Duluth, Minn. – The Huskies scored 5 runs late, but the La Crosse Loggers shut down Duluth for the entire night to win 8-5.
Mason McCoy (Iowa) started off the game with a bang by tripling on the first pitch of the game. Two batters later, Cullen Large (William & Mary) followed with a walk. Grant Fennell (Nevada) put the Loggers on the board with a 2-run double. Fennell moved to 3rd base on a groundout and scored on a single by third baseman Kyle Plantier (UC-Santa Barbara).
La Crosse added insurance runs in the 5th inning when Nick Schranck (Illinois Central) scored on a double by Mason McCoy. Two batters later with runners on 1st and 3rd, McCoy scored on a 4-6-3 double play, extending the La Crosse lead to five runs.
With that double, Mason broke the Loggers’ career record for extra base hits (48, David Schultz, 2003-2005). He is already the team career record holder for doubles, hits, runs, singles, total bases, and triples.
The Lumbermen piled on 3 more runs in the 7th on 3 hits and an error to put the game out of reach at 8-0.
Duluth’s offense came to life in the final innings. The Huskies broke up the shutout late in the 9th inning with a one out 2-run home run by Bart In Den Kleef (CBLE). After two consecutive walks took reliever Lorenzo Hampton Jr. (California), his replacement, Joe DiBenedetto (Nova Southeastern) struck out a batter, but could not get out of the game without more damage. A RBI single Austin Bernard (Pepperdine) and a 2-RBI double by Jake Pries (UCLA) brought the Huskies within 3 runs. That would be as far as they got, as a flyout to left field ended the game, 8-5 La Crosse.
Jack Ralston (UCLA) earns wins his second straight start (2-2) of the season. He went 7 scoreless on 6 hits. He walked 2 batters and struck out 3.
Corey Gaconi (SE Louisiana) took the loss for Duluth (2-3) with 5 innings pitched. He gave up 5 runs (3 earned), walking 1 and striking out 6 batters.
Mason McCoy was a home run shy of a cycle. He went 3-for-5 with 3 runs and 1 RBI.
La Crosse remains at .500 with a 9-9 2nd half record (26-28 overall). Duluth drops their fourth straight game, falling to 6-13 in the 2nd half (24-31 overall). The Loggers stay in Duluth for one for game before heading back home to face the Huskies at Copeland Park. Tomorrow’s first pitch is at 6:35. Make sure to catch the game when the pregame show starts at 6pm, on the Loggers’ Radio Network, Eagle 102.7 or the Loggers Radio App.