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Blowout drops Huskies to .500

The Huskies dropped to the .500 mark for the first time in the second half of the season via a 12-0 loss to Mankato in front of 1,537 fans Friday night at Wade Stadium.

The MoonDogs (13-7) jumped out to a 5-0 lead after the first two innings and played a clean defensive game to hand Duluth its fourth shutout loss and most lopsided defeat of the Northwoods League season.

Mankato starter Nicholas Belzer handcuffed the Huskies offense through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and one walk. Duluth placed eight runners on base over the final four innings, but were unable to score, partially due to the MoonDogs' defense converting a pair of double plays.

The MoonDogs added six runs in the ninth, sparked by Ethan Valdez's two-RBI double.

The Huskies (11-11) are at St. Cloud today, continuing a suspended game from July 21 that's in a 0-0 tie in the fifth inning. That resumed contest gets going at 6:05 p.m., before the regularly scheduled matchup (a seven-inning affair).