JOPLIN — In their third game of the new season, the Joplin Blasters earned their first win with a 6-5 score Saturday night against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at historic Joe Becker Stadium.

JOPLIN — In their third game of the new season, the Joplin Blasters earned their first win with a 6-5 score Saturday night against the Winnipeg Goldeyes at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
Down 5-3 in the bottom of the ninth, it looked as if the Blasters would start their season 0-3. In the words of Lee Corso, not so fast, as Joplin scored three runs for the dramatic win.
With two outs and just one on in the ninth, Winnipeg reliever Jailen Peguero struck out Zack Burling for what should have been the third out and the Goldeyes' third win in as many nights against the Blasters. However, the ball got away from catcher Tanner Murphy, allowing Burling to reach first and Will Soto to reach second.
That's when Aaron Brill hit a RBI single to score Soto. With Burling on second and Brill on first, Mitch Glasser delivered a tying single and forcing the issue, Brill went for third and an errant throw which skipped out of play allowed Brill to come home with the winning run.
During Friday night's 4-3 loss to Winnipeg, it was Brill who grounded into the game-ending double play.
Joplin and Winnipeg close out their four-game series at 2:05 p.m. today at Joe Becker, on the first Sunday Family Fun Day of the season. The Blasters will throw Josue Montanez and the Goldeyes will send Edwin Carl to the mound.
The Blasters scored two runs in the first Saturday, sparked by Glasser's double. Jesus Solorzano hit a RBI single.
Brill's leadoff double in the third helped the Blasters take a 3-0 lead. Brill scored on a Geraldo Valentin fielder's choice.
Jacob Rogers' solo home run, his second homer in as many nights, cut the Joplin lead to 3-1 after four.
David Rohm's double started Winnipeg's single run rally in the sixth, Rohm scoring on a Wes Darvill groundout.
The Goldeyes took the lead in the seventh with two runs, highlighted by RBI singles from Adam Heisler and Reggie Abercrombie.
Winnipeg extended its lead to 5-3 in the top half of the ninth, highlighted by former Blasters shortstop Maikol Gonzalez's double. Gonzalez scored on a Heisler groundout.

Winnipeg    000 101 201 — 5 11 4
Joplin        201 000 003 — 6 11 0
Kevin McGovern, Brandon Shimo (7), Jailen Peguero (9) and Tanner Murphy. Carlos Fuentes, Matt Parish (5), Patrick Mincey (7), Keith Picht (8) and Juan Medina. WP: Picht. LP: Peguero. E: Ridge Hoopii-Haslam 2, David Rohm, Casio Grider. HR: Jacob Rogers. 2B: Maikol Gonzalez, Rogers, Rohm; Aaron Brill, Mitch Glasser. SF: Gonzalez. SB: Adam Heisler, Grider, Hoopii-Haslam. CS: Reggie Abercrombie, Hoopii-Haslam. HBP: Hoopii-Haslam. LOB: Winnipeg 7, Joplin 6. A: 1,083.

Joplin loses in extra innings Friday
JOPLIN — The Blasters fell 4-3 to the Winnipeg Goldeyes in 11 innings Friday night at Joe Becker Stadium.
Winnipeg center fielder Abercrombie led off the 11th with a single, advanced to second on a wild pitch, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a throwing error by Joplin catcher Michael Pair. Joplin reliever Tyler Herr took the loss on the first, only and last error of the contest.
The first Joplin catcher Juan Medina started a 2-3 double play to help get the Blasters out of the seventh when the Goldeyes loaded the bases with no outs. Patrick Mincey struck out Ridge Hoopii-Haslam with two runners aboard, preserving Joplin's 3-1 lead.
However, in the eighth, former Blaster shortstop Gonzalez worked a leadoff walk and with two outs, Rogers hit a tying two-run home run to right-center, beyond the leaping grasp of center fielder Burling, making his Blasters debut.
At the plate, Burling finished 2 for 3 with a double.
The Blasters took a 3-1 lead behind three runs in the sixth against Winnipeg starter Duke Von Schamann. Willie Cabrera scored Ronnie Richardson and Glasser with a single and Valentin scored on a Soto sacrifice fly. Richardson worked a walk and Glasser was hit by pitch against Von Schamann, who left the game after Valentin reached on a fielder's choice.
Former MLB pitcher Peguero (2007-08 with the Arizona Diamondbacks) earned the win in relief, allowing no runs over 1 2/3 innings of work. Eric Sim earned the save with a scoreless 11th.
Burling and Glasser worked walks against Sim in the 11th, but the Goldeyes ended the game by turning a 6-4-3 double play against Brill.

WINNIPEG 4, JOPLIN 3 (11 innings)
Winnipeg    000 100 020 01 — 4 6 0
Joplin        000 003 000 00 — 3 7 1
Duke Von Schamann, Zachary Dando (6), Brandon Shimo (7), Cameron McVey (8), Conor Spink (8), Jailen Peguero (9), Eric Sim (11) and Carlton Tanabe. Josh Hodges, Patrick Mincey (7), Victor Capellan (8), Winston Abreu (10), Tyler Herr (11) and Juan Medina, Michael Pair. WP: Peguero. LP: Herr. SV: Sim. E: Pair. HR: Jacob Rogers. 2B: Zack Burling. SF: Wes Darvill; Will Soto. SB: Maikol Gonzalez, Adam Heisler, Reggie Abercrombie; Geraldo Valentin. CS: Burling. HBP: Abercrombie; Mitch Glasser. LOB: Winnipeg 6, Joplin 12. A: 737.