McGowan to Participate in NWL Home Run Challenge

Waterloo Bucks first baseman Garrett McGowan (Pittsburg St.) will participate in tonight’s 2021 Northwoods League Home Run Challenge.  McGowan replaces Bucks infielder Cameron Repetti, who is unable to participate due to injury.

On the season, the Blue Springs, Missouri native is hitting .335 with 36 RBI and four home runs, which is tied for the team lead.

Nine participants from both the Great Plains and the Great Lakes have been chosen for the event which will feature a nine-inning competition between the two divisions.

The format for the Home Run Challenge is below:

1.         There will be 9 innings with each player having one half inning.

2.         Away team (Great Lakes) player bats first in the top of the inning, and home team player next (Great Plains) in the bottom half of the inning.

3.         Each player will receive 2 minutes, 30 seconds to hit as many home runs as they can during their turn.

4.         Each player will be allowed one timeout that they can take at any time during their 2:30, should they choose.  Timeouts will be thirty seconds in length.

5.         Should any contestant hit back-to-back home runs, they will be granted an additional :30 of time that will be added on after their original 2 minutes has completed and they take a :30 break.  No timeouts will be granted during the bonus time session.

6.         The Team that hits the most Home Runs will be declared the NWL HR Challenge Team Champions.

7.         The Individual who hits the most home runs will be declared the NWL HR Challenge Individual Champion and receive a trophy from the Mankato MoonDogs.


The 2021 All-Star Game will take place in Mankato, MN, at ISG Field, home of the Mankato MoonDogs.

Monday, July 19

All-Star Game Fan Fest and Home Run Challenge

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. to the public.  Includes live music, inflatables, All-Star collectibles, and autograph opportunities.  Home Run Challenge will start at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 20

All-Star Luncheon Banquet

11:00 am – 1:00 p.m. at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Event Center.  Keynote speaker is Minnesota Twins great Tony Oliva.

2021 Northwoods League All-Star Game

Gates open at ISG Field at 5:30 p.m.  First pitch at 7:05 p.m.

For tickets to the game or the banquet, contact the Mankato MoonDogs at (507) 625-7047.