Georgia Southwestern pitcher Zach Whitman made his first start with the Mankato (Minn.) MoonDogs of the Northwoods League Monday night.
Whitman allowed three runs - two earned - in 5.2 innings, taking the loss in a 3-2 game against the Brainerd (Minn.) Lunkers.
Whitman, who just completed his junior season for the Hurricanes, will be facing some of the top collegiate players from across the country this summer. Rosters are peppered with NCAA Division I players from the Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big Sky, West Coast, Atlantic Sun, Great West and Pac-10 conferences. Since the league began play in 1994, 53 NWL alumni have made it to the Major Leagues.
As stated on the Northwoods League Web site, the NWL is a summer
baseball league comprised of teams of the top college players from
across the nation and North America. All players in the league must
have NCAA eligibility remaining in order to participate. Players
are not paid (this preserves their NCAA eligibility).
Each team is operated similar to a professional minor league team, providing players an opportunity to play under the same conditions using wooden bats, minor league specification baseballs, experiencing overnight road trips, and playing nightly before fans in a stadium.
The MoonDogs schedule consists of 68 games played between May 28 and August 10.
Follow Whitman and the MoodDogs this summer at www.mankatomoondogs.com.
PHOTO BY: Mankato MoonDogs