was Wise, however, that picked up the win (5-0), tossing the last three innings, striking out three and allowing just two hits. Kevin Vangheluwe (Michigan) suffered the loss (1-3) throwing two innings and giving up Webb’s home run.
The MoonDogs have had a penchant for extra inning games this season, as Friday’s game was their fourth one this week and ninth of the season.
Mankato returns home for a game with the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers tomorrow. First pitch from Franklin Rogers Park will be at 7:05.