Photo captured by Dylan Engel (Mankato MoonDogs)
Written by Connor Wachtel
DULUTH, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs took down the Duluth Huskies, 4-2, in a Northwoods League baseball game played at Wade Stadium, Friday night.
The MoonDogs, now 23-21 overall in 2022 with a 4-6 second-half record following the victory, while the Huskies, now 22-21, fell to 3-7 in the second-half standings.
Charles McAdoo (San Jose State) lifted the MoonDogs over the Huskies offensively. His eighth-inning single through the right side scored Ariel Armas (San Diego) and Kai Roberts (Utah) to give the MoonDogs the 4-2 lead they rode to victory.
MoonDogs’ closing pitcher and Northwoods League Great Plains All-Star, Tyson Neighbors (Kansas State), secured the win when he picked up his eighth save of the summer in the ninth inning.
Duluth led in the score column for the majority of Friday’s ballgame. After taking the lead by scoring in the bottom of the first, both sides scored in the third. The MoonDogs evened the score at 2-2 with a run in the top half of the sixth.
Donovan Schultz (Evansville) dealt out four and two-thirds of two-run baseball with eight hits against and eight strikeouts along the way. In relief, Taisei Yahiro (Grand Canyon) led the MoonDogs out of the fifth frame before holding Duluth scoreless in the sixth. Picking up the win to improve to 1-0, Jakob Meyer (Evansville) threw up scoreless seventh and eighth innings for Mankato.
Up next, the MoonDogs return home to host the Huskies, Saturday 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’ 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 watchnwl.com. 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.