The Mankato MoonDogs lost on a walk off wild pitch Tuesday 6-5 to the La Crosse Loggers.
Mankato trailed from the beginning at Copeland Park, as the Loggers scored one run in the second and the fourth inning. Trailing by two runs in the top of the ninth, the MoonDogs forced the hand of the Loggers, scoring two on the back of RBI singles from Nick Novak (Angelo State) and RJ Teijiero (UCLA).
After tying the game, the MoonDogs had the bases loaded with just one out, but Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) grounded into a double play in what would be the last time up to bat for the MoonDogs.
The bottom of the ninth started harmlessly, with Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) getting two groundouts from the first two batters. However, after two singles and an error, the runners both moved into scoring position.
On the very next pitch, the winning run scored on a wild pitch, as the ball was outside and low for catcher Max Wright (Indiana State).
This was the second game between the Loggers and MoonDogs this year to be finished with a walk off, both played at Copeland Park and won by the Loggers.
Offensively, Austin Bull (Grand Canyon) swatted two doubles, raising his total to three for the season. Nick Novak chipped in two hits with a run and a walk, and Jake Shepski (Xavier) scored and singled in a pinch-hit appearance.
With the first half of the season in the books, the MoonDogs look to clinch the second half playoff berth. Squaring off with the Bismarck Larks for the first time, the Dogs return to the Frank Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 3:05.
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.