Written By Reese Lannon
Bismarck, N.D – The Mankato MoonDogs certainly were ready to go for a 9:05 a.m. game as
part of a doubleheader in Bismarck against the Larks Tuesday morning, as the MoonDogs
cruised to a 14-1 win.
The victory came easy for the MoonDogs, who never trailed, or faced any sort of threat from the
For the second straight day against the Larks, and the sixth game in a row overall, Mankato got
on the board first, and in a big way. They tagged Bismarck starter Dillon Goetz for six runs,
having just one hit in the inning in the second inning, forcing an early exit for Goetz.
Mankato continued to cruise in the fourth inning, as Max Williams (Florida State) hit his NWl-
leading ninth double to score Easton Fritcher (Minnesota). Williams would come around to score
on a wild pitch later in the inning, making it 8-0.
Caleb Strack (Iowa) got the start for Mankato, and he was absolutely dominant against a lifeless
Bismarck lineup. Strack fired seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while walking none
and striking out 10. Strack would earn the victory, his second of the year.
The Dogs added a run in the fifth inning on a Joe Hauser (Minnesota) RBI single. Then, the
MoonDogs really put it out of reach in the sixth. Kai Roberts (Utah) started the scoring with an
RBI single, and then Hauser came to the plate again and delivered a three-run home run to left
field for his third home run of the season, making it a 13-0 game.
Mankato added another run in the seventh, as Williams launched his third home run of the year.
Williams had three hits on the morning, and extended his hit streak to 12 games. The Larks
would get on the board with two outs in the ninth inning with a solo home run, but it was
ultimately too little, too late.
Mankato and Bismarck go to battle once again tonight with game two of the doubleheader
starting at 6:35 p.m. To follow the game, it is free to watch on Northwoods League TV, or to
listen to on Mixlr.
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’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 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 325 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 Rockers as your favorite team.