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SIOUX FALLS – Jabari Henry made history at The Birdcage Friday against the Sioux City Explorers, but the Canaries dropped the series opener 8-4. In the third inning, Jabari Henry hit a two run home run that gave him sole possession of the all-time modern Canaries RBI record (232) and tied the game at 3-3.

Canaries starter RHP Angel Ventura received a no-decision for his six innings of work. Ventura allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out four. RHP DJ Sharabi (0-2) suffered the loss, giving up two unearned runs on one hit and two walks.

RHP Zach Hedges (8-4) got the win for the X’s. Hedges pitched seven innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on nine hits and one walk while striking out ten Canaries. Blake Tiberi and Jose Sermo led the way for the Explorers on offense with both players recording three hits in the game. Tiberi had two RBIs while Sermo had three, including two that came on an eighth inning home run.

The Canaries and Explorers will continue the final series of the 2021 season with a doubleheader at The Birdcage on Saturday. Game 1 will begin at 3:05 PM and feature LHP Ty Culbreth (7-8) for the Canaries and LHP Patrick Ladet (8-6) for the Explorers. Game 2 will begin at 6:05 PM and feature LHP Kris Regas (0-1) for the Canaries and the Explorers starting pitcher is TBA.

Saturday is Superhero Night at The Birdcage! Let’s put on our capes, carry our shields and swords, and go to infinity and beyond!… or something like that. Whether you’re into Superman or Batman or Spiderman or Iron Man or… Thor, we’re just happy you’re into them, and we’ll reward you with a ticket discount if you wear the costume of a superhero to the game. Even Nacho Libre. Especially Nacho Libre! We’ll have a best superhero costume contest for a super prize. Plus, a “rescue race.” We’ll play a few of the best moments in superhero history on our Daktronics videoboard throughout the game, and the University of Sioux Falls pep band will be here to play live tunes, as well!  

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