Photo captured by Dylan Engel (Mankato MoonDogs)
Written by Jacob Toepfer
BISMARCK, N.D. – The Mankato MoonDogs beat the Bismarck Larks Sunday night at Bismarck Municipal Stadium. The final score was 11-2 in favor of the MoonDogs, who completed a series sweep in their final meeting against the Larks.
With back-to-back victories, the MoonDogs are now 17-11 in the second-half standings with a 36-26 overall mark on the season. With the loss, Bismarck is now 21-43 on the season with a 10-20 second-half record.
Charles McAdoo (San Jose) had another phenomenal day at the plate going three-for-four at the plate with three runs and five RBI. Additionally, he added his fifth home run in four games. Kai Roberts (Utah) went three-for-five with two RBI.
After the Larks plated the game’s first run in the second inning, the MoonDogs answered with a pair of their own in the third before running away with things by scoring in four of the final five frames. With the Larks scoring one final run in the eighth before the MoonDogs piled on three more in the ninth, the MoonDogs eventually prevailed by a final score of 11-2 to secure the series sweep and their second win in a row.
On the mound for the MoonDogs, TJ Martin (St. Scholastica) pitched six innings of one-run and four-hit baseball to improve to 2-1 on the summer. He walked a pair of batters and struck out five others along the way. In relief, Brevin Goetz (Gustavus) pitched three innings with three hits and a run against him while walking two and striking out one.
The MoonDogs return home for a date with the Rochester Honkers, Monday night at ISG Field. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. in Mankato.
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. Now in its’ 29th 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, 300 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 2019/2021 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 and on ESPN+. 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.