Wichita Bats Silent in Exhibition Finale
WICHITA, Kans. - The Wichita Wingnuts were held to just five hits in a 9-2 loss to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks on Wednesday night, wrapping up the 2018 exhibition schedule at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The RedHawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first against Wingnuts starter Austin Boyle. Devan Ahart singled home a run, then Maikol Gonzalez raced home on a throwing error to give the RedHawks the early advantage. Boyle settled in to retire nine of the last ten hitters that he faced, exiting after tossing scoreless frames in the second and third.
Felix Carvallo followed with two sparkling innings, dispatching all six RedHawks he faced with a trio of strikeouts.
Fargo-Moorhead added to their lead with three runs in the top of the sixth off Wingnuts reliever Parker Sanburn. Keury De La Cruz and Charlie Valerio capped the frame with run-scoring hits to extend the RedHawks lead to 5-0.
Four more Fargo-Moorhead runs in the eighth stretched the advantage to 9-0, before Wichita put together a late rally in the ninth. After Ryne Willard led off the frame with a walk, Zach Nehrir drove an RBI triple to the gap in right-center. Abel Nieves followed with an RBI groundout for the game's final margin.
The Wingnuts kick off their 2018 regular season on Friday with Opening Day against the Kansas City T-Bones. First pitch from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is scheduled for 7:05 PM. For information on season tickets, group outings, and party packages, call the Wingnuts main office at (316) 264-NUTS, or visit the Wingnuts official website at www.wichitawingnuts.com.
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