MANKATO, Minn.—It would have been fitting if the MoonDogs were wearing their blaze orange uniforms tonight for they were on the hunt to shoot down the Waterloo Bucks.
Zach Hall (Parkland) got the win on the mound in a 5-2 victory with the MoonDogs’ small ball skills over the Bucks Monday night at the Frank.
Hall went 6.2 innings pitched recording eight strikeouts to go along with his outing.
It was apparent the humidity of the evening was getting to the players in the beginning of the game. Pitchers were tiring quickly and the ball wasn’t traveling the distance through the heavy air. The MoonDogs got to a bit of a slow start, but eventually broke open the scoring with their bunting skills.
It all started in the third inning with John Michael Twichell (UT Arlington) starting off with a single, shortly followed by a Craig Massoni (Chabot College) double. With runners on second and third, Kyle Turner (Missouri Baptist) laid down a safety squeeze bunt that scored Twichell from third. Following the Turner bunt, Chad Christensen (Nebraska) came up to the plate and laid down another picture perfect bunt that brought Massoni in from third. With a 2-0 lead the MoonDogs then continued to roll with scoring two more runs in the third, leaving the inning with a 4-0 lead the MoonDogs then had control of the Bucks.
Turner was the big batter for the MoonDogs tonight as he went 3-4 with three singles, and a run batted in. Turner also was the captain of the outfield tonight as he started in center field.
The MoonDogs will be back at the Frank Tuesday night for game two of the Waterloo three game series. Tuesday is Hot Dog Hundo night where numerous dollar bills will be found in purchased hot wrappers. One lucky fan will have the chance to win one hundred dollars from the simple purchase of a hot dog. Season and single game tickets can be purchased at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information visit our website at www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.