Owens Grounds Canaries, T-Bones Win 6-3
KANSAS CITY, KS – The Kansas City T-Bones played game three of the series with the Sioux Falls Canaries on Thursday, July 4th also known as America’s birthday. Determined to win the series, the T-Bones succeeded, winning the game 6-3.
It was another pitcher’s duel for the first part of the contest, with both teams’ pitchers matching the other and escaping jams whenever a runner would happen to get on base.
T-Bones starter Henry Owens struggled with his command during the first five innings, hitting three batters and walking five. However, he buckled down and struck out five Canaries and was able to escape every jam that he found himself in, throwing four scoreless frames. Owens also forced three double plays, a new T-Bones record on the season.
Kansas City’s offense had no trouble getting men on base, but it was tricky for the T-Bones to find a way to bring them around to score, as the T-Bones left six men on base during the first four innings.
Finally, the T-Bones made it on the board first, 6-0, in the bottom of the fifth. To start it off was a single by Daniel Nava that sent Danny Mars home. Then, Christopher Colabello advanced to first on an error by the shortstop, Andrew Ely, and scored Dylan Tice. Soon after, Casey Gillaspie got a walk, scoring Nava on a wild pitch. Then, Colabello scored on an RBI-double by Shawn O’Malley. After that, Gillaspie scored on a ground out. Then, Mason Davis hit a single that scored O’Malley, ending the fifth strong.
Sioux Falls fought back in the top of the ninth with Alay Lago scoring on a ground out after advancing on a balk by T-Bones pitcher Robert Calvano. Then, Clint Coulter scored on a single by Nyles Nygaard. Then, Brett Vertigan hit a single, scoring Nygaard making the final score 6-3.
The winning pitcher is Henry Owens (2-1) for the Kansas City T-Bones, and the losing pitcher is Taylor Hill (5-2) for the Sioux Falls Canaries.
You can catch the T-Bones again Friday, July 5th when they play the Lincoln Saltdogs at Haymarket Park in Lincoln, NE.
By Sophie Darting and Gabby Albertson