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Published On: July 8th, 2015

Mankato, MN – A strong outing by Mankato MoonDogs (2-4, 20-22) starting pitcher Grant Hamilton, wasn’t enough to top the Thunder Bay Border Cats (3-4, 20-22) as the MoonDogs fell by a score of 4-0 at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minnesota.

Hamilton got his sixth start of the season and worked six innings allowing three runs and only four hits, while striking out seven. Hamilton continues to impress as he now has a 1.52 ERA and 47 strikeouts over 41.1 innings.

Border Cats starter Jeremy Charles would take a no hitter into the sixth inning. He would exit the game with a final line of seven innings, no runs, and four strikeouts and only allowed three hits.

Seven different MoonDogs would tally seven hits in the contest and would get runners on the corners in the bottom of the ninth inning but a double play would spoil the MoonDogs hopes of a comeback.

For Thunder Bay, Max Dutto would lead the way going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Charles (4-1) picked up the win, Hamilton (3-2) would take the loss and the save would go to Greg Weissert.

The MoonDogs will continue their longest home stand of the 2015 season tomorrow, Wednesday, for Farm and Food Night and Vegas Giveaway presented by Blue Earth County Farm Bureau, Pork Producers, Corn and Soybean Growers and their checkoffs, along with Minnesota 93. Gates opening at 6:05pm with the first pitch at 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.”