The Mankato MoonDogs dropped a home and home series finale 6-2 on a beautiful Monday night at Baker Field in Willmar, MN.
The MoonDogs again jumped out to a quick lead, this time 2-0. Levi Scott roped a sacrifice fly, plating Tyler Sullivan who led off the ballgame with a triple. Ridge Smith followed with an RBI double to right-center field, scoring Spencer O’Neil who doubled earlier in the inning.
However, the two runs the MoonDogs would get in the first would be the only two they could muster over the course of nine innings, falling 6-2 in the series finale at Willmar.
The Stingers took a 3-2 lead following a three-run second and then extended their lead with two more runs in the fourth and one in the eighth. Sean Beesley had a four-RBI day at the plate to lead the Stingers on offense.
Brantley Claunch picked up his first victory of the season for the Stingers, tossing six innings, allowing two runs on 10 hits. Josh Mathieson picked up the save with three scoreless innings, striking out two.
Brock Dykxhoorn suffered the loss, surrendering three runs through two innings.
The MoonDogs travel home to Mankato to begin a home and home series with the Rochester Honkers on Wednesday night at Franklin Rogers Field. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live and free of charge via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com