Crookston continued their surge winning for the sixth time in seven games.
Much like when he scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Dave Grabowski rushed home with a chance to take the lead. Except this time, it would be for good. Grabowski took off from second when Blake Kawlewski sent a base hit to right field. The throw appeared as if it would beat Grabowski and the Reds would head to extra innings, but the ball hit just before the plate making it impossible for the Moorhead Mudcats catcher to make a play and Grabowski scored to give Crookston the 10-9 win.
Blake Karas started the game for the Reds and went five innings while surrendering seven runs, six earned. Sean Minder threw two innings of relief and was pulled in the ninth in favor of Will Zimmerman after runners reached second and third with no outs. Zimmerman struck out the side, but not before a wild pitch with the bases loaded allowed the tying run to score.
The Reds struck first in the offensive slugfest in the first inning when Will Zimmerman scored all the way from first on an errant pick-off attempt. Zimmerman rounded third and bluffed a sprint to home plate, the first baseman for Moorhead never threw the ball and Zimmerman elected to race home and scored without a throw. An error in the third scored Zimmerman again to put the Reds ahead 2-0.
The Mudcats’ offense came alive in the following two innings and scored seven unanswered runs which included a home run over the 385-foot wall in right center field and a three-run triple.
The Reds inched closer with a two-run triple by Dave Grabowski to make the score 7-4, but Grabowski was caught wandering too far off the base and was tagged out to end the inning for Crookston’s second out on the bases of the inning.
With the bats of Moorhead alive and well, their gloves fell asleep. The Mudcats committed four errors, three of which came in the sixth inning of later. The Reds used the defensive lapses to their advantage to equalize the score at 7-7 in the sixth inning with the help of an RBI groundout by Kawlewski and an RBI single by Taylor Kenfield.
Back-to-back singles by Grabowski and Lars Brevik led off the seventh and an error allowed each to move up one base. With one out, Minder hit a sacrifice fly scoring Grabowski for the lead. Brevik later scored on a wild pitch for a 9-7 lead.
The Mudcats cut their deficit in half with a run in the eighth and tied the game at 9-9 in the ninth when down to their last strike.
Grabowski drew a lead off walk and moved to second on a two-out error hit by Minder. Kawlewski watched one pitch go by before sending his game-winning hit to right field.
The win serves as Crookston’s sixth in their last seven and puts them over the .500 mark at 13-12. The Reds will head to Warroad for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday.