Photo taken by Dave Tester
By: Connor Wachtel
Willmar, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs (12-7) were shutout 2-0 by the Willmar Stingers (11-10) in a Northwoods League baseball game, Monday at Bill Taunton Stadium.
Willmar prevailed in the contest with two runs batted in by William Hamiter. The first came in the fifth inning with the other crossing the plate in the seventh. He had a 3-for-1 evening with one walk.
The Stingers outhit the MoonDogs 7-4 while Mankato had the game’s only pair of errors.
The win went to Willmar’s right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Watson. Watson threw seven innings of shutout baseball while allowing three hits and striking out 13 Moondogs hitters.
Jonathan Clark (San Jose State) was the MoonDogs starting arm Monday where he threw six strong innings allowing one run. Clark gave up four hits, walked five and struck out six while falling to 0-1 in his second start of the summer.
In their next action, the MoonDogs head back home to play host to Willmar with the first pitch on Tuesday slated for 6:35 p.m. at ISG Field.
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’ 27th 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.