After building a 4-1 lead in the early stages of their game in Avon today, the Albany Huskies baseball team lost 9-5 to crosstown rival Melrose Area in West Central North Conference action. It was the Dutchmen's first win of the season after opening up with four losses.
The Huskies fall to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the WCC-North; they travel to Pierz (1-3) on Friday (5 p.m.) in a non-conference game. It will be the first meeting of the two teams since 2009, when Pierz won in Albany 5-2 during a 7-0 start to their season.
Both Albany and Pierz are in Sub-Section 6AA-East, while Melrose Area is in Sub-Section 6AA-West.
The Huskies baseball team is ranked #21 in the latest Class 2A coaches poll.
In WCC-North fastpitch softball action, the #4-ranked Huskies defeated visiting Melrose Area 11-6 with Karli Persson and Hannah Navratil splitting pitching duties. The Huskies led 7-0 through four innings before the Dutchmen got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Albany improves to 6-0; Melrose falls to 2-5 overall. The Huskies are next in action at home against Paynesville Area on Thursday, Apr. 26.