College baseball: Mankato advances in Northwoods playoffs
The Mankato MoonDogs were one of four teams to survive the first round of action as the Northwoods League playoffs began on Monday.
All four quarterfinals games were single elimination.
The MoonDogs rolled with an easy 12-0 road victory at Eau Claire. Daniel Amaral, Jake Shepski and Kenton Crews all hit home runs for Mankato. Crews finished 2-for-4 with four RBIs and Shepski was 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
In the other game involving North Division teams, the St. Cloud Rox advanced with a 9-1 win over the Willmar Stingers. Aaron Rozek pitched seven innings of seven-hit ball for St. Cloud and seven different Rox players drove in at least one run.
Wisconsin Rapids had the South Division’s top record in both the first and second halves of the season (27-9 and 25-10). The Rafters needed a three-run bottom of the eighth inning to rally past the Lakeshore Chinooks 6-4 to advance.
Dustin Woodcock was 3-for-3 with a double, home run, two runs scored and two RBIs for Wisconsin Rapids, which was outhit 10-6 in the game.
In the other South Division showdown, Battle Creek slipped past Rockford 2-0. Dakota Edwards tossed a complete-game three-hit shutout for Battle Creek and he struck out seven. The Bombers pushed across single runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Each division will now begin a best-of-three series to determine the championship series. In games today, St. Cloud plays at Mankato in the North Division and Battle Creek is at Wisconsin in the South Division. Both games start at 7:05 p.m.