MoonDogs See Four Game Winning Streak End
The Mankato MoonDogs were defeated by the Duluth Huskies 9-4 Sunday to snap their four game winning streak. The MoonDogs allowed 17 hits to the Huskies, who pulled even in the standings after the win.
With the MoonDogs trailing 1-0 in the top of the sixth, Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) and CJ Huntley (Indiana State) both managed to reach base. Josh Elvir belted a three run homerun during the next at bat, giving the MoonDogs their only lead of the game.
Duluth answered with four runs in the bottom of the sixth, regaining a lead they would not relinquish. The Huskies added two runs in the seventh and the eighth for good measure.
Both Elvir and Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) tallied two hits on the day, making up four of the six hits mustered by the MoonDogs.
A startling moment occurred in the eighth inning when designated hitter Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) was unintentionally hit in the head with a pitch by relief pitcher Tyler Cassmeyer (Lindenwood). Wiley remained down on the ground for an extended period of time, but was eventually able to leave the field with the assistance of the attending athletic trainers. Roger Danison (Xavier) took the place of Wiley and came around to score after an RBI single from Max Wright (Indiana State).
The MoonDogs and Huskies will face off again Monday in Duluth, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 Central Time.
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.