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Saint’s Davis leads Eau Claire past Duluth

St. Scholastica’s Andy Davis allowed seven hits and struck out six in seven innings to lead the Eau Claire Express to a 2-1 victory over the shorthanded Duluth Huskies on Wednesday night in a Northwoods League baseball game at Wade Stadium that took less than half the time of a 28-run marathon the night before.

Davis, who just finished his junior year for the Saints, threw 60 strikes on his 88 pitches and walked just one batter to give the Express (10-6) the two-game sweep. Justin Jaquish and Austin Stroschein each threw one inning, with Stroschein earning the save despite loading the bases in the ninth and giving up the lone Duluth run.

Huskies starter Riley Sanderson scattered seven hits and struck out four in 6⅔ innings. Reliever Kevin Folman of Hermantown allowed one hit the rest of the way.

The Huskies (4-12), eighth in the nine-team North Division, open a two-game series against cellar-dweller Alexandria at     6:35 p.m. today at Wade.

  • Duluth is looking forward to five newcomers expected to join the team within the next week. If the Huskies weren’t shorthanded already, up to 10 players have become sick since Monday’s 7-1 loss at Wisconsin. It was first thought to be food poisoning until other cases kept popping up.

“I thought it was over, but then I showed up (Wednesday) and saw pitchers taking batting practice and said to myself, ‘What’s going on here?’ ” Huskies pitcher Jordan Deal said.