Tyler Patterson diveing into 1st

Tyler Patterson (St. Cloud State) dives safely into first on a pickoff attempt. The Border Cats needed every baserunner they could get but dropped the second game to Mankato 10-5. (Photo Courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography).

An offensive feast was had by the Mankato MoonDogs as they put up 7 runs through the first four innings, led 10-0 at one point and that was enough as they doubled up the Thunder Bay Border Cats 10-5 in action at TBaytel Park. The MoonDogs outscored the Cats 21-9 and put down 26 in the hits column over the two game sweep.

Tanner Rockwell had another Northwoods League player of the night performance for the MoonDogs to match that of his teammate Peter Maris who took the honour last night. The Mankato Third Baseman was 3-5 with a double, a home run, six RBI's and two runs scored in the contest.

The Border Cats put up a 5-run rally in the bottom of the 6th to cut the deficit in half, and loaded the bases in the 9th against MoonDog reliever Austin Warner but fell short. Jordan Serena (Columbia University) had a table setting night in the leadoff spot for Thunder Bay going 4-5 with a double and a run scored.

Dillon Williams went five innings of shutout ball to collect his first win (1-1) in his first start since June for Mankato. Williams only allowed three hits and struckout three faceing the batting order twice. Warner collected his first save tossing 3 2/3 shutout innings allowing a pair of hits and striking out five with one free pass issued.

Yuji Suzuki (Concordia University-St. Paul) went three innings in his start, taking the loss (1-4). The sophomore from Toronto gave up one run per inning, walking three and allowing three hits.

The Border Cats next host the Rochester Honkers for a pair at TBaytel Park. Action starts Saturday night with first pitch slated for 6:05pm.