Eau Claire, WI – The Express entered this one in a win-or-go-home scenario as they looked to force a game 3 in an effort to advance to the Great Plains Divisional Championship. They were not able to do so, falling 4-3 to the Duluth Huskies.
Duluth would get on the board first with an RBI groundout in the 2nd inning. Their lead climbed to three after a two-run homer off the bat of Jack Painter (Cal Poly). Joe Vos (St. Thomas) tacked on another for the Huskies by way of an RBI single, pushing their advantage to four after four frames.
Eau Claire broke through in the bottom half of the 4th on an RBI single from Sam Kuchinski (Montevallo). The bats would go silent for a few innings before the Express cut the deficit to one with RBIs from Charlie Szykowny (UW-Stout) and Joe Yorke (Cal Poly).
Express starting pitcher JJ Pease (Montevallo) couldn’t quite find it on Monday night, going four innings and allowing as many runs with five strikeouts. Ethan Louthan (Oklahoma-Tonkawa) was lights out in relief of Pease, tossing four shutout frames and punching out five Husky batters. Matt Helwig (Lewis) struck out the side in the 9th.
Thank you to all our fans for the support this year and we look forward to having all of you back out to Carson Park in 2023!
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