Photo captured by Mansoor Ahmad/Mankato MoonDogs
By: Connor Wachtel
BISMARCK, N.D. – Mother Nature had other plans for the Mankato MoonDogs began a ballgame with the Bismarck Larks in an attempt to conclude a four-game series, Monday at Bismarck Municipal Ballpark.
One inning and one batter into the series finale, rain showered down on the ballpark forcing the tarp to be brought out to prevent moisture from flooding the field. Roughly an hour later, the game was suspended and rescheduled to begin at 4:00 p.m. Aug. 9 in Mankato and prelude an originally scheduled contest between the two teams. Instead, it will now be a doubleheader with the originally scheduled game shortened to a seven-inning contest starting 30 minutes after the conclusion of the suspended game.
Bismarck will remain the home team for the first game, which will resume from the top of the second inning with one out and no runners aboard. Mankato grabbed a 1-0 lead early in Monday’s contest when Jack Costello (San Diego) singled to left scoring Kole Kaler (Hawaii).
The Mankato MoonDogs return home to host the Waterloo Bucks and open the second half of the season at ISG Field, Tuesday at 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’ 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.