Mankato, MN – The Thunder Bay Border Cats (12-15) snapped a five game loosing skid, as they claw past the Mankato MoonDogs (14-14) by a score of 9-5, in front of a crowd of 1,233, Tuesday night at Franklin Rogers Park.
Offense was in no shortage as the Border Cats tallied 12 hits and the MoonDogs recorded 13 hits in the contest.
Craig Nennig provided the offensive spark for the MoonDogs. Nennig hit a solo homerun in the fifth and also drove in a run on a sac fly in the first, finishing the day 3-for-5 with two RBI’s.
Several other MoonDogs had productive nights at the plate. Kaden Moore added three hits in five trips and drove in one run. Paul Panaccione was also busy offensively as he went 3-for-4 with one RBI.
Kyle Weston also went 2-for-5 with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.
MoonDogs starter Reece Eddins (0-2) went 5 1/3 innings while allowing five runs and striking out two. Eddins would take the loss, his second of the year.
For Thunder Bay, Jared James would go 3-for-4 with 2 RBI’s, Eddie Posavec IV and Mikael Mogues both had 2 RBI’s.
Starter Cole Stapler (1-1) would pick up the win going five innings allowing three runs while striking out two.
The MoonDogs and Border Cats will square off again tomorrow, Wednesday, at The Frank for Christmas in June. Gates open at 6:05pm; first pitch is 7:05pm.
“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."