Bombers Walk-off MoonDogs
Battle Creek, MI — The Mankato MoonDogs took the field on Saturday night for the final game of their four-game road trip hoping to end on a high note. The Battle Creek Bombers stayed persistent throughout the game, storming back from a four-run deficit to eventually walk-off on the MoonDogs 7-6 at C.O. Brown Stadium.
The Bombers went up first, scoring two runs in the third inning against MoonDogs' starter Josh Matheson (Minnesota State). Matheson would settle, pitching 5.0 innings while allowing six hits, the two runs, two walks, while striking out four.
Mankato took the lead in the fifth, plating four runs and taking a 4-2 lead. The MoonDogs would score again in the sixth, adding two more runs and taking a 6-2 lead.
The four run lead wouldn't last long; Battle Creek came back in the bottom half of the inning with three runs of their own to cut Mankato's lead to one. One run in the seventh put the two teams in a late game deadlock.
The 'Dogs were able to get a runner aboard in the top of the ninth, but couldn't advance him. It was all over in the bottom of the ninth, though, when Battle Creek loaded the bases. Cory Sporrer would ground into a 4-6 fielder's choice that scored the game winning run. The Bombers cinched the 7-6 walk-off win to move to 2-2 in the second half.
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.