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The Sioux City Explorers scored early and often sailing to an 11-3 victory over Lincoln at Hay-Market Park. X’s shortstop Noah Perio had four hits, two RBIs and a run scored in the contest. 


The Explorers three quick runs in the second and third innings. X’s second baseman Ryan Court knocked in a run off an RBI double in the second, Micael Lang singled to score a run and Brent Keys scored off a sacrifice fly by Rene Tosoni. 


In the top half of the fifth, Sioux City plated two more to take a 4-0 lead. X’s centerfielder Matty Johnson  led off the inning with a single, stole second base, advanced to third off a groundout and scored on a fielder’s choice. X’s scored the second run in the fifth off a wild pitch and error by the third baseman. 


Lincoln scored their first runs in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Forgatch knocked in one with an RBI double, Adrien Payne singled to score a run, and Curt Smith hit a sac-fly RBI for their third run in the inning to cut the lead to 4-3 after five innings. 


Sioux City had four big runs in the sixth inning to take the commanding 9-3 lead. Brent Keys and Rene Tosoni both knocked in a run off a double and single. X’s shortstop Noah Perio scored the next two runners with a two-run double in the gap to extend the lead by six runs. 


The Explorers tacked on two more in the eighth off an RBI triple by Michael Lang and a groundout by Rene Tosoni to make it 11-3, which would go on to be the final score of the game.


Explorers starter Patrick Johnson (13-1) got the win going six innings with three runs allowed and four strikeouts. Lincoln right-hander Jesse Smith (3-8) was charged with the loss allowing nine runs on twelve hits in six innings pitched. 


Sioux City had four batters finish with two hits or more. Matty Johnson went 2 for 4 with three runs and a stolen base. Michael Lang we 2 for 4 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs. Brent Keys had two hits, two runs, an RBI and a double. X’s shortstop Noah Perio Jr took home the player of the game honors,  having a four hit night at the plate with a double, two RBIs and a run. 


Explorers will play the final game of the vs Lincoln tomorrow, first pitch 5:05 at Hay-Market Park. For additional information, please call 712-277-WINS (9467), or email [email protected]