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Eric Peterson, Published July 24 2012

RedHawks continue home success, top Sioux Falls

FARGO – There was a time this season when the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks struggled to win games at Newman Outdoor Field. Now it seems the RedHawks can’t lose in front of their home crowd.

Ryan Delgado cracked a three-run home run and finished with six RBIs on a steamy Tuesday evening. That performance helped spark the RedHawks to an 11-8 victory against the Sioux Falls Pheasants in American Association baseball before a sellout crowd of 4,513 fans.

“Every night you just go up there and try to put a good swing on the ball,” said Delgado, who finished 3-for-5. “I’m just fortunate that the ball has found some holes.”

The RedHawks (39-23) have won nine consecutive home games. F-M had a 5-11 home record to start the season, but has won 13 of 15 games at Newman since. The RedHawks have a two-game lead over Winnipeg (37-25) for first place in the North Division. F-M now has the best record in the American Association by half a game over Grand Prairie.

“There is nothing better than winning at home,” said RedHawks second baseman Carlo Cota, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. “That’s the reason the fans come out is to watch us win.”

The RedHawks scored what proved to be the winning runs in the fifth inning. Cota capped the pivotal three-run rally with a two-run double to left field. Cota’s hit gave F-M a 9-5 lead. That scoring surge came after Sioux Falls rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the F-M lead to one run.

“That’s what championship teams do,” Cota said. “We did something to swing the momentum back to our side.”

The RedHawks took the early momentum, scoring five runs in the first inning. Delgado put an exclamation point on that early outburst with his three-run home run that sailed over the wall in left field. F-M first baseman Marcos Rodriguez added an RBI single in the third inning to make it a 6-0 lead.

“Delgado hit a big bomb there that got everyone going,” Cota said.

Delgado has 54 RBIs for the season, ranking him second on the team behind center fielder Nic Jackson. Jackson leads the American Association in that category with 61.

The RedHawks have posted a 30-6 record over their past 36 games. That hot streak has helped the team recover from a 9-17 start, which placed the RedHawks in last place in the North Division at that point.

“I think the big thing is being real confident,” Delgado said. “It seemed like early on we felt defeated and kind of felt like we couldn’t get anything going.”

NOTES: Right-hander Tyler Herron (5-3, 4.30 ERA) is scheduled to start today for the RedHawks. Sioux Falls is expected to counter with right-hander Rod Scurry (3-4, 4.20 ERA). … RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a single in fourth inning. Former F-M shortstop Chad Akers holds the team record with a 27-game hitting streak in 1997. … Tuesday’s crowd of 4,513 fans was F-M’s fifth sellout this season. … RedHawks outfielder Jon Gaston went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night to improve his season average to .333. Gaston reached base five times and scored three runs.

SIOUX FALLS REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Kaplan cf 4 2 1 0 Pnprse ss 5 0 1 0

Annsn 2b 2 1 1 0 Stvall rf 4 2 1 0

Bolden lf 5 2 2 0 Jckson cf 4 2 1 0

Nicols 3b 3 2 2 3 Cmpbll 3b 4 2 1 0

Morles ss 5 1 0 1 Gaston lf 4 3 4 1

Lwhrn 1b 5 1 1 1 Dlgado dh 5 2 3 6

Taylor dh 5 0 3 1 Rdrgz 1b 5 0 1 1

Crpntr rf 5 0 1 0 Jennngs c 4 0 0 0

Quintna c 3 0 0 1 Cota 2b 4 0 2 2

Totals 37 8 10 7 Totals 39 11 14 10

SF 000 050 030–8 10 3

F 501 031 01x–11 14 3

2B–Taylor (9), Campbell (8), Gaston (11), Cota (16). HP–Anthonsen (3). HR–Nicolas (8), Delgado (11). SF–Quintana (1). SB–Penprase (34), Stovall (13). LOB–SF 9, FM 8. E–Bolden 2 (5), Morales (5), Campbell 3 (5).

SIOUX FALLS

IP H R ER BB SO

Clegg, L 4Xc 10 9 7 2 5

Heithoff 1Zc 2 1 1 1 1

Fowler 1Xc 0 1 1 1 1

Van Leur 0 1 0 0 0 0

Gober 0 1 0 0 0 0

Mertins Zc 0 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Laber, W 5Zc 7 5 3 5 1

Fuqua 2 2 1 0 0 1

Harris Xc 1 2 0 0 0

Boleska 1 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Gunton. First: Childe. Third: Carroll. Time–3:11. A–4,513.

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