The Wichita Wingnuts salvaged a doubleheader split against the Grand Prairie AirHogs on Sunday in Grand Prairie, Texas, losing the first game 1-0 and winning the second game, 9-2 in extra innings.
In the first game, Grand Prairie scored the lone run in the first inning as former Wingnut Abel Nieves singled with one out then scored on an RBI single by Jason Botts. The Wingnuts loaded the bases with one out in the seventh and final inning, but J.T. Wise struck out looking against Dakota Watts and Chris McMurray grounded out to end the game.
Justin Klipp was the losing pitcher in the first game despite allowing just one run and three hits in six innings while striking out four. Aaron Wilkerson picked up the win for Grand Prairie.
In the second game, Wichita’s Taylor Oldham broke a 0-0 tie in the fifth inning with a two-run home run off Jeremy Tietze.
Jason Van Skike was the winning pitcher for Wichita in his first start of the year, strking out three and giving up three hits in five scoreless innings.
The Wingnuts return home Tuesday to begin a three-game series against Kansas City.