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MoonDogs Outlast Rox in Extras

St. Cloud, MN – The Mankato MoonDogs survived a scare in the ninth and tenth innings to best the St. Cloud Rox 5-4 in ten innings. Mankato moved into a three-way tie for first place in the second half standings, winning their third in a row in the process.

The MoonDogs plated two runs in the first on a CJ Huntley (Indiana State) RBI single, staking starter Blake Tritch (North Dakota State) to an early advantage.

The Rox ripped off three straight runs in the coming innings, giving the St. Cloud a one run lead after five. Zac Wiley (Bellarmine) put the MoonDogs back in front in the sixth with a two run single, a lead the MoonDogs kept until the ninth.

Looking for his ninth save, Zach Hardy (New Mexico State) struck out the first batter he faced before conceding a double. With two outs, Connor Aube of the Rox smacked a double of his own, tying the game.

The MoonDogs went to work in the tenth, as Huntley drove in Kyle MacDonald (Arkansas State) to score the winning run.

Out again for the tenth, Hardy worked around a leadoff single to earn the win. Mankato took their third in a row, and their ninth in ten tries.

Now in a tie with the Huskies and Stingers, the MoonDogs start a two game series with the Huskies Thursday. First pitch is slated for 6:35 at Wade Stadium.

 

##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.