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Metros split Tuesday twin-bill with Senators

Ryan Ladika/MDN Third baseman Adam Roedocker makes a throw to first base during the top of the first inning.

The Minot Metros continued their summer slate Tuesday afternoon, meeting the Bismarck Senators at Corbett Field for a mid-week doubleheader. The club earned an 11-4 victory over Bismarck in the twin-bill opener but fell to the Senators 15-9 in the nightcap.

A five-run fifth inning was instrumental in Minot’s Game 1 victory, as the Metros sent 11 men to the plate to crack the game wide open. Tyson Ruzicka, Parker Hann, Hunter Horner and Adam Roedocker all reached on a pair of hits and two walks before the first out was recorded, an RBI groundout by Griffin Baker.

The Metros combined for two more walks and another single, and benefitted from a pair of wild pitched in their prolific inning, taking an 11-4 lead.

Minot two runs in each of the first, second and fourth to help build their lead on the strength of run-scoring hits from Horner, Roedoecker Griffin Baker and Ty Collins. Roedocker and Ruzicka led the way offensively throughout the opener, combining for seven hits, four RBI and five runs scored.

On the mound, Jaxon Radke pitched 6.2 solid frames, allowing just the four runs, three of which came in the top of the third inning. He struck out seven in his near-complete game victory, and Hann relieved him in the seventh inning and nailed down the final out.

An explosive beginning to the nightcap propelled Bismarck to an 13-5 lead through the first five innings. Minot scored a run in the bottom of the first and two more in the home half of the second on a Hann sacrifice fly and a two-run single by Ruzicka.

Minot staved off the 10-run rule with two more in the bottom of the fifth inning thanks to three walks, a single and a pair of wild pitches, and rallied for four more tallies in the sixth on two more walks and two singles.

The late rally was not enough to overcome Bismarck’s potent offense, though, and Minot dropped Game 2 15-9.

The Metros’ next contest is slated for Thursday evening against Williston. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. from Corbett Field.

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