Laredo, TX- The Sioux City Explorers win game one of the Championship series with the 10-2 victory over Laredo at Uni-Trade Stadium. X’s first baseman Rene Tosoni had three hits and five RBIs in the contest.
Sioux City jumped to an early 3-0 lead, plating three runs in the first inning. Noah Perio’s sacrifice fly to center scored the tagging Michael Lang from third base, and then a Ryan Court hard-hit line drive to right field scored runners from first and second.
Explorers bats steadied out after the first inning, but in the eighth the X’s got things rolling once again. Sioux City knocked in four runs in the eighth off six hits. Ryan Court scored from third on a fielder’s choice, and then X’s first baseman Rene Tosoni cleared the bases with a single to centerfield scoring three.
Laredo scored their first runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Lemurs infielder Ty Forney singled to score runners from second and third, cutting the lead by five runs.
In the ninth, X’s plated three more runs, making it 10-2 which would go on to be the final score of the game.
Explorers starter Patrick Johnson (2-0) received the win striking out ten batters and allowing no runs in six innings pitched. Lemurs left-hander Luis Pollorena (0-1) was charged with the loss, giving up three runs in four innings.
Sioux City had six batters finish the night with double digit hits and three of the six having three hits. X’s centerfielder Matty Johnson went 3 for 6 with 2 runs, a stolen base and an RBI, Ryan Court had three hits, double, run scored, stolen base and an RBI. X’s first baseman Rene Tosoni had a scorching night at the plate, going 3 for 6 with with a run and five huge RBI’s.
Sioux City will play game two of the finals vs Laredo tomorrow at Uni-Trade Stadium, first pitch-7:30, and will play the final games at Lewis and Clark Park (September 19th-21st) to close out the Championship series.
Reserve your tickets now by stopping down to the stadium box office located at Lewis & Clark Park (3400 Line Drive, Sioux City, IA 51106) or by ordering online at www.xsbaseball.com or by phone at 712-277-WINS (9467).