The Sioux Falls Pheasants (34-38) and the Wichita Wingnuts (42-30) volleyed the lead four times on Friday, but the Sioux Falls Pheasants came out on top for a 7-5 win on Friday at Sioux Falls Stadium.
The Sioux Falls Pheasants would not relinquish the lead as the Wichita Wingnuts were unable to weather a five-run second inning deficit.
The Wichita Wingnuts scored four runs in the fifth on two ground outs and a two-run triple by Jared McDonald. Unfortunately, the Wichita Wingnuts weren't able to take the lead back.
Cesar Nicolas had a busy day at the plate, collecting three extra-base hits. He doubled in the first and second innings and homered in the fifth inning.
The Wichita Wingnuts couldn't get anything going so long as Jack Van Leur was on the hill. Van Leur held the Wichita Wingnuts hitless over 1 2/3 innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out one.
Mitchell Clegg got his sixth win for the Sioux Falls Pheasants despite allowing five runs over seven innings. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered five hits.
Derek Blacksher couldn't get it done on the hill for the Wichita Wingnuts, taking a loss. He allowed seven runs in six innings, walked two and struck out three.