Wash, rinse, repeat: Huskies fall on final at-bat again
The Duluth Huskies experienced what's become a familiar late-game feeling Thursday night in Waterloo, Iowa, where Dawnoven Smith's single in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Bucks to a 5-4 Northwoods League victory — the Huskies' third straight walk-off defeat — in front of 1,756 fans.
Smith's second hit of the night, combined with Duluth's fifth error, plated Luke Bowerbank for the winning run as the Huskies dropped 1.5 games back of Willmar in the North Division's second-half standings. They are assured of being in next week's playoff field, but in order to earn a home game they need to win the second half.
Christian Jones led Duluth by going 2-for-4 with a double, while Augie Isaacson stole his 39th base of the season. Julian Escobedo notched two RBIs. The Huskies led 4-2 through six innings before the Bucks — the worst team in the North Division — scored single runs in the seventh, eighth and 10th innings.
Waterloo's Parker Murdie totaled three hits in a game that featured nine errors overall.