GARY, Ind. — Fargo-Moorhead starter Gage Hinsz was on his game Friday night and so, too, was the RedHawks' offense.
Hinsz worked five solid innings and the RedHawks again scored runs like a slow-pitch softball team, defeating Gary SouthShore 16-6 at U.S. Steel Yard.
The RedHawks' Leo Pina hit a grand slam and finished with four RBI and Correlle Prime homered and doubled and drove in five runs. Nick Novak had three RBI.
Hinsz, now 4-3, allowed two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three. Luke Lind went an inning and struck out two and Mark Finkelnburg gave up a run in two innings and Tevin Murray struggled in the ninth, giving up three runs.
Hinsz has had his ups and downs this season but poor run support is one problem he hasn't had to worry about. The RedHawks have won nine of his 13 starts and have averaged almost 11.4 runs in those wins. In his four wins, the F-M offense has scored seven, 15, 17 and 16 runs, although the score was 5-2 when Hinsz left Friday's game.
The onslaught started in the first, when Manny Boscan singled and later scored on Jordan George's single. Kevin Krause doubled in George and Krause scored on John Silviano's single.
In the second, Novak walked and scored on a Correlle Prime home run. Prime drove in another run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth and after Boscan was hit by a pitch to reload the sacks, Leo Pina struck the big blow, hitting a 3-2 pitch for a grand slam and a 10-2 lead.
In a four-run seventh, Prime had a two-run double, Boscan doubled in a run and Novak drove in a run with a sac fly. Novak also hit a two-run double in the eighth.
The RedHawks and RailCats play the second game of a three-game series at 4:10 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at U.S. Steel Yard.