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June 5, 2014

O'Neil, Jenkins spark MoonDogs

MANKATO — MoonDogs’ designated hitter Spencer O’Neil hit a home run and a double in an eight-run inning to help his team secure a 8-0 victory over the Rochester Honkers Wednesday night in a Northwoods League North Division baseball game.

O’Neil extended his hitting streak to three games and started the scoring in Wednesday's matchup at Franklin Rogers Park in one swing. In the bottom of the fourth, first baseman Levi Scott yanked the ball down the third-base line for a leadoff double. A few pitches later O’Neil came up and belted a two-run home run near the first-base foul pole.

In the same frame, catcher Craig Lepre got on with a single, then left fielder Brett Murray was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Up came center fielder Eric Schenck, who matched Scott with another dribbler down the third-base line for a two-run double to bring the score to 4-0.

The MoonDogs once again found themselves with two runners on and right fielder Brinn Bell, who is 7 for 11 at Franklin Rogers Park this season, pulled the ball down the first-base line for an RBI-double. After a sac-fly by Scott to bring in Schenck, O’Neil came up once again in the same inning and drilled a 2-run double to left-center field before the inning came to an end.

“We did a great job seeing a lot of pitches early, and Levi did a great job getting on base early and we were able to get those guys in,” O’Neil said. “We were seeing good pitches and staying disciplined at the plate through our whole lineup, and it was good to see that.”

O’Neil, who had four RBIs in the inning, is 6 for 12 in the last three games with a double in all three and added a home run Wednesday. Wednesday's performance brought his batting average up to .389.

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