SALTDOGS ROLL OVER CANARIES WITH BIG FIRST INNING

Lincoln 10, Sioux Falls 5- Box

The Saltdogs scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning and went on to beat the Canaries in the series finale at Haymarket Park on Sunday. DH Brandon Pinckney hit a bases-clearing double in the frame, which began with a solo home run from LF Matt Forgatch (pictured). CF Jon Gaston added a solo home run of his own in the sixth for the Saltdogs.

Six of the nine Lincoln starters had multiple hits. Forgatch’s 3-for-5 night led the way, and Pinckney’s three RBI were best among Saltdogs hitters.

For Sioux Falls, SS Stephen Branca was 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI. RF Steven Tinoco and 1B AJ Kirby-Jones hit solo home runs in the first inning. RHP Nick Green struck out five in five and 2/3 innings and earned the win for Lincoln.

Grand Prairie 4, Amarillo 2- Box 

The AirHogs scored three runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they beat the Sox on Sunday at home. 3B Matthew Burns hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to drive in 1B Jason Botts and break a one-all tie. 2B Alex Nunez hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh for an insurance run for Grand Prairie.

LF Madison Carter and CF Eric Baker had two hits each for Grand Prairie. 3B Johnny Bladel, 1B Andres Rodriguez and CF Jason Martin had two hits each for Amarillo.

RHP Ryan Searle struck out three over seven innings to earn the win. RHP Dakota Watts struck out a batter in the ninth as he earned a save.

Laredo 10, Kansas City 9 (10 innings)- Box

The Lemurs took a home win in the series finale in Laredo over the T-Bones courtesy of a walk-off home run from CF Nick Van Stratten in the 10th.  The homer allowed Laredo to withstand a comeback.

RF Denis Phipps hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning for the Lemurs before Kansas City put up five runs in the second. A two-run home run by Byron Wiley highlighted a three-run second for the Lemurs that trimmed the deficit to one. Phipps scored the game-tying run in the third on an RBI groundout by 1B John Alonso. A run scroed in the fourth to give Laredo the lead. DH JP Ramirez hit a solo home run in the eighth as the Lemurs got some insurance.

That insurance was not enough as LF Bryan Sabatella hit a two-RBI single in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 9-9 before the walkoff.

SS Devin Goodwin was 3-for-4 for the Lemurs and C Carlos Ramirez was 3-for-5. 1B Matt Padgett was 3-for-5 for Kansas City. RHP Chad Povich earned the win in relief with three strikeouts.

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