The Thunder Bay Border Cats had a huge offensive night Friday in Duluth as they hammered the Huskies 15-2 at Wade Stadium. The Cats were leading 5-1 when they blew the game open with a seven run fourth inning to earn a split of the two-game series.
Tyler Kehoe (University of South Alabama) led the 15-hit attack as he went 4-for-6 with a double and three runs scored. Peter Fusek (Western Illinois University) knocked in four runs, including a three-run double, and Cole Ketzner (University of South Alabama) added three hits and three runs scored, while also driving in a run. Brayden Kuriger (Nicholls State University), Karson Krowka (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi), and Daylan Pena (Texas State University) all drove in two runs apiece as Thunder Bay produced its highest run total of the 2023 season.
Evans Hendricks (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) benefited from the run support as he picked up his first win of the season. The lefthander was solid on the mound as he went six innings, allowing five hits and two runs (one earned run), with four strikeouts. Griffin Catto (Jefferson College) fired three scoreless innings of one hit relief while fanning five Duluth batters.
The two teams meet again this weekend at Port Arthur Stadium with the opener of the two-game set on Saturday at 6:35pm. It’s “Whiskey Jacks Night” with the Border Cats donning the purple and teal of Thunder Bay’s former professional team while the Huskies will wear Duluth Dukes jerseys from their days in the Northern League as well.
(photo of Tyler Kehoe courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography)
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