Canaries Win On Walk-Off Homerun
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Sioux Falls Canaries offense was held hitless for 6 1/3 innings on Friday night, but battled back for a 2-1 walk-off win in front of 1,857 fans at Sioux Falls Stadium.
Starting pitch Matt Bywater looked good in his Canaries debut, holding the powerful RedHawks offense to a single hit over six innings of work. Bywater (0-0, 1.50 ERA) gave up a lead-off single to Chad Mozingo in the top of the first inning, but was untouchable after that.
Bywater retired 11 of the next 13 batters, including the first two batters in the top of the 4th inning, before running into some control issues. The left-hander and would load the bases with three straight walks before allowing RedHawks outfielder K.D. Kang to score on a wild pitch. Bywater settled down after that, retiring the final seven batters of the night, including a Kang strike out to end the 6th inning.
Fargo-Moorhead’s starting pitch Richie Mirowski was equally impressive over his five innings of work, striking out eight batters over five no-hit innings. The right-hander retired the first eight Canaries batters before allowing Ozney Guillen to reach base on a two-out walk in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Guillen would advance to third base after a throwing error on an attempted stolen base, but was left stranded after Cameron Monger struck out to end the inning.
The Canaries were held hitless until the bottom of the 7th inning before David Bergin dropped a one-out single into left field. The Birds’ scored their first run of the night an inning later when Nolan Johnson reached base on a leadoff single and later scored an unearned run on a defensive error by K.D. Kang in right field.
RedHawks relief pitcher Colton Reavis ended Canaries threat in the 8th, retiring the final two batters of the inning. Reavis came back out to work the bottom of the 9th, striking out Ethan Chapman and David Bergin for the first two outs of the inning before giving up a walk-off homerun to outfielder Taylor Zuetenhorst.
It was the first homerun of the season for Zeutenhorst, who already has two game winning hits for the Canaries in his first five games with the team.
Canaries reliever Kris Regas (3-0, 2.25 ERA) picked up the win after striking out three batters in a scoreless top of the 9th inning.
The series continues on Saturday night with RHP Stephen Bougher (1-1, 4.26 ERA) making his third start of the season against RedHawks RHP Taylor Stanton (0-1, 6.09 ERA).
The South Dakota Army National Guard will be on hand for a special presentation of our nation’s colors and flag before the first pitch. Several area businesses have graciously donated tickets for the game that were distributed out to all of the branches of military in the area. The Canaries will be saluting those members of the military throughout the game.
Make plans to come out to the birdcage early on Saturday afternoon for Cagey's Pre-Game Tailgate Party at 4:00 PM. There will be music, yard games, and plenty of fun for fans to take advantage of before the game. Gates open at 5:00 PM, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05.
The Canaries return to Sioux Falls Stadium on Friday, June 3rd when they open up a three-game series against their North Division rivals, the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Contact the Canaries ticket office for information regarding single game or season ticket options by calling 605-336-6060 or visit the website at www.sfcanaries.com for more information.