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Offense leads Kansas City past Explorers 9-5

Credit: John Ellis
06/14/2018 9:48 PM -

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Kansas City T-Bones won a wild 9-5 thriller against the Sioux City Explorers in Kansas City Thursday night. Zach Walters powered the T-Bones offense, going 3-5 with three RBIs.

Walters started his night off by hitting his fourth home run of the season, putting the T-Bones up 1-0 in the second inning. Singles by Walters, Cal Towey, and Dexter Kjerstad loaded the bases with one out in the fourth inning. A crucial wild pitch to Tucker Pennell sent Walters racing down the third base line to score the second run of the game. The T-Bones left runners on first and third, ending a promising fourth inning, but led the Explorers 2-0.

Sioux City stormed back in the sixth inning to take the lead. A lead-off double by Dexture McCall started the Explorers rally. Dylan Kelly sliced a ball up the first-base line for an out advancing McCall to third base. Former T-Bone Jordan Edgerton ripped an RBI double to left field to put Sioux City on the board. Michael Lang erased the Kansas City lead with a two-run homerun to left field, putting Sioux City ahead 3-2.

With one out in the seventh inning, Keith Curcio lined a single to center field. Curcio then stole second base to put Kansas City in scoing position. Todd Cunningham hit a game-tying RBI double that scored Curcio to make the score 3-3. Dylan Tice extended the inning for the T-Bones with a single to right field, putting runners on first and second. Walters delivered for Kansas City, hitting a hard-hit ball off the left field wall scoring two runs. After a relentless seventh inning, the T-Bones regained the lead 5-3.

Edgerton continued to be locked in against his former team. He hit his second RBI of the game, crushing a homerun over the left field wall to cut the T-Bones lead to 5-4. Back-to-back singles by Adrian Neito and Kjerstad quickly put two runners on base for the T-Bones in the eighth inning. Pennell reached first after being hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Kansas City. The next at bat, Tice reached first on a hit by pitch, scoring Nieto, and Kansas City took a 6-4 lead. Cunningham hit a sacrifice fly to score Kjerstad, followed by a base-clearing RBI double by Nick Torres that put the T-Bones on top 9-5.

After a late run in the ninth, the T-Bones went on to win by a final of 9-5. The T-Bone's Joe Filomeno (1-0) pitched two innings, allowing one run on one hit, and is credited as the winning pitcher. Explorers pitcher Taylor Jordan (4-1) struggled for the Explorers, allowing five runs on nine hits in six and two thirds inning pitched. Jordan is credited as the losing pitcher. The T-Bones are 14-10 on the season after splitting a four-game series with the South Division leading Explorers. The Explorers fall to 20-7, clinging on to the division lead.

The T-Bones hit the road for a six-game road trip against the Fargo-Morehead RedHawks and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. The T-Bones return home Friday June 22 against the Cleburne Railroaders.

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