Laredo 12, Wichita 3 – Box
The Lemurs used 13 hits to get past the Wingnuts 12-3 Thursday night. Laredo began the game with a massive seven-run inning. 3B Juan Silverio had two RBIs in the inning and 1B Dustin Geiger had a three-run homer. The lead grew to 9-0 in the fourth inning when C Brian Peterson hit a sacrifice fly and Geiger hit a RBI-double.
3B TJ Mittelstaedt and C John Nester put Wichita on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI-groundout and RBI-single, respectively. But the Lemurs pushed the lead to 11-2 with two more runs in the fifth inning. Geirger led the Lemurs with five RBIs while Silverio added three of his own. The Wingnuts had four errors in the game while the Lemurs had none.
Amarillo 6, Joplin 3 (Game 1 – 7 innings) – Box
The Thunderheads used a huge first inning to take down the Blasters 6-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. Amarillo began the matchup with a huge five-run first inning when C Corey Bass, SS Juan Martinez, and 1B Rene Leveret hit RBI-singles and CF Jason Martin and 3B Taylor Smart added an RBI-double and Two RBI-double, respectively.
Joplin cut the lead to 5-1 in the third inning with a 2B Mitch Glasser RBI-single. Then, the score changed to 5-3 when Blaster 1B Yenier Bello hit an RBI-double in the fourth inning and when SS Maikol Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the fifth. But Amarillo’s DH Geraldo Valentin pushed the lead back to 6-1 with an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth.
Joplin 4, Amarillo 4 (Game 2 six innings — suspended)
The game was suspended due to lightning in the bottom of the sixth inning with the score tied at 4-4. There has been no announcement yet on when the game will be resumed.
Kansas City 9, Grand Prairie 6 – Box
The T-Bones used a big eight-run sixth inning to glide past the AirHogs 9-6 Thursday night. 3B Ridge Hoopii-Haslam put the AirHogs up 2-0 in the first inning with a two-RBI single. In the second inning, T-Bones 2B Ryan Cavan scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead to 2-1. Grand Prairie extended its lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning after an RBI-single by 1B Victor Diaz.
Kansas City had runners on first and second with one out in the fifth, but failed to bring any runs home. In the sixth inning, Grand Prairie boosted its lead to 6-1 thanks to a two-RBI single by DH Zane Chavez and RBI-single by Diaz. In the sixth, T-Bones Jacob Hayes hit an RBI-single and Cavan had a two-RBI double to cut the lead to 6-4. The T-Bones then exploded with five more runs in the inning to zoom past the AirHogs and grab a 9-6 advantage.
St. Paul 5, Ottawa 3 – Box
The Saints were able to slip past Ottawa 5-3 Thursday night. St. Paul went up 1-0 in the first inning when C Vinny DiFazio hit a solo home run. Ottawa 3B Albert Cartwright tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. In the fifth inning, the Saints regained the lead when DH Ian Gac hit a sacrifice fly. In the top of the sixth, the Champions had runners on first and second with no outs and 1B Jon Talley took advantage with an RBI-groundout, tying the score at 2-2.
But in the sixth inning, the Saints gained a 3-2 edge after a sacrifice fly by SS Anthony Phillips. St. Paul grew its lead in the seventh with a two RBI-double by RF Mike Kvasnicka. Ottawa cut the lead to 5-3 in the eighth, but that was the end of the Champions rally.
Ottawa starting pitcher Wilmer Font went five innings, gave up four hits, two earned runs, and struck-out five batters.
Lincoln 2, Sioux Falls 1 – Box
Lincoln needed just a couple early runs to slightly edge the Sioux Falls 2-1 Thursday night. Lincoln was up 2-0 after the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by DH Curt Smith and an RBI-single by 1B Jeremy Hamilton. Sioux Falls SS Jerome Pena cut the lead to 2-1 in the third inning with an RBI-double. But neither side could get the bats going for the rest of the game.
Lincoln starting pitcher Luis Chirinos went six innings, gave up six hits, one earned run and struck-out four batters. Sioux Falls starting pitcher Miguel Pena went seven innings, gave up two earned runs, and struck-out three batters. The Saltdogs had nine hits while the Canaries had six. SS Mike Gilmartin led the Saltdogs with two hits.
Sioux City 2, Gary SouthShore 0 – Box
The Explorers blanked in a close 2-0 matchup Thursday night. Sioux City took a 1-0 lead in the second inning after a solo home run by 3B Matt Koch. SS Noah Perio then picked up an RBI in the third inning to make it 2-0 Explorers. The RailCats had a chance to score with two runners on base with just one out in the sixth inning, but failed to create any offense. In the seventh, Gary SouthShore once again had two runners on, but still, a rally could not be started.
Gary SouthShore starting pitcher Rene Solis went six innings, gave up five hits, two earned runs and struck-out four batters. Sioux City had five hits in the game while the RailCats had four.
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