WILLMAR - Duluth center fielder Matt Hogan threw the game-tying run out at the plate, cementing the Huskies’ 6-5, come-from-behind victory over Willmar in Northwoods League play Wednesday to split the two-game series.
Scoreless through five innings, the Stingers scored first when Justin King hit a one-out double before scoring on a Brandon Bohning single. Then in the seventh, King drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home Noah Haupt for a 2-0 advantage.
Duluth was finally able to get on the board when Tyler Lozano scored on a groundout in the eighth. And with runners on first and third, Lance Ford put the ball in play, allowing Hogan to score on a fielder’s choice.
The Huskies kept that momentum rolling with a four-run top of the 10th, thanks in large part to two Willmar errors. The Stingers nearly tied it again with three runs in the bottom of the frame before Hogan’s dart to home put an end to the Willmar comeback.
The Stingers took the loss despite a strong start from starter Jack Zigan, who threw six scoreless innings.
Willmar will begin a two-game home series with Bismarck on Thursday, with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.