Northwoods League baseball: Huskies routed, playoff race to go down to last game
Duluth needs a win on Monday or an Eau Claire loss to clinch a playoff berth.
WATERLOO, Iowa — The Duluth Huskies' playoff celebrations will have to wait another day after they were routed 16-4 on Sunday by the Waterloo Bucks in Northwoods League play.
Combined with Eau Claire defeating St. Cloud 5-4, that means the race for the Great Plains East Division first-half title will go down to the final game. Both Duluth and Eau Claire are facing the same opponents on Monday, with the Huskies needing either a win or an Eau Claire loss.
Duluth appeared to have regained its footing by scoring four times in the third inning after surrendering four runs in the bottom of the first, but the Loggers scored five times in the fifth inning and six in the seventh to put the game well out of reach.
Ryan Guardino went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs for the Bucks, who got five innings of scoreless relief from winning pitcher Frankie Cresta.
Eduardo Rosario was the only Husky with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 and scoring a run. Pat Miner took the loss allowing nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Huskies committed four errors.
The Huskies (18-14) and Bucks play on Monday at 6:35 p.m., with Eau Claire (18-15) and St. Cloud going at 5:05.