Mankato, MN – The MoonDogs would walk off for a fifth time in two and a half weeks as they topped the Chinooks 3-2 in 12 innings at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minnesota in front of a crowd of 1,100.
The Mankato MoonDogs (11-12, 29-30) would win their fourth straight game and stay in the hunt for a playoff berth, as they needed 12 innings to beat the Lakeshore Chinooks (11-17, 28-32) Monday night.
A back and fourth game, featured stellar pitching as both teams combined for just three earned runs in the ballgame.
The battle would continue into extra innings. In the bottom of the 10th and the 11th the MoonDogs would get men on base but would not be able to capitalize.
In the 12th however, it was a different story. Kyle Weston would lead off the bottom half with a base hit. Mikel Mucha would advance Weston on a sacrifice bunt. Craig Nennig would be intentionally walked. With two on and one out Brinn Bell would set up to the plate. Bell would dump a hit into left field and Weston would score standing up and the pandemonium would ensue following yet another walk off win by the MoonDogs.
Weston would finish the game 4-for-5, Mucha and Eric Schenck-Joblinske would each have multi-hit games.
For the Chinooks, Zarley Zalewski would go 3-for-5 with an RBI.
The win would go to bullpen arm Cody O’Brien (1-0), taking the loss would be Jack Landwehr (0-3).
Both teams return to The Frank tomorrow, Tuesday, at 7:05pm for their final matchup of the 2015 regular season. It will be Bark in the Park night presented by BENCHS and Replica Jersey Night presented by Pioneer Bank and Hot 96.7, where the first 500 fans will receive a replica MoonDogs jersey. Gates open at 6:05pm.
"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.”