JOPLIN — The Joplin Blasters rode the momentum of an eight-run second inning to a 19-10 win Tuesday night over the Wichita Wingnuts at historic Joe Becker Stadium.

JOPLIN — The Joplin Blasters rode the momentum of an eight-run second inning to a 19-10 win Tuesday night over the Wichita Wingnuts at historic Joe Becker Stadium.
It certainly was historic Tuesday, as the Blasters set franchise records for both runs scored and hits. The 19 runs scored now stand as the most runs scored by any team in an American Association game this season.
Joplin, 3-2 on the season, returns to action tonight with the second game of a three-game home series against Wichita. The Blasters and the Wingnuts have their first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.
In that eight-run second, Zack Burling hit a two-run single, Aaron Brill scored Juan Medina on a RBI single, Mitch Glasser plated Burling on a RBI single, Geraldo
Valentin kept the chain of RBI singles going when he scored Brill with a single, Will Soto made it five RBI singles in the inning when he scored Glasser, and the Blasters picked up a couple more runs with the help of Wingnut errors.
All nine players in the Joplin lineup enjoyed multi-hit games and each player drove in at least one run.
The Blasters scored one in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth, three in the sixth, one in the seventh and three in the eighth, only going without a run scored in the fifth.
Wichita scored three runs in each the second, third and eighth innings, and pushed across a single run in the fifth.
Charlie Valerio led the Blasters with four hits, then Brill, Valentin, Soto and Burling each had three and Glasser, Cabrera, Jake Taylor and Medina each had two. All told, those nine players combined for 24 hits against five Wichita pitchers, including 10 against starter Jon Link in his 17 batters faced over 1 2/3 innings.
Glasser, Taylor and Burling each drove in three runs, while Valentin had two and Brill, Cabrera, Soto, Valerio and Medina each joined in on the onslaught.
This marks the second consecutive game the Blasters have established a franchise record for hits. The Blasters collected 16 hits Sunday against Winnipeg.
Joplin reliever Keith Picht was the only pitcher to last an inning whose ERA remained unscathed, as he retired the Wingnuts in order in the ninth. Picht struck out Dustin Geiger swinging to end the game.
Valentin put the Blasters on the board in the first with a RBI double scoring