Express Clinch Playoff Berth with Victory Over Huskies!
Duluth, MN – The Eau Claire Express defeated the Duluth Huskies 12-5 on Monday night, clinching the Great Plains East second half title in the process.
It was an offensive outburst for Eau Claire in this contest as they collected 20 hits, the fourth most in a game in Express history. Reed Latimer (Montevallo), NWL player of the night, led the way going five for five with two doubles and an RBI. Clay Conn (Illinois-Chicago) also reached base in all five plate appearances, posting four hits with a walk and an RBI. Sam Kuchinski (Montevallo), Charlie Szykowny (UW-Stout), Trevor Haskins (Stanford), and Jake Sapien (Stanford) all had multiple hits as well.
Ethan Louthan (Oklahoma College-Tonkawa) got the start on the bump for the Express and was solid, going five innings and allowing three runs en route to earning the win.
Eau Claire returns to action against the Huskies tonight at 6:35 CT. Playoff tickets go on sale at 9 AM on Thursday, August 11th.
The Eau Claire Express 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. Now in its’ 29th 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, 300 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 (NYM), 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 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at watchnwl.com and on ESPN+. 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.