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Disastrous Eight Inning Dooms 'Hawks

The hot play of Fargo-Moorhead against their Northern Division rivals came to a halt on Saturday against Sioux Falls. The Canaries put four runs up in the eighth inning to win 5-4 and steal a game at Newman Outdoor Field.
    
An issue all season long for the RedHawks has been the depth of the pitching staff with Travis Ballew and Tyler Herron being purchased by MLB organizations and injuries to Richie Mirowski and Mike Mason. On the day the team used six different pitchers. Starter Taylor Stanton only lasted four innings, and none of the five relievers seemed to get settled in on the mound.
    
Offensively the 'Hawks struck early with K.D. Kang's two-run homer in the second to score Josh Mazzola as well. In the third Ryan Pineda's double brought in Kes Carter to help the home team jump out to a 3-0 lead after three. The Canaries got one back in the top of the fourth with Blake Schmitt's single scoring B.J. Guinn. The RedHawks then took a 4-1 lead when Mike Gilmartin drove in Brian Humphries in the seventh.
    
The eighth started rocky and ended rocky. Guinn walked on four pitches and was followed by Jake Taylor blasting a dinger to cut the score to 4-3. The tying and leading runs later came in on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Zeutenhorst and a wild pitch which Schmitt came home on. In the bottom of the ninth Humphries ripped a double, but the home team was unable to bring him in. Jose Ortega earned his second save of the year for the Birds.
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Joe Bircher (5-6) was the winner and Patrick Mincey (3-3) took the loss. The series finale will be Sunday, 1:00 p.m., at Newman Outdoor Field. 
 


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