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Huskies lose late lead, fall to Mankato

(Duluth, MN) — Another lost lead led to another frustrating loss for the Huskies at Wade Stadium.  Late mistakes in the field wasted a five-run comeback as the Huskies fell 11-9 to the Mankato MoonDogs.

Despite the late inning collapse, the offense was clicking throughout the game.  Six members of the team had at least two hits; Dom Brugnoni led the attack with three hits, two runs scored, and one RBI.  Alex Greene scored three runs and had two hits from the leadoff spot; Keach Ballard had two hits and a season-high four RBI, and Vinny Rodriguez kept rolling with two hits and an RBI.  Two recent additions to the Huskies, Trent Chatterton (UCLA) and Alex Michaels, (Cal Poly) added two hits each.  AJ McElderry threw 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing only one run on five hits.

Game two starts tomorrow at 6:35pm.

The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 115 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (STL) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League YouTube channel. For more information, visit www.duluthhuskies2.com.