The Wichita Wingnuts lost 7-6 to the Kansas City T-Bones at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium on Sunday evening.
Dwayne White hit a tie-breaking solo home run against Cephas Howard to deep right-center field in the top of the eighth inning that proved to drive in the game's final run.
The Wingnuts had the tying run on second base in the bottom of the ninth, but T-Bones' closer Andy Shipman escaped the jam to record his second save in as many nights.
After the T-Bones scored three runs on a Rico Washington triple in the top of the seventh to take a 6-3 lead, the Wingnuts rallied for three runs of their own to tie the game in the bottom half. Edwin Bellorin drew a one-out walk against starter Reid Santos and came around to score when Mike Conroy tripled off the fence in right field. Conroy scored on Thomas Fitzgerald's RBI groundout to second, cutting the lead to 6-5. Reliver Mike Rocco was brought in from the pen and allowed a double to center from Josh Horn that started another rally. Ryan Patterson followed with an RBI single to left field that knotted the game at 6-6.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead with two two-out runs in the top of the first. Ray Sadler doubled down the left field line against Wingnuts' starter Justin Murray to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Jaspe followed with an RBI single to right field for the T-Bones' second run.
Wichita got on the board against Santos in the bottom of the third on an RBI single to right from Josh Horn, and then took the lead with two runs in the fifth. Bellorin doubled to left-center leading off and scored on Conroy's groundball single through the right side. Conroy eventually scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch thrown by Santos.
Murray took a no-decision and was charged with six runs, five earned, in six and one-third innings. Murray allowed eight hits, two walks, and struck out five. Santos also took a no-decision, allowing five earned runs in six and two-thirds on nine hits and one walk. Santos struck out one.
Howard was charged with the loss. Steven Stewart earned the win in relief for Kansas City, pitching one and one-third scorless innings over the seventh and eighth.
The Wingnuts head to Sioux Falls for a three-game series beginning Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. Junior Guerra will take the mound in the opener.