Hagens, Bullpen Lead RedHawks Over Canaries, 11-3
Bradin Hagens earned his second victory of the season, and the bullpen tossed four scoreless innings as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Sioux Falls Canaries, 11-3. Correlle Prime recorded four hits and Sam Dexter drove in three runs as the RedHawks rapped out a season high 21 hits.
Fargo-Moorhead jumped out to a six-run league after two innings. Drew Ward homered in the first and back-to-back doubles by Correlle Prime and Leobalds Pina extended the lead to two. An inning later, Dexter extended the lead to four with his first homer of the year, a two-run shot. Brennan Metzger then lined a ball to the wall for a triple and scored on a Ward sacrifice fly. Pina extended the lead to six with his second run driven in of the game.
The Canaries battled back with three runs in the bottom of the third. A double by Andrew Ely brought home Mike Hart. Damek Tomshca then plated Ryan Brett with a single, moving Ely to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Alay Lago to make it 6-3.
Sioux Falls was right back in the contest, but not for long. The RedHawks scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to blow the game open. In the fourth, Dylan Kelly singled in a run, and Dexter followed with an RBI double.
An inning later, it was Prime Time, as Correlle Prime blasted a two-run homer, his third of the season to make it a 10-3 game. A wild pitch in the ninth brought home the final run for the RedHawks.
Despite giving up the three runs, Hagens (2-3) was solid. The right-hander allowed six hits and a walk in five innings. In the sixth, the newly signed Kevin McGovern came on, tossing two scoreless innings. Brett Jones and Tyler Wilson each tossed a scoreless frame to finish off the game.
The heart of the RedHawks order was dominating on Saturday. Ward, Prime, and Pina, the 3-5 hitters, were a combined 10-15 with six runs scored and six RBI. Prime was 4-5 with three runs and two RBI. The bottom of the order also had quite a day as Kelly, Dexter, and Boxwell were a combined 9-15 with three runs and four RBI.
By Robert Pannier