Huskies remain perfect against St. Cloud
The Duluth Huskies never trailed Monday night against St. Cloud, downing the defending Northwoods League champions 6-2 before a crowd of 1,135 at Wade Stadium.
The Huskies, 6-0 against the Rox this season, move into a tie with Madison for the best overall record in the Northwoods League at 29-13.
Duluth is also 5-1 in the second half of the season, while St. Cloud drops to 18-24 and 2-4.
Duluth took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Augie Isaacson led off with a double and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
Isaacson scored again in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by John Lagattuta before Julian Escobedo delivered a two-run single.
Lagattuta also gave the Huskies a five-run advantage with an RBI single in the fourth.
St. Cloud’s runs came in the top of the seventh when it loaded the bases with no outs following consecutive hits from Ryland Kerr, Jack Barrie and Gus Steiger. RBIs were then hit by Hance Smith and Ryan Davis.
Duluth’s final run came in the bottom of the seventh. Lagattuta led off with a single and pinch-runner General McArthur stole second base, reached third on a passed ball and scored on a two-out single by Michael McCann.
McCann finished with three of Duluth’s 13 hits, while Isaacson, Lagattuta, Escobedo and Chris Gilbody all finished with two hits. Escobedo and Lagattuta each drove in a pair of runs.
Starting pitcher Parker Hanson allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings and struck out four as he earned his first win of the season. Kieran Shaw tossed 2 1/3 shutout innings for his second save.
The game was the fourth this season in which the Duluth pitching staff did not issue a walk.
The Huskies host La Crosse for a two-game series at 6:35 p.m. today (Tuesday) and Wednesday.
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