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Mankato Bags the Bucks

Mankato, Minnesota—In the first game back from the Northwoods League All-Star game, the Mankato MoonDogs defeated the Waterloo Bucks by a score of 13-10 to gain a game on the division leading Willmar Stingers who fell at the hands of the La Crosse Loggers.

After falling behind by two runs in the first, the ‘Dogs came storming back, sending 15 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs in their first at bat.

The Mankato pitching staff allowed three long balls, but were aided by six Waterloo errors helping them score double digit runs for the second consecutive game.

Jake Shepski, Alvaro Rubalcaba and David Metzgar led the MoonDogs at the plate, totaling six hits, six RBIs, and six runs between the three of them: Shepski went 3-for-4 two runs and one RBI, Metzgar went 1-for-5 with one run and three RBI, and Rubalcaba went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, and three runs scored.

The MoonDogs, who blasted five homeruns in their last game on Sunday, were able to score all 13 of their runs without flexing their muscle and hitting any homeruns tonight.

Brett Newberg relieved starter Jordan Harms in the fourth, and gave the MoonDogs 2.2 innings allowing just one run while striking out two to earn his first victory of the season.

Kevin Yarabinec pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one Buck, for the ‘Dogs to earn his third save of the year.

The MoonDogs and Bucks will square off again tomorrow night at Franklin Rogers Park for the second game of a four-game series before wrapping the series up in Waterloo for the final two games.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the gates, in their office, or online at www.mankatomoondogs.com

You can listen to the game as well on 1230 AM The Fan Mankato, the iHeart Radio App, or online at www.mankatomooondogs.com

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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.

The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 22-year-old summer collegiate 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 former 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 website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store.