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Genord homers three times to power Waterloo past Huskies

Joe Genord belted three home runs and collected seven RBIs to lead Waterloo to a 12-7 win over Duluth in front of 1,024 at Wade Stadium on Friday night.

Genord smacked a three-run homer in the first inning before adding a solo shot in the fourth to help the Bucks build a 6-1 lead, but the Huskies battled back to make it a 7-6 game in the sixth inning.

Duluth, which leads the Northwoods League in errors (52), allowed two unearned runs with a pair of defensive blunders in the first and fourth innings, but prevented more damage in the seventh with a 4-6-3 triple play.

Jack Stronach was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Huskies, driving in and scoring a run in the fourth inning, before doubling home Kyle Hubbuch in the fifth to make it 7-6. Hubbuch later tied the game with a homer to lead off the bottom half of the seventh, but Genord followed that up with his third home run of the game to give the Bucks (17-7) the permanent lead.

The teams meet again at 6:35 p.m. today at Wade Stadium.