By Chad Courrier
---- — MANKATO -- Seven pitchers saw mound time Friday, but the Mankato MoonDogs had the most effective one.
Donovan Feenstra, a lefty from the University of Cumberlands, was the winner Friday night when other arms had trouble finding the plate. The result was a 10-7 victory in a Northwoods League baseball game at Franklin Rogers Park.
Four Alexandria pitchers combined to walk 16 batters and hit one, only allowing six hits, while three MoonDogs pitchers walked just seven and gave up 10 hits with 10 strikeouts. There were four errors in the game, three by Mankato.
"They gave us a lot of runs early with all the walks," MoonDogs manager Mike Orchard said. "Then we gave the lead right back. Baseball can be maddening sometimes but we kept our cool and got through it."
After allowing an unearned run in the first inning, the MoonDogs answered in their first at-bat as four walks, an infield groundout and a wild pitch produced two runs. Jonathan Rodriguez then ripped a two-run double to the left-center gap, and Ryan Rosthenhausler added an RBI single up the middle for a 5-1 lead.
The MoonDogs added to the lead in the second inning. With two outs, the MoonDogs used four walks and two wild pitches to plate two more for a 7-1 lead.
In the fourth, Mankato returned the favor, turning four singles, a couple errors and a wild pitch into five runs for Alexandria, cutting the lead to 1.
Feenstra, whose first pitch went to the backstop to allow the fifth run, got through 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and two walks with five strikeouts. He got the MoonDogs to the ninth inning, picking up the victory.
Meanwhile, Corey Fitzgerald was Alexandria's most effective pitcher, holding the MoonDogs scoreless through his five-plus innings.
The MoonDogs got three insurance runs in the eighth as four walks preceded Tim Arakawa's two-run single.
Alexandria got one run back in the ninth, but Jess Amedee left the bases loaded for the 10-7 victory.
Rodriguez finished with three RBIs, while Matt Wollenzin, Arakawa and Rosthenhausler each had two RBIs. Wollenzin had two hits, and Rosthenhausler walked three times.
The MoonDogs (9-7) host Alexandria again today, starting at 6:05 p.m. The MoonDogs are tied for third in the North Division, two games out of first place. Alexandria falls to 3-12.