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Duluth baseball coach unexpectedly resigns

With the Region 7-AAAAA baseball schedule still in its early stages, the Duluth Wildcats will have a different coach guiding them through it.

Bobby Link was relieved of his duties as baseball coach late last week, both he and outgoing Duluth athletic director Denny Lytle confirmed Monday.

Neither would comment on why the decision was made nor the timing of the move, which comes as the Wildcats (3-5 overall, 0-1 in region) prepare for a busy week with four games scheduled in five days due to make-up contests from recent rainouts.

Both confirmed, however, that assistant coach Ryan Moity will serve as the Wildcats' interim coach for the rest of the season.

Moity, who could not be reached for comment, is in his second season in the Duluth program.

He also has experience coaching both baseball and football Archbishop Hannan in his native Meraux, La., following a playing career that took him from Archbishop Hannan to Loyola University in New Orleans, where he still holds several school records and earned All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference honors in 2003.

A permanent head coach will be sought by incoming Duluth athletic director Bill Navas, who recently was named to succeed Lytle after serving as head football coach at Jefferson High School the past seven years.

"The new athletics director ... will make that decision," Lytle said.

Link was into his eighth season at Duluth and believes the program's future is bright under both Moity and whoever winds up as the permanent coach of the Wildcats.

"There is a lot of young talent there and they were very competitive," Link said.