Northwoods League baseball: Huskies defeated in doubleheader
The Huskies got the short end of a disputed call at the plate to end game one.
EAU CLAIRE — After a disappointing extra-inning loss in game one, the Huskies lost control of game two late, as the Eau Claire Express took the twinbill 8-7 (10 innings) and 9-0 at Carson Park on Thursday.
The Huskies held a 6-2 lead after six innings of the opener but it slipped away in a five-run seventh inning for the Express.
The Huskies tied it in the top of the ninth on Eduardo Rosario's one-out RBI single, but two Huskies struck out with two on to end the inning. The Huskies went down in order in the top of the 10th, but after a wild pitch put the winning run on third and two walks loaded the bases, Eau Claire's Peter Brookshaw grounded to second. Jared Mettam threw high to home for the forceout and the home-plate umpire ruled that catcher Connor Doughty's foot was off or above the plate when the winning run scored.
Rosario was 4-for-5 with two RBIs to lead the Duluth offense. Ambren Voitik and Mettam had two hits apiece. Jake Christianson took the loss in relief, allowing one unearned run on one hit in 1 1/3 innings.
In the nightcap of the day-night doubleheader, Duluth kept it within 1-0 for five innings before surrendering three runs in the sixth and five in the eighth inning.
Voitik was 3-for-4 to lead the Huskies, who were held to six hits and committed four errors. Harrison Kreiling started and allowed one run on two hits, striking out five, in two innings to take the loss. Cam Demos threw the next four frames, allowing three runs on four hits.
Duluth (10-7) continues its road trip on Friday night at Willmar.