NATURALS WIN TO SET UP WINNER-TAKE-ALL GAME
SPRINGDALE, Ark - It took all nine innings on Monday night but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (35-35) were able to comeback then hold on to a thrilling 11-10 win over the Arkansas Travelers (35-35) at Arvest Ballpark. The victory coupled with Tulsa's loss earlier in the night to Springfield sets
SPRINGDALE, Ark - It took all nine innings on Monday night but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (35-35) were able to comeback then hold on to a thrilling 11-10 win over the Arkansas Travelers (35-35) at Arvest Ballpark. The victory coupled with Tulsa's loss earlier in the night to Springfield sets up a winner-take-all game between the Naturals and Travs on Tuesday night with the winner securing a trip to the Texas League Playoffs by winning the First Half Title in the Texas League North Division.
Tonight's game marked the end of the First Half of the season. The Naturals and Travelers finished tied at the top of the Texas League North Division so they'll settle it on the field tomorrow night in the first meeting between the two clubs during the Second Half of the season per Texas League rules. Corpus Christi defeated San Antonio to claim the South Division First Half Title by a 12-0 final.
The Travelers scored two runs in the first, two runs in the second and another in the fourth to build an early 5-0 lead.
Northwest Arkansas would begin their comeback in the fourth by way of the long ball.
The Naturals would use another big fly in the fifth, this time a solo homer to right by
The momentum would continue into the sixth for Northwest Arkansas as they'd send ten men to the plate and score five runs on four hits and an Arkansas error. Nate Esposito had a RBI single in the frame while
Arkansas would not go away quietly though as the visitor's from North Little Rock battled back from a six run deficit by scoring two runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth.
Northwest Arkansas will continue their series against the Arkansas Travelers, the Double-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, with a winner-take-all game tomorrow night - Tuesday, June 19 - with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. for an Arvest Two for Tuesday with Johnsonville Buck-A-Brat at Arvest Ballpark. The Naturals will send LHP
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