THUNDER BAY, Ontario – The La Crosse Loggers have been searching for something, anything, to give them a spark.
Saturday, several players stepped up and the result was a 5-4, 10-inning victory over Thunder Bay in a Northwoods League game played before 906 fans at Port Athur Stadium.
La Crosse (13-18) faces Thunder Bay (11-21) again at 12:35 p.m. today before returning home for a 7:05 p.m. Monday date with Waterloo at Copeland Park.
The Border Cats and Loggers were deadlocked at 3 after nine innings, but the real fireworks were just beginning. Kennie Taylor belted a double to lead off the 10th inning for La Crosse. He advanced to second on ground out, then scored the go-ahead run on Korey Lee’s sacrifice fly.
La Crosse would add an insurance run — one it would need — when Cameron Cannon, a freshman infielder from Arizona, doubled to score Rasmussen, making it 5-3.
Thunder Bay would score once in the bottom of the 10th off Charlie Fletcher, but Fletcher would then close the door.
The Loggers received solid pitching from starter Ryan Anderson, who tossed 5 2/3 innings. He allowed four hits, three runs (2 earned) with four strikeouts and two walks.
Joe Rosenstein relieved Anderson, then tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He did allow five hits, but struck out four and walked one.