St. Paul 4, Fargo-Moorhead 2 – Box
Behind three hits from C Vinny DiFazio, St. Paul defeated the RedHawks 4-2 Friday night. In the first inning, RedHawk SS Zach Penprase hit a solo home run and RF Joe Dunigan hit an RBI-single to push ahead 2-0. St. Paul CF Alonzo Harris hit a solo homer in the bottom half to cut the lead to 2-1. The Saints then tied it at 2-2 in the third inning when DiFazio hit an RBI-single. In the bottom of the fifth, the Saints took a 3-2 advantage after a DH Mike Kvasnicka RBI-single.
1B Ian Gac added a home run in the seventh inning to give St. Paul a 4-2 lead and Fargo-Moorhead was never able to recover. Fargo-Moorhead starting pitcher Brandon Mann went seven innings, gave up seven hits, and struck-out 10 batters. St. Paul’s starting pitcher Kramer Sneed went 7.2 innings, gave up two earned runs, and struck-out six batters.
Kansas City 2, Gary SouthShore 0 – Box
Kansas City held Gary SouthShore to just two hits and defeated the RailCats in a close 2-0 game Friday night. A RBI-double by 2B Ryan Cavan in the first inning and an unearned run by RF Jacob Hayes in the fifth inning put the T-Bones 2-0 midway through the matchup and the runs proved to be enough to win the game.
Gary starting pitcher Carle Rosario went six innings, gave up five hits, one earned run, and struck-out five batters. Kansas City starting pitcher Michael Nannini went 4.1 innings, gave up no hits and no runs. The T-Bones had five hits in the game. Both teams had one error.
Joplin 6, Lincoln 4 – Box
The Blasters held off a late rally by Lincoln to secure a 6-4 win Friday night. Joplin took the first lead with a sacrifice fly by 1B Yenier Bello in the second inning. But Lincoln took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning after 2B Aaron Payne hit a two-run homer. The Saltdogs had bases loaded in the fifth inning with two out, but could not bring any runners home. And then in the sixth inning, Lincoln had runners on the corners with two out, but still couldn’t extend its lead.
In the seventh inning, Joplin had the game-tying run on second base with just one out. RF Steven Tinoco took advantage, and hit an RBI-double to tie the score at 2-2 and SS Maikol Gonzalez hit a two-RBI single to give Joplin a 4-2 lead later in the inning – two more runners would cross the plate, making it a five-run inning. The Saltdogs got two runs in the ninth to make it 6-4, but the rally fell short.
Ottawa 2, Winnipeg 1 – Box
Ottawa edged Winnipeg in a close 2-1 matchup Friday night. A C Bryce Massanari RBI-single gave Ottawa a 1-0 lead in the first inning. LF Mike Schwartz then made it the score 2-0 with an RBI-single in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Winnipeg 3B Chris Robinson hit an RBI-single to cut Ottawa’s lead to 2-1. In the sixth inning, Ottawa had runners on the corners with nobody out, but Winnipeg was able to prevent Ottawa from scoring. But Winnipeg couldn’t produce anything on the offensive side for the rest of the game.
Winnipeg starting pitcher Matthew Jackson went 6.1 innings, gave up 11 hits, two earned runs and struck-out four batters. Ottawa starting pitcher Andrew Werner went seven innings, gave up nine hits, and just one earned run. The Champions had 12 hits while the Goldeyes had nine hits.
Wichita 3, Amarillo 2 (7 innings – rain shortened) – Box
Wichita defeated Amarillo in a close 3-2 matchup Friday in a game that was shortened to seven innings due to inclement weather. CF Joash Brodin put the Wingnuts up 2-0 in the third inning with a two-RBI double. Then in the fourth, the lead grew to 3-0 with a C John Nester home run. But Amarillo cut the lead to 3-2 when C Corey Bass hit a two-RBI double in the fourth inning. But neither team could score any more runs in the game.
Both Amarillo and Wichita had six hits each. Amarillo starting pitcher Matt Larkins went seven innings, gave up six hits, and three earned runs. Wichita starting pitcher Jason Van Skike went six innings, gave up two runs and struck-out five batters.
Grand Prairie 9, Laredo 3 – Box
Grand Prairie used a four-run fifth inning and nine hits to take down Laredo 9-3 Friday night. The first sign of offense came in the fifth inning when the AirHogs put up four runs – RF Jordy Hart had an RBI-walk and DH Brian Myrow had a three-RBI double. Laredo got an unearned run in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 4-1. But in the bottom of the sixth, Grand Prairie CF Chris Elder hit an RBI-double, then scored on an error and 2B Jamodrick McGruder hit an RBI-single to extend the lead to 7-1.
In the seventh inning, Laredo C Luke Bailey hit an RBI-double and then scored on a wild pitch to cut Grand Prairie’s lead to 7-3. But the AirHogs got runs in the seventh and eighth to extend the lead to 9-3, which was too much for the Lemurs to overcome.
Sioux City 12, Sioux Falls 1 – Box
Sioux City used 16 hits to take down the Sioux Fall Canaries 12-1 Friday night. 1B Rene Tosoni put Sioux City in front 1-0 with a home run in the first inning. The Explorers then scored two more runs in the second inning – one came off an error and the other was a LF Tim Colwell RBI-single. Sioux City then went up 5-0 in the third inning when 3B Tommy Mendonca hit a two-RBI double.
Sioux Falls C Richard Stock cut the lead to 5-1 with an RBI-single in the fourth. But in the bottom of the fourth, Sioux City SS Noah Perio hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-1.And in the sixth inning, the Explorers scored four more runs to make it 10-1 and out of reach for the Canaries.
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