Gary SouthShore 9, Cleburne 7 – Box Score
The Gary SouthShore RailCats (26-38) edged the Cleburne Railroaders 9-7 to claim the series on Wednesday evening.
The Railroaders were leading 7-2 after four innings but the RailCats rallied for six runs in the fifth to move in front. In the fifth, Gary SouthShore loaded up the bases and the next six batters all reached base to push across a run; 3B Hayden Schilling (single), C Jackson Smith (walk), 2B Jose Mercado (hit by pitch), LF Jesus Marriaga (fielder’s choice), CF Billy Cooke (single) and M.J. Rookard (single) all perpetuated the rally.
Rookard (4-for-6) also scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to add an insurance run. Cooke and Schilling each had three hits in the game.
For the Railroaders, CF Zach Nehrir went 4-for-5 with an RBI and 1B Ramon Hernandez went 3-for-5 with his 16th home run of 2021.
Milwaukee 8, Sioux Falls 3 – Box Score
The Milwaukee Milkmen (42-21) continued their strong run of form with an 8-3 win against the Sioux Falls Canaries at home on Wednesday night.
The Canaries took an early lead thanks to an RBI triple from CF Cade Gotta in the first and an RBI single from SS Angelo Altavilla (3-for-5) in the second. The Milkmen drew one back in the bottom of the second on an RBI double from 2B Aaron Hill (2-for-5) and took the lead in the third when 1B David Washington (2-for-4) hit a two-run homer in the third.
Milwaukee pulled away in the fifth as LF Adam Brett Walker II doubled home CF Brett Vertigan and then scored alongside 3B Logan Trowbridge on a double from Washington. Washington scored on a sac fly from RF Trey Martin in the next at-bat.
C Christian Correa added a 3-for-3 performance with a run scored.
Lincoln 9, Fargo-Moorhead 2 – Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs (32-31) racked up 14 hits on the way to evening the series with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks with a 9-2 win.
Seven different Saltdogs had at least one hit in the game and five of them had multi-hit performances. SS Ryan Long went 3-for-5 with four RBIs including his 13th home run of the year to lead the way. 2B David Vidal added three hits including a homer and three RBIs. 3B Yanio Perez, C Skyler Weber and 1B Zak Taylor each chipped in a pair of hits.
For the RedHawks, 1B Correlle Prime, 3B Leobaldo Pina and CF Alex Boxwell each had two hits on the night and Boxwell added solo shot in the fifth.
Kane County 10, Chicago 3 – Box Score
The Kane County Cougars (30-34) turned 15 hits into a 10-3 win against the Chicago Dogs Wednesday evening.
Nine different Cougars recorded hits in the game and four of them had multi-hit games. Leadoff hitter 2B Josh Allen went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. RF Mitch Reeves went 3-for-5 with a triple and three runs scored. DH Josh Rolette, LF Mark Karaviotis and 1B Kacy Clemens each added a pair of hits.
For the Dogs, DH Michael Crouse went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and both 2B Johnny Adams and SS Harrison Smith went 2-for-4 with a run.
Starting pitcher Ben Allison earned the win for working 6.2 innings and allowing one run on seven hits while striking out six batters.
Sioux City 11, Winnipeg 1 – Box Score
The Sioux City Explorers (36-28) pulled ahead early and raced to an 11-1 win against the Winnipeg Goldeyes on Wednesday night at home.
DH Sebastian Zawada (2-for-4) gave Sioux City the early lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. In the third, 2B L.T. Tolbert (2-for-5) singled home SS Chris Clare (2-for-5) and 1B Seamus Curran (3-for-5) doubled to score 3B Jose Sermo before LF Lane Milligan (2-for-5) and Zawada hit back-to-back home runs to take an 8-0 lead. In the fourth, Tolbert singled to plate CF Chase Harris (2-for-5) and scored on Curran’s second double of the game.
For the Goldeyes, CF Tyler Hill went 3-for-5 and SS Wes Darvill went 2-for-4 with the team’s only RBI.
Sioux City starting pitcher Jonah Smith went seven innings on the bump and allowed just one run one nine hits while striking out five batters.
Kansas City 12, Houston 1 (Game 1/7 Innings) – Box Score
The Kansas City Monarchs rolled to a 12-1 win in the first game of their doubleheader with the Houston Apollos on Wednesday afternoon.
The Monarchs tallied 13 hits in the seven-inning affair, including five extra-base hits. RF Gabriel Guerrero scored twice and recorded a pair of doubles, 2B Ryan Grotjohn went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and hit his fifth homer of the year and SS Morgan McCullough also added a pair of runs and a pair of hits.
DH Will Kengor and CF Charcer Burks added two hits each as well.
The Apollos were held to just one hit in the game and starting pitcher Nick Travieso earned the win for working five innings and allowing the one run and one hit while striking out six batters.
Kansas City 10, Houston 2 (Game 2/7 Innings) – Box Score
The Kansas City Monarchs (41-22) kept their bats hot in game two of their doubleheader and topped the Houston Apollos 10-2.
Already leading 4-1, the Monarchs put things away in the bottom of the fourth inning. There, SS Morgan McCullough singled home 3B Will Kengor and C Daniel Wasinger and then scored himself when RF Darnell Sweeney hit his 11th home run of 2021. Two batters later, 1B Casey Gillaspie added a two-run home run of his own to put the Monarchs in front 10-1.
For the Apollos, 2B Jordan Pontious and 1B Taylor Zeutenhorst each wen 1-for-3 with an RBI.