Eau Claire Offense Cools Down in Duluth
Duluth, MN – The Eau Claire Express (3-2, 22-19) could not get things started offensively on Sunday afternoon against the Duluth Huskies (3-2, 16-25). While things started to heat up in the later innings, the Express fell to the Huskies by a final of 6-2.
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The Duluth Huskies ran away with the game in the first 6 innings. They scored one run in the 1st, two in the 3rd, one in the 5th, and finally two runs in the 6th inning to go up 6-0.
Eau Claire attempted a late inning comeback, as two Express runs came in during the top of the 7th inning. Brandon Dieter (Stanford) doubled to lead off the inning. Brock Burton (Grand Canyon) walked and moved Dieter to second. Cole Cabrera (Cal Poly) had a 2 RBI double that plated both Dieter and Burton and put the Express on the board. This 6-2 score held as the final.
Craig Colen (Cal Poly) got the start for the Express and took the loss. Though he pitched quickly and overall effectively, the Huskies capitalized on a few mistake pitches. Colen went 6.0 innings and gave up 6 runs, 4 being earned. Rece Finck (Illinois-Springfield) was fantastic for 2.0 innings, not allowing a run or a hit. Finck walked one and struck out one.
Cole Cabrera had a nice day at the play, going 2-4 with the two RBIs. Brandon Dieter also went 2-4 and scored a run.
The Express are back at Carson Park tomorrow, Monday July 8th, for a 6:35 pm first pitch against the Duluth Huskies. It’s Mystery Monday! Check out our social media for a ‘Mystery Monday’ clue on how to receive a special discount to the game.
The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The 25-year old summer collegiate 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 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 (MIA). 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.