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MoonDogs Drop the Bucks

Mankato, Minnesota—Much like the temperatures this week, the race for the North Division title has really heated up, and in a battle between two of the top four teams in the division the Mankato MoonDogs would defeat the Waterloo Bucks by a score of 3-2.

Trailing by two in the fifth, Bryce Adams came up with two outs and smacked a double, driving in Drew Fearing and Marcus Pingleton to tie it up at two.

In the next MoonDogs at-bat, Jake Shepski would step to plate, once again with two out in the inning, and would drop a ball in front of the leftfielder for a single driving in Alvaro Rubalcaba, adding to his league-leading RBI total, to give the MoonDogs the 3-2 lead.

After the Bucks scored two in the third, the MoonDogs pitching staff would lock them down and not allow any more runs to score for the rest of the night.

Ricky Digrugilliers got the start for the MoonDogs and would give Mankato six innings, allowing just two runs and striking out four while giving up six hits on the way to his fifth victory of the season.

Cooper Powell come in to relieve Digrugilliers in the seventh and would go 1.2 scoreless innings, striking out three while allowing just one baserunner.

Brian Gadsby would get the final four outs for Mankato, not without drama however as the Bucks would get the tying runner all the way to third, getting credit for the save Gadsby now has three on the season.

It was a big win for Mankato who was able to keep pace with division St. Cloud, who also won tonight and own a half game lead over the ‘Dogs.

The MoonDogs will now travel to Waterloo to conclude the final two games of the four game series against the Bucks.

You can listen to the game live on 1230 AM The Fan Mankato, on the iHeart Radio app, or online at www.mankatomoondogs.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.