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Published On: June 24th, 2012

Alexandria, Minn- The Mankato MoonDogs got back to their winning ways Saturday Night, defeating the Alexandria Beetles 8-7 at Knute Nelson Memorial Park.

With the MoonDogs already leading 1-0 in the top of the 4th inning, Chris Munoz (Oklahoma City) and Chase Fowler (Southern Miss) hit back-to-back homeruns off of Beetles starter Michael Reed (LSU) to give Mankato a 4-0 lead. The Dog’s would add one more run in the 5th on a Blair Moore (Cal Baptist) RBI single, extending their lead to 5-0.

Mankato starting pitcher Seth Webster (Nicholls State) dominated the Alexandria Beetles over the first five innings, extending his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 14. The right-hander allowed just two hits over the first five innings, striking out four Beetles batters. Webster came back out in the bottom of the 6th inning, but came unraveled, allowing five runs on four hits, leaving the game in a 5-5 tie.

With the game still knotted up 5-5 in the 8th inning, Kyle Turner (Missouri Baptist) came to plate with two outs, and drove in two key runs to break up the late game tie. Mankato would add an insurance run two batters later on a Nick Ratajczak (Louisville) RBI single, to give Mankato an 8-5 lead.

Ratajczak lead the MoonDogs offensively, going 3-for-4 at the plate with, what turned out to be the game winning RBI(6).

Patrick Goelz (Oklahoma City) earned his Northwoods League leading 7th save Saturday night, but made it interesting in the 9th. The right-hander would allow two runs, on three hits, but left two Beetles base runners in scoring position to end the game.

With the win Saturday night, Mankato improves to 9-1 in their last 10 games, and maintains a 1 game lead over the Waterloo Bucks for the best overall record in the North Division standings.

The MoonDogs will be back at the Frank Sunday to take on the Willmar Stingers. Sunday is think Pink Night presented by Liv Aveda Salon & Spa, Mankato Clinic and Hot 96.7. The MoonDogs will help raise breast cancer awareness by wearing pink jerseys and hats that will be auctioned off throughout the night with proceeds going to a local Susan G Komen team. Season and single game tickets can be purchased at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information visit our website at or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.