Explorers 3, Railcats 7 (Game 1/ 7 Innings) – Box Score
The Gary Southshore Railcats (12-15) defeated the Sioux City Explorers (10-14) in the first game of their doubleheader following a monstrous 4-run 6th inning from the Railcats.
The Explorers scored early in the 2nd inning off the back of a CF Chase Harris RBI single and were relatively quiet the rest of the game other than two flukey runs scored in the 5th. Following a few stolen bases LF Danny Amaral scored for the Explorers after a 1B Gabe Snyder single into center field. 2B Nick Franklin later score that same inning on a wild pitch.
RF Alec Olund broke the ice for the Railcats in the 3rd by stealing home and it was all down hill from there for the Explorers. The Railcats went on to score 3 total runs in the third and then four more in the sixth to seal the victory in this first game of the doubleheader.
Explorers 2, Railcats 0 (Game 2/ 7 Innings) – Box Score
The Sioux City Explorers (10-14) defeated the Gary Southshore Railcats (12-15) in the second game of their doubleheader following a relatively quiet second half to the day.
The Railcats struggled to get anything going on offense accumulating four total hits throughout the game thanks to Explorers RHP Blaine Hardy, RHP Kevin Lenik, and RHP Thomas McIlraith.
The explorers also struggled to get the bats going tallying four total hits on the night and only scoring two runs off a single from 3B Blake Tiberi in the top of the second.
The pitchers were definitely dueling in this one.
Goldeyes 13, Cougars 2 – Box Score
The Winnipeg Goldeyes (12-13) defeated the Kane County Cougars (13-12) in blowout fashion ending the game up 13-2.
In the top of the second, Max Murphy singled through the left side leading off and took second two batters later on a single through the left side from Reggie Pruitt Jr. Kevin Lachance ripped a single down the left field line that scored Murphy with the game’s first run. Deon Stafford Jr. made it 2-0 with a groundout to third that plated Pruitt.
After Goldeyes’ starting pitcher Alex Manasa retired the side in order in the bottom of the second, the Goldeyes took a 5-0 lead in the top of the third on a three-run home run to right-centre from Murphy.
Winnipeg broke the game open with six runs in the top of the fourth. With the bases loaded and one out, Logan Hill ripped a groundball to third that resulted in a run-scoring error charged to Dylan Busby. Ian Sagdal followed with a bases loaded walk, while Murphy made it 8-0 with a sacrifice fly to left. David Washington capped the rally with a two-out, three-run home run to left-centre.
Kane County (13-12) got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI single from Galli Cribbs Jr.
Winnipeg answered back in the top of the sixth when Murphy slugged a two-run home run off the batter’s eye in centre field.
Sherman Johnson’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth provided the game’s final margin.
Manasa (1-1) earned the win, allowing two earned runs on six hits over six innings. Manasa walked one and struck out two.
Cougars’ starter Koby Bishop (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on six hits in three and one-third innings. Bishop walked four and struck out two.
Landen Bourassa earned his first career save, pitching three shutout innings to finish the game. It was Bourassa’s first appearance of the season.
Milkmen 13, Railroaders 1 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen (13-12) defeated the Cleburne Railroaders (6-19) with little mercy down at The Depot this evening.
The Railroaders scored a single run in the bottom of the 8th from a LF Chuck Taylor RBI single, but other than that had a scoreless night and were held at bay by the RHP Jose Espada who threw 7 scoreless innings before being relieved by RHP Takoda Metoxen.
1B Dylan Kelly was put out on a sacrifice fly that allowed SS Mason Davis to score the Milkmen’s first run in the top of the third. From there on out the Milkmen scored at least one run in every inning the rest of the game on their way to a dominant 13-1 victory.
Canaries 0, Saltdogs 4 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs (14-10) pitching staff shutout the Sioux Falls Canaries (8-18) in a 4-0 win Friday night at Haymarket Park.
LF Justin Byrd drove in the first run for the Saltdogs, hitting a sacrifice fly to left field to score CF Randy Norris and give the team an early 1-0 lead.
DH Welington Dotel hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give the Saltdogs two more insurance runs. They were able to collect one more in the seventh as Norris drove in C Skyler Weber to extend their lead to four runs.
Starting pitcher Greg Minier earned the win for the Saltdogs. He allowed four hits while striking out nine through seven scoreless innings of work.
Monarchs 10, Dogs 2 – Box Score
The East and West division leaders faced off Friday night. In the battle of the best, the Kansas City Monarchs (18-7) toppled the Chicago Dogs (17-8) in a commanding 10-2 win at Impact Field.
DH K.C. Hobson (2-4) drove in the first run for Chicago with a double to left field, giving the Dogs an early 1-0 lead.
The Monarchs scored three runs in the fifth inning with RBIs from C Alexis Olemda (2-5) and CF Joel Booker (2-3). One inning later, 1B Casey Gillaspie roped a three-run home run to right field to extend the Monarchs lead, 6-1.
Connor Kopach drove in another run for the Dogs in the seventh, but Kansas City scored four runs in the final two innings on RBIs from Olmeda, Booker, and LF Gaby Guerrero (2-5) to put the game out of reach.
Starting pitcher Matt Hall earned the win for the Monarchs. He allowed one run on three hits while striking out ten batters through six innings of work.
DockHounds 16, RedHawks 10 – Box Score
In a high scoring game between the Lake Country DockHounds (12-14) and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (16-9), the DockHounds came out on top, winning 16-10.
The DockHounds had a 9-0 lead going into the bottom half of the sixth inning until 1B Manuel Boscan (3-6) drove in two runs for the RedHawks. In the last three innings, Fargo-Moorhead scored eight runs while Lake Country scored seven more. The DockHounds finished with 20 hits while the RedHawks finished with 12.
3B T.J. Bennett had an outstanding day for the DockHounds and was a home run shy of the cycle. He went 5-6 at the plate with a single, three doubles, and a triple.