Photo captured by Dylan Engel (Mankato MoonDogs)
Written by Connor Wachtel
MANKATO, Minn. – The Mankato MoonDogs were shutout by the Duluth Huskies, 7-0, at ISG Field, Sunday night.
The MoonDogs head into the all-star break grasping a 24-22 overall record and 5-7 second-half record. The Huskies, now 23-22, are 4-8 in the second-half standings following the win.
The Huskies rode a five-run fifth inning to victory on Sunday night. Peyton Powell (Saint Mary’s College) drove in the first and eventual game-winning run when he singled to center to make it a 1-0 ballgame in favor of Duluth. After the Huskies’ rally concluded, making it 5-0 in the fifth with five hits, Powell singled again in the sixth to tack on another run. After six innings at ISG Field, the Huskies led the MoonDogs 6-0.
Duluth sealed the deal with one more run in the top half of the ninth, which was again unanswered by the home team. The Huskies defeated the MoonDogs Sunday night at ISG Field.
John Lundgren (North Alabama), now 2-2 on the season, came down with the loss in Sunday’s contest for Mankato. After pitching four shutout innings as the starting arm for Mankato, he finished with four and two-thirds of an inning pitched on the day and was pulled in the fifth after surrendering five runs. He walked a pair of batters and struck out four others along the way.
Monday marks the start of a three-day all-star break in the Northwoods League. Sean Ross (Indiana State), Boston Merila (Minnesota) and Tyson Neighbors (Kansas State) will represent the MoonDogs at Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids for the NWL All-Star Game, Tuesday. Ross will also compete in the NWL Home Run Challenge on Monday night.
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.