09/07/2006 5:43 AM - by Garrett Gosselink - Northern League
The Winnipeg Goldeyes and the Schaumburg Flyers have taken commanding
two-games-to-none leads in the Northern League Semifinal Playoff
The Winnipeg Goldeyes defeated the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 6-4 in game
two of the West Division Semifinal at Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo.
Game three is set for Friday in Winnipeg.
The Flyers shut the Gary SouthShore RailCats out, winning 2-0 at Alexian Field
in Schaumburg. Game three of the East Division Semifinal is set for
Friday in Gary.
In Fargo, three big hits and a solid pitching performance by Glenn
Bott added up a to a 6-4 wire-to-wire victory for the Goldeyes.
Bott scattered eight hits over seven and two-third innings, striking out seven.
The Goldeyes totaled just six hits in the game. Greg Sain hit a
two-run opposite-field homer in the first inning to give Winnipeg a
2-0 lead, Matt Mann extended the Goldeyes advantage to 4-1 with a
two-run single in the third, and Corey Stang's bloop double in the
fifth made the score 6-1 Winnipeg.
Former Goldeye Harry Berrios led the RedHawks attempt to rally,
batting 3-for-4 and driving in three runs. Berrios RBI-double in the
bottom of the fifth brought Fargo-Moorhead to within 6-2, and Berrios'
two-out, two-run double in the ninth brought the potential tying run
to the plate for the RedHawks. But Winnipeg reliever Josh Kite retired
Allen Mottram on a flyout to end the game.
The Redhawks stranded 11 men on base.
In Schaumburg, Sandy Almonte had three hits and four Schaumburg
pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Flyers blanked the RailCats.
Almonte led off the fifth inning with a double, advanced to third
after a flyout, and scored on Eric Cole's sacrifice fly.
The Flyers added an insurance run in the seventh when Cole singled,
moved to second on a groundout, and scored on an RBI-single by Ben Van
Rick DeHart started for Schaumburg and scattered six hits over
five-plus innings. The RailCats best threat came in the fourth, when
Gary loaded the bases with one out, but DeHart induced Jay Pecci to
hit into a 5-2-3 double play to end the inning.
Three Flyers relievers did not allow a hit over the final four
innings. Chris Andel worked the remainder of the sixth after DeHart
yielded a leadoff single; Raymond Jenkins allowed just a walk over two
innings; and Nate Cotton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.