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MoonDogs Power Past Loggers

La Crosse, WI — The Mankato MoonDogs powered their way to a win on Saturday at Copeland Park in Wisconsin, pounding three, two-run home runs against the La Crosse Loggers en route to a 9-3 win.

Chase Hamilton (Austin Peay), Drew Fearing (North Dakota State), and Bryce Adams (LSU) each left the yard on Saturday night, putting on a power display that hadn't been seen out of the MoonDogs this season. 

Fearing started the power surge in the second inning, driving a ball out Copeland Park with David Metzgar (Cal State Bakersfield) on to take a 2-1 lead in the third inning. The home run answered the bell for Mankato, after the Loggers scored a run in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead. 

Chase Hamilton would not be out done, as the Dogs cleanup man crushed a ball of his own to right field, bringing home Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) that helped improve the MoonDogs lead, 4-1. 

After Jake Shepski singled to drive in Metzgar and Hamilton brought in Jordan Washam (LA Tech), Bryce Adams let loose a monster two-run shot of his own, breaking the game wide open in the fifth as the MoonDogs took an 8-1 lead. 

La Crosse would score two in the seventh, but Mankato would get one back in the ninth to make the final score 9-3. Josh Matheson earned his second win of the season, while the Logger's Zach Kesterson dropped to 1-3 on the season. Mankato and La Crosse will square off in the weekend finale with a 6:05 PM first pitch at Copeland Park.

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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.