Even though the Wingnuts missed an opportunity to add on to an early lead in the fourth inning, they won this game with good situational hitting.
Ryan Patterson drove in a pair of runs with singles in the first and third innings, and those hits along with Stephen Pearson’s RBI single in the first gave the Wingnuts a 3-0 lead.
In the fourth, Wichita got runners to second and third and one out and hoped Jeff Christy would break it open with a base hit. Instead, Christy grounded to second base on a drawn-in infield, and Patrick Brooks also grounded out to leave both runners stranded.
That proved costly. Wingnuts starting pitcher Adam Cowart, who had cruised into the fifth inning allowing only one hit, allowed Sioux Falls to tie it in the fifth. He served up a leadoff walk to Trevor Lawhorn before allowing back-to-back doubles to Eddy Rodriguez and Hunter Jobes; Jobes’ hit drove in two runs, and he scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly.
The Wingnuts ran into more situational problems in the seventh and final inning. Chris Colton led off with a double that was misplayed by center fielder Reggie Abercrombie. Christy popped up an attempted sacrifice bunt and couldn’t advance Colton. But Patrick Brooks singled to move Colton to third, and Josh Horn drove him in by getting a groundball through the whole between first and second to win the game in dramatic fashion.
Patterson, Colton and Horn all had two hits for the Wingnuts, who have taken two of three games in the series. The final game will be played in just a few minutes.
Up Next: Sioux Falls at Wingnuts, May 20, approximately 7:30 p.m. Sioux Falls, RH Ryan Shaver (1-0, 0.00 ERA); Wingnuts, RH Gabe Medina (0-0, 1.80)