Willmar, MN — Brinn Bell filled up the box score with three hits along with scoring one run while driving in another, but the MoonDogs would lose to the Stingers 7-5 Sunday night at Bill Tauton Stadium.
The Mankato MoonDogs (7-11, 25-29) loaded the bases in the ninth inning with one out on three singles against Brady Anderson (12 saves). The Willmar Stinger's (11-7, 34-18) closer would strike out two straight hitters to work out of the inning and slam the door, also tying a Northwoods League record for career saves.
The game was back and fourth the whole way through, with a four run sixth by Mankato who pulled even at five runs each. All-star Paul Panaccione, Brinn Bell, and Craig Nennig would start off the inning with three stright hits. Panaccione would score on an Eric Schenck-Joblinske ground out to first base, moving the other two runners up one station. Kevin Hall would work a walk, and Hunter Mercado-Hood smacked a double that would clear the bases to make it a 5-5 ballgame.
In the fifth, Willmar went up by four after a three run inning. The Stingers had a one-run lead after the first inning when they took a 2-1 lead following the MoonDogs leading off the game with a score.
Brinn Bell went 3-for-5 at the plate while scoring one run and driving in another in yet another successful day at the plate. Craig Nennig would also have three base knocks while scoring one run in the loss.
Mankato will be back in action on Thursday, traveling to Alexandria for a two game set against the Blue Anchors witha 7:05 PM first pitch. All the action can be heard with the voice of the MoonDogs, Shawn Murnin, of 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.”