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FARGO – Playing the best team in the American Association, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks continued to lose traction in the standings Sunday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

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The Wichita Wingnuts scored runs in six consecutive innings to fuel a 7-4 victory against the RedHawks before 3,294 fans.

The RedHawks (34-39) have lost four consecutive games, missing a chance to gain one game in the wild-card race. F-M is 7.5 games behind wild card leader St. Paul, which lost to Kansas City on Sunday.

“We’re running out of time,” said RedHawks C.J. Retherford, who went 4-for-5 on Sunday. “You’ve just got to make the best of every game and try to win every game.”

The RedHawks have 26 games remaining in the regular season, including the next three against Wichita, which has the best record in the American Association at 49-23.

The RedHawks never led Sunday, but mounted a rally in the ninth inning. F-M scored three runs before Brandon Tripp came to the plate with the bases loaded and two outs. Tripp represented the potential winning run, but after working the count full, the RedHawks right fielder grounded out to first base to end the game.

“We’re one swing away from possibly changing everything,”Retherford said. “It’s a tough loss, but we can’t wait until the ninth inning to try to come back.”

The RedHawks had runners on base in each of the first five innings, but only parlayed that into one run. Simunic gave the fifth inning as an example of an opportunity lost. F-M had runners on second and third base with one out, but were unable to score a run after Petey Paramore struck out and Sawyer

Carroll flew out to center field.

“We had chances early in the game to do something and we can’t get a two-out hit,” Simunic said. “We’re probably not hitting a very high average with runners in scoring position.”

Left-handed pitcher Shawn O’Neill started for the RedHawks, making his professional debut. O’Neill, who was signed prior to the game, pitched into the fourth inning before he was lifted. He allowed three runs on six hits, while striking out one and walking three batters.

Wichita chipped away at F-M pitching, at least one run in the second through seventh innings. Jake Luce capped a two-run seventh inning with an RBI single that gave Wichita a 7-1 lead.

WICHITA REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Khoy ss 4 1 2 0 Pnprse ss 4 0 1 0

Khalio 2b 4 0 0 1 Brquin 3b 5 0 0 0

Espnsa 1b 4 0 1 0 Jckson cf 4 2 2 0

Clevlen 5 2 4 1 Rthrfrd 2b 5 1 4 0

Testa lf 4 1 0 0 Castro 1b 4 0 1 2

MClndn 3b 5 1 1 0 Pramore c 3 0 1 0

Dean c 3 1 2 2 Garcia p 0 0 0 0

Ambersn rf 5 0 1 1 Kskddn dh 1 0 1 1

Luce cf 5 1 3 1 Carroll lf 5 0 1 1

Tripp rf 5 0 0 0

Higgs c 3 1 1 0

Totals 39 7 14 6 39 4 12 4

W 011 111 200–7 14 0

FM 001 000 003–4 12 2

2B–Clevlen (26), McClendon (12), Retherford (29), Castro (5). HR– Clevlen (13), Dean (1). RBI–Kahaulelio (51), Clevlen (58), Dean 2 (3), Amberson (14), Luce (5), Castro 2 (9), Kaskadden (17), Carroll (47). LOB– W, 12. R, 13.

WICHITA

IP H R ER BB SO

Klipp, W 5.0 7 1 1 2 5

Bennett 1.0 0 0 0 0 1

Gaynor 2.0 1 0 0 0 1

Nevarez X\c 4 3 3 2 1

Hinshaw, S Z\c 0 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

ONeill, L 3Z\c 6 3 3 3 1’

Woods 2X\c 3 2 1 0 5

Orosey 1.0 4 2 2 1 2

Draxton 1.0 1 0 0 0 1

Garcia 1.0 0 0 0 1 1

Umpires–Home: Stegner. First: Feaster. Third: Gonzalez. Time–3:31. A–3294.

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Peterson covers small college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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