The Mankato MoonDogs offense continued to score runs in bunches, winning the series finale at Port Arthur Stadium 10-5 on the heels o a three hit, six-RBI performance from Tanner Rockwell en route to their second consecutive victory and series sweep over division foe Thunder Bay.
The MoonDogs scored a single run in each of the first three innings before exploding for four runs in the top of the fourth and three more in the top of the fifth to take a 10-0 lead.
Rockwell’s first RBI came on a single through the left side in the first while Ridge Smith and Rockwell had an RBI groundout in the top of the third.
Peter Maris, Derek Umphres and Rockwell drove in runs in the top of the fourth to extend the lead to 7-0. Rockwell’s two-run shot and Sullivan’s RBI single capped the MoonDogs scoring at 10-0.
The Border Cats provided a brief scare with a five-run bottom half of the fifth to cut the MoonDogs lead in half at just 10-5 heading to the sixth.
However, Austin Warner came in and shut Thunder Bay down in the remaining innings, securing the victory for the MoonDogs.
Dillon Williams picked up the win and was terrific in the spot start for the MoonDogs. The lefty tossed five scoreless innings while allowing just three hits and struck out three en route to the win.
Yugi Suzuki suffered the loss, allowing three runs in just three innings.
With the win the MoonDogs improve to 10-7 in the second half while the Border Cats fall to 3-12.
Mankato will travel to Waterloo on Saturday for a 7:05 first pitch at Riverfront Stadium.