Sliders win home opener in Ypsilanti

May 30, 2009 by  
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Minor league baseball is coming to Ypsilanti in 2009

Two huge innings lift the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti over the Windy City Thunderbolts 9-6 on Friday night. In Ypsilanti’s first home professional baseball game since 1913, the Sliders belted 16 hits to send the crowd home happy.

The Sliders scored three in the second, and six in the third which was all they needeed. Jonnie Knoble’s two run double in the second brought in Ralph Rosas and Dom Lombardi. After that Roberto Mena sacrifice fly brought in Jeremy Jones from third.

In the third, the Sliders hit around, with six hits highlighted by Lombardi’s two run double. Knoble went 2-4 with a double and three RBI’s. Jones batted 3-3 with a walk, double, and RBI.

Dexter native Mike Penn (2,0) received the win, pitching five innings, allowing 12 hits, four runs, while striking out three. Shane Zegarac suffered the loss for the Thunderbolts. Earl Oakes came in for the ninth striking out two on his way to his fourth save of the season.

Righthander Chris Rollins will take the mound Saturday for the Sliders in the second game of the series at 6:05 p.m. held at EMU’s Oestrike stadium. Sliders are 6-2 for the season.

Attendance was estimated at 200.

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