FARGO, ND – The Winnipeg Goldeyes (35-29) and the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks (32-33) split a doubleheader at Newman Outdoor Field on Wednesday night.
The teams continued Tuesday’s rain-shorted contest in the top of the fourth inning with the RedHawks leading 5-1. David Rohm kicked things off with a leadoff single, and Ridge Hoopii-Haslam doubled to drive him home. Wes Darvill then drew a nine-pitch walk, and Carlton Tanabe doubled to score Hoopii-Haslam and Darvill and cut the RedHawks’ lead to 5-4.
“I thought we came out with a lot of aggression, especially after Fargo was leading 5-1,” Goldeyes hitting coach Tom Vaeth said after the games.
Reggie Abercrombie doubled in the top fifth, but the RedHawks held the Goldeyes scoreless for the rest of the contest. Fargo-Moorhead extended their lead with a Brian Humphries RBI single in the home fifth and took the game 6-4.
Winnipeg starter Duke von Schamann (5-5, 4.33) gave up five runs on eight hits through three innings for the loss. Kyle Lotzkar allowed the final RedHawks run on three hits through two innings, and Kyle Anderson pitched the final three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.
Fargo-Moorhead reliever Will Solomon (3-2, 4.22) gave up three runs on five hits through 3 2/3 innings for the win, and Colton Reavis picked up his fifth save of the season, allowing only one hit in the ninth.
But the Goldeyes turned things around in the second game of the night, shutting out the RedHawks 1-0 to win the series 2-1.
Winnipeg made it on the board in the top fourth, after Adam Heisler singled and later scored on a Reggie Abercrombie double.
Left-hander Ethan Carnes (3-1, 3.24) started the seven-inning series finale in what Vaeth said was one of his best outings of the season.
“That was a fantastic pitching performance by Ethan,” he said. “It was big for us.”
Carnes gave up only three hits and three walks through the first 5 2/3 innings for the win. Fellow lefty Eric Eadington completed the game, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings for his third save with the Goldeyes. Fargo-Moorhead starter Brian Ernst (1-1, 1.20) pitched the full game. He struck out eight and allowed the lone run on eight hits.
“Eadington was electric,” Vaeth said, smiling. “As a pitching staff, we’ve got to get a little better with two-strike pitches, but that was an electric performance.
“It was a long day of baseball. We’re happy with the outcome, happy with the win.”
The Goldeyes have an off day tomorrow for the annual Field of Dreams golf tournament but will start a three-game home series against the Kansas City T-Bones on Friday night at 7.
Tickets for all Goldeyes home games are available at the Shaw Park box office or by calling 1-855-GOLDEYE or visiting ticketmaster.ca. All Goldeyes games are broadcast live on 93.7 CJNU and at cjnu.ca.