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Cougars 14, Milkmen 8 – Boxscore

The Kane County Cougars (49-44) keep finding a way to stack runs in innings against the Milwaukee Milkmen (49-44) as they defeated them 14-9 at Franklin Field. 

Will Kengor opened up scoring for the Milkmen with an RBI single in the first. This was, unfortunately, answered quickly by a lead-off solo HR from Kane County’s Dylan Busby in the top of the 2nd and a Mitch Nay RBI double in the top of the third. 


Kengor knocked in another run in the top of the 5th on a single to right field, but the Cougars were quick to respond. In the top of the 6th inning the Cougars scored seven runs coming from a HR, walk, single, and triple. 


Logan Trowbridge hit an RBI double in the bottom of the 7th and one other run was scored this inning to bring the game within 4.


Then in the top of the 8th the cougars scored another five runs. These five runs sealed the victory for the Cougars despite a 2-run 8th inning and 1-run 9th inning for the Milkmen. 


Explorers 10, DockHounds 4 (6 Innings) – Boxscore

A really tough series for the Lake Country DockHounds (35-59) led to a final loss at home against the Sioux City Explorers (46-47). 

The Explorers came out swinging in the top of the 1st inning. Danny Amaral cranked a lead-off HR, which was followed by a Chase Harris 2-RBI single, a sacrifice fly, and an additional run being scored.

The DockHounds responded with a Gabriel Noriega RBI single in the bottom of the 1st. 

The Explorers were swinging for the fences in the top of the 2nd with back to back solo HR’s. No runs would be scored until the top of the 6th inning. 

A sacrifice fly from Blake Tiberi and a 2-run bomb from Amaral secured 3 runs for the X’s while an Efrain Contreras 3-Run nuke locked in 3 runs for the DockHounds. 

The game was officially ended after this inning due to rain. 


Monarchs 13, Canaries 8 – Boxscore

The Kansas City Monarchs (59-34) rode the arm of Jalen Miller (1-0) who tossed six innings and recorded a quality start and a barrage at the plate to complete the three-game sweep over the Sioux Falls Canaries (32-61) 13-8 Sunday afternoon at Sioux Falls Stadium.


Miller, who was signed last week for the Monarchs made his first start for the club and was in a solid groove all day. He tossed five scoreless innings, holding the Canaries to two hits until Sioux Falls would scratch out a pair of runs in the sixth.


The Monarchs jumped on Sioux Falls starter Stevie Ledesma (4-5) early, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Before the beverages were warm on the 80-degree day, Mallex Smith doubled then came home on an RBI single from Kevin Santa to make it 1-0. With two outs and two aboard, Gio Brusa roped a single to right center to score a pair and make it 3-0.


Ledesma would then retire 10 in a row until the fifth and the Monarchs got hot again. Dylan Harris walked to get the inning started then would be followed by a Mallex Smith single to put runners at the corners. Kevin Santa then drove in his second of the day on an RBI single to make it 4-0 Kansas City. Ryan Grotjohn would single, but Smith would be thrown out at home to put runners at first and second. The Monarchs pulled off a double steal to move the runners up for Jacob Robson. Robson cranked a ball to right center to score both runners with a double to make it 6-0. A wild pitch would move Robson to third for Jan Hernandez who hit a sac fly to left to score Robson and it was 7-0 in favor of KC.


In the sixth, the Monarch would strike again facing reliever Christian Johnson. Pete Kozma would single and move to third on Mallex Smith’s second double. Kevin Santa would walk to load the bases for Ryan Grotjohn who smacked a double and scored two runs to extend the lead to 9-0. After a wild pitch, Jacob Robson would hit a roller to short to score Grotjohn and it was 10-0 Monarchs.


The Canaries got two off Miller in the bottom of the sixth for two runs, but he would punch out Kona Quiggle to record his ninth strikeout and end his outing with the score 10-2. His line for the afternoon was 6.0, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB and 9SO. 


The Monarchs picked up three more runs in the seventh on a two-RBI double from Pete Kozma and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Malllex Smith to extend the lead to 13-2. The Canaries would come back with five runs in the bottom of the seventh off Frank Rubio to make it 13-7. Aaron Takacs drove in one run, Kona Quiggle had a two RBI double, and Angelo Altavilla added another RBI to cut into the Monarchs lead. The Canaries got a solo home run with two outs in bottom of the ninth from Altavilla who finished 5-for-5 in the loss.


