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Michael Smith, Published July 12 2010

Jackson’s homer sends Hawks to win

Another strong seventh inning shot the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks past the Schaumburg Flyers 5-3 in their last game before the Northern League All-Star break.

For the second night in a row, fans at Newman Outdoor Field witnessed F-M center fielder Nic Jackson blast a late-inning home run. His go-ahead three-run homer in the seventh broke up a 2-2 tie and put the RedHawks ahead for good.

Jackson finished the game

2-for-2 with a double, a walk and a home run. It was in the seventh inning Saturday that Jackson launched his first grand slam of the season. He has eight RBIs in the last two games.

“Two days in the row for Jackson, it is exciting,” said F-M manager Doug Simunic. “He deserves it.”

The RedHawks scored first in the fifth as Mike Coles reached on an error by Schaumburg third baseman Ron Bourquin that allowed a run to score. After loading the bases, Jackson hit a sacrifice-fly scoring Jake Krause from third for the second run of the inning.

“It seems like every time he is at the plate he is driving in a run,” F-M catcher Kole Zimmerman said of Jackson. “Really, if we can just hang close, eventually someone is going to get a big hit for us.”

Schaumburg first baseman Joe Nowicki tied the game with a two-run home run in the sixth.

F-M’s T.J. Stanton received a no-decision, leaving the game in the sixth. He gave up only two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two.

“T.J. did a good job competing and really worked out of some jams,” said Zimmerman. “He made a lot of good pitches especially with runners in scoring position.”

The RedHawks finish the first half of the season in second place, a game and a half behind the Kansas City T-Bones. They are also winners of six of their last seven games.

“We have some guys a little nicked up,” Zimmerman said. “Four days off will be good for a lot of these guys.”

For those participating in the game, it may not much be much of a break with the travel to Arizona.

“I would rather have another game here and make money in my ballpark, then go somewhere and play an All-Star game,” said Simunic. “I’ll do the best with the guys I got and hope we win the game.”

The Hawks are off until Friday when they take on Winnipeg at Newman Outdoor Field.

SCHAUMBURG REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Newton lf 4 1 0 0 Coles rf 5 1 2 0

Yan cf 3 0 1 0 Penprse ss 2 1 1 0

Borqin 3b 5 0 2 0 Jackson cf 2 1 2 4

Goms dh 5 1 2 1 JHorlbk 1b 4 0 1 0

Harker pr 0 0 0 0 Cota 2b 4 0 0 0

Nowcki 1b 4 1 3 2 Rick dh 4 0 0 0

Schltz ph 1 0 0 0 Zimermn c 3 1 1 0

Mercdo c 4 0 1 0 Krause 3b 3 1 1 0

Burrus rf 4 0 2 0 Cox lf 4 0 0 0

Ftzgrld 2b 4 0 0 0

Brown ss 3 0 0 0

Totals 37 3 11 3 Totals 31 5 8 4

Schaumburg 000 002 001–3 11 2

RedHawks 000 020 300–5 8 2

E–Borquin, McCullough, Penprase, Cox. 2B–Nowicki (14), Mercado (12), Jackson (16). HR– Nowicki (4), Jackson (7). HBP–Newton. SB–Newton 2 (16), Coles (10), Zimmerman (3). LOB–SCH 11, FM 8.

SCHAUMBURG

IP H R ER BB SO

Quijano 6 4 2 0 5 4

McCullough, L Zc 4 3 3 0 0

Moser Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Evans 1Zc 0 0 0 0 2

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Stanton 5Xc 7 2 2 2 3

Tollefson Zc 2 0 0 0 1

CHoorelbke, W 2 1 0 0 0 0

Smith Xc 1 1 0 1 1

Patton Zc 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Davis. First: Lopina. Third: Branin. Time–3:15. A–2,835.


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