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Northwoods League: Huskies, Cats split pair

Thunder Bay scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Duluth Huskies 7-3 on Wednesday night at Wade Stadium and salvage a Northwoods League doubleheader split.

The Huskies (11-9 second half) won the afternoon game 10-3.

The Border Cats (8-11) used four singles and two walks in the ninth to overcome a solid Huskies pitching performance up until that time.

Ryan Tapani allowed three hits and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings before reliever Greg Brown ran into trouble in the ninth.

Thunder Bay led the nightcap by one run twice before the Huskies took the lead on an Isaac Collins’ single and Chase Strumpf RBI sacrifice fly.

Huskies designated hitter Luke Roskam homered and doubled twice in the opener, driving in three runs and scoring twice. Strumpf also homered during a six-run seventh inning that put the game away and made a winner of Minnesota Duluth pitcher Ryan Cunningham.