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Winnipeg extends winning streak to 10 with win against RedHawks

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks right fielder Dusty Robinson makes a leaping catch during an American Association baseball game against Winnipeg on Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field. Nick Wagner / The Forum

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and Winnipeg Goldeyes continued to go in distinctively opposite directions on a steamy Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

The Goldeyes cracked 16 hits and scored eight runs in the first six innings to power their way to an 8-4 victory in American Association baseball before 3,990 fans.

Winnipeg (33-14) has won 10 consecutive games and sports the best record in the league. The Goldeyes have won seven in a row against F-M after they lost the first two meetings this season. The RedHawks (25-24) have lost nine of their past 11 games.

“We’re all frustrated,” said RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase, who went 3-for-5 on Saturday. “No one likes to be in the situation that we’re in, especially losing to Winnipeg every game. … We have to make sure we keep going forward instead of backward.”

Winnipeg had seven different hitters drive in runs Saturday on a night that temperatures hovered in the 90s. While Goldeyes first baseman Casey Haerther didn’t drive in a run, he went 4-for-5 to raise his league-leading batting average to .427.

“I think a lot of guys are feeding off each other,” said Winnipeg manager Rick Forney, who is in his ninth season as manager. “We’re starting to get a lot of timely hits right now.”

The Goldeyes took control with a three-run fourth inning. Tyler Kuhn fueled that rally with a two-run triple to right field. Third baseman Josh Mazzola capped the inning with a sacrifice fly that gave Winnipeg a 5-0 lead.

“That’s tough to come back from,” Penprase said. “We need to start getting runs earlier in the game.”

Winnipeg took an 8-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning after clean-up hitter Ray Sadler cracked an RBI single into left field, scoring Kuhn from second base.

“When you are winning games like this, you are doing all the good things,” Forney said. “Defensively, right now, we might be as good, if not better, than we’ve ever been.”

RedHawks starter Jake Laber had a rough outing, allowing eight runs on 13 hits in six innings. The Goldeyes scored at least one run in the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Laber threw 111 pitches, including 72 strikes.

F-M third baseman Ronnie Bourquin belted a three-run home run in the home half of the sixth inning to cut the Winnipeg lead to 8-3. The RedHawks added another run in the eighth inning after right fielder Dusty Robinson ripped an RBI single into center field. F-M smacked eight of its 10 hits in the final four innings.

“We’re struggling right now,” Penprase said. “We’ve got to find some way to get momentum going in our favor for this second half of the season. … We’ve got to make sure it doesn’t get too far out of hand.”


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kuhn ss 5 2 2 2 Carroll lf 4 1 1 0

Mazola 3b 4 0 2 1 Pnprase ss 5 1 3 0

Harther 1b 5 1 4 0 Burquin 3b 5 1 2 3

Sadler lf 5 0 2 1 Rhfrd 1b-2b 5 0 0 0

Webb rf 4 1 1 1 Jackson cf 5 0 3 0

Abcbie cf 5 1 2 1 Prmre 1b-c 3 1 0 0

Bond 2b 3 1 0 0 Alberts dh 3 0 0 0

Alen c 4 1 2 1 Robinsn rf 3 0 1 1

Pineda dh 4 1 1 1 Kskaden 2b 3 0 0 0

Higgs c-ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 39 8 16 8 Totals 37 4 10 4

WINNIPEG 011 321 000 –8 16 0

REDHAWKS 000 003 010 –4 10 0

LOB–Winnipeg 9, RedHawks 10. 2b-Haerther 2 (20), Pineda (8), Penprase (14). 3b-Kuhn (3), Abercrombie (1). HR-Bourquin (9).



Barnard, W 6Z\c 5 3 3 2 3

Aguilar 1 2 1 1 1 0

Sewitt X\c 1 0 0 0 0

Kissock 1 2 0 0 0 2



Laber, L 6 13 8 8 2 4

Erasmus 2 2 0 0 0 3

Garcia 1 1 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Childe. First: Frame. Third: Montgomery. Time–2:58. A–3,990.

Eric Peterson
Peterson covers 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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