MANKATO, Minn.- If you ask any fan in the stands at Franklin Rogers Park about the MoonDogs this season they would simply tell you that the ‘Dogs just know how to win. Provided by their 11th consecutive win of the season tying the La Crosse Loggers who also had 11 wins in a row in the first half of the season.
The MoonDogs pulled out another nail bighting 5-4 victory Friday at The Frank v. the Thunder Bay Border Cats making the last two Border Cat ball games the most competitive matches of the year.
It was tied 4-4 going into the eighth inning when David Andriese (California Riverside) lead off at the plate and pulled a line drive homerun that was the go ahead, and eventually became the winning run for the MoonDogs. Andriese came in for a pinch hit for Craig Massoni, a gutsy but brilliant plan by the MoonDog coaching staff, for that single call won the game for our favorite team.
Derek Howell (Louisiana Lafeyette) got the win tonight on the bump as he came in for relief and pitched 1.2 innings, one strikeout, and gave up three hits.
Howell relieved for starting pitcher Seth Webster (Nicholls State) who got the start for the ‘Dogs and went 6.1 innings deep, recorded five strike outs, and only five Border Cat hits.
Patrick Goelz (Oklahoma City) recorded his league leading 11th save of the season, making that his 21st of his MoonDog career.
At the plate Chad Christensen (Nebraska) was another asset for the squad as he went 2-3 with two doubles. Zach Luevanos (Lamar) also went 2-3 Friday and also was behind the plate defensively. Other hot bats included Trever Allen (Arizona State) for he went 1-3 with a triple and two runs batted in, and of course the big shot for the night David Andriese with his pinch hit solo homerun.
The MoonDogs will be back at the Frank Saturday night against the Waterloo Bucks when it will be Military Appreciation Night presented by the Rotary Clubs of St. James, Madelia & Fairmont along with: Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committees of Watonwan, Brown & Martin Counties and KXLP. Post Game Fireworks Extravaganza! The MoonDogs will also wear camouflage jerseys that will be auctioned off!
Single and season tickets are on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street. For more information, visit our website www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.