MoonDogs Sweep Huskies with Thrilling Shutout Victory
By: Mitchell Speltz
DULUTH, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs (32-15) are headed into the All-Star Break with some momentum after a 1-0 shutout victory over the Duluth Huskies (19-27) at Wade Stadium to secure a two-game sweep.
The game was deadlocked at a pitchers duel all afternoon as Luke Young (Midland College) and Duluth starter Cameron Pool (Murray State College) matched each other pitch-for-pitch to start the game.
Pool’s day was done after five shutout innings while Luke Young pitched seven masterful innings not allowing any runs while allowing just five hits.
The Mankato offense would pick up their hurler when they cracked the scoreboard for the game’s only run in the seventh inning with an RBI single with bases-loaded by Evan Berkey (Evansville) to score Justin Boyd (Oregon State).
Carson Hamro (UCLA) was tasked with holding the 1-0 lead for the final two innings and the freshman answered the call as he faced the minimum in both innings, ending the game with a double-play ball to lockdown Mankato’s second shutout victory in their last five games with a 1-0 win.
Luke Young earned his fifth winning decision of the season while Carson Hamro picked up his second save.
The MoonDogs next game will be on Thursday, July 22 when they host the Eau Claire Express at ISG Field for the start of another two-game series. First pitch is at 6:35 p.m.
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