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Huskies Roll Past Willmar, Advance To The Summer Collegiate World Series

Huskies To Make Third SCWS Appearance, First Since 2013

The Duluth Huskies are headed back to the Summer Collegiate World Series after a dominant 17-7 victory over Willmar in the North Division Championship.

The Stingers opened the scoring with a run in the third inning but it was all Huskies the rest of the way. Duluth put up 17 consecutive runs after the fourth inning, scoring in each of the final five frames. Willmar scratched across six runs in the bottom of the ninth but the rally fell short.

Andrew Stout was the winning pitcher, tossing seven strong innings. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and struck out seven. Ten different Huskies recorded a hit, led by Michael McCann who came off the bench in the fifth inning and finished 3-4 with 6 RBI. Antonio Monroy also had a three-hit day as he and General McArthur each drove in four runs.

The Huskies are now 49-25 and advance to the Summer Collegiate World Series for the third time in franchise history. The Huskies’ opponent is the Fond du Lac Dock Spiders, who defeated Kalamazoo 3-1 in the South Division Championship. Neither franchise has won a Northwoods League title; the Huskies have appeared in the best-of-three championship series twice (2004 and 2013) but were swept both times by Madison. Fond du Lac was founded in 2016 and will be making their first trip to the Summer Collegiate World Series.

Game one will be Wednesday night at Herr-Baker Field in Fond du Lac, with first pitch set for 6:35 pm. Games two and three (if necessary) will be played Thursday and Friday at Wade Stadium in Duluth.

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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 www.duluthhuskies.com 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