PERREN DRIVES IN GO-AHEAD RUN IN NINTH FOR SOX

PERREN DRIVES IN GO-AHEAD RUN IN NINTH FOR SOX

Amarillo 3, Lincoln 2Box 

Amarillo DH Derek Perren drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth to lead the Sox past Lincoln, 3-2.

Lincoln retired two batters in the ninth, but Sox SS Michael Broad doubled to keep the inning alive and scored on Perren’s fourth hit of the day.

The Sox jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third when 3B Omar Luna and LF Cory Patton hit back-to-back RBI singles with the bases loaded.

In the bottom of the third, Lincoln got one back on CF Chad Mozingo’s RBI single and tied the score in the sixth on an RBI single from 1B Kevin Howard.

Right-handed relief pitcher Matt Larkin got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth, and Erik Draxton closed the door in the ninth for his second save of the season.

St. Paul 7, Sioux City 6 (13 Innings) – Box 

The Saints scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth to extend the game, and 3B Devin Thaut ended it in the 13th with a sacrifice fly to left field, finishing off a three-game sweep for the Saints, who won 7-6.

Sioux City led 6-4 in the ninth, but Saints’ C Carlos Escobar reached first to lead off the bottom of the ninth on a hit-by-pitch. Thaut then walked and LF Joe Bonfe reached on an error to load the bases. CF Evan Bigley tied the game with a two-RBI single, but the Explorers, who had yet to record an out in the inning, escaped the ninth by inducing a fly out and a double play.

Right-hander Dylan Thomas threw three scoreless innings in relief to earn the win — his first of the season.

For the Explorers, SS Nate Samson had a game-high four hits

Winnipeg 7, Fargo-Moorhead 4 – Box

Winnipeg scored two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to pull away from the RedHawks, avoiding a series sweep.

Goldeyes’ 3B Josh Mazzola hit an RBI single with no outs in the sixth to score RF Donnie Webb, and CF Reggie Abercrombie scored later in the inning on an error.

In the seventh, Winnipeg DH Luis Alen drove in two runs with a single to center field. Alen went 2-for-4 Sunday with a  walk and a team-high three RBIs.

Winnipeg starter Chandler Barnard went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits in his first start of the season. He picked up the win, and closer Kyle Bellamy pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save of the season.

RedHawks’ SS Zach Penprase and RF Anthony Kaskadden both hit solo home runs in the loss.

Grand Prairie 1, Wichita 0 (Game 1 – 7 innings)Box

A first-inning RBI single from DH Jason Botts proved enough for Grand Prairie to beat first-place Wichita, 1-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.

The AirHogs, scraped together just three hits, including two in the first inning, but Grand Prairie starter Aaron Wilkerson and closer Dakota Watts combined to strand 12 Wichita base runners in the win.

After loading the bases in the seventh, Watts struck out Wichita C J.T. Wise, and induced a groundout to the shortstop from DH Chris McMurray to end the game and notch the save.

Wilkerson struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win, allowing no runs on six hits and three walks.

For the Wingnuts, LF Carlo Testa match the AirHogs three hits, going 3-for-4 to improve his league-leading batting average to .392.

Gary SouthShore 7, Sioux Falls 1Box

The RailCats batted around in a mammoth seven-run seventh and completed a four-game sweep of Sioux Falls.

The Canaries took a 1-0 lead in the second on C Kevin Dultz’s RBI single, but the RailCats came back in a big way in the seventh.

Leading off the seventh, RailCats’ C Craig Maddox tied the game with a solo homer. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, pinch hitter Jeremy Hamilton hit a bases-clearing double to give Gary SouthShore a 4-1 led. RF Drew Martinez plated Hamilton on an RBI single and later scored on a groundout to make it 7-1.

Gary SouthShore starter Dustin Crenshaw tossed seven innings of one-run ball to earn the win, lowering his ERA to 1.70.