MacDonald Homers Twice in MoonDogs Win Over Thunder Bay
Mankato, Minn. – Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) and Blaze Glenn (Youngstown State) both led the way in a big offensive night for the MoonDogs as the team won 14-2. MacDonald hit a two-run home run to right field in the third inning and then followed it up with a solo home run in his next at bat. Glenn drove in four of the seven runs that were scored in the eighth inning when he hit a grand slam to left field.
Nathan Hickey (Tarleton) had a solid outing on the mound today for the MoonDogs. The six-foot right-hander threw eight shutout innings, struck out five batters, and only allowed four hits against the Border Cats.
The bats for Mankato were off to an early start in the first inning with three straight singles. The third single from Jake Shepski (Xavier) scored the first run of the game, driving in Nick Novak (Angelo State).
Thunder Bay put together a small rally in the top of the ninth forcing the MoonDogs to use both Matt Arens (Cal Poly) and then Ricky Digrugilliers(Minnesota State). The Border Cats scored their first run after Arens walked in a run, and then Cam Pearcey (Coastal Carolina University) drove a single into center to score their second and final run of the game.
With MacDonald’s two home runs today, he is now tied with La Crosses’ Harrison Reed for the most home runs in the North Woods League. He still has the sole lead in RBIs in the league with 44 RBIs.
Game two against Thunder Bay will take place at The Frank tomorrow night, and first pitch is schedule for 7:05 pm.
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