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Chris Murphy, Published July 06 2013

RedHawks bounce back with win against Sioux City

FARGO – The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks were equipped with short memories and some lumber Saturday in their 8-2 win over Sioux City in American Association baseball.

On Friday, the RedHawks were three outs away from being no-hit. Saturday, the RedHawks quadrupled their hit total from Friday’s game in the sixth inning alone.

“We were a little embarrassed about what happened last night,” said RedHawks center fielder Nic Jackson, who went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs Saturday. “Nothing against the guy who threw against us, but we know that that kind of performance from us isn’t normal, and it shouldn’t happen out of our lineup.”

The RedHawks pounded out nine hits en route to their ninth win in their last 11. Early on, the RedHawks used some fielding blunders from Sioux City to produce, but later in the game, there were no Explorers fielders anywhere near the ball to throw it away.

In the bottom of the third, Jackson broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single. The throw home went to the backstop, scoring Mitch Einertson. And the throw from the backstop to home to try to get Einertson went past the first-base bag, putting Jackson at third.

C.J. Retherford plated Jackson in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly for a 4-1 F-M lead. It was a nice welcome home after a four-game series in Lincoln.

“It was good to come back home, sleep in your own bed a little bit and get back on track,” Jackson said. “We got in good counts, and that’s really important no matter what level of baseball you’re at. Pretty much everybody did that tonight. It’s all about executing.”

Sioux City got a run back in the top of the fourth, but the RedHawks opened up the game in the sixth. After a triple from Buddy Sosnoskie, Zach Penprase connected on one of his three hits to make it 5-2. After Einertson was hit by a pitch, Jackson sent one into the gap for a two-run double to make it 7-2. Two batters later, Tim Alberts laced a two-out single to make it


“Tonight we came back after a long journey and were able to be patient,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. “We’re doing a lot of things right. We have a lot of team chemistry, we’re pitching well and we’re pretty good hitting.”

Things did not start well for RedHawks pitcher Paul Burnside. Sioux City opened the game with three straight singles to take a 1-0 lead and still had men on the corners with no outs.

Nothing like a line drive at one’s face for a wake-up call. A laser off the bat of Sioux City’s Luke Murton somehow found Burnside’s glove, and he doubled off Peter Barrows at first base to help escape the inning. Burnside’s battles didn’t end with the first inning, as he was able to pitch around seven hits and three walks in seven innings to get the win, giving up two earned runs.

“You just have to flinch and hope that the ball is where your glove is instead of your head,” Burnside said of Murton’s line drive. “That was the hardest ball they hit all inning, and I got a double play on it. It’s a battle. Most of the time when you’re pitching, you are pitching with your average stuff, so you just have to find a way to battle and get quick innings.”


ab r h bi ab r h bi

Mesa cf 2 1 1 1 Pnprse ss 5 3 3 1

Brins lf-ph 1 0 0 0 Enrtson lf 2 2 0 0

Barrso ss 3 0 2 0 Jackson cf 3 2 3 3

Brrows rf 4 0 1 1 Rthrfrd 2b 3 0 0 2

Murton 1b 4 0 0 0 Brchold 1b 3 0 0 0

Ingchi cf-lf 4 0 1 0 Alberts dh 4 0 1 1

Judah dh 4 0 1 0 Borquin 3b 4 0 0 0

Epinsa c 4 1 1 0 Jennings c 4 0 0 0

Kskadn 2b 2 0 0 0 Sosnskie rf 4 1 2 0

Mrtinez ph 1 0 0 0

Totals 32 2 7 2 Totals 32 8 9 7

S. CITY 100 001 000 –2 7 2

REDHAWKS 103 040 00x –8 9 0

E–Barrows (1), Olson (1). LOB – Sioux City 7, RedHawks 5. CP – Sioux City 0, RedHawks 1. 2b – Judah (7), Espinosa (5), Jackson (13). 3b – Sosnoskie (3). SB – Penprase 3 (21), Einertson (5).



Olson, L 3 3 4 3 2 1

Wilkins 2 4 4 4 0 1

Lucero 3 2 0 0 1 1



Burnside, W 7 7 2 2 3 3

King 2 0 0 0 0 1

Umpires–Home: Kreps. First: O’Leary. Third: Sonntag. Time–2:29. A–4,658.

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