MoonDogs Sweep First Place Huskies

Mankato, MN – The Mankato MoonDogs (8-10) were able to sweep Friday night’s double header against the Duluth Huskies (10-7) by scores of 2-1 and 6-2 at Franklin Rogers Park in front of a crowd of 1,218 in Mankato, Minnesota.

In game one, Craig Nennig provided the late inning heroics as he drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Nennig went 1-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored.

Taking the hill for the MoonDogs was Rhett Rapshus (0-1) who went five innings scattering seven hits and only allowed one run while striking out three.

Samuel Myers (1-0) and Ricky Ramirez (1-1) worked the final four innings allowing just two hits and combined for five strikeouts. Ramirez picked up the win, his first of the year as Mankato would take game one 2-1. Landon Smith took the loss for Duluth.

Game two was a different story. The MoonDogs would jump out to an early three run lead and never look back.

Offensively for the MoonDogs Hunter Mercado-Hood went 2-for-4 while Paul Panaccione, Kyle Weston, and Kevin Hall would all drive in runs.

Starting pitcher Brett Clark (2-0) would provide another strong outing as we went six complete innings allowing only two runs and struck out three. He would pick up the win in game two.

The MoonDogs hit the road to Thunder Bay for one game on Saturday, and after an off day travel to Waterloo. Returning to The Frank Wednesday June 17 at 7:05pm where it is St. Patty’s Day presented by Printwear Graphics. 


“The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, 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 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (OAK). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website."