Panaccione, Ramirez Showcase Talents in Madison
Madison, WI – Paul Panaccione went 2-for-4 while Rickey Ramirez wowed spectators with his impressive array of pitches Tuesday afternoon at the 2015 Northwoods League Major League Dream Showcase at Warner Park in Madison.
Paul Panaccione (Grand Canyon) started and played the entire game for the home team, impressing the crowd and scouts alike with his smooth defense at shortstop. He also showed off his consistent hitting, stroking two singles in the 10-0 shutout at the hands of the visitors in game one of two at the Showcase.
Rickey Ramirez (Fresno State) took the bump in the fifth inning for the Home Team donning his MoonDog whites, continuing to impress with his high-velocity fastballs and sharp breaking pitches. Ramirez would get through the inning allowing two unearned runs on three hits through the one inning of work.
Muttnik was also in attendance, teaming up with his fellow mascots to entertain the large crowd in attendance. His high-energy antics that can normally be seen at Franklin Rogers Park exclusively were on display during the first game of the double header.
The MoonDogs will finish up the 2015 season with a stretch of five games starting Wednesday night, as they play host to the Willmar Stinger with first pitch at 7:05 PM. All of the action can be heard on the Fan Mankato with Mike Sullivan and the Voice of the MoonDogs, Shawn Murnin.
"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.”