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MoonDogs Fall to La Crosse After Six-Run Sixth Inning

Mankato, Minn. – The MoonDogs fell to the La Crosse Loggers tonight, making it their third straight loss. La Crosse’s big inning came in the sixth inning as Mankato gave up three doubles, a single, three walks, and a total of six runs.

Loggers outfielder, Braiden Ward (Washington) walked to lead off the game, then stole second base and scored La Crosse’s first run off of a Shane McGuire (San Diego) ground out to shortstop.

The MoonDogs started a rally in the bottom of the second when they had the bases loaded with two outs. Nick Novak (Angelo State) singled to center field and drove in Josh Elvir (Houston) from third base, but Max Wright (Indiana State) would try to score from second and he was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.

La Crosse would come back with two runs in the top of the third inning to put themselves ahead 3-1. Ward would reach base again at the start of the inning off of a Novak throwing error at shortstop. Bryce Blaum (Texas A&M) later scored in the inning off of a ground ball double play hit by Loggers first baseman, Korey Lee (California).

The flood gates opened in the top of the sixth as the MoonDogs went through three different pitchers and surrendered six runs to give the Loggers a 9-1 lead for the remainder of the game.

The MoonDogs will head to La Crosse tomorrow to play the Loggers at 7:05 pm as Jacob Nagel (Bellarmine) is expected to take the mound for Mankato.

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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.