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Season High 19 Strikeouts Not Enough for Sioux City



Oconomowoc, WI (August, 26th, 2022) - The Lake Country DockHounds took game one of the series on an eleventh inning walk off two run homer, downing the Explorers 6-4. 

Sioux City grabbed the lead first in the third inning. Miguel Sierra led off with a single, scored when Blake Tiberi singled to left, and the ball got by the Lake Country left fielder allowing Sierra to score on the error from first and take a 1-0 lead. 

Lake Country immediately responded in the following frame. A two out pop up by Tristan Carranza was lost in the lights which allowed Jake Snider to score from second after his lead off walk and it tied the game 1-1. 

In the sixth Lake Country took the lead 2-1 on a two out error by Sioux City but the X’s immediately responded in the top of the seventh. Dylan Kelly doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on a single and scored on a double play to tie the game 2-2. 

Both starters received a no decision. Matt Pobereyko struck out nine while allowing a run in five innings of work. Angel Ventura allowed two runs, one earned in his seven innings of work. 

Both teams threatened multiple times throughout the late innings to take the lead but neither one scored. For the Explorers a large reason why they were able to keep Lake Country from scoring was by racking up the strikeouts. The Explorers struck out a season high 19 batters in the ballgame. 

In the tenth, Sioux City took the lead on a Trey Martin double, going ahead 3-2. But Lake Country responded immediately, when Lamar Briggs scored from third on a pass ball to send it to the eleventh. 

In the eleventh, Gabe Snyder advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a sacrifice fly to give Sioux City a 4-3 lead. In the bottom half of the frame after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt TJ Bennett singled to left tying the game at four. With two outs and Bennett at third Tristan Carranza homered to left to walk it off for Lake Country and give the DockHounds the win. 

Tyler Schmipf (2-1) got the win by tossing two innings of relief, Thomas McIlraith (5-4) was handed the loss for Sioux City. 

The X’s remain three games up on the Lincoln Saltdogs as they also dropped their contest. 

Game two of the series will take place on Saturday at 6:05 pm. Lefty Patrick Ledet (5-4, 4.21) gets the start for the Explorers and will be opposed by right hander Alex McRae (5-3, 3.06) for Lake Country.