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Published On: June 4th, 2022

Photo captured by Dylan Engel (Mankato MoonDogs)

Written by: Jacob Toepfer


LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Mankato MoonDogs swept Loggers in a two-game series at Copeland Park. They had a big debut from Donavan Schultz (Evansville).  Schultz went six strong innings and had the Logger hitters losing control of their axes. This was the MoonDogs’ fifth win of the season, bringing their record to a total of 5-1.


Schultz shutout the Loggers with nine strikeouts and did not walk a single batter in enemy territory.


Schultz was relived by Jarrett Blunt (Nebraska Omaha), Thomas Bruss (Augustana) and Tyson Neighbors (Kanas State). Together they surrendered one hit with four strikeouts over the course of the final three innings.


The offense was led by Nick Altermatt (Minnesota State) who had a two-RBI single in the top of the third to give the Dogs a 3-0 lead. Nathan Ebersole (UW-Milwaukee) had scored previously on a wild pitch to get the Dogs on the board.


Mankato tacked on two more in fourth off a fielder’s choice put in play by Ebersole and a Kai Roberts’ (Utah) sacrifice fly.


After the fourth inning, the Dogs were held in check by reliever Grady Gorgen (Troy). Gorgen struck out seven batters in four and two-thirds innings of work. Gorgen did not allow a single MoonDog hit. He took over for Will Watson (West Virginia), who is now 0-1 on the summer, who was the pitcher of record and taken out in the fourth inning.


The Loggers didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning and finished with four on the day, all but one of them were infield singles for La Crosse.


The MoonDogs will travel to St. Cloud to take on the undefeated 5-0 St. Cloud Rox Sunday. In a heavyweight battle between two of the best teams in the Great Plains Conference, Weston Lombard (San Fransisco) will be making his first appearance and his first start in St. Cloud, Minn. First pitch will be at 4:05 at Joe Faber 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’ 28th 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 280 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 (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist 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 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at For more information, visit 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.