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Published On: August 8th, 2023
Mike Long (Maryville University) was a new arrival to the Thunder Bay Border Cats lineup on Monday night and the St. Louis, Missouri native made quite the first impression on manager J.M. Kelly and the 989 fans in attendance at Port Arthur Stadium.  Long homered in his first ever Northwoods League at-bat, a solo shot over the left field fence in the second inning, however the Border Cats dropped a 12-2 decision to the first place Lacrosse Loggers.  Long ended up 2-for-4 at the plate in his debut and Blake Warner (Viterbo University) went 3-for-4 as Thunder Bay’s overall record fell to 27-36.  Karson Krowka (Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi) and Cade Marquardt (Briar Cliff University) also had two hits apiece.
Thunder Bay’s Will Droll started on the mound for the Cats and went six innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, while also striking out six.
The Border Cats play their final home game of the season Tuesday at 6:35pm against the Loggers.  Michael Pirrello (University of California-Irvine) will get the start on the mound.  The righthander has appeared in 13 games this season and is 1-1 with a 3.51 ERA. It’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by 91.5 CKPR with prizes and giveaways including an HP Laptop from Brickhost with the grand prize a Sparkle Mystery Jewelry Bag worth over $300.00 courtesy of Alex & Vince Mirabelli of Remax/First Choice Realty.
(photo of Border Cats catcher Cade Marquardt 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.