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Lincoln Saltdogs

Canaries 0, DockHounds 5 – Box Score


The Lake Country DockHounds (26-51) shutout the Sioux Falls Canaries (30-45) 5-0 Thursday night at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park. 


The DockHounds got on the scoreboard in the first inning when SS Gabriel Noriega and 2B Jordan Schaffer each hit RBI-singles to make it a 2-0 ballgame. 


Lake Country tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning when 1B T.J. Bennett hit a two-run bomb to make it 4-0. 


CF Casey Dykstra notched an RBI in the bottom of the eighth inning to make it a 5-0 ballgame. 


Alex McRae started on the mound for the DockHounds. He earned the win and obtained a quality start for his performance. He threw eight scoreless innings while collecting six strikeouts. 


RailCats 9, Dogs 3 – Box Score 


The Gary SouthShore RailCats (34-44) beat the Chicago Dogs (46-31) 9-3 Thursday night at Impact Field. 


The RailCats had a big third inning. 1B Sam Abbott started the party with a solo home run. A sac fly and three hits later, Gary SouthShore took a commanding 6-0 lead over the Dogs. 


The RailCats added two more runs in the fifth inning as 3B Victor Nova hit a two-run home run to put Gary SouthShore up 8-0. 


Chicago finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth inning as 1B K.C. Hobson hit a solo home run. RF Anfernee Grier hit an RBI-single to score Grant Kay to make it a 2-8 ballgame. 

The RailCats added one more run in the top of the seventh as LF LG Castillo roped a double to right field to score DH Daniel Lingua and put them ahead 9-2. 


Grier scored another run for the Dogs in the bottom of the eighth with a single to right field. After eight innings of baseball, the RailCats led 9-3. 


Augie Voight took the mound for Gary SouthShore in the bottom of the ninth. After giving up a leadoff double to 3B Harrison Smith, he retired three straight to end the game. 


RedHaks 5, Saltdogs 12 – Boxscore


Justin Byrd went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, and the Lincoln Saltdogs took the series finale with a 12-5 win over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks at Haymarket Park on Thursday night.


The RedHawks (49-28) took a 1-0 lead on Drew Ward’s two-out homer in the 1st, but Josh Altmann tied the game with a two-out single in the bottom-half. On the play, Ryan Long also scored after reaching third base, and the ‘Dogs took a 2-1 lead.


Lincoln (36-42) extended the lead with three runs in the 2nd. Justin Byrd hit an RBI double and Rayder Ascanio made it 5-1 with a two-run homer.


The ‘Dogs added two more in the 4th. Hunter Clanin hit his second homer is as many games before Byrd’s first homer since returning from Mexico made it 7-1.


The RedHawks got one back when Drew Ward scored on an error in the 6th, but Zach Keenan allowed just two runs in 5 and 1/3 innings and allowed five runs across 17 and 1/3 innings in three consecutive starts against the RedHawks.


Altmann delivered two more RBIs with a two-out single in the 6th. Hunter Clanin made it 10-2 with an RBI double in the 7th, and Byrd’s RBI single – his fourth hit of the game – made it 11-2. Lincoln added a 12th run on Matt Goodheart’s RBI double in the 8th.


David Zoz tossed 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings, while Carter Hope pitched a scoreless 8th. Carson Lance allowed two homers in a three-run 9th.


Cougars 7, Railroaders 5 – Boxscore


Kane County continues to just find ways to win ball games as they took the third game of the six-game set from The Depot at Cleburne Station. The Cougars were able to capitalize on pretty much every scoring opportunity as they beat the Railroaders 7-5.


The Cougars started the scoring in the top of the second when Alexis Pantoja ripped a double over the head of Hill Alexander that brought home Ernie De La Trinidad and Nick Franklin to make it 2-0.

Flash forward to the bottom of the second when Hunter Wolfe launched his fifth home run of the year that evened the score up at two after he and Wyatt Mathisen trotted home after the long ball. Chuck Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Mathisen.

It wasn’t long until Kane County took back the advantage. Two more runs came around for the Cougars in the top of the fifth, awarding them a 4-3 lead.

Cleburne found ways to score in obscure ways in the bottom half of the frame. Zach Nehrir hit a lead-off double and then preceded to steal third base. Ben Allison balked which allowed Nehrir to trot home for free to tie the game up at four. The Railroaders took the lead in that same inning after Chase Simpson doubled and then scored on an error by Cougars’ third baseman Alexis Pantoja. After five, it was 5-4 in favor of the Railroaders.

Unfortunately for Cleburne, Kane County bounced back from their rough fifth inning and clawed their way back into the game. Zac Reininger came in for his first appearance as a Railroader and gave up two runs. Kane County added some insurance in the top of the seventh off Kevin McCarthy when Jimmy Kerrigan scored on a Luke Mangieri sacrifice fly to make it 7-5.

That score held all the way until the ninth when Ryan Tapani shut it down and won the game for the Cougars while also picking up his second save of the season.

Kane County has now won seven games in a row and just sits four and a half games behind the division-leading Chicago Dogs.


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