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Walk-Off Homer Earns T-Bones First Victory

05/18/2009 10:37 PM -

Pinch-hitter Craig Hurba hit a solo home run in the ninth inning tonight to lead Kansas City to a 4-3 win over the Schaumburg Flyers at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

Starter Ryan Knippschild (pictured) surrendered just one run over seven innings for the T-Bones, allowing four hits while striking out five in front of 3,307 fans.  He retired nine of the first 10 batters faced and 13 of the first 16.  In the fifth, Victor Ferrante doubled for the Flyers and then scored the only run given up by the left-hander on a double by Julius Thames.  With the help of a double play in the first, Knippschild faced the minimum through the first three and one-thirds innings.

The T-Bones offense got off to a quick start, scoring two unearned runs off Flyers starter Edwin Almonte in the first.  Aharon Eggleston reached on a dropped throw by first baseman Peanut Williams and was later driven in on a two-out home run by Brad Correll.  The third run for Kansas City came in the second when Jeff Helps scored on a two-out double by Damian Rolls.

Kansas City put two runners on in the sixth with one out against Almonte but failed to score when Lonnie Patterson induced a flyout and groundout to end the frame.  They loaded the bases against Patterson with one out in the eighth, but again failed to score when reliever Tom Lyons struck out the next two hitters.

After a perfect eighth by Todd Moser, David Trahan entered the game for Kansas City.  The first batter, Vince Harrison, reached safely on an error by first baseman Ken Harvey.  After Peanut Williams reached on a single with one out, Felix Jose drove in Harrison to bring the Flyers within one.  Jose Valdez then drove in Williams with an RBI groundout for the tying run.  Trahan ended the inning by striking out Ferrante.  Neither run was earned.

Lyons returned to begin the ninth for Schaumburg against Hurba.  On a 2-1 count, the T-Bones slugger hit a solo home run to straight-away center, giving the T-Bones a 4-3 victory.  Trahan was credited with the win while Lyons suffered the loss. 

Dustin Bolton takes the mound for Kansas City opposite Adam Howard in game two of the three-game series tomorrow night.  First pitch is set for 7:05.  Single-game tickets for the T-Bones start at just $6.  Season tickets, group tickets, mini-plans and All-You-Can-Eat plans are available as well. For more information, call 913-328-5618 or visit www.tbonesbaseball.com