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Northwoods League: Huskies sign Pederson for 2019

News Tribune file photo The Duluth Huskies on Monday announced that manager Tyger Pederson will return in 2019 while adding the title of director of baseball operations.

After a season in which the Duluth Huskies reached the Northwoods League championship series, first-year manager Tyger Pederson is being brought back for the 2019 season.

The Huskies announced today they have signed Pederson to a contract extension and named him as the club's director of baseball operations.

Owner Michael Rosenzweig said in a statement: "This has been the most exciting year since buying the team in 2011 ... this new brand of baseball is adding a tremendous amount of enthusiasm for all aspects of the team culture and fan interest."

The Huskies were 47-25 in the regular season before going on the road to win a pair of one-game playoff matchups. They lost in three games to Fond du Lac in the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series.

They stole 167 bases, breaking the team record of 134 and became the first Northwoods League team to score 500 runs in a season (including playoffs).

General manager Greg Culver said in a statement: "What a magical season ... I asked Tyger for 10-plus wins vs. (2017) and to put together a playoff caliber team. He and his staff went above and beyond our expectations (and) we're excited to see what he does moving forward."