Fargo-Moorhead 3, Sioux Falls 2 — Box Score
With a single from Brennan Metzger in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks walked off on the Sioux Falls Canaries 3-2.
The RedHawks struck first on the night when RF Randolph Oduber scored as 3B Leobaldo Pina hit into a double play in the bottom of the fourth. The Canaries fought back in the fifth and took the lead on back-to-back RBI singles from RF Chris Grayson and 1B Chris Jacobs (3-for-4). In the sixth, Pina bounced into another double play allowing Oduber to score again and tie the score.
In the ninth, 2B Maikol Gonzalez drew a one-out walk and moved to second when CF Devan Ahart (2-for-4) singled. In the next at-bat, Metzger singled in the game-ending run.
For the RedHawks, C Charlie Valerio went 2-for-4.
Sioux City 7, Kansas City 6 (10 Innings) — Box Score
Nine innings weren’t enough to decide a winner in Sioux City on Monday night but the Explorers pulled out a 7-6 in win the tenth against the Kansas City T-Bones.
In the bottom of the eighth, Sioux City trailed 6-4 but CF Jay Austin (2-for-5) quickly changed that with a two-run home run. Neither team threatened in the ninth and Reliever Patrick Schuster sat the T-Bones down in order (two via strikeout) in the top of the 10th. In the bottom half, LF Luis Durango hit a one-out single, stole second and took third when Austin reached on an error. In the next at bat, SS Nate Samson also reached first base on an error and Durango scored the walk-off run in the process.
For the T-Bones, 1B/LF Nick Torres went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Wichita 1, Cleburne 0 — Box Score
The Wichita Wingnuts scored in the bottom of the first inning and that proved to be enough as they took a 1-0 win against the Cleburne Railroaders.
DH Logan Watkins singled to lead off in the opening inning and he came around to score when 3B Tony Thomas (2-for-3) singled to right field two batters later. The Wichita pitching staff took care of business from there. Starting pitcher Travis Banwart improved to 2-1 on the year after throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just four hits while striking out seven batters. Reliever Felix Carvallo threw the eighth and reliever James Campbell worked a perfect ninth to pick up his first save.
For the Railroaders, starting pitcher Jared Mortensen took the hard-luck loss as he threw a complete game and gave up the one run on four hits while striking out seven. At the plate, CF K.C. Huth went 2-for-4.
Gary SouthShore 4, Chicago 2 — Box Score
The Gary SouthShore RailCats held off the Chicago Dogs to claim a 4-2 Memorial Day win at U.S. Steel Yard.
The RailCats took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when 1B Alex Crosby (2-for-3) scored as 3B Mitch Glasser bounced out. After Chicago tied the game in the top of the fourth inning with 1B Trey Vavra (2-for-4) scored after a RF Craig Maddox putout, the RailCats took the lead right back in the bottom of the frame. LF Colin Willis scored on a pass ball and 2B Cole Fabio lifted a sacrifice fly one batter later.
C Andy Paz (3-for-3) singled home Willis in the seventh to push the lead to 4-1 but the Dogs drew one back in the top of the ninth as Maddox (2-for-4) hit a solo home run. Reliever Myles Smith retired the rest of the side in order to seal the win and earn the save.
St. Paul 11, Texas 6 — Box Score
The St. Paul Saints entered the final frame on Monday night trailing by a run but put together a monster six-run rally to steal an 11-6 win against the Texas AirHogs.
In the top of the ninth, LF Richard Prigatano tied the game when he scored on a single by 1B Brady Shoemaker, who went 4-for-5 with a home run earlier in the game. Two batters later, 3B Dante Bichette Jr. singled with the bases loaded to score both RF Max Murphy (2-for-5) and Shoemaker. In the next at-bat, CF Kes Carter (2-for-5) doubled home Bichette Jr. and DH Jayce Boyd (2-for-3) and then Carter scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to cap the rally.
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and retired the side in order to close out the win. 2B Noah Perio Jr. also had a strong night as he went 3-for-5.
For the AirHogs, RF Dillon Thomas went 3-for-4, all doubles, and finished the night with five RBIs.
Lincoln 14, Winnipeg 6 — Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs used an eight-run seventh inning to shoot past the Winnipeg Goldeyes 14-6.
The Saltdogs were already leading 6-1 heading into the seventh but put the game firmly out of reach with the massive offensive outburst. 1B Nathaniel Maggio (3-for-5) opened the inning with a leadoff solo home run and then loaded up the bases for 3B Christian Ibarra who promptly blasted a grand slam. After Ibarra cleared the bases, the next two batters reached base and 2B Chase Simpson hit a three-run shot. It was Simpson’s second homer of the game; he hit a solo shot in the previous inning.
For the Saltdogs, LF Grant Heyman and CF Reggie Abercrombie each went 2-for-4 at the plate.
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