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July 7, 2013

Runs, rain pour down on MoonDogs

Runs, rain pour on MoonDogs

MANKATO — It poured on Franklin Rogers Field Sunday night.

And that was before the rain came down.

The St. Cloud Rox scored 17 runs on 16 hits and led the Mankato MoonDogs 17-8 when a thunderstorm delayed the Northwoods League baseball game in the top of the ninth inning. The game was eventually called, the ninth inning scoring was wiped out and it went down as a 14-8 Rox win.

Clay Williamson went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and five RBIs for the Rox, and Luke Weber went 2 for 5 with three RBIs.

Mankato had eight hits, including Zach Zehner’s 3-for-4, four-RBI performance. John Michael Twichell added a two-run home run.

The MoonDogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Chase Simpson hit an RBI single and later scored on Zehner’s double.

But the Rox rallied with two outs in the fourth inning as MoonDogs starter Donovan Feenstra walked three and allowed two hits, including Williamson’s three-run double.

Adam Martin made it 6-2 with a two-run home run in the fifth inning to lift Feenstra. Feenstra allowed five hits with two strikeouts and five walks in four-plus innings. In all, four MoonDogs pitchers walked nine batters.

St. Cloud added three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to make it 11-2 before Zehner and Twichell drove in five runs in the bottom of the seventh.

But the Rox weren’t done yet, adding six more runs in the eighth and ninth innings before the rain fell.

The MoonDogs (19-20, 2-2 in second half) will begin a three-game road trip today at Rochester.

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