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Eric Peterson, Published May 27 2013

RedHawks defeat Sioux Falls to snap losing streak

FARGO – Zach is back.

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shortstop Zach Penprase had three hits in the first four innings Monday at Newman Outdoor Field. That early production helped spark the RedHawks to an 8-2 American Association victory against the Sioux Falls Canaries before 2,451 fans.

“The guys gave me a little bit of a hard time for leaving for a couple days,” said Penprase, who had missed the past three games to be at a childhood friend’s wedding.

The RedHawks (3-8) snapped a three-game losing streak, winning their first home game this season. F-M scored in four of the first five innings and held an 8-0 lead at one point.

“Hopefully this can get us kick started and get us going,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “We have to play the next one … and try to do the same thing. We know where we’re at. We’re not in a good situation.”

The RedHawks are a game behind Sioux Falls (4-7) for last place in the four-team North Division.

Penprase singled and scored a run in the first inning and added a run-scoring double in the second inning. He cracked an RBI single in the fourth inning that gave the RedHawks a 4-0 lead.

“We definitely feed off early runs,” Penprase said. “It always feels good to take the lead right away.”

Starting pitcher Alex Caldera made sure that early offense held up with six stellar innings. The right-hander allowed just two hits, struck out six and walked one. Caldera threw 84 pitches, including 58 strikes. He retired the last 12 batters he faced.

“He’s just crafty,” Simunic said. “He knows his stuff and when his stuff is good, he is really solid.”

The RedHawks showed an offensive spark against Sioux Falls after scoring a total of three runs in their three previous games against Laredo. All three were losses.

F-M had 14 hits against the Canaries, including a Keith Brachold two-run home run in the fifth inning. That blast gave the RedHawks a 6-0 lead.

Penprase said he received some good-natured ribbing upon his return to the team Monday.

“When I walked in the door, they’re like ‘Thank God Zach is back. We can win now,’ ” Penprase said. “They were just talking trash about taking a midseason vacation for three days.”

NOTES: Left-hander Ethan Opsahl (0-0, 3.60 ERA) is slated to start today for the RedHawks. Sioux Falls is expected to counter with left-hander Adam Champion (0-1, 6.94 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. … Sioux Falls manager Steve Shirley and first baseman Jared Clark were both ejected in the sixth inning. The ejections came after Clark was called out on strikes.

SIOUX FALLS REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

VStrtn cf 3 0 1 0 Pnprse ss 5 1 3 2

Morles ss 4 0 0 0 Sosnske lf 5 0 1 0

Ramirez lf 4 0 0 0 Jackson cf 4 0 0 0

Clark 1b 3 0 0 0 Alberts rf 5 1 2 1

Bumnn rf 1 0 1 0 Brchold 1b 5 1 1 2

Pahuta 3b 4 0 0 0 Garcia dh 4 2 2 0

Alonso dh 3 1 1 1 Borqun 3b 3 0 0 0

Dmcs 1b-rf 4 1 2 1 Pineda 2b 3 2 2 1

Trajano 2b 3 0 0 0 Jennings c 4 1 3 2

Dultz c 3 0 1 0

Totals 32 2 6 2 Totals 38 8 14 8

S. FALLS 000 000 101 –2 6 0

REDHAWKS 110 220 20x–8 14 1

E–Bourquin. SB–Van Stratten (4), Carcia (3). LOB– Sioux Falls 5, RedHawks 9. 2b–Penprase (2), Pineda (2), Jennings (3). HR – Alonso (1), Domecus (3), Barchold (1).

SIOUX Falls

IP H R ER BB SO

Whatcott, L 4Xc 10 6 6 2 5

Brough 2Zc 3 2 2 0 1

Can Leur 1 1 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Caldera, W 6 2 0 0 1 6

Harris 1 1 1 1 0 1

Hess 1 1 0 0 1 2

Levitt 1 2 1 1 0 0

Umpires–Home: Ghani. First: Heine. Third: McLauglin. Time–2:27. A–2,451.


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