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Published On: July 9th, 2015

Mankato, MN – In front of a sellout crowd of 1,402 at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minnesota the Mankato MoonDogs (3-4, 21-22) caught the tails of the Thunder Bay Border Cat (3-5, 20-23) as they won in wild walk-off fashion by a final of 7-6.

The MoonDogs brought a two run lead into the top of the ninth inning but surrendered two runs tying the game at six. MoonDogs relief pitcher, Chris Butcher, would strand the go-ahead run on to end the half inning.

In the bottom of the ninth a leadoff infield single by Mikel Mucha would put the MoonDogs in the driver seat. Kyle Weston would also add a hit and Eric Schenck-Joblinske would walk to load the bases. Kaden Moore would step in and would quickly be mobbed at home plate as the first pitch skipped to the backstop allowing the winning run to come around.

For The MoonDogs Kyle Weston would go 3-for-5 with one RBI, Mikel Mucha would also add three hits in five trips. Paul Panaccione and Hunter Mercado-Hood would both add a pair of RBI’s in the win.

Offensively for the Border Cats, Jared James would go 4-for-5 in the game. Four other ‘Cats would tally two hits. Carter McEachern would go 2-for-5 with two RBI’s.

The win would go to Chris Butcher (3-0) taking the loss would be Weissert (2-3).

The MoonDogs will be back at The Frank tomorrow, Thursday, for day three of their seven game home stand. Gates open at 6:05pm, first pitch at 7:05pm where is Team Poster Night Presented by The Fan Mankato. 


"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.”