MoonDogs Five-Game Streak Concludes at Paws of Huskies
By: Connor Wachtel
MANKATO, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs’ (43-22) five-game win streak ended following a matchup with the Duluth Huskies (28-37) that resulted in a 12-5 defeat, Wednesday night at ISG Field.
The Huskies got this going quickly on Wednesday, cracking the score column on the game’s first pitch with a solo home run to left off the bat of Michael Brooks (Central Florida) to give the Huskies an early 1-0 lead.
After the Huskies added three more runs to take a four-run lead in the fourth inning, Carson Yates (UCLA) followed it up in the bottom half of the inning with his second home run of the summer, a three-run blast to left that shrunk the deficit to 4-3 to conclude the fourth inning.
From that point on, the visiting Huskies took over by scoring eight consecutive runs with six in the sixth and another pair in the eighth. The MoonDogs mounted a two-run rally in the eighth, but ultimately finished the contest with their five-game win streak coming to an end in a 12-5 loss to the Huskies.
Duluth outhit the MoonDogs 11-4 in the contest despite outnumbering Mankato in defensive mishaps by a margin of 2-1.
Earning the win was a relief pitcher for Duluth in Jake Schelonka (St. Scholastica) after he threw up three scoreless frames with one hit allowed. In his MoonDogs debut, Andrew Gustafson (Gustavus Adolphus College) suffered the loss and fell to 0-1 in his Northwoods League career.
The MoonDogs and Huskies resume their series on Wednesday with the season finale between the two in-state foes set 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.