Mankato, Minn. – The MoonDogs beat the Willmar Stingers Tuesday night after a big offensive night from the Mankato lineup. The MoonDogs lineup had a combined two home runs, sixteen hits, and eleven runs in their 11-4 win over the Stingers.
Brett Newberg ran into trouble in the second inning when he gave up four runs to Willmar. John Trousdale started the rally for the Stingers with a triple to the left-center field wall. Caleb Ricca and Davis Elliot would hit back-to-back RBI doubles to score the first two runs of the game. Jaxon Hallmark and Mike Rudick would follow up with back-to-back singles to put the Stingers up 4-0.
Nick Novak and Austin Bull led off the fifth inning with two consecutive doubles, and then Jake Shepski hit a go-ahead two-run home run to put Mankato in the lead, 5-4.
Garrett Mitchell drove in his third RBI of the night in the eighth inning when he singled to left field and scored Shepski to give the MoonDogs an 11-4 commanding lead heading into the 9th inning.
Mitchell went 4-4 with three RBIs, and hit his second home run of the season, and Austin Bull went 3-5 with two RBIs. Brett Newberg received his fifth win of the season after pitching five and one-third innings for Mankato.
The MoonDogs will play the St. Cloud Rox tomorrow at The Frank at 12:05 pm for the first game of a two-game double header. The second game will take place in St. Cloud at 7:05 pm.
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.