The marathon road trip is over, and the Wichita Wingnuts are headed back home coming off a win.
The Wingnuts defeated the New Jersey Jackals 7-5 on Sunday at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, N.J., finishing off a 16-game road trip as the NBC World Series took over Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Wingnuts went 11-5 on the trip, including a 9-1 mark against the Can-Am League. On Sunday, with the game tied 3-3 in the sixth, Jared McDonald’s RBI single scored Abel Nieves to make the score 4-3. McDonald then scored on a wild pitch by New Jersey starting pitcher Wes Roemer. The batter up during the wild pitch, Jake Kahaulelio, was ejected along with the entire Wingnuts’ coaching staff on a called strike on a 2-1 pitch in the same at-bat.
Jonathan Davis finished Kahaulelio’s bat and singled home McDonald for a 6-3 lead.
McDonald hit a solo home run in the eigth for an insurance run. Josh Dew struck out two in the ninth for his 21st save, a Wingnuts’ single-season record. Josh Stone picked up the win for the Wingnuts, allowing five runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. Stone also walked three and struck out two.
Roemer took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Wichita returns home Tuesday to host a three-game series against the Gary SouthShore RailCats.