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Hillary Smith / Northwest Indiana Times, Published September 11 2010

RedHawks complete sweep of Gary to advance to Northern League finals

GARY, Ind. – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks haven’t lost to the Gary SouthShore RailCats since the first game of the Northern League Championship Series in 2009.

Thanks to Matt Mossey’s pitching gem Friday night, that stat’s still true. The RedHawks will play in their second straight Northern League Championship Series beginning next week after a 5-3 win that swept the semifinals against the RailCats.

“Each game in this series, they just did one thing better than us,” RailCats third baseman Tanner Townsend said. “They had one hit better or one play better or one pitch better.”

The RailCats started righty Willie Glen, who had a 0.59 ERA against Fargo in the regular season and hadn’t lost since June 11. He gave up two earned runs in the first inning, one on a homer to Nic Jackson and the other when Jeremiah Piepkorn scored on a Jesse Hoorelbeke single.

Glen sat for more than a week as the RailCats prepped their rotation for the postseason.

“I think maybe that first inning was a little rust from eight or nine days off, but that’s no excuse,” Glen said. “I think I needed the rest, but I left a couple out there over the plate and that put us in an early hole. That’s tough to do against a good team.”

The RedHawks added their other runs in the fifth and eighth innings before Glen was removed from the game. An insurance run in the ninth was scored on an Andy Shipman wild pitch when the ’Cats had pulled within a run.

The RailCats put just two hits on Fargo-Moorhead starter Mossey, the same pitcher who faced the minimum number of ’Cats in a June 24 near-perfect game in Fargo. Mossey left in the seventh inning and was charged with the RailCats’ first run.

The RailCats did the rest of their scoring off of reliever Donnie Smith, who allowed a pair of runs in the eighth inning as the RailCats closed within a run. They finished with five hits, leaving six on base.

REDHAWKS GARY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Coles rf 5 0 3 0 Klein lf 4 0 0 0

Jcksn cf 5 1 1 1 Mssro cf 4 1 1 0

Cmpbll 3b 3 1 0 1 Twnsnd 3b 4 1 1 0

Ppkrn lf 4 1 2 0 Simon dh 3 1 1 1

Hrlbke 1b 4 0 1 1 Bchum pr 0 0 0 0

Cox dh 2 0 0 1 Gurrero rf 4 0 2 0

Cota 2b 3 0 1 0 Ott 2b 4 0 0 0

Rick c 4 0 0 0 Pcci ss 3 0 0 0

Pnprse ss 3 2 1 0 Rohde 1b 3 0 0 1

Valdz c 2 0 0 0

Reese ph 1 0 0 0

Carrara ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 33 5 9 4 Totals 33 3 5 2

RedHawks 200 010 011–5 8 2

Gary 000 000 120–3 5 0

E–Campbell (1), Penprase (1). LOB–Redhawks 7, Gary 6. SB–Penprase 2 (2), Rohde (1). 2B–Piepkorn (1), Cota (2), Guerrero (1). HR–Jackson (1).

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Mssy, W, 3-2 6Zc 2 1 1 2 4

Patton Zc 0 0 0 1 0

Smith 1Xc 3 2 1 0 1

Tollefson Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Hoorelbeke Zc 0 0 0 0 0

Gary

IP H R ER BB SO

Glen, L, 3-1 7Zc 8 4 4 1 7

Furnish Xc 0 0 0 1 0

Shipman 1 0 1 1 1 1

Umpires–Home: Tim McCaffrey. First: Mike Baker. Third: Steve Linton. Time–3:15. A–2,373.