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RedHawks snap skid in win over T-Bones

FARGO - This is the way to salute your fans for sticking with you through a tumultuous season. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 12-0 American Association Independent minor league baseball victory against Kansas ...

FARGO - This is the way to salute your fans for sticking with you through a tumultuous season.

The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 12-0 American Association Independent minor league baseball victory against Kansas City before a crowd of 5,108 on Fan Apprecia-tion Day on Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field.

"It's definitely good to get back into the win column," said RedHawks first baseman Jesse Hoorelbeke. "We've had a rough year. We get to play at home, aand we get to play in front of the fans. We hope to have a couple of sellout crowds here. It's fun to come out and get a win here."

The largest crowd of the season, and the largest since May 17, 2009, saw the RedHawks dominate from start-to-finish on the mound and at the plate against their former Northern League rivals.

Fargo-Moorhead starting pitcher Trevor Longfellow squeezed out of a few slip-pery situations early, but managed to keep the T-Bones from plating a run in 6 Zc innings.

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It was Longfellow's second standout perfor-mance in four starts with the team. His previous best came when he held Sioux City scoreless while allow-ing just five hits in a win on Aug. 17.

However, he's also had his share of struggles. Longfellow lasted just 2 Xc innings in his first start, and he gave up five hits and five runs in two in-nings in a loss Tuesday at Winnipeg.

Longfellow had his good stuff working Saturday.

Armed with a hard fast-ball and good control, Longfellow struck out 11 and scattered six hits against Kansas City.

"He's one of those guys that maybe has some po-tential here down the road," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.

The RedHawks offense came alive early against T-Bones starter Devin An-derson.

Fargo-Moorhead, which will finish with a losing record for the first time in the team's 16-year history, cracked 15 hits en route to the win.

All but two starters had at least one hit. Hoorelbeke and Jonathan Wyatt led the way with four hits and two RBI each.

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Catcher Todd Jennings finished 1-for-3 with 3 RBI.

Anderson allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs in seven innings.

Hoorelbeke said the team is hoping to finish strong in the final home stand of the season.

The RedHawks will face Kansas City for the next three days, winding up the season at 7:02 p.m. on Tuesday night.

Fargo-Moorhead has al-ready been eliminated from postseason contention.

"We have great fans here," Hoorelbeke said. "They know we are out of it, a lot of them do. They know that we've had a rough year but they are still out to watch us play. It's nice to have this sup-port even though we didn't pull it out this year."

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Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562.

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