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CONNERS HITS WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM FOR WINNIPEG

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Winnipeg 11, Sioux City 7 – Box Score

2B Dakota Conners gave the Winnipeg Goldeyes (34-35) an 11-7 win against the Sioux City Explorers with a walk-off grand slam in the Goldeyes second true home game of the season.

The Goldeyes were trailing 5-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Winnipeg tied the score in that frame as C Deon Stafford hit into a fielder’s choice that plated 1B Kyle Martin and then later scored on a sac fly and, Conners (4-for-5) singled home a pair of runs and then scored on a SS Wes Darvill (2-for-5) single.

RBIs from SS Brendon Dadson (2-for-4) and C Jacob Bockelie (2-for-5) pushed the Explorers back in front 7-5 in the top of the eighth inning, but the Goldeyes weren’t finished yet. In the bottom of the ninth, Winnipeg drew four straight one-out walks followed by a wild pitch to tie the score. In the next at-bat, on a 2-2 count, Conners hit his first home run of the year to clear the bases and move the Goldeyes to 2-0 at Shaw Park in 2021.

Lincoln 5, Houston 4 – Box Score

The Lincoln Saltdogs (37-32) held off the Houston Apollos 5-4 on Wednesday night to clinch their series and record their fourth win in a row.

The Saltdogs pulled in front in the sixth inning as 3B Ryan Long hit a two-run home run that also scored DH Curt Smith. In the seventh, SS Josh Altmann doubled home 2B Gunnar Buhner (2-for-3) to take a 5-2 lead. In the top of the ninth, C Dom DeRenzo singled home 3B Ian Yetsko and 2B Jordan Pontious (2-for-4) reached on an error to allow CF Brian Dansereau to score to pull the Apollos back within one run.

Closer James Pugliese struck out the next batter to strand the tying and winning runs on the corners.

Sioux Falls 4, Gary SouthShore 1 – Box Score

The Sioux Falls Canaries (27-43) topped the Gary SouthShore RailCats 4-1 on Wednesday to take the lead in their four-game series.

The Canaries took the lead in the top of the third inning as CF Cade Gotta doubled home RF Wyatt Ulrich and later scored when 1B Trey Michalczewski (2-for-4) singled to left. In the next inning, 2B Jordan Ebert (2-for-5) singled home Ulrich to take a 3-0 lead.

The RailCats scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh when RF Zach Welz scored (unearned) on a sac fly from 2B Ryan Cash. The Canaries added one more in the top of the eighth as C Garrett Hope reached on an error to make way for 3B Zane Gurwitz to touch the plate.

Starting pitcher Tyler Garkow went seven innings and earned the win as he allowed the one unearned run on four hits while striking out seven batters.

Chicago 6, Cleburne 1 – Box Score

The Chicago Dogs (42-30) held the Cleburne Railroaders to just two hits as they picked up a 6-1 win on Wednesday night.

Starting pitcher Kyle Murphy went 8.1 innings and allowed one unearned run on two hits while striking out six batters. Reliever Jase Dalton needed just nine more pitches to finish off the game in the ninth inning.

Offensively for the Dogs, CF Michael Crouse went 4-for-5, scoring twice, pushing two runs across and swiping his 22nd bag of the year. C Ryan Haug, 1B K.C. Hobson and 2B Grant Kay each added a pair of hits and both Kay and Hobson had two RBIs. For the Railroaders, LF Ramon Hernandez had the team’s lone RBI.

Kansas City 7, Fargo-Moorhead 1 – Box Score

The Kansas City Monarchs (46-24) avoided a sweep by beating the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 7-1 on Wednesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

The Monarchs took control in the fourth as LF Colin Willis hit a two-run home run and SS Morgan McCullough (2-for-4) singled home DH Will Kengor. In the next frame, RF Gabriel Guerrero (2-for-4) hit a two run shot of his own. The RedHawks scored their one run in the bottom of the sixth when DH Dylan Kelly (2-for-3) singled home 3B Leobaldo Pina.

In the seventh, 1B Casey Gillaspie hit into a fielder’s choice that let 3B Darnell Sweeney score and, in the eighth, Sweeney singled home C Daniel Wasinger.

Kane County 10, Milwaukee 2 — Box Score

The Kane County Cougars (33-38) closed out the three-game set with the Milwaukee Milkmen with a 10-2 win, avoiding the sweep in the process.

The Cougars turned 11 hits into 10 runs and saw multi-hit performances from four different batters. RF Jeffrey Baez led the way as he went 3-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs including his eighth home run of the year. 2B Nick Lovullo, DH Josh Rolette and 3B Gavin DeValley each had two hits and Rolette added three runs.

For the Milkmen, RF Cole Sturgeon had a team-high two hits and an RBI.

Kane County’s starting pitcher Connor Berry earned the win as he went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out three batters.

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