Sioux City-----The Explorers snapped a modest two-game losing streak here Saturday with a 6-1 victory over Sioux Falls. Brian Bistange had three of the 13 hits and Ty Marotz had his longest outing of the season, seven innings, as the Explorers bounced back with a win over the Pheasants.
Everyone in the lineup except Mike Bisenius, had at least one hit, with Brandon Newton, Peter Barrows and Kris Sanchez all having two each apiece. The Explorers got off to a quick start as in the first inning Newton led off with a double and scored on a Bistange single to give the X's a 1-0 lead. Sioux City added another run in the first when Ray Serrano hit into a double play, but Bistange scored from third base to make it 2-0. The Explorers scored two mor runs in the third inning on a two-run double by Sanchez and the X's led 4-0. Sioux City added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take a 6-0 lead before Sioux Falls scored their only run in the seventh inning.
Marotz had another good game, pitching seven innings, walking only one and striking out five to earn his third win of the season. The Explorers and Sioux Falls will play the final game of the four-game series Sunday at Lewis and Clark Park with game time set for 6:05.