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FARGO – The Winnipeg Goldeyes remained the hottest team in American Association baseball Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field.

Goldeyes catcher Luis Alen knocked in two runs to help lift Winnipeg to a 4-1 victory against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks before a sellout crowd of 5,227 fans.

Winnipeg (32-14) has won nine consecutive games and has the best record in the league. The Goldeyes have an eight-game lead over the second-place RedHawks (25-23) in the North Division.

“No one’s really conquered or got anywhere near playing with these guys,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of the Goldeyes. “They are just rolling through this. They have all the elements going, and we’re battling to try to do something.”

The Goldeyes never trailed Friday, taking a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Alen dumped an RBI single into center field. Alen’s hit scored Donnie Webb from second base with two outs. The Goldeyes built a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning after first baseman Casey Haerther belted a solo home run over the wall in left field.

Right-handed starter Curtis Camilli made his F-M debut, pitching five solid innings. Camilli scattered seven hits, struck out two and walked two batters. Camilli was acquired prior to Friday’s game from the Fort Worth Cats of the United Baseball League for a player to be named later.

“He was good,” Simunic said of Camilli. “He was pretty competitive, had good stuff. He kept us in the game.”

The game was delayed 1 hour, 9 minutes after five innings due to a rain delay. Camilli didn’t return to the mound after the long stoppage.

Goldeyes starter Matt Jackson (7-2) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing one run on two hits, to earn the victory. The right-hander didn’t allow an F-M hit until the fourth inning and held the RedHawks scoreless through six innings.

The RedHawks cut the Winnipeg lead to 2-1 in the seventh inning after Petey Paramore lined an RBI single into right field to score C.J. Retherford from third base. Ronnie Bourquin also tried to score from second base on Paramore’s hit, but was thrown out at home plate for the first out of the inning.

The Goldeyes countered with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Alen capped the rally with an RBI single into left field. That gave Winnipeg a 4-1 lead.

“We can’t mount anything together,” Simunic said. “We can’t create enough to ebb and flow the game.” 

NOTES: Left-hander Jake Laber (6-2, 4.10 ERA) is set to start today for the RedHawks. Winnipeg is expected to counter with right-hander Chandler Barnard (2-0, 2.91 ERA). … The RedHawks acquired right-handed pitcher Erik Draxton from the Amarillo Sox for cash prior to Friday’s game against Winnipeg. F-M also released lefty Eric Kline. Draxton pitched one inning in relief Friday against the Goldeyes.

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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