Mankato Gets Split Against Chinooks, Win 5-1

Mequon, WI – A three run ninth inning ensured the MoonDogs first victory against southern division opponent Lakeshore, as the MoonDogs got the series split with Lakeshore 5-1 on Friday night at Kapko Park.

The Mankato MoonDogs had a one run lead headed into the top of the ninth inning with a score of 2-1, and certainly wanted some insurance runs to pad their lead against a Lakeshore Chinooks team who is one of the best offensive teams in the league. Mankato did just that, scoring three run in that ninth inning, with an RBI single by Craig Nennig and a two RBI single by Hunter Mercado-Hood to make the score 5-1 which would be the final.

Mankato scored all of their runs after the fifth inning, allowing Grant Hamiltion (3-0) to pick up the win for the MoonDogs. The game was an intriguing one headed in, with Hamilton squaring off against Lake Bachar (2-2). Both starters were in the top five in strikeouts headed into Friday night’s matchup with a combined 69 strikeouts between the two of them. Bachar was charged with the loss, while Mankato’s Ricky Ramirez picked up his third save of the season.

The Mankato MoonDogs will finish up their current road trip with two games against the South division leader Kenosha Kingfish (20-12) on Saturday and Sunday. First pitch is at 6:05 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."