Jose Sermo Leads RailCats 14-Hit Attack in 9-1 Victory
For the second straight night, the Gary Southshore RailCats got their backs up and their claws out, rapping out 14-hits in an 9-1 victory over the Wichita Wingnuts. This came a night after the team scored eight runs and rapped out 12-hits. Jose Sermo led the attack, knocking out 4-hits, including a huge two-run homerun in the first inning that sent the RailCats to the series victory over Wichita.
For the second straight game, it was a huge first inning and got Gary going. Tim Brown started for Wichita, but struggled early on. Alex Crosby began the rally with a single with one out, and moved to second on a ground out. A base hit by Jeremy Hamilton brought Crosby around to score and the RailCats had the quick lead. Next up was Sermo, who blasted a two-run homer over the left-center field wall. That was his fourth homerun of the season and made it 3-0.
The Wingnuts would get one run back in the bottom half of the inning. Christian Stringer doubled to start the frame and moved to third on a ground out. Mr. Clutch, T.J. Mittelstaedt, delivered a single that brought home Stringer to cut the deficit to two. Sadly, that would be the only run that Wichita would score.
In the top of the second, Gary Southshore got the run right back. Mike Falsetti singled to start the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Jarred Mederos’ followed with a hard hit ball that bounced off the shortstop’s glove and into foul territory in left for a double. That scored Falsetti and the lead was back to three.
A three-run fourth would put the game all but out of reach. Back-to-back singles by Falsetti and Elbert Devarie got the inning started. Mederos then grounded back to Brown who made a nice play to get the runner on third in a rundown for the first out. That was a huge play, but Cameron Newell came up with a huge moment of his own, singling to right-center to score Devarie and make it 5-1. A sacrifice fly by Alex Crosby scored Mederos, and Metzer delivered a single to score Newell to make the score 7-1.
The Gary Southshore RailCats added two more runs. In the fifth, Sermo doubled to start the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Falsetti. In the ninth, Metzer singled to start that inning, and scored on a single by Falsetti. Falsetto had a huge day of his own, going 3-4 with a run scored and 2-RBI.
Sermo had a monster day at the plate. He was a perfect 4-4 with 2-runs scored and 2-RBI. He also walked and fell a triple short of hitting for the cycle.
While the hitters were staking him to a huge lead, Richard Castillo (2-1) was an absolute beast on the hill. The right-hander allowed just 4-hits and 1-earned run, walking none and striking out 3. The Wingnuts were able to get just two hits after the first inning against him and he retired eight batters in a row at one point.
From here the Wichita Wingnuts head on to play in-state rival Kansas City for the next three games. Eddie Medina will head to the mound Monday night looking for his first win of the season. The Gary Southshore RailCats head back home to host the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
By Robert Pannier