Thunder Bay Salvages Split at Wade Stadium
Duluth, Minnesota —
The Duluth Huskies fell 7-3 to the Thunder Bay Border Cats on Colon Cancer Awareness Night presented by the Colon Cancer Coalition in the second game of a two-game series at Wade Stadium.
Both teams went scoreless in the first inning, with one runner reaching base for each team.
Thunder Bay struck first when first baseman Jordan Larson lead off the Border Cat second inning with a single into left field and designated hitter Jakob Newton followed suit as he reached on a Max Guzman error at first base. Back to back walks drove in Larson before Duluth pitcher Schulyer Hill was able to induce a Nate Soriano groundout to get out of the jam having only given up one run.
The Huskies got the run back as Aaron Greenfield started it off with a single before stealing his way to third. A one-out fielder’s choice from Matt Hogan drove in Greenfield to level the ballgame at one.
No more runs came across to score until the top of the fourth, when the Border Cat’s second baseman Karsten Vasquez grounded out to his Duluth counterpart Lance Ford while still managing to drive in teammate Newton and giving Thunder Bay the lead once again.
Three Huskies reached base to load the bases in their half of the fourth inning before a one-out Channy Ortiz single drove in Preston Hartsell to even the game at two.
Shortstop Nate Soriano took the lead back off Hill in the Thunder Bay fifth inning as he began the inning with a walk before being driven in following a Lance Ford error off the bat of teammate Newton.
The Border Cats were able to add their fourth run on a wild pitch from Duluth pitcher Travis Booth in the top of the fifth inning before an Anthony Galati groundout drove in Karsten Vasquez to extend the Thunder Bay lead to 5-2.
The Huskies were able to load the bases with zero outs in the seventh before a two-out walk from Thunder Bay Pitcher Jordan Jackson drove in Alex Tappen to cut the lead to 5-3 after seven innings.
Thunder Bay immediately responded with a Ryne Edmondson triple, before he was driven in on the following pitch on a single from Vasquez. The Border Cats added one more before Dan Hansen entered the game and promptly retired the side.
The Huskies had opportunities to come back late in the game but were shut down by Thunder Bay’s Jackson to split the two-game series.
The Huskies’ are now 12-8 in the second half of the Northwoods League season as they seek the second-half title in the Great Plains East division as Duluth heads to Waterloo to take on the Bucks in a four-game series over the next three days.
The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Now in its 26th anniversary season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 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 200 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.