Cats third baseman Carter McEachern holds on to an outfield throw to force a Duluth runner on Thursday night at TBaytel Park. (Photo courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography)
The Border Cats picked up their first win of the season Thursday as they came back from a 5-1 deficit to upend the Duluth Huskies 7-5 at Tbaytel Park. The Cats tied it in the 6th inning with four runs, which included a double steal as Tyler Rolland (Southern Illinois University) raced home from third base to knot the game at 5-5. Thunder Bay won it by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 8th on a throwing error and a run scoring single by Sal Taormina (Kean University). Rolland went 2-3 at the plate with a double, Nick Studer (Doane College) also doubled and scored as he went 2-4 and Thunder Bay's Carter McEachern (Trinity University) had two hits and scored once. Zach Speer (Trinity University) started for the Cats, but was the victim of some shoddy defence in the early innings. The righthander pitched 4 /23 innings and gave up four runs, although only one run was earned. Speer allowed five hits while walking two and striking out three. Kevin Woebke (Concordia-St. Paul University) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win. Devin McElmore (Winston-Salem State University) struck one in the 9th inning for his first save. The Cats wrap up their opening four-game homestand tonight against the Huskies in the second game of the "Border Battle" for the Superior Cup. Ben Allison (Belhaven University) is the scheduled starter for Thunder Bay. First pitch at Tbaytel Park is 7:05pm.