Huskies Overpower Eau Claire


Lagattuta, Jacobsen go deep to propel Huskies to seventh straight win

The Duluth Huskies continued their winning ways as they topped Eau Claire 10-5 on Saturday. The victory marked the seventh in a row for Duluth, the longest active streak in the Northwoods League.

The Huskies had a pair of early four-run innings to take an 8-0 lead after three innings. Nick Sogard doubled with one out in the first inning and advanced to third base when Sam Baier singled. Chris Gilbody drove in Sogard with an RBI single and John Lagattuta cleared the bases with a three-run homerun.

An error and two walks loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the third inning. Eau Claire issued three consecutive bases loaded walks before Baier delivered an RBI single to give the Huskies an eight-run lead.

The Express got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth inning when Spencer Myers scored on a sacrifice fly by David LaManna. Justin Mitchell delivered a pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the sixth to once again give the Huskies an eight-run lead. Eau Claire answered with three runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to trim Duluth’s lead to four runs.

The Express stranded two runners in scoring position in the seventh and eighth innings before Kyle Jacobsen led off the top of the ninth with a solo homerun.

Andrew Stout (2-0) allowed a run on four hits and struck out five in five innings en route to his second win of the season. Logan VanWey pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to pick up his second save of the season. Baier and Jacobsen each finished 3-4 with two runs scored and one driven in.

The Huskies improve to 14-5 and are now tied with Madison for the best record in the Northwoods League. The Express fall to 5-14 as to the two teams close their two-game series with a 2:05 matchup on Sunday in Eau Claire.




The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 25th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 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 190 former Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (BOS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (TOR).  All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Huskies as your favorite team.