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Division race tightens as Huskies dominate MoonDogs

The Huskies win game two over the MoonDogs 11-2.

John Kuziej, john.kuziej@gmail.com

Duluth, Minn. – After the disappointment of last night, Duluth was all business tonight against Mankato. The game was started by Zach Statzer who battled out on the mound for his squad getting out of some early jams, going six strong innings. Statzer had some trouble with control but was able to buckle down in the big moments and only give up four hits and one run to pick up his fifth win on the season improving to (5-3).

The Huskies offense started early giving their starter a quick three run cushion. With one down in the bottom of second, Calyn Halvorson dug in and delivered a big two RBI single.

The Huskies top of the order was a well-oiled machine tonight as Charlie Rhee, Michael Brooks and Mike Boeve reached base safely 11 times in 14 plate appearances. The top of the order was able to set the table perfectly for the heart of the order.

The heart of the order which consisted of Peyton Powell, Cason Tollett and Ambren Voitik ended up driving home three runs on the day for the Huskies and going 5-12.

The Huskies turned to the bullpen for innings seven, eight, and nine and they were outstanding. Keeping the MoonDogs on a leash all night long. Xavier Fosbenner and Caden Griffin each pitched an inning of no hit ball. The flame thrower Nate Wohlgemuth got the ball in the ninth, pitching with an 11-1 lead. Wohlgemuth was also untouchable not giving up a single hit and getting a MoonDog chasing a squirrel on a nasty slider.

The story of the game was that Huskies pitching left MoonDog runners on base all night long as they were able to strand 10 in total.

Duluth came to play tonight for their skipper Marcus Pointer as he picked up his 50th win as manager tonight against Mankato.

The Huskies improve to 9-9 in the second half and the Moondogs fall to 12-8. The Huskies will be back in action July 29, at 7:05pm in Willmar, Minnesota as they look to build on this performance and go on a second half run.

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