Published On: July 18th, 2021

Seven dominate innings from Luke Young helps Mankato sweep Duluth


Matthew Hargrove,

Duluth, Minnesota – One run was all the MoonDogs needed to get the victory over the Huskies on Sunday, as a RBI single from shortstop Evan Berkey in the seventh inning gave Mankato a 1-0 win. MoonDog starting pitcher Luke Young was phenomenal, tossing seven shutout innings while reaching the 100 pitch mark. Husky starter Cameron Pool bounced back nicely from his last outing, going five innings without allowing a run as well.

Fast Forward to the seventh inning, lefty relief pitcher Ben Gerl began the inning with a couple of walks and a single. Immediately after, Gerl let up an RBI single to Berkey into center field that scored the first run of the game. Gerl was replaced by Ohio State’s Ethan Hammerberg, who collected the final two outs of the inning to keep it a one run contest. The righty from UCLA in Carson Hamro closed the door in the last two innings for the MoonDogs, picking up his second save and a sweep on the road against the Huskies. Young snatched his fifth win of the year, moving his record to 5-1 and ERA down to 2.15.

The Huskies officially move onto the All-Star break, where Ambren Voitik, Mike Boeve, Will McEntire, and Eli Sundquist will head to Mankato for the All-Star game on July 20. With today’s sweep, the Huskies move to 7-5 in the second half and 19-27 overall. The wait to get back into the win column will be pushed back to Thursday, when the Huskies hit the road to take on the Bismarck Larks in a two game set.



The Duluth Huskies are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th 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, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. 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.

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