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Published On: June 8th, 2018

Mankato, Minn – With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, Kyle MacDonald hit a solo, walk-off home run to beat the Thunder Bay Border Cats.

Thunder Bay was off to an early start offensively, and pulled off a double steal in the second inning. Gunner Hellstrom (University of Nebraska) would then drive in Evan Russell (University of Tennessee) on a sacrifice fly, as their only run of the game.

The Dogs would quickly respond in the bottom of the second inning on a Evan Klugerman (Bucknell) single that drove in Max Wright (Indiana State).

Nick Belzer (MSU) put on another solid perfomance for the Dogs, as he pitched seven innings and only allowed three hits and one run. Brandon Pfaad (Bellarmine) took over in the eighth inning and struck out eight batters, only allowing one hit in three innings of work.

The MoonDogs will play at The Frank again tomorrow night (June 8th) against the Border Cats and first pitch will be at 6:05 pm.


The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit 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.