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Huskies beat Bucks in dramatic fashion

Dominic Miroglio’s RBI single scored Alex Michaels with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Duluth Huskies to a 6-5 Northwoods League victory over the Waterloo Bucks on Friday before 1,747 at Wade Stadium.

It was Miroglio’s only plate appearance, having just entered the game at catcher in the top half of the inning.

Down 5-4, the Huskies tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on Alex Greene’s RBI double.

Michaels then led off the bottom of the 10th with a double and later scored to snap Duluth’s three-game losing streak.

Steve Villines (4-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the win for the Huskies (9-11), while Nolan Rogers paced the offense with three hits.

Pat MacKenzie had three hits, two runs and an RBI to lead the Bucks (12-9).

Duluth opens a two-game series at St. Cloud beginning at 6:05 p.m. today at Joe Faber Field before returning home Monday to take on Eau Claire.


Duluth left-handed pitcher Alex Winkelman of Southeast Missouri State was shut down by his college coaches and is no longer with the Huskies.

Winkelman had one last chance to say goodbye to his teammates and then headed home Friday morning.

Winkelman, Duluth’s lone All-Star, had a set number of innings he could log this summer. He finished 2-3 with a 2.43 ERA in 44⅓ innings, with 39 strikeouts. He also pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the NWL All-Star Game.

“We’d absolutely love to have him back if it’s possible,” Huskies general manager Craig Smith said. “Good player. Good kid.”