WICHITA, Kans. (WINGNUTS) – The Wichita Wingnuts fell in an early hole that they could not dig out of, as the Winnipeg Goldeyes claimed the decisive game five of the 2016 American Association Championship Series 11-4 Monday night at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
The Goldeyes (6-4) jumped out to a lead quickly, as Reggie Abercrombie doubled home a pair in the opening inning to put the visitors ahead early against Alex Boshers (2-1).
An inning later, Winnipeg doubled their lead on an RBI double by Adam Heisler and RBI single by Willie Cabrera. Their lead ballooned to five the fourth, as Abercrombie drew a bases loaded walk.
In the seventh, Abercrombie launched a two-run homer, and Wes Darvill plated a run with a single, making it 8-0.
Kevin McGovern (1-1) shut the Wingnuts (5-4) down through the first six innings, but exited after surrendering back-to-back singles to begin the seventh. Wichita plated a pair to cut it to a six-run game in that frame, with Leo Vargas and Christian Stringer collecting RBIs.
Winnipeg answered right back in the eighth, when Abercrombie capped his huge night with another two-run homer, giving him seven RBIs for the night.
Wichita pulled two more back in the home half, with Nick Van Stratten bringing home a run with a single, and Harrison Kain adding an RBI of his own.
The Goldeyes capped their evening with one more in the ninth on a Carlton Tanabe single, then celebrated their second American Association Championship after Winston Abreu capped it off with a scoreless bottom half.
The Wichita Wingnuts organization thanks all their fans for a great 2016 season, which saw the club win it’s sixth consecutive division title, tie for the league’s best regular season record at 61-39, and make the American Association Championship Series for the fourth time in five years. We wish all our fans a safe and happy offseason, and look forward to seeing you all at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium for the 10th season of Wingnuts baseball beginning in May 2017!