RedHawks Streak Finally Ends, Fall in 11
The St. Paul Saints completed a ninth-inning comeback to defeat Fargo-Moorhead 5-4 in 11 innings and snap the RedHawks’ 10-game winning streak. The victory for the Saints extends their lead on the RedHawks in the North Division standings to 2.5 games. With Winnipeg’s victory tonight, the Goldeyes and RedHawks are now tied for second place.
The RedHawks were able to treat the crowd of 3,346 to some early inning action and jump on Saints starting pitcher, Dustin Crenshaw, in the early innings, scoring three runs on eight hits in the second and third innings. Devan Ahart hit his second home run of the year to put the RedHawks up 1-0 in the second inning. Brennen Metzger followed with an RBI single in the third inning, and later scoring on a Chris Jacobs groundout.
The Saints finally answered in the fifth inning with two runs on a Dan Motl groundout and a Blake Schmit single. The RedHawks’ Daniel Comstock started the seventh inning with a leadoff double, and showed some hustle to score on a play at the plate on a Tim Colwell single to make the score 4-2 in favor of the RedHawks.
Brady Shoemaker kept the Saints in the game with a solo home run in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to a single run. That home run proved to be important as Joey Wong was able to tie the game at 4 with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, driving in Burt Reynolds from third after his one out triple.
Each team used a good chunk of their bullpens to keep the game tied into the eleventh inning, but Jeremy Martinez was able to break the tie with a solo home run off Luke Wilkins. The Saints were then able to bring in their own Aussie pitcher to close out the game and secure the 5-4 victory in eleven innings.
By Jack Michaels