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Published On: June 29th, 2023

Thunder Bay, Ont. –  The Express were North of the border for the 3rd game of their 4-game series vs. the Border Cats of Thunder Bay. This time things didn’t go Eau Claire’s way, however, as they lost 3-6.

Thunder Bay was led by their starting pitcher, Jack Pineau, who looked impenetrable through 6 innings, as he gave up 0 earned runs in his appearance. Good pitching, mixed with a combined 10 hits made for a Border Cats team that was tough to beat.

Eau Claire’s only scoring came in the top of the 7th inning when they feasted off opposing pitcher Griffin Catto. 3 out of the team’s 6 hits came in this inning, as Kaden Galason (Belmont) doubled, and Cole Conn (UIC) and Rayth Petersen (UIC) both singled. Galason’s double brought in baserunners Robert Hogan (Texas A&M) and Bronson Rivera (Hawaii), who both reached on walks.

The Express used a pair of UW-La Crosse arms as Tyler Schmitt started the game throwing for 3 innings, followed by Isaiah Katz, who closed out the game. Schmitt struggled early on, giving up 6 hits and 5 runs, 3 of which were earned. Katz then came in for the following 5 innings of work and looked sharp, giving up just 1 run on 5 hits, with 3 strikeouts.

The Express will look to tie the series and boost their standings in the Great Plains East with a win over Thunder Bay this Thursday night at 6:35 pm ET. Tune into the game on the Northwoods League Website, or listen along to all the Express action on 106.7 FM – Moose Country.



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