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Express Drop a Shootout Against Duluth

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Eau Claire, Wis. – It was an absolute shootout at Wade Stadium as the Eau Claire Express (1-5) dropped a close one to the Duluth Huskies (2-4).

Eau Claire starter, Justin Revels (Illinois-Springfield), pitched five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out five and walking three. Tyler Strzelczyk (MATC) and Colton Hale (Illinois-Springfield) would work out of the bullpen, allowing a combined five runs on six hits.

The Express jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 2nd inning. Zac Stange (Winona State) stole second base, allowing Adam Krajewski (St. Thomas) to score from third base. However, Duluth would quickly respond, scoring two runs in the bottom of the frame. The Huskies would add another run in the bottom of the third on a John Lagattuta RBI single.

Nic Ready (Air Force) absolutely crushed a ball to left for a two run home run in the top of the 5th inning, tying the Huskies at 3-3. This tie would last one inning before Duluth’s Cade Edwards would drive in General McArthur in the bottom of the 6th.

The 7th inning was a big one for the Express. Devon Garcia (Ohio) hit a 2 RBI double and Phillip Sikes (New Mexico) would drive Garcia in with his own RBI double in the very next at bat. The final Express run of the inning came on a Tommy Gillman (Midland JC) RBI single. The Express would remain in the lead until the bottom of the 9th inning when Duluth’s Augie Isaacson would hit a two out, 3 RBI double to walk it off.

The major highlight of the game today was Nic Ready. The Express first baseman had an incredible game, going 5-5 with a home run, double, three singles, two RBIs, and two runs scored.  He would be awarded with Northwoods League Player of the Night honors.

The Express will travel to Thunder Bay for two games before returning home for a 6:35 pm first pitch on Wednesday, June 6th, against the Bismark Larks. It will be Buck Night at Carson Park. This includes $1 hot dogs, $1 small sodas, $1 domestic beer and $4 wine for the first three innings!

Season tickets and 5-Game Packs are on sale now. 5-Game Packs include a reserved seat, Express jersey, Express hat, Express mug, and unlimited food and beverage for $70. Click here to purchase your 5-Game Pack online and we will contact you about your seats. You can also call us at (715)839-7788.  Jersey sizes will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

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The Eau Claire Express 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.eauclaireexpress.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.