Wichita 12, Amarillo 2 – Box
Wichita had a huge offensive outing with 16 hits in its 12-2 victory Thursday night. Wichita opened the game with seven runs in the first inning, scoring them in a variety of ways. LF Jayce Ray and C John Nester had two-RBI doubles, CF Nick Van Stratten hit a home run and sacrifice fly, and 2B Leo Vargas had an RBI-hbp. The Winguts added a run in the third to make it 8-0. Amarillo finally got on the board with a C Jordan Guida solo shot in the fifth inning.
Wichita responded in the sixth inning with a three-run homer from DH Christian Ibarra. Amarillo mustered another run in the eighth, but the Wichita’s huge lead was too much to overcome. Nester led the Winguts with four RBIs.
Joplin 4, Lincoln 2 – Box
Despite giving up nine hits to the Saltdogs, Joplin came out victorious 4-2 Thursday night. DH Bryan Joynt hit a sacrifice fly in the first to put Lincoln up 1-0 in the second inning. Joplin took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to RBI-singles from 1B Jake Taylor and LF Steve Tinoco. Lincoln tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom half with an RBI-single from CF Matt Forgatch.
The Blasters broke the stalemate in the eighth inning with two runs – Taylor and Tinoco both hit RBI-singles. Joplin starting pitcher Frank Del Valle went seven innings, gave up seven hits, two earned runs and struck-out one batter. Lincoln starting pitcher Shairon Martis went eight innings, gave up nine hits, four earned runs, and struck-out 11 batters.
Winnipeg 6, Sioux Falls 2 – Box
Winnipeg padded its lead with some late runs to secure a 6-2 victory over Sioux Falls. SS Casio Grider hit a two-RBI single to give the Goldeyes an early 2-0 lead. C Luis Alen hit a sacrifice fly in the third to extend Winnipeg’s lead. Sioux Falls finally got some offense going in the top of the seventh – LF Brian Humphries and 1B RJ Perucki scored runs, making it 3-2 Winnipeg. But as Sioux Falls came closer, the Goldeyes pushed the game more out of reach. In the eighth, Winnipeg got three runs with one swing of the bat – a bases clearing double by Brad Boyer.
Sioux Falls starting pitcher Ray Hanson went five innings, gave up five hits, three earned runs and struck-out two batters. Goldeyes starting pitcher Kyle Anderson went 6.1 innings, gave up six hits, one earned run, and struck-out two batters.
New Jersey 5, Fargo-Moorhead 4 – Box
The Jackals used three late runs to take down Fargo-Moorhead in a close 5-4 match-up. After New Jersey put up a run in the first inning, Fargo-Moorhead tied the game in the third when DH Michael Leach scored an unearned run. In the fourth inning, New Jersey 3B Mark Threlkeld scored on a wild pitch to give the Jackals a 2-1 edge. But Fargo-Moorhead immediately tied it in the bottom half, with a RF Joe Dunigan home run. In the fifth, Leach scored another run, giving the RedHawks a 3-2 lead.
Later in the eighth, New Jersey put up three runs to take a 5-3 advantage.1B AJ Kirby-Jones hit a home run, DH Vinny Zarrillo hit an RBI-single and CF D’Vontrey Richardson scored on an error. In the bottom half, the Redhawks got one run to make it 5-4.
Sioux City 10, Grand Prairie 2 – Box
Sioux City used 13 hits to upend the AirHogs 10-2 Thursday night. The Explorers went up 2-0 in the second inning after 3B Tommy Mendonca hit an RBI-double and C Matt Koch hit an RBI-single. CF Matty Johnson scored on a wild pitch in the third to make it 3-0 Sioux City. The Explorers continued to pile it on in the fourth inning. Sioux City scored four runs thanks to RBI-singles from Johnson and DH Brock Kjeldgaard, and RBI-groundouts from SS Noah Perio and RF Michael Lang.
Grand Prairie 2B Ridge Hoopii-Haslam hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make it 7-2 Sioux City. But in the eighth inning, Perio hit a three-run homer to make it 10-2, and out of reach for the AirHogs.
Laredo 9, Kansas City 5 – Box
The Lemurs used RBIs from four different players to defeat the T-Bones 9-5. Laredo put up three runs in the first inning. DH Kevin Taylor hit a two-run homer and RF Denis Phipps scored on a wild pitch. CF Drew Martinez scored an unearned run in the second inning to make it 4-0 Lemurs. In the fourth inning, Laredo added two more runs – 3B Juan Silverio hit an RBI-triple and later scored on an error. Later on, 2B Abel Nieves hit a sacrifice fly and Taylor hit an RBI-single to make it 8-0 Laredo.
Kansas City got its first run in the seventh after a 3B Nate Tenbrik RBI-double. And in the bottom of the eighth, CF Jacob Hayes hit a grand slam, to cut the Lemurs lead to 8-5. But Laredo added a late insurance run in the ninth to stifle any comeback.
St. Paul 4, Gary SouthShore 1 – Box
Early runs were enough for St. Paul in its 4-1 victory over Gary SouthShore3B Nick Hanson hit an RBI-double in the second inning to give St. Paul the lead. The RailCats tied it in the third inning with an RBI-single from DH Jose Sermo. In the fourth inning, the Saints extended its lead to 4-1. Hanson and CF Alonzo Harris had RBI-doubles and SS Anthony Phillips had an RBI-groundout.
Gary SouthShore starting pitcher Charle Rosario went seven innings, gave up seven hits, four earned runs, and struck-out three batters. St. Paul starting pitcher Kramer Sneed went seven innings, gave up four hits, no earned runs, and struck-out three batters. Hanson led the Saints with two hits and two RBIs. The Saints had seven hits while the RailCats only had five.
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