‘Dogs Sweep Honkers in Double Header
Rochester, MN — The Mankato MoonDogs travled to Mayo Field on Wednesday evening to wrap up a home and away twin bill against the Rochester Honkers. The MoonDogs were able to break out the brooms in game two, fighting the Honkers for nine innings to scratch out a 5-4 win.
After being held hitless for the first 3.2 innings, Bryce Adams (LSU) finally broke through against Rochester's starter, Robert Paccione (LIU Post), launching a game-tying home run, his third of the season. The bomb wrapped around the left-field foul pole and evened up the game at 1-1.
Gavin Wehby (Nicholls State) allowed what would be the game winning run to cross in the top of the eighth inning, hitting into a double play that allowed Alvaro Rubalcaba (Cal State Northridge) to plate Mankato's fifth run of the night.
Rochester charged back in the bottom of the inning, plating three runs of their own with Casey Worden (UC Riverside), Brett Harrison (North Dakota), and Jacob Thomas (UC Davis) all bringing runs home in their at-bats. Brian Gatsby (UCLA) would work out of trouble, though, with Rochester's Kyle Kasser (Oregon) running himself into an out on the third baseline to end the inning. Gadsby returned to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth, earning himself the win.
The MoonDogs find themselves just 1.5 games back of third place heading into Thursday. They'll head to Waterloo, IA to take on the third place Bucks for two games, both starting at 7:05 PM. Ricky Digrugilliers will be Thursday's starter.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, 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 150 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 (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.