Bostick, Ramirez Dominate, RedHawks Win in 10
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. Robert Pannier recaps the three games on opening night of the 2023 American Association season, as Akeem Bostick stars in his debut for Canaries, Luis Ramirez tossed six shutout innings, and the Correlle Prime delivered a three-run homer in the 10th to lead the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.
Bostick Dominates in Canaries Victory
Akeem Bostick made his Sioux Falls Canaries debut a spectacular one, allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings to lead his team to a 7-2 victory. Bostick held the Railroaders off the board through the first three innings, only allowing a single run in the fourth when his team was already ahead by four.
The Canaries got things going in the first, scoring two runs as Jabari Henry and Mike Hart each delivered RBI singles. Sioux Falls scored a run in both the second and third innings, then blew this game open with three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Henry led the offense, going a perfect 4-4 with two runs scored and an RBI, and Marshall Rich had a two-run single in the fifth.
Riley Smith had a tough start for Cleburne, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. Hill Alexander and Ryan Hernandez each homered for the Railroaders. Alexander finished with three hits.
Ramirez Dominates as Goldeyes Win Opener
Luis Ramirez allowed just two hits in six shutout innings as the Winnipeg Goldeyes defeated the Gary SouthShore RailCats, 6-1. Ramirez faced just 22 batters, walking two while striking out three. Three relievers finished off the contest, with the RailCats scoring their only run in the seventh.
The Goldeyes scored a run in the first and third innings, then added two more in the sixth to take command of this game. Hidekel Gonzalez had the big blast of the inning, hitting his first homer of the season, a two-run shot. Dayson Croes and Jacob Bockelie each had two hits.
Edward Cuello took the loss for Gary SouthShore, allowing two runs in five innings. Francisco Del Valle had two hits, including hitting his first homer of the year.
RedHawks Down Cougars in 10
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks scored three in the 10th inning to earn an 8-6 victory over the Kane County Cougars on opening day. This was an exciting contest that saw the RedHawks jump out to 3-0 lead, courtesy of a two-run homer by John Silviano and a sacrifice fly by B.J. Lopez. The Cougars cut the deficit to two in the fourth, then took the lead in the sixth, scoring four. RBI doubles by Cornelius Randolph and T.J. Bennett tied the score, and Jonah Davis put his team ahead with an RBI triple. A single by Daniel Wasinger scored Davis.
Fargo-Moorhead tied the score in the seventh when Dillon Thomas homered. That sent the game to extra innings where Correlle Prime gave his team the lead, hitting a three-run homer. Reid Birlingmair earned the victory and Brandon Koch took the loss.
Silviano finished with two hits, two runs scored, and two RBI. Manuel Boscan had three hits for the RedHawks. Bennett had two hits and scored two runs for Kane County. Wasinger and Galli Cribbs each had two hits as well.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – Jabari Henry (Sioux Falls Canaries) 4-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI
No. 2 – Akeem Bostick (Sioux Falls Canaries) 7.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K
No. 1 – Luis Ramirez (Winnipeg Goldeyes) 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 3 K
American Association Daily Notes
The Gary SouthShore RailCats and Winnipeg Goldeyes will be the only teams not playing on Friday evening. All 12 teams will be in action on Saturday.
Fargo-Moorhead: Released INF Peter Maris and LHP Peyton Wigginton; Signed RHP Reza Aleaziz
Gary SouthShore: Released INF Sherman Graves, OF Lester Madden, RHP Yeison Medina and C Ramces Urias Jr.
Kansas City: Traded RHP Brandon Koch to Kane County for a player to be named later; Transferred the contract of RHP Jackson McClelland to the Kansas City Royals; Released C Dave Martinez
Lake Country: Released LHP Mason Feole, INF Ashton McGee and INF Jake Plastiak
Sioux Falls: Released RHP Mark Tindall
Winnipeg: Released OF Demias Jimerson and RHP Max Steffens
By Robert Pannier