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Published September 09 2010

Hoorelbeke's blast leads RedHawks to Game 1 victory

Jesse Hoorelbeke returned to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for moments like this.

Hoorelbeke drilled a long three-run homer with two out in the sixth inning to power the RedHawks to a 5-3 victory against Gary SouthShore in Game 1 of the best-of-5 first-round Northern League playoff series Wednesday at Newman Outdoor Field.

“I love that,” said Hoorelbeke, who helped Fargo-Moorhead to the 2006 Northern League title in his only other season with the club.

“It’s great to know that we need a good run, we need a big hit, and I get a good pitch to do it and do what I want to do, which is hit the ball out of the park. To actually square it up, hit it out of the park and put three runs on the board, there is no other feeling like it in the world.”

With 2,265 fans hanging on every pitch, the game was a pitcher’s duel at the outset between lefty starters Scott Fogelson of the RedHawks and Brad Halsey of the RailCats.

Fogelson and Halsey each took turns keeping hitters guessing through the first five innings.

A former major leaguer with the New York Yankees, Arizona and Oakland, Halsey was a surprise Game 1 starter for Gary.

Willie Glen had much of the league’s number this season en route to an 11-2 record and 2.39 ERA.

But Glen, who tied for the league lead in wins, was almost unhittable when he took the mound against Fargo-Moorhead.

He was 3-0 with a 0.59 ERA in four starts against the RedHawks.

Halsey was 0-2 with a 5.78 ERA in four regular-season starts against Fargo-Moorhead.

Glen is scheduled to pitch Game 3 in Gary, Ind.

“It was a great pitching matchup from the beginning for awhile,” said Gary shortstop Jay Pecci, who finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. “I’m not sure, maybe they got a little tired. But (Fargo-Moorhead) just got things going and seemed to relax a little more at the plate.”

The RedHawks scored four runs with two out in the sixth.

Jeremiah Piepkorn’s RBI single off the gloves of third baseman Tanner Townsend and Pecci gave F-M a 2-1 lead. Piepkorn also returned to the team this season after a short break. Last year’s Northern League batting champion, Piepkorn came out of retirement to play 31 games with the RedHawks after signing early last month.

Hoorelbeke’s bomb made the score 5-1.

The teams traded RBI fielder’s choice groundouts in the second inning to make the score 1-1.

Fogelson allowed five hits and an earned run in 6Zc innings. He tossed 113 pitches.

Halsey gave up five earned runs and six hits in six innings.

Adam Tollefson and Donnie Smith pitched a scoreless ninth to close out the game.

Game 2 is scheduled for 2 p.m. today.

“It’s very important (to win Game 1),” said Hoorelbeke, who finished with 29 home runs and 75 RBIs during the regular season. “It’s the momentum. If we come out of here losing the first game, we know we are battling from behind at home, which is tough.”

GARY REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Klein lf 3 0 0 0 Coles rf 4 1 2 0

Massro cf 5 0 1 0 Jckson cf 3 1 0 0

Twnsd 3b 3 0 0 0 Cmpbll 3b 4 0 0 0

Simon dh 5 1 2 0 Ppkrn 1b 4 1 2 1

Gurrero rf 3 1 1 1 JHrlbk dh 4 2 2 3

Ott 2b 3 0 0 0 Cox lf 3 0 1 0

Pecci ss 4 1 3 1 Cota 2b 2 0 0 0

Rohde 1b 3 0 1 0 Rick c 3 0 0 0

Bchum 1b 1 0 0 0 Pnprse ss 3 0 1 0

Valadz c 3 0 0 1

Carrra ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 34 3 8 3 Totals 30 5 8 4

Gary 010 000 000–3 8 0

RedHawks 010 004 00x–5 8 0

LOB–Gary 10, RedHawks 3. 2B–Cox (1). HR–J. Hoorelbeke (1). SB–Massaro (1).

GARY

IP H R ER BB SO

Halsey L 6 6 5 5 1 3

Williams 1 1 0 0 0 1

Cook 1 1 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Fogelson W 6Zc 5 1 1 2 5

C. Hoorlbke 1Zc 3 2 2 1 1

Tollefson 1 0 0 0 0 1

Smith S Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Umpires–Home: Linton. First: Branin. Third: McCaffrey. Time–3:01. A–2,265.


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