The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 3, 2014

MoonDogs use long ball to pull away from Willmar

Mankato has scored 10-or-more runs in 2 of last 3 games

MANKATO — Logan Gray’s two solo home runs helped the Mankato MoonDogs to a 10-2 victory over the Willmar Stingers Monday night in a Northwoods League baseball game at Franklin Rogers Park.

The win gives Mankato a 4-3 record in NWL action.

Coming in to the game Gray had a .154 batting average with just two hits in six games, but the Austin Peavy infielder went 2 for 5 with two solo shots and two RBIs. The fans at Franklin Rogers got to witness another productive pitching performance from their starter.

Left-hander Trevor Lubking pitched 5.2 innings with seven strikeouts and surrendered only three hits and no earned runs.

After getting walked in the bottom of the first, MoonDogs’ center fielder Tyler Sullivan made his way around the bases with some help from some passed balls, including the one that brought him in to give the ‘Dogs the early lead. Sullivan went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

The MoonDogs scored at least one run in six of the first seven innings, including a four run second inning.

After Gray’s first solo shot of the night, Derek Umphres and Sullivan reach on singles, then right fielder Brinn Bell busted the game open with a two-run double which hit the warning track. The MoonDogs found themselves with bases loaded and left fielder Ridge Smith, their home run leader, up to the plate, but he grounded out to second base for a double play to stop the threat.

First baseman Levi Scott joined the solo home run club in the top of the sixth with a monstrous shot to left, his second of the season. The Burleston, Texas native finished the night 1 for 4 with an RBI and a walk.

Right fielder Bell continues to have success at the Frank, batting .714 in two games, including going 3 for 3 on Monday with a double, triple and three RBIs. Though Bell is still looking for his first hit on the road this season.

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