After a road trip with four games in which the Huskies went 1-3, the team was back home on Monday. Led by dominant pitching and timely hits, Duluth (5-10) beat the Minnesota Mud Puppies (2-7) with a score of 7-3.
Right-handed Matthew Craven made his first start for the Huskies, and after giving up one in the top of the first inning, the Kentucky native was able to calm down and prevail.
After the Huskies fell 1-0 down, it was the Arkansas Razorback, Zac White, who could start the rally. After a subsequent single from one of the heroes of the comeback was hit by a pitch on Saturday night against Waterloo, Jesse Pierce and Mike Boeve, Ryan McDonald had the game on one point. Blayne Robinson went on a full count to reload the bases, then stepped in for Ambren Voitik who hit a triple in the 10th inning on Saturday night.
He wanted someone else. In the first place that Voitik saw, he tore a three in the left center, cleaned up the bases and gave the Huskies the lead with 5: 1 through three.
Mud Puppies starter Tom Skoro was replaced after the third inning, but the damage was already done.
Craven went four innings in his first start, gave up seven hits, two runs and hit five. Then came the fireball right-handed Nate Wohlgemuth.
Wohlgemuth withdrew the first nine mud puppies he saw, hit eight, and pulled back six batters across the K. He would be out of play after four innings with the Huskies 7-3, giving up one hit, one run, and eight hits on his way to his first win of the season.
After a series against St. Cloud on Thursday and Friday in which the Huskies made 27 walks and made nine mistakes, the pitching team and defense reacted, made no mistakes and only gave up four walks as they won their fifth win of the season fetched, 7 -3.