Strong Pitching Prevails as MoonDogs Fall to Huskies
MANKATO-Minn. In a low scoring battle between Mankato and Duluth, the Huskies pitching staff got the job done, holding the MoonDogs to just one hit on the night. Final score at Franklin Rogers Park on Thursday night was 3-0 Huskies.
AJ McElderry got the win on the mound for Duluth and went the first six innings, giving up one hit and three walks while striking out three and hitting one batter. Duluth picked up their first run of the game in the first inning starting with a lead-off single up the middle of the infield. After a sacrifice from Austin Darby, Huskies first baseman Keach Ballard picked up an RBI on his ground ball to second base.
The Huskies added some little needed insurance to their lead in the top of the fourth, leading off with back to back singles from right fielder Dominic Brugnoni and second baseman Alex Greene. Brett Urabe moved the runners over with a sacrifice bunt and shortstop Trent Chatterton hit them both in with a ground ball single through the right side of the infield.
The MoonDogs went down in order in the ninth inning for the sixth time to end the game.
Unfortunately, the normally lively MoonDogs offense never got started and they fell victim to the pop fly thirteen times in the game. Mankato starting pitcher Dillon Williams took the loss for his efforts but had a decent outing, giving up three earned runs on eight hits with two walks and a strikeout through six complete innings.
With the loss, the MoonDogs drop to (14-13) in a tight north division that has seven teams within two games of the single playoff spot at the top. The MoonDogs sit two games behind the Waterloo Bucks who lead with a (16-11) record. Duluth pulls even with Mankato with the victory at (14-13).
The MoonDogs will be back in action Friday night for the second game of a two game series against Duluth at Franklin Rogers Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm. Fans can listen to the game live on AM1230 the Fan Mankato with the voice of the team Josh Horton.
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 via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com.