Kansas City 4 Sioux City 0
Justin Donatella tossed a complete game two-hitter as the Monarchs (56-28) beat the Explorers (43-41) in a game which had only four total hits 2-0 on Thursday night. Alexis Olmeda had a sacrifice fly and Colin Willis scored on a wild pitch in the second for Kansas City before Will Kengor launched a solo homer in the third and Willis followed suit in the fourth. From there, Donatella was the story, allowing only two Sioux City singles all night while walking one and striking out nine.
Chicago 2 Lincoln 0
Jordan Kipper (6 IP, 5 H, 9 K) and three relivers combined on a six-hit shutout as the Dogs (51-32) edged the Saltdogs (45-38) 2-0 on Thursday evening at Haymarket Park. K.C. Hobson broke the scoreless tie in the third for Chicago with a solo homer before Cosimo Cannella on a Grant Kay single in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. That’s all Kipper needed, as he allowed just five hits on 94 pitches. David Vidal had a double, the lone extra-base hit, for Lincoln.
Sioux Falls 9 Houston 1
Joey Wagman pitched eight innings, allowing only one run on six hits while punching out seven, as the Canaries (33-51) rolled to a 9-1 win over the Apollos (13-70) on Thursday night. Mitch Glasser doubled and later scored in the first as Sioux Falls jumped ahead early. Angelo Altavilla hit a solo homer in the second for a 3-0 lead. Jabari Henry’s solo shot in the fifth made it 6-0 and his solo homer in the seventh made it 7-0 before Garrett Hope’s two-run double made it 9-0. Aaron Takacs scored in the ninth for Houston.
Winnipeg 5 Gary SouthShore 2
Dylan Burns did not allow an earned run in 5.2 innings, Logan Hill homered, and the Goldeyes (43-38) beat the Railcats (33-51) on Thursday afternoon 5-2 at Shaw Park. Deon Stafford scored Kevin Lachance with a double in the second to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead. Lachance then singled home a run and scored on Hill’s two-run shot in the fourth for a 4-0 lead. Meanwhile, Burns (5.2 IP, 4 H, R, 7 K) and three relievers combined to allow five singles while striking out twelve. Michael Woodworth and Hayden Schilling each scored on errors for Gary Southshore.
Fargo-Moorhead 9 Kane County 4
Matt Tomshaw tossed seven strong innings (7 H, 2 R, ER, BB, 4 K) and the RedHawks (49-35) beat the Cougars (38-45) 9-4 on Thursday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field. John Silviano broke a 1-1 tie in the second with a solo homer for Fargo-Moorhead before Kane County’s Kacy Clemens tied it in the third with a single. Mark Karaviotis and Brandon Chinea launched solo homers for the Cougars in defeat.
Cleburne 11 Milwaukee 10 (Game One)
Milwaukee 11 Cleburne 1 (Game Two)
Chase Simpson launched a walk-off solo homer, the fifth homer for Cleburne in the game, on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh inning of game one for the Railroaders in an 11-10 win over the Milkmen, who had a pair of home runs themselves, before Milwaukee (51-32) responded with a resounding 11-1 win in the nightcap behind a complete game three-hitter by Myles Smith to split the doubleheader with Cleburne (44-38) on Thursday. Adam Brett Walker II homered in each game for the Milkmen.