THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Border Cats earned a split in Wednesday’s day-night double-header against the visiting La Crosse Loggers.
Backed by six shutout innings from starter Joe Moran, the Cats won the twin-bill opener 7-0 to snap a five-game losing streak.
But they couldn’t get the job done in the finale, spotting the Logger a 6-0 lead through three innings and went on to lose 8-5 to fall to 4-13.
Ryne Edmondson was 2-for-5 and drove in three in the opener, the Cats chasing La Crosse starter Jack Ferguson after scoring a run on a hit and two walks in the first.
Moran allowed five hits and no runs to pick up the win, upping his record to 2-0.
Codie Jefferis did the bulk of the damage for La Crosse in the night-cap, collecting three hits in five at bats, scoring twice and driving in four.
Thunder Bay starter Joey Hecht (0-2) was rattled around through an inning and two-thirds, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Five of the runs came in the second inning.
Lucas Reid subbed in and went 6.1 in relief for the Border Cats, allowing just a single run on two hits.
The Border Cats cut the Loggers lead in half with three in the fourth, Nick Seamons singling in one and Andrew Shebloski and Thomas Grilli plating two more on outs.
La Crosse starter Jon Meyerring earned the win, giving up three runs on three hits and three walks over five innings.
Jared Frellich pitched the final four innings to record the save, his third.
The two teams meet again on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.