St. Cloud, MN — The St. Cloud Rox hosted the Mankato MoonDogs for a contest whose winner would become the sole possessor of first place in the North Division for the second half. The game became a low-scoring affair, with the MoonDogs edging the Rox in the ninth inning 3-2 at Joe Faber Field.
Brian Glowicki (Minnesota) had not allowed a run in 17 innings coming into Sunday night’s game for the St. Cloud Rox. The hard throwing righty entered the game in the eighth and made quick work of the MoonDogs in the inning, allowing a hit but striking out two. Glowicki would hit Alvaro Rubalcaba (Cal State Northridge) to lead off the ninth, and that would come back to haunt him.
Rubalcaba advanced to second on a wild pitch with Bryce Adams (LSU) at the plate, and the Mankato first baseman would make Glowicki pay. Adams lined a 2-1 pitch to right field, plating the go-ahead run and cementing Mankato’s place atop the North Division’s second half.
Mankato trailed by two runs until the sixth inning, when Gavin Wehby (Nicholls) drove home Chase Hamilton (Austin Peay) to narrow the deficit to one run. The base-knock would be Wehby’s lone hit of the day, while Hamilton went 2-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored on Saturday.
The MoonDogs pulled even with the Rox in the seventh, with Jake Shepski (Notre Dame) ripping off a double that brought home David Metzgar (CSU Bakersfield). Cooper Powell (Nevada) earned his third win of the season, throwing 3.1 innings of four hit ball without allowing a run. Kevin Yarabinec (Youngstown State) notched his fifth save, entering the game with one out in the ninth.
The MoonDogs will head to La Crosse to take on the Loggers at Copeland Park. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM and can be heard on www.mankatomoondogs.com, the iHeart Radio app, and The Fan Mankato.
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.