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Winnipeg snaps RedHawks' winning streak

Winnipeg’s Tyler Kuhn beats the tag from Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ C.J. Retherford at Newman Outdoor Field on Sunday.

FARGO – About a quarter of the way into this American Association baseball season, Winnipeg Goldeyes manager Rick Forney felt Sunday at Newman Outdoor Field was a big day for his team.

The Goldeyes responded, scoring two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to fuel a 7-4 victory against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks before 3,066 fans.

“Fargo has always been a thorn in our side for a long time,” Forney said. “You don’t want to give them any more cushion on us than what we’ve already given them.”

The RedHawks (15-9) had their three-game winning streak snapped, missing a chance to earn a three-game series sweep against rival Winnipeg. F-M had won nine consecutive regular-season home games against Winnipeg before Sunday.

“Two out of three against Winnipeg, I am ok with that, but I didn’t see enough urgency.” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.

F-M has an off day today before starting a three-game home series against Lincoln on Tuesday.

While the RedHawks never led Sunday, the game was tied through five innings. F-M scored two runs in the third inning, which included an Anthony Kaskadden solo home run. RedHawks first baseman C.J. Retherford capped the rally with an RBI single that tied the game at 3-3.

F-M had a chance for a bigger inning in the third, but designated hitter Tim Alberts popped out to shortstop with the bases loaded to end the inning.

“I don’t think we can do anything different,” said RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase, who hit a solo home run in the first inning. “Sometimes you just don’t have the timely hitting.”

The Goldeyes took the lead for good in the sixth inning. Josh Mazzola cracked an RBI single to left field, scoring Donnie Webb from third base. Winnipeg added another run on Mazzola’s hit after an F-M throwing error that allowed Reggie Abercrombie to score from first base. Mazzola was thrown out trying to advance to third base, but Winnipeg led 5-3 at that point.

The Goldeyes pushed their lead to four runs in the seventh inning. Luis Alen dumped a two-run single into center field for a 7-3 Winnipeg edge.

“You’ve got to score runs in this league to give yourself a consistent chance to win,” Forney said. “We’re having a real hard time sustaining any rallies. … We are still a work in progress. We’ve got a long way to go.”

Winnipeg pitching held the RedHawks to one run over the final six innings. F-M scored three run on five hits through the first three innings.

“You aren’t going to give Winnipeg seven runs and think you are going to beat them,” Simunic said. “That just isn’t going to happen.”

WINNIPEG                  REDHAWKS

                 ab   r   h   bi                    ab    r  h   bi

Kuhn ss      4  1   0    0  Pnprs ss      5   1  1    1

Blkwd 2b    4  2   1    0  Brquin 3b     4   1  1    0

Sadler lf     3  1   1    1  Carroll lf      3   0  1    0

Alen dh       4  0   2    3  Rthrfrd 1b    3   1  2    1

Webb rf      3  1   0    0  Jcksn cf       4   0  0    0

Abrcrmb cf 4  1   2    0  Parmore c   3   0  1    1

Mzzla 3b    4  1   2    1  Alberts dh    3   0  0    0

Hrther 1b   4  0   0    0  Nwton 2b     4   0  0    0

Guida c      4  0   2    1  Kskdn rf       4   1  2    1

Totals      34  7 10    6                    33   4  8    4

Winnipeg         111   002     200–7  10    0

RedHawks        102   000     010–4    8    1

E–Bourquin (4). 2B–Guida (3), Carroll (6). 3B–Mazzola (2). HR–Sadler (6), Penprase (2), Kaskadden (1). SB–Webb (8).

WINNIPEG

                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Brnrd W, 1-0   5Z\c       6       3        3       3       3

Aguilar             1X\c       1       0        0       0       0

Lafferty                1       1       1        1       1       0

Bellamy S, 4       1       0       0        0       1       0

REDHAWKS

                           IP      H      R    ER   BB    SO

Gutirez L, 2-1     5       6       5        4       4       4

Montoya              2       3       2        2       1       3

Roemer              2       1       0        0       0       1

WP–Montoya (1). HB–Roemer (1).

Umpires–Home: Wilmes. First: Hicks. Third: Bauer. Time–2:43. A–3,066.

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

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at peterson.areavoices.com

Eric Peterson
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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