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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks pitcher Jake Laber starts his delivery to Gary SouthShore’s Ryan Babineau during an American Association baseball game on Thursday at Newman Outdoor Field. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

FARGO – A well-pitched game wasn’t enough to shake the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks out of their more-than-two-week funk.

RedHawks starter Jake Laber pitched six solid innings Thursday afternoon at Newman Outdoor Field, only to be outdone by Gary SouthShore starter Dustin Crenshaw. Crenshaw pitched into the eighth inning, allowing one run, to lead the RailCats to a 2-1 victory in American Association baseball before a sellout crowd of 4,929 fans.

“One run is not going to win a game,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “It can, but it’s not been the norm.”

The RedHawks (25-28) have lost 13 of their past 15 games, including six consecutive losses. They have lost their past eight games at Newman.

“We have to get back to playing the game with some fun and with some confidence,” said Laber, a left-hander. “When players are at their most confident is when they’re most successful.”

The RedHawks haven’t won a home game since June 24 when they earned a 5-3 victory against St. Paul Saints.

“Overall, we’re just inconsistent as a team,” Laber said. “It’s going to take a full team effort from here on out to get back to where we want to be. We’re going to have to have a long winning streak, here or there, and sweep somebody in some series.”

Gary SouthShore (30-22) has won four consecutive games, including its three-game sweep against the RedHawks. Crenshaw pitched 7 X\c innings, allowing five hits, striking out two and walking two batters.

“He’s as advertised,” Gary SouthShore manager Greg Tagert said of his right-hander, who lowered his season ERA to 2.57.

The RedHawks took a 1-0 lead after Nic Jackson cracked a solo home run in the first inning, generating his team’s only offense.

Gary SouthShore countered with an unearned in the second inning. RailCats catcher Ryan Babineau added a two-out RBI double in the fifth inning, giving his team at 2-1 lead.

“I’ve been in this league long enough, I’ve got a pretty good guess, Doug will have this club in the mix at the end,” Tagert said.

The RedHawks threatened to tie the game in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth inning, F-M had runners at second and third base with two outs. Jackson struck out looking to end that threat. In the F-M ninth, Ronnie Bourquin belted a one-out double into right field. Bourquin, however, was stranded at second base to end the game.

“It’s been a little bit of the norm with our team lately,” Simunic said. “You hope somebody is going to do something big to pick it up. We haven’t gotten that.”

The RedHawks play at Sioux City 7:05 p.m. today, starting a three-game series.

“There is enough time left in the season that we can right the ship,” Laber said.


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Mrtnez dh 5 0 1 0 Pnprse ss 4 0 0 0

Mitchell 2b 5 1 2 0 Jckson cf 4 1 1 1

Bbineau c 4 0 2 1 Rthrfrd 2b 4 0 1 0

Bishop lf 4 0 0 0 Brquin 3b 4 0 1 0

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E–Penprase (8). DP–Gary 1, RedHawks 0. LOB–Gary 10, RedHawks 6. 2B–Babineau (5), Brockett (2), Retherford (20), Bourquin (12). HR–Jackson (6). SB–Pulfer (6), Martinez (14), Romanski (6).



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Brahney Z\c 0 0 0 0 1

Gibbons X\c 1 0 0 0 2

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Laber L,6-4 6 9 2 1 0 3

Woods 1 0 0 0 1 0

Draxton 1 1 0 0 1 2

Garcia 1 0 0 0 0 2

Umpires–Home: Wilmes. First: Thigpen. Third: Burch. Time–3:04. A–4,929.

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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