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Published On: July 30th, 2023
The Thunder Bay Border Cats completed a weekend home sweep of Duluth and won their third straight game over the Huskies with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon in front of 986 fans at Port Arthur Stadium.  The Cats jumped out to a 3-0 lead in their first at-bat and evened the season series with the Huskies for the Superior Cup at five games apiece.
Carter Allen (Eastern Illinois University) knocked in two runs for the Cats, giving him five RBI in two games, as he had a run scoring single in the first inning and a sacrifice fly in the third. Cole Ketzner (University of South Alabama) had an RBI double in the opening inning and his college teammate Tyler Kehoe (University of South Alabama) delivered an RBI groundout as the Cats upped their overall record to 26-32.
Cole Poirrier (Nicholls State University) got the win to improve to 2-1 in his second start of the season.  The righthander pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and two runs with three strikeouts.  Barron Sawyer (Nicholls State University) got four outs in relief with a pair of strikeouts and Michael Pirrello (University of California-Irvine) pitched out of two on, none out jam in the ninth inning, getting a game ending double play ground ball for his first save.
Following the three-day All-Star break, the Border Cats open their final homestand of the season, consisting of six games, on Thursday when they take on the Minnesota Mud Puppies at 6:35pm.  It’s “Thirsty Thursday” with $5.00 tall boys on special for fans 19-years of age and older courtesy of Sleeping Giant Brewery.
(photo of Cole Poirrier courtesy of James Mirabelli Photography)
The Thunder Bay Border Cats are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Now in its’ 30th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 24 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires, and front office staff, over 325 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (NYM), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and 2019/2021 Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and 2021 All-Star, MLB Gold Glove winner and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TEX). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. League games are viewable live at and on ESPN+. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Border Cats as your favorite team.