Eau Claire, WI – The MoonDogs were involved in yet another walk-off, with the Express getting the 5-4 victory thanks to a two out base hit in the ninth inning to sweep Mankato on Wednesday night at Carson Park.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Eau Claire Express (6-8, 19-29) sent Dalton Varsho who doubled with one out to put himself in scoring position. After moving to third on a fielder’s choice that Tyler Adkison reached on, Varsho would come around to score on a two out walk-off single to clinch the game for the Express over the Mankato MoonDogs (5-9,23-27), 5-4.
Mankato tied the game back in the seventh inning when Kyle Weston’s sacrifice fly allowed Mikel Mucha to score, making the score 4-4. Just a half inning before, Eau Claire would score four runs to take the lead from the MoonDogs, who had built up a 3-0 lead over the first five innings of play.
Mikel Mucha would finish the game going 2-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored for the MoonDogs, while Travon Benton was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the Express.
Chris Butcher (3-2) was charged with the loss for Mankato, appearing in both games played at Eau Claire this road trip for the MoonDogs. Butcher would pitch 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits while walking three. Trent Shelton (1-2) picked up his first win of the season, lasting five innings while allowing two runs on four hits while striking out four.
Mankato will head home for two games against the Duluth Huskies starting Thursday, first pitch at 7:05 PM on 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)."