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Published On: June 6th, 2024

Cole Ketzner is greeted at home plate following his first inning grand slam as the Border Cats rolled to a 14-1 victory over Duluth in the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader.

The Thunder Bay Border Cats ended up with a split against the Duluth Huskies in their doubleheader Thursday before 725 fans on a chilly night at Port Arthur Stadium. The Cats thumped the Huskies 14-1 in the opener, but Duluth rebounded to win game two by a score of 9-4.

The Cats raced out to a 9-0 lead in game one, thanks to Cole Ketzner (University of South Alabama), who delivered a first inning grand slam, an opposite field homer that hit the light pole, between the bullpens in right field. The Cats added five more runs in the second inning to win the first game of the 12-game season series against the Huskies for the Superior Cup. Jacob Miller (Jefferson College) had a big night at the plate as he went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Kansai Sugimoto (Yavapai CC) had another solid start on the mound for Thunder Bay. The Japanese righthander fired six innings of seven hit, one run ball, with nine strikeouts and no walks, for his first win of the season.

In the nightcap, the Huskies broke open a 4-4 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth as the Cats suffered their first home loss, but they still sit atop the Great Plains East Division with an 8-2 record. Lucas Terilli (Eastern New Mexico University) had two hits in the loss while Shane Kearbey (University of Missouri- St. Louis suffered the defeat in relief.

The Cats and Huskies will travel down Highway 61 for another two-game series starting Friday night at Wade Stadium. Jack Pineau (Creighton University) is the scheduled starter for Thunder Bay with first pitch at 7:35pm ET. The Cats return home on Sunday to continue their six game series with the Huskies at 5:05pm ET.


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