MoonDogs Snap Waterloo’s Five Game Winning Streak

WATERLOO, IOWA- The Mankato MoonDogs (5-4) scored in the third and eighth innings while pitching well on the mound to defeat the Waterloo Bucks (6-3) on Wednesday night (June 7). The loss snaps Waterloo's five game winning streak as the Bucks move into second place in the Northwoods League North Division standings.

No score after two innings until Zac Wiley lined a shot back to the mound that hit off the Waterloo starting pitcher Nathan Walker (1-1) and ricocheted into left field plating the first two runs of the game.

The Bucks didn't have an answer until the bottom of the fifth inning when a groundout to second baseman by Keaton Presley was good enough to get Waterloo on the board trailing 2-1. MoonDog starting pitcher Tyler Lesley (2-0) was effective all night striking out five batters and only allowing the lone run.

The score remained 2-1 until the top of the eigth inning when the MoonDogs cashed in with two outs thanks a two-run single to center by Kenton Crews and an RBI bloop single to center from Alvaro Rubalcaba.

Mankato took a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning and the Bucks put a runner on at first base but Grant Hawkins grounded into a game-ending double play.

The Bucks conclude the four-game home stand by wrapping up a two-game series against the Mankato Moondogs at 6:35 p.m. tomorrow, June 8 on 70's Throwback Thursday presented by Miller High Life.


The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 23-year-old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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, more than 160 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Bucks as your favorite team.