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Mankato Downs Waterloo 9-5

Waterloo IA- Paul Panaccione hit a two run homer as part of a nine run outing for the MoonDogs, as they took down the Waterloo 9-5 on Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium.

The Waterloo Bucks’ (13-9) Mark Hernandez hit a long home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it wouldn’t be enough to overcome a nine run lead, especially after the Mankato MoonDogs (10-11) added two runs in the top of the ninth with a Paul Panaccione sacrifice fly and a Kyle Weston RBI fielder’s choice.

Panaccione finished the night going 2-for-4 including a two run homer, with three RBIs and a run scored. Sulliam Rios-Reyes scored two runs while going  1-for-5. Craig Nennig also scored two runs, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs and two walks in the win.

Mark Hernandez had two hits including that ninth inning home run in the Waterloo loss. He also scored two runs and drove in one. Zach Soria continued his hot start in his second game with the Bucks, going 2-for-5 tonight.

Connor O’neil (1-1) picked up the win for Mankato while Jordan Desguin (0-1) was charged with the loss in his first appearance of the season for Waterloo. Ricky Ramierz picks up the save, his first of the season.

Mankato will return home for two games against the Bucks, which will conclude the season series between the two teams. Join us tomorrow night at the Frank for Summer St. Patty’s Day! First pitch at 7:05 PM.

“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."