Brent Dean’s two-run home run in the 10th inning propelled the Wingnuts to a 6-4 victory over the Joplin Blasters on Saturday night in Joplin, Mo.
David Espinosa singled to start the 10th, then two batters later Dean hit a 1-1 pitch off reliever Jake Meiers for the lead. The Wingnuts are 2-1.
Espinosa was part of the Wingnuts’ first scoring frame. He capitalized on the Wingnuts’ two-out rally in the first inning. He singled home T.J. Mittelstaedt for a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, Wichita took a 2-0 lead when Luis Hernandez hit a double with nobody out and scored two batters later on Mittelstaedt’s sacrifice fly.
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Joplin tied it up with two runs in the fourth inning, but the Wingnuts scored two in the fifth on a Dustin Geiger RBI single and an error that led to Geiger scoring.
Joplin tied it with single runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
The Wingnuts finish the four-game series in Joplin on Sunday afternoon before returning to Wichita for Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. home opener against Winnipeg.