Home Runs from MacDonald and Elvir Lead the MoonDogs to Victory
Mankato, Minn – Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) hit a home run in his second consecutive game in the MoonDogs win over the Border Cats. MacDonald now leads the league with 5 home runs on the season.
Jonathan Ludwig (Minnesota State) took the hill today for the Dogs, and pitched six innings, struck out six, and only allowed one run.
The Border Cats got off to an early start when Mark Vierling (University of Missouri) singled to right field. He then stole second base and Billy Cook (Pepperdine) doubled to left-center field and drove in Vierling for the first run of the ball game.
The MoonDogs would have a huge inning in the bottom of the sixth, scoring four runs to expand their lead to 6-0. MacDonald led off the rally with a home run to right field. Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) and Josh Elvir (Houston) drew bac-to-back walks, and eventually scored off of a Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) double to left-center.
Elvir came to the plate again in the eighth inning and hit the second home run of the night to put the MoonDogs up 7-2.
Jordan Jackson came in for an inning and two-thirds only to surrender one run and finish off the Border Cats and lock up a win before heading on the road to Duluth.
The MoonDogs will play the Duluth Huskies tomorrow at 3:05 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 https://northwoodsleague.com/mankato-moondogs/ 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.