The Monarchs won for the fifth game in a row and finished the season 13-2 against Sioux Falls. The Monarchs with the 12 strikeouts tied a franchise high as a pitching staff of 897 set in 2017.


Railroaders 8, Saltdogs 11 – Boxscore

Hunter Clanin had a homer and three RBIs, and the ‘Dogs held on to take the regular season home finale 11-8 over the Cleburne Railroaders at Haymarket Park on Sunday afternoon.


Lincoln (43-50) took the lead with Justin Byrd’s RBI single in the 2nd inning.


Cleburne (43-50) scored three times in the top of the 5th inning. Jacob Bockelie tied the game with an RBI single, and Edwin Arroyo’s RBI double made it 2-1. Zach Nehrir later hit a sacrifice fly and the Railroaders led 3-1 midway through.


The ‘Dogs responded with six two-out runs in the bottom of the 5th. Jason Rogers hit an RBI single to make it a one-run game before Luke Roskam tied the game with another run-scoring single. Matt Goodheart then made it 5-3 with a two-run single and Hunter Clanin later tucked a two-run homer down the left-field line.


Cleburne scored three in the top of the 6th inning. Bockelie added a run on a sacrifice fly and Edwin Arroyo’s RBI single made it 7-5 before Nick Shumpert scored on a wild pitch to get Cleburne within one run.


The ‘Dogs added a run in the 7th inning. With Altmann and second and two outs, Clanin’s RBI single to left-center made it 8-6.


Lincoln added three more runs in the 8th inning. Drew Devine’s first professional homer made it 9-6 before Jason Rogers hit a two-run homer that made it 11-6.


Cleburne scored twice on a two-run double from Hill Alexander in the 9th, but Carson Lance picked up his second save of the season.


The ‘Dogs won the series two games to one, and Lincoln finished the 2022 regular season home schedule 24-26.


Goldeyes 5, RedHawks 11 – Boxscore

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (62-31) defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 11-5 at Newman Outdoor Field Sunday afternoon.

Fargo-Moorhead scored seven times in the bottom of the first inning. First Drew Ward singled to right field to bring in Peter Maris, then John Silviano hit a grand slam home run to right-centre field – his second in as many games – to make it 5-0. Before the inning was over, Maris hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Sam Dexter and Alec Olund came home on Manuel Boscan’s infield single.


The Goldeyes (50-43) responded in the top of the second inning when Logan Hill doubled down the left field line to drive in David Washington and Michael Crouse. Deon Stafford Jr. scored Hill with a double to shallow left field, then himself came in on a Reggie Pruitt Jr. two-bagger to left-centre.


Winnipeg pulled to within two runs of the RedHawks in the top of the third inning when Crouse singled to centre field to score Max Murphy.


Fargo-Moorhead went up 8-5 in the bottom of the fifth when Evan Alexander scored on Olund’s bloop single to left field and Alexander again crossed the plate in the seventh inning on a fielding error.


The RedHawks rounded out the scoring in the bottom of the eighth inning when Silviano hit a two-run single to centre that scored Ward and Leobaldo Pina to make it 11-5.


Trevor Simms (3-6) was awarded the win in a scorer’s decision. He pitched one-and-two-thirds scoreless innings in relief of starter Kevin McGovern. Simms allowed only one hit and struck out four.


Goldeyes’ starter Alex Hart (0-2) was charged with the loss, surrendering seven runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.


Winnipeg broke their club record for strikeouts (752) in a season in the sixth inning when Travis Seabrooke fanned Sam Dexter to surpass the mark set in 2017.


RailCats 0, Dogs 11 – Boxscore

The Chicago Dogs proved too tough for the Gary SouthShore RailCats to manage as they stormed to an 11–0 victory in the series finale. 


The Dogs jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, plating four runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the pace.  They added on another four-spot in the third inning extending their lead to 8-0 in the early goings. 


Following a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth, the Gary SouthShore bullpen held the Chicago offense in check through the seventh before one more tally in the eighth closed out the scoring. 


Despite the lopsided final score, a collection of RailCats players put together good performances.  Tom Walraven led the way offensively by going 2-for-4 while LG Castillo reached base twice on a single and a walk.  Reyson Santos worked around a two-out double to toss a scoreless seventh, and Aaron Phillips stranded four baserunners in his two relief innings.  Yeison Medina left the bases loaded to finish off his lone inning out of the bullpen.


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