Michael Sarhatt had four of Duluth’s 20 hits as the Huskies powered past the Bismarck Larks 13-3 Saturday in their regular-season Northwoods League baseball finale before 788 spectators at Wade Stadium.

Duluth will now play at Waterloo at 4:05 p.m. Sunday in the first game of their best-of-three Great Plains East divisional series.

After nearly rallying to beat the Larks with five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night, the Huskies picked up where they left off, with 11 runs in the first four innings Saturday.

There was plenty of offense to go around in this one for the Huskies (30-38 overall, 18-16 second half), who had 10 players collect hits and six score runs. In addition to the four hits, Sarhatt finished with two runs and two RBIs, while Calyn Halvorson had three hits, three runs and two RBIs, Mike Boeve had three hits and three RBIs and Charlie Rhee had two hits, a walk and three runs.

Jake Brill of Maple got the start in center field and didn’t disappoint, with a hit, walk, two runs and two RBIs.

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On the mound, Folsom Lake College’s Xavier Fosbenner earned his first win of the season, allowing two hits and two earned runs in five innings, with three strikeouts and a walk. Carter Sullivan then pitched three strong innings and Justyn Schoening closed out the ninth as Duluth only allowed four hits.

With no playoff implications on the line, both teams had some fun in this one by playing players out of position, in particular, the Larks.

Brant Schaffitzel played everywhere but right field for Bismarck while teammate Zach Reeder played every position except center field. Schaffitzel had a hit, walk and run and Reeder had a walk and pair of RBIs to lead the Larks (30-38, 12-21).

  • Due to a scheduling conflict, the entire Duluth-Waterloo playoff series will be played in Waterloo, Iowa, as the Great Twin Ports Get-Together was already booked for Wade Stadium from noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

The Huskies are in the playoffs for the first time since falling 2-1 to Fond du Lac in the NWL championship series in 2018.