Winnipeg 20, Sioux Falls 13 – Box
1B Casey Haerther tied a team record with eight RBIs, helping the Goldeyes wallop Sioux Falls 20-13. Winnipeg had a 1-0 lead, but Sioux Falls stormed ahead with five runs in the bottom of the first inning. In the inning, SS Jerome Pena and 1B David Bergin hit RBI-doubles, C Richard Stock had an RBI-single and 2B Michael Wing finished the inning with a solo home run.
But Winnipeg had a four-run second inning to tie the game at 5-5. CF Adam Heisler and Haerther both had two-RBI singles in the inning. The Wingnuts continued the onslaught in the third by having a six-run inning to lead 11-6.
Sioux Falls refused to be outdone. In the bottom of the third, the Canaries hit two home runs and cut the margin to 11-9. Winnipeg responded yet again by putting up five more runs in the fourth, to boost its lead to 16-9. By the end of the game, Winnipeg had eclipsed 20 hits.
Joplin 4, Wichita 2 (Game 1 – 7 innings) – Box
Thanks to a three-run fifth inning allowed Joplin to grab a 4-2 victory over Wichita in the first game of a doubleheader. The Blasters took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when SS Maikol Gonzalez hit an RBI-single in the third inning. An error by Wichita CF Jayce Ray in the fifth inning allowed another Joplin runner to score. Then, Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly and LF Oscar Mesa added an RBI-double to increase Joplin’s lead to 4-0.
The Wingnuts had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the fifth, but could not produce any runs. Wichita attempted a rally in the seventh when Ray hit a two-RBI single to cut the lead to 4-2, but it came up short.
Joplin had seven hits in the game while Wichita had six hits but three errors.
Joplin at Wichita (Game 2 – 7 innings) – Box
Joplin used eight hits to edge the Winguts 6-4, sweeping the doubleheader Thursday night. After an early run in the first inning, the Blasters added more offense in the fourth when a costly error by the Wingnuts catcher allowed three runs to score, increasing Joplin’s lead to 4-0. The Wingnuts had runners on second and third in the bottom of the fourth.
RF Jesus Solorzano increased the lead to 6-0 with a two-RBI double in the fifth inning. Wichita tried to climb back in the game with an RBI-walk from Joash Brodin in the fifth and a solo home run by Matt Padgett in the sixth. Then in the bottom of the ninth, 1B Dustin Geiger and Padgett hit RBI-doubles to cut the Blasters’ lead to 6-4, but the rally could not be extended.
Kansas City 5, Trois-Rivieres 4 – Box
The T-Bones used nine hits to turn away the Aigles 5-4 Thursday night. After an unearned run by Kansas City in the top of the first, Trois-Rivieres’ 2B Jose Cuevas responded with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. In the second inning, a pair of RBI-singles by Cuevas and RF Sasha LaGarde made it 3-1 in the Aigles’ favor. But T-Bones 2B Ryan Cavan hit a solo home run in the third to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Aigles went ahead 4-2 after a wild pitch in the third inning, but T-Bones C Brian Erie hit an RBI-groundout in the fourth to keep it close at 4-3. Cavan returned in the seventh inning to hit a two-RBI double to give Kansas City a 5-4 lead.
Fargo-Moorhead 1, St. Paul 0 – Box
It was a pitcher’s duel between St. Paul and Fargo-Moorhead Thursday night. The RedHawks went ahead After no scoring through three innings, the RedHawks took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI-double by RF Joe Dunigan and it proved to be the go-ahead run.
St. Paul had bases loaded with two outs in the sixth inning, but could not convert. Same situation in the seventh inning – bases loaded, two outs, but still no runs for the Saints. Finally in the ninth inning, the Saints had a runner on third, still only down 1-0. But DH Ian Gac flew out to end the game.
Fargo-Moorhead RHP Taylor Stanton went 6.1 innings with no earned runs, two hits and four strikeouts. St. Paul RHP Robert Coe went 6.2 innings, gave up one earned run and only walked two batters.
Sioux City 14, Amarillo 2 – Box
Sioux City dominated Amarillo Thursday night, winning 14-2 with the help of 15 hits. Sioux City was up 1-0 after the first inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by 1B Rene Tosoni. The lead grew to 3-0 in the second inning after an RBI-double by 2B Ryan Court and an RBI-single by C Matt Koch. After scoring another run in the third inning, Sioux City busted the game open with seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take an 11-0 lead. Koch, RF Michael Lang, DH Brock Kjeldgaard, and 3B Tommy Mendonca all had RBI’s in the inning.
The Thunderheads got its first run in the eighth inning thanks to a CF Drew Heid RBI-single. But Sioux City added two in the bottom half to make it a 14-1 game.
Grand Prairie at Laredo – Box
Laredo sealed a tight 2-0 victory over Grand Prairie by picking up two quick runs in eighth inning. After no runs by either side through five innings, the AirHogs were in business with two runners on and no outs in the top of the sixth – but Grand Prairie failed to capitalize on the opportunity.
Finally, in the eighth inning, RF Kevin Taylor put the Lemurs ahead 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to left field. Then, a RBI-single by 3B Juan Silverio made it 2-0 Laredo.
Grand Prairie RHP Bennett Whitmore went seven innings, gave up no earned runs, four hits, and struck-out eight batters. Laredo RHP Greg Holle went five innings, gave up no earned runs, six hits and struck-out six batters.
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