WATERLOO — Duluth plated a pair of go-ahead runs on Nicholas Sogard’s single in the top of the sixth inning en route to a 5-4 Northwoods League baseball win over Waterloo Friday night at Riverfront Stadium.
Leadoff hitter Trey Leonard finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to spark a Waterloo offense that was clicking early. Leonard scored the Bucks’ first run on a double steal in the opening inning, and Brendan Hueth drove home Carmen Sclafani and Luke Bowerbank with a two-out single in the bottom of the second to give the Bucks an early 3-1 lead.
Waterloo (19-51, 9-26 second half) extended its advantage to 4-2 in the fourth inning when Leonard doubled home Parker Murdie, but Duluth (46-24, 22-12) answered back with a run in the fifth, then placed its first two hitters on base in the sixth inning prior to Sogard’s go-ahead hit.
Leonard and Hueth recorded one-out singles as the Bucks attempted to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but Leonard was stranded on third when Duluth’s Jack Corbell got Myles Emmerson to fly out to center field.
Duluth 5, Waterloo 4
Duluth 011 012 000 — 5 8 1
Waterloo 120 100 000 — 4 7 1
Augie Voight, Kyle Mora (2), Gavilan Fogarty-Harnish (4), Troy Newell (5), Jack Corbell (7) and Michael McCann. Blake Walden, Jordan Nelson (6), Eric Reardon (6), John Werner (9) and Myles Emmerson. WP — Newell (6-2). LP — Nelson (0-2). 2B — McCann (Duluth), Trey Leonard (Waterloo). 3B — Carmen Sclafani (Waterloo).
Records: Waterloo 19-51, 9-26. Duluth 46-24, 22-12.