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Eric Peterson, Published August 06 2013

RedHawks rally for walk-off victory against Saints

FARGO – Another night, another Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks’ walk-off hit at Newman Outdoor Field.

Right fielder Jeremiah Piepkorn smacked a walk-off RBI single to left field as the RedHawks rallied for a 10-9 American Association baseball victory Tuesday before 3,450 fans.

“Piepkorn, Mr. Dramatic, he’s having fun,” RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.

Winners of their past four games, the RedHawks (47-28) have had four walk-off wins in their past eight games at Newman.

“It’s fun to do that,” Simunic said. “The key is to keep the game as close as you can.”

The RedHawks scored two runs in the ninth inning to earn the victory. F-M first baseman Keith Brachold cracked an RBI single that tied the score at 9-9. Designated hitter Tim Alberts followed Brachold with a double to left field that put runners on second and third base with one out. That set the stage for Piepkorn.

Piepkorn hit a deep fly ball to left field that landed on the warning track. Piepkorn was credited with a single that scored Brachold from third base with the winning run.

“It was a good game for us,” Simunic said. “I was glad we were able to take care of business.”

RedHawks reliever Mackenzie King earned the victory with five solid innings. The right-hander limited the Saints to two runs on three hits.

“Mackenzie slows the game down,” Simunic said. “That’s kind of what his game is. He is hard to hit.”

The Saints, who trailed by four runs after two innings, rallied into the lead in the sixth inning. Designated hitter Brandon Tripp cracked a two-run home run to right field that gave St. Paul a 9-8 edge. That capped a string of five unanswered runs by the Saints.

F-M had the offensive edge earlier in the game.

The RedHawks exploded for five runs in the second inning to build an early four-run advantage. Alberts capped the rally with an RBI double to the right-center field gap. That run-scoring hit gave F-M an 8-4 lead. Alberts also sparked a three-run first inning with a two-run triple to left-center field.

NOTES: Right-handed pitcher Taylor Stanton (6-3, 2.51 ERA) is scheduled to start today for the RedHawks. St. Paul is expected to counter with right-hander Anthony Claggett (7-3, 3.83 ERA). … Tuesday’s game started 45 minutes late due to a rain delay.

ST. PAUL REDHAWKS

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Frost ss 5 0 1 0 Pnprse ss 5 1 1 0

Becker 3b 5 1 1 2 Borquin 3b 4 1 0 0

Boyer 2b 4 1 1 0 Jckson cf 2 2 0 1

Sheldn 1b 5 0 1 1 Rthrfrd 2b 3 2 1 1

Tripp dh 5 2 2 2 Brchld 1b 5 3 4 3

Hrnndz cf 3 1 1 1 Alberts dh 5 0 3 2

Childs c 5 1 1 1 Pepkorn rf 4 0 1 1

Blunt lf 3 1 1 0 Ssnskie lf 4 1 1 0

Kczrwki rf 3 2 2 1 Jnnings c 3 0 0 0

Totals 38 9 11 8 Totals 35 10 11 8

SP 040 302 000 – 9 11 2

FM 350 000 002 –10 11 3

E–Sheldon (1), Childs (8), Penprase 2 (14), Laber (2). LOB–St. Paul 7, RedHawks 8. 2B–Tripp (16), Hernandez (15), Kaczrowski (8), Brachold (16), Alberts 2 (23). 3B–Alberts (6). HR–Tripp (16), Childs (7). SB–Hernandez (7), Jackson (6), Retherford (9), Sosnoskie (10). CS–Blunt (1).

ST. PAUL

IP H R ER BB SO

Soule 1Xc 6 8 8 3 1

Morrison 2Zc 1 0 0 1 4

Plefka 2 0 0 0 0 2

Mehlich 1Xc 1 0 0 1 0

Meyer L,6-5 Xc 1 2 2 1 0

Henry 0 2 0 0 0 0

REDHAWKS

IP H R ER BB SO

Laber 4 8 7 4 1 3

King W,3-1 5 3 2 2 2 2

Umpires–Home: Morgan. First: Durante. Third: Sheets. Time–3:18. A–3,450.

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