MoonDogs Win a Close One Against Eau Claire
Mankato, Minn. – Nathan Hickey got the win in Sunday’s game over Eau Claire as he pitched six innings, struck out seven, and only surrendered one unearned run. Geremy Guerrero came in for relief and pitched two innings did not allow any runs. Zach Hardy then pitched the ninth inning and secured his sixth save of the season.
The MoonDogs scored both of their runs early in the third inning today. RJ Teijeiro (UCLA) and Nick Novak (Angelo State) both led off the inning with back-to-back singles. They both eventually scored off of a pair of sacrifice flies from Austin Bull (Grand Canyon) and Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State).
Eau Claire scored their only run of the game in the top of the fourth inning to shorten the lead to 2-1. Express second baseman, Scott Ogrin, hit a double to left-center field and would score on an error from RJ Teijeiro.
Nathan Hickey has now moved to 4-4 on the season and has a 4.00 ERA with 49 strikeouts out of 51.2 innings.
The MoonDogs now head into the All-Star Break with five players elected to play in Kalamazoo, Jake Shepski (Xavier), Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State), Adam Lukas (Evansville), Jon Ludwig (Minnesota State), and Brandon Pfaadt (Bellarmine).
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.