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Published On: June 1st, 2021

Duluth uses offense both early and late to split series with Waterloo

 

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Zach Linfield, zachlinfield@gmail.com

 

Duluth, Minn. – The Wade saw a bit less of an attendance on Tuesday night, but the Huskies still delivered a plethora of offense and made the most of Waterloo’s five errors in their second game of the season. in their second game of the season. After falling 5-0 against Waterloo on Memorial Day, the Huskies defeated the Bucks by a score of 10-6. It looked as if the early season jitterbugs may have still been an issue when Arkansas pitcher, Will McEntire took the hill at The Wade. Struggling to find the strike zone early, McEntire saw one run cross the plate on an error from the shortstop and another after a single from Daniel Irisarri in the top half of the 1st. The bottom half is where Duluth found their offensive gold. Six straight Huskies reached base in the 1st, and they plated four runs while chasing Waterloo starter and UCONN commit, Curren Larson.

 

After the 2nd inning where Kimo Fukofuka hit a frozen rope over the left field wall, bats went quiet through the 3rd and 4th. Waterloo picked up two runs in the top of the 5th against Huskies’ reliever, Caden Griffin. With two outs and no one on in the bottom of the 7th, the floor fell through for Waterloo. A couple of walks led to Waterloo’s reliever, Logan Jones, attempting to pick off Ambren Voitik at first base when the ball screeched past 1st Baseman Garrett McGown and headed toward the wall down the line. McGown then threw to third to try and catch Voitik again when the ball was thrown away again. Two errors on one play led to more miscues from the Bucks. All of the fun riding the basepaths carousel led to Duluth scoring four runs in the bottom of the 7th.

 

Waterloo didn’t see much more success at the plate the rest of the game until the top of the 9th against Huskies’ closer, Nate Wohlgemuth. The Bucks added two runs to their tally to cut the Huskies’ lead to four but Wohlgemuth was able to settle in and strike out Emiliano Gonzalez to end the game and secure Duluth’s first win of the new season. Caden Griffin picked up the win (Griffin was the first reliever after McEntire who did not throw five innings) against Waterloo’s Curren Larson. Cason Tollett (1-2) had four plate appearances and doubled in 3 RBI’s and walked twice. Will McEntire tossed three innings of two hit, 2 run ball.

 

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