Thunder Bay, ON – Grant Hamilton put together a strong outing on Canada Day at Port Arthur Stadium, but it wasn’t enough as the Border Cats would down the MoonDogs 2-0 to begin the second half of the season on Thursday afternoon.
Another pitcher’s duel was on tap between the Mankato MoonDogs (0-1, 18-19) and the Thunder Bay Border Cats (1-0, 17-18) in Thunder Bay, with the Border Cats Winning the game 2-0. The only two runs of the game would be scored in the third inning, when Alan Baldwin, 1-for-4, singled in Carter McEachern , 2-for-3, and Grant McKown. Mankato was held to just four hits on the night, never having more than two base runners aboard in any singular inning.
Grant Hamilton (3-1) was charged with the loss, throwing six innings while allowing two runs on four hits for the Thunder Bay Border Cats. Through the 25 batters Hamilton faced, he issued three walks while fanning four. Chris Butch came on in the seventh and went two innings allowing just one hit while facing six batters.
Cole Stapler (3-1) would notch the win for Thunder Bay, going seven strong innings while giving up just four hits to the MoonDogs en route to the shutout. Stapler would strike out and walk four hitters in the game. Nate Steger would come on to get the save, throwing another two innings of scoreless and hitless ball. Steger would strike out one.
“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."