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Northwoods League: Extra! Extra! Huskies win in 15th

Trevin Esquerra's two-run triple in the top of the 15th inning lifted the Duluth Huskies to a 6-4 Northwoods League victory over the Thunder Bay Border Cats on Tuesday night before 783 at Port Arthur Stadium in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The game took 4 hours, 33 minutes to complete.

General McArthur, John Lagattuta and Sam Hawley had three hits apiece to lead the Huskies (10-5), who won their third straight to keep pace with Bismarck (10-5) atop the North Division standings. Kieran Shaw, Logan VanWay and Tim Holdgrafer pitched 10 shutout innings in relief of starter Parker Hanson.

Garrett Saunders and Mark Vierling had three hits apiece to lead the Border Cats (4-11).

Both teams had their chances in extra innings but no more so than Thunder Bay's opportunity in the bottom of the 14th, when the first two Border Cats reached second and third with no outs. Nick Conti then hit back to the pitcher for the first out, Evan Russell was put out at third for the second out and Brandon Trammell was caught in a rundown off second base for a triple play.

The same teams rematch at 6:35 p.m. today, but this time it's back in Duluth at Wade Stadium.

Folman signs with Canaries

Former Duluth Huskies pitcher Kevin Folman signed a professional baseball contract Tuesday afternoon with the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association.

Folman, a Hermantown native who played his college baseball at North Dakota State, was available out of the bullpen on Tuesday for the Canaries' home game against Chicago.

"It feels good," said Folman, 23. "I'm fortunate for this opportunity."

Folman's fourth and last stint with the Huskies this season was a short one, appearing in three games, allowing one earned run and striking out four in three innings. While at North Dakota State, he led the Bison in saves over the last two seasons and was an All-Star for the Huskies last summer.

The American Association includes former Northern League teams such as the St. Paul Saints, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Kansas City T-Bones (previously known as the Duluth-Superior Dukes).