By MATT FULKS, tbonesbaseball.com
FARGO, N.D. – The Kansas City T-Bones started strong, but Fargo finished stronger in a 5-4 opening series loss for the T-Bones on Friday night.
Trevor Coleman then launched a bases-clearing double. The T-Bones next hitter, Brandon Jones, drove in Coleman with a single.
The RedHawks countered, though, with a four-run fourth inning off Kansas City starting pitcher Ethan Cole (0-7). The big hits in the inning came off the bats of Fargo power hitters Nic Jackson, who hit a solo home run, and Tim Alberts, who tied the game with a three-run homer.
The RedHawks took the lead for good with an RBI single from Jeremiah Piepkorn in the fifth inning.
Ernst (6-2), after his rough first inning, finished with seven solid innings, retiring 20 of the final 21 batters he faced.
The T-Bones (37-54) and RedHawks (58-33) will continue their three-game series Saturday night at 6 p.m. in Fargo, N.D.