WICHITA — Jake Taylor hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to lead the Texas AirHogs to a 4-3 win over the Wichita Wingnuts to open a three-game weekend series Friday in American Association play in Wichita.
The Wingnuts have a four-game winning streak snapped.
Alvarado Rondon put Texas in the lead with an RBI single in the top of the third inning.
Wichita tied the game with a Martin Medina sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third. Zac Fisher hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and drove in a run with a double in the fifth.
Beamer Weems hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth inning. Levi Scott added an RBI single to tie the game.
Texas starter Jared Mortensen (7-1) went eight innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with six strikeouts. Robert Tasin pitched the bottom of the ninth, allowing a walk, for the save.
Alex Boshers went 7 2-3 innings for a no-decision, allowing three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. James Campbell allowed a hit with a strikeout to finish out the eighth inning. Ryan Kussmaul (5-5) pitched the ninth inning for the loss, striking out two.
Fisher went three for four hitting for Wichita. Weems and Casio Grider both went two for four hitting for the AirHogs.
Wichita drops to 50-33, 12 games ahead of Cleburne in the AA South. Texas drops to 34-49, 16 games behind Wichita. Wichita and Texas meet again at 7:05 p.m. today at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium.
Mortensen (W, 7-1), Tasin (S, 4) 9 and Wagner; Boshers, Campbell 8, Kussmaul (L, 5-5) 9 and M.Medina. HR — T: Weems (8). W: Fisher (8). Time — 2:32. Attendance — 4,194.
WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team signed forward Gerrad Grant for the upcoming season.
Grant is a second-year professional, who spent his rookie season with Wichita. He scored six goals with 14 assists in 67 games.
He played five seasons at St. Mary’s University in Canada, scoring 17 goals with 36 assists in 125 games. He helped lead SMU to a third-place finish in the 2016 University Cup.
"I'm very excited to be back in Wichita for a second year," Grant said. "With the newcomers and returning guys, I think this year will be a good one for the Thunder. I'm looking forward to getting things underway."
"Gerrad is a versatile player that can play multiple roles on our team," Wichita coach Malcolm Cameron said. "He is a solid penalty killer and plays every game the same way. He can be counted on each and every night."
Wichita opens the season Oct. 13.
PARK CITY — The Park City Polo Challenge will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Hartman Arena.
The event is to benefit the Wichita Family Crisis Center, Wichita Children's Theater and Carpenter Place.
The first match will feature the Oklahoma State and Colorado State women’s teams. The second match will feature local and regional players.
Tickets are available at the Hartman Arena box office and at ticketmaster.com.