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Huskies Beat Honkers in Series Opener

           The Duluth Huskies came away with the win tonight, beating the Rochester Honkers 4-1.  It was a beautiful night for baseball, as the Huskies’ defense was stellar, and the pitching was dominant over the opposition.

            The Honkers came out to an early lead in the second inning, scoring one run on two hits and a walk.  That would be all they could muster up against the Huskies’ pitching, as they would only put up seven hits throughout the game.  The Huskies’ offense however, sparked in the bottom of the third inning, scoring two runs on two hits, as their bats were timely in pushing runners around the bases.  They would cease to look back from there. 

The hometown Huskies were able to push across two more runs in the game coming in the fifth and seventh innings.  The fifth inning was simple baseball: get a guy on, push him around to score, in any way possible.  Sam Baier carried himself around the bases with ease.  He singled, stole second, and advanced to third on a passed ball, making it easy for him to score on a fielder’s choice.  The seventh inning was the most consistent offensive inning of the night.  The Huskies put good swings on the ball to string put up one run on four hits in the inning. 

            Piero Amador started on the mound tonight and kept the Honkers’ bats tamed through five and one-third innings, allowing one run on six hits, walking three and striking out three.  The Huskies bullpen was lights out.  Truso, Gonrowski, and Folman each came into the game, allowing no runs on one hit between the three of them.  On the offensive side, Brett Milazzo had an impressive night at the plate, going 3-4 and crossing the plate once. 

            With a clear night, and loud fans, the stage was set for a Huskies’ win all the way through.  This was one of the cleanest games played so far this season, only committing one error.  It was good to see the Huskies firing on all cylinders.  With their bats consistent, their pitching lights out, and their defense calm, the home team was determined to get their second home win in a row.  The talent displayed tonight will have the Huskies’ fans eager to watch their team for the rest of the season, as they are on a tear and don’t seem to be ready to let their foot off the gas. 

            The Huskies have an early game tomorrow, Tuesday, June 6, as they look to take on the Honkers once more.  It is also Education Day at the Wade, so there will be a packed house!  Come on down to cheer on your Huskies!  First pitch is to be tossed at 11:35 a.m.  Doors open at 10:35 a.m.