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Northwoods League baseball: Mankato uses big eighth inning to top Huskies

Altermatt provides one of the key hits as MoonDogs overcome Duluth rally with one of their own.

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DULUTH — Nick Altermatt’s two-run single keyed a four-run eighth inning as the Mankato MoonDogs rallied to top the Duluth Huskies 7-4 in Northwoods League baseball Wednesday night before 406 at Wade Stadium.

Indiana State’s Sean Ross, who finished with three hits and two RBIs, helped stake the MoonDogs to a 3-0 lead through three innings before the Huskies came back to take a 4-3 lead with two runs in the fourth and runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

That lead, however, was short-lived as Kai Roberts, Derek Shoen and Boston Merila added two hits apiece for Mankato (8-8), which finished with 11 hits, including a solo home run by Shoen.

Three MoonDogs pitchers combined on four innings of hitless, shutout relief as Duluth was held to five hits, including no extra-base hits. Kristian Campbell had a pair of RBIs to lead the Huskies (10-5).

Duluth came in 8-1 in its last 10 games, counting Monday’s contest against Rochester that was vacated due to a Honkers’ pitching rules violation.

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The Huskies won’t have a lot of time to sleep. Duluth has to hit the road for a pair of games at Eau Claire set for 11:35 a.m. and 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

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