09/06/2006 5:41 AM - One game was one-sided, the other was a see-saw affair in the openers
of the 2006 Northern League Semifinal Playoff Series on Tuesday night.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes held the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks to a single
hit and took advantage of three RedHawks errors to power their way
to an 8-0 victory in game one of the West Division Semifinals at
Newman Outdoor Field.
In game one of the East Division Semifinals, Rob Watson had five hits
and drove in four runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the
11th inning, to lead the Schaumburg Flyers to a 7-6 win at Alexian
Both series continue on Wednesday night.
In Fargo, Luis Villareal pitched seven and two-thirds strong innings
to lead the Goldeyes to the win. Villareal yielded only a fifth-inning
single to Craig Ringe and five walks while striking out five. Juan
Velazquez recorded the final four outs in relief.
Winnipeg took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Corey Stang tripled
and scored on a two-out error by Fargo-Moorhead right-fielder Scott
Goodman, who misplayed Fehlandt Lentini's fly ball.
Will Smith, who homered in each of the Goldeyes' final two
regular-season games, hit a solo homer in the fourth to put the
Goldeyes ahead 2-0.
Winnipeg scored six runs in the seventh inning. The Goldeyes loaded
the bases on two walks and a single before a wild pitch enabled Max
Poulin the score Winnipeg's third run. After the RedHawks
intentionally walked Jimmy Hurst to re-load the bases, Greg Sain
delivered a grand slam home run to put the Goldeyes up 7-0. Will
Smith's single, a wild pitch, and an error added up to the final
At Schaumburg, Watson's RBI-single in the first and RBI-triple in the
third gave Schaumburg a pair of early one-run leads. Gary tied the
score at 2-2 on three singles in the fourth, with Tanner Townsend's
infield hit plating Andy Rohleder.
Former Flyer Jarrod Patterson broke the tie with a two-run homer in
the fifth that put Gary ahead 4-2.
The Flyers rallied in the bottom of the fifth to pull within 4-3 on
Watson's RBI-single. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, Eric Cole's
two-run single scored Sandy Almonte and Watson to Schaumburg a
one-run lead at 5-4.
The RailCats nearly tied the game in the eighth. Andy Rohleder
appeared to score on Eric McNamee's bases-loaded flyout, but was
called out at third on appeal. Gary third base coach Andy Haines was
ejected in the ensuing argument.
Gary tied the game at 5-5 in the top of the ninth when Steve Haake
walked, advanced to third on Jermaine Allensworth's single, and scored
on an RBI-grounder by Chris Curry.
In the eleventh, Haake drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a
sacrifice bunt by Allensworth. Dan Jackson then uncorked a pair of
wild pitches, allowing Haake to score the go-ahead run.
But Schaumburg knotted the game up when Rob Marconi hit a leadoff double
and scored on Tim Marks' RBI-single. Nelson Gord bunted Marks to
second, and Marks scored the winning run on Watson's bloop single into