Mankato at La Crosse Suspended in Fifth Frame, Moved to Tuesday Doubleheader
By: Connor Wachtel
LA CROSSE, Wis. – The Mankato MoonDogs (18-8) and La Crosse Loggers (12-16) were just two outs from completing an official game, Monday at Copeland Park.
The MoonDogs led the contest 3-0 until the skies opened up in the bottom half of the fifth with one out which signaled a stoppage as tarps were brought out to shield the field from moisture. The nine-inning game will be resumed Tuesday in La Crosse at 5:05 p.m., with the originally scheduled game following it up as a seven-inning ballgame.
Mankato grabbed a 3-0 lead with one run in the first and two in the second. In three at bats, Adrian Torres (Grand Canyon) had a single and a pair of RBI.
Starting on the hill for the MoonDogs was Blake Reilly (Grand Canyon). Reilly threw 4.1 innings of shutout baseball while allowing one hit. He walked one and had seven strikeouts.
For the Loggers, Travis Luensmann pitched three innings, allowed five hits and three runs (two earned), walked four and had three strikeouts.
The MoonDogs and Loggers will resume the game Tuesday at 5:05 p.m., as a nine-inning affair, with Tuesday’s originally scheduled contest following it up, as a seven-inning game.
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.