Bucks Six-Run Second Enough to Sweep MoonDogs Saturday
By: Connor Wachtel
Waterloo, Iowa — Another standout inning helped the Waterloo Bucks secure a win, 7-2, and series sweep over the Mankato MoonDogs.
Down one early, Waterloo had another big inning prove the difference maker in getting a game-two win for a series sweep of the MoonDogs, Saturday. In the second, the Bucks scored six runs on six hits. Peyton Williams rounded out the explosive inning with a solo home run to make it 7-2. Ultimately, the Bucks held on to win Saturday’s game.
In the first three at bats of the night, the MoonDogs got singles from Zach Gilles and Evan Berkey. Both went on to score for an early, 2-0, lead. Dylan Phillips scored Gilles and Michael Curialle singled to right to score Berkey.
The Bucks cut the deficit in half, 2-1. In the bottom of the first. Williams had the first RBI for Waterloo, scoring Xane Washington on a single to left.
The second inning was a big one for the Bucks. They scored six runs on six hits and took a 7-2 lead.
Before stretching time in Waterloo, Berkey had a two-run double off the wall to make it 7-4. However, the Bucks would hold the MoonDogs there to sweep the two-game game series for their sixth win in a row.
The box score saw the MoonDogs outhit by the Bucks, 9-7, and have more miscues in the field with a pair of errors to Waterloo’s one.
Earning the win was Bucks’ starter, Duncan Davitt (2-1). The righty starter went 5.2 frames and allowed six hits and two runs. Davitt walked a pair and struck out four. Christian McGowan shut the door for the Bucks to secure his first save of the season. In the ninth, McGowan pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning and
Jarret Krzyzanowski (0-2) went two innings in Waterloo, Saturday. The right-handed reliever made his first start for Mankato. Krzyzanowski allowed seven runs on seven hits and walked three.
For tonight’s box score click HERE.
The Mankato MoonDogs (10-17) will take two days off before taking on the Willmar Stingers (16-9) at Franklin Rogers Park in Mankato, Minn. First pitch Tuesday is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Star Jordan Zimmermann (DET). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.mankatomoondogs.com 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.