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The Floyd Was Strong in This One

LACROSSE, Wisc. First half All-Star selection Collin Floyd (Youngstown State) pitched five and two-thirds innings and the MoonDogs went on to beat the LaCrosse Loggers 6-5 at Copeland Park Sunday night in front of a crowd of 2,507. The MoonDogs scored 5 of their 6 runs in the second inning and batted around the order beginning with a lead off hit by pitch to Zac Wiley (Bellarmine). Kenton Crews (Evansville) followed with a single and Jake Ortega (CSU-Bakersfield) walked to load the bases.

 

Then Alvaro Rubalcaba (Cal. State Northridge) walked to score Wiley from third and Drew Fearing (North Dakota State) singled to make it 2-0. Daniel Amaral (UCLA) hit into a fielder's choice, scoring Ortega from third and Toby Hanson (Minnesota) hit a two-out double to the gap in right center field, scoring Amaral and Rubalcaba and bringing the lead to 5-0. 

 

The Loggers began chipping away at the MoonDogs lead, scoring two runs in each of the third and sixth innings. Then Joey Gerber pitched a scoreless eigth and MoonDogs closer Naithan Dewsnap (CSU-Bakersfield) came in to pitch the ninth, giving up a two out solo home run to David Villar (South Florida) , his second home run of the game. Dewsnap then got the next batter, Luke Rasmussen to fly out to right field to end the game.

 

The MoonDogs improved to 3-2 in the second half North Division standings and 23-18 overall with the victory while the Loggers fell to 2-3, 16-23 overall. Tomorrow night's game between the Loggers and MoonDogs is scheduled for 7:05pm 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. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit [www.mankatomoondogs.com]or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.

 

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The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 170 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and two-time World Series Champion 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 or on Google Play.