St. Paul 4, Gary SouthShore 3 (11 Innings) — Box Score
Gary Southshore rallied late to tie the game and force extra innings but the St. Paul Saints scored in the top of the 11th to take a 4-3 win and claim the season-opening series two games to one.
The RailCats trailed 3-1 heading into the eighth inning but 3B Garrett Copeland singled to score SS Randy Santiesteban in the bottom of the eighth and LF John Price Jr. tied the game with a sac fly in the ninth. After a scoreless 10th, LF Richard Prigatano, who went 3-for-5 on the day, singled to lead off the 11th and came around to score the game-winning run when 1B Brady shoemaker singled.
The RailCats drew a walk in the bottom of the frame but reliever Ryan Boelter recorded three strikeouts to close out the win. He was tabbed as the winner on the day for working the 10th and 11th without allowing a run on one hit and four strikeouts.
Texas 1, Fargo-Moorhead 0 — Box Score
The Texas AirHogs only needed one run to edge the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Sunday afternoon as the pitching staff combined to throw a three-hit shutout in the 1-0 win.
Starting pitcher Tyler Matzek went 4.2 innings and gave up just two hits while striking out three batters in the no decision. Reliever Conor Costello earned the win for working 3.1 without allowing a hit, just one walk and two strikeouts and reliever Taylor Wright closed things down in the ninth to pick up the save. Two of the RedHawks three hits came from RF Keury De La Cruz.
The lone run of the game came in the bottom of the fifth inning when SS Casio Grider popped a sacrifice fly to center field that allowed C Ryan Wagner to come across.
Kansas City 3, Wichita 1 — Box Score
The Kansas City T-Bones broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth inning to earn their first win of the season against the Wichita Wingnuts 3-1.
The game was knotted at 1-1 thanks to CF Logan Watkins’ RBI single in the bottom of the third and 3B Jordan Edgerton’s RBI double in the top of the fifth. In the ninth, C Tucker Pennell singled with two outs to put two runners on and SS Angel Ross delivered a clutch double to left field that pushed Pennell and 1B Cal Towey across for the game-winning runs.
In the bottom of the ninth, reliever Cody Winiarski came on to pitch for the T-Bones. Wichita loaded up the bases but Winiarski struck out 3B Logan Trowbridge and LF Isaiah Aluko to seal the win and the save.
Winnipeg 4, Cleburne 3 — Box Score
The Winnipeg Goldeyes scored four runs in the top of the third inning and made them stand up as they topped the Cleburne Railroaders 4-3 and recorded their first win of the season.
The Goldeyes took the lead after they loaded up the bases in the top of the third and C Kevin Garcia scored on a wild pitch. In the next at-bat, DH Reynaldo Rodriguez doubled to score two more runs and later in the inning, 1B/LF Josh Mazzola lifted a sac fly to cap the rally. The Railroaders took two back in the fourth when CF KC Huth scored on a 3B Patrick Palmeiro double and a sac fly from RF Cameron Monger.
Cleburne’s only other run was a lead-off solo home run from 1B Levi Scott in the second inning.
Lincoln 4, Sioux City 3 — Box Score
The Lincoln Saltdogs took the lead in the third inning and held off a late rally from the Sioux City Explorers to hold on for a 4-3 win.
In the third, DH Curt Smith opened things up with a leadoff home run and 3B Chase Simpson scored when CF Chad Hinshaw tripled two batters later. Hinshaw crossed the plate after a single from 1B Nathaniel Maggio. Lincoln added a crucial fourth run in the bottom of the sixth when C Brant Whiting hit a ground-rule double that allowed RF Michael Hart to score.
Sioux City put together a surge in the closing innings, scoring two on a 1B Daniel Jackson single in the eighth and another with a SS Nate Samson RBI in the ninth. But 2B Nelson Ward bounced into a double play after Samson brought the Explorers within one and that ended the contest.
Sioux Falls 4, Chicago 2 — Box Score
The Sioux Falls Canaries never trailed on their way to a 4-2 win against the Chicago Dogs, taking the three-game series 2-1.
The Canaries took the lead in the bottom of the first inning as SS Blake Schmit hit his first home run of the season CF. Dan Motl doubled the lead in the third when he scored on an error and the Canaries added two more runs in the fourth when they loaded up the bases and Motl was hit by a pitch and LF Ty Morrison drew a walk.
Both of Chicago’s runs came with one swing of the bat when 1B Tray Vavra hit a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. Sioux Falls starting pitcher Dylan Thompson earned the win despite giving up that home run. He allowed just four hits and struck out eight in 6.2 innings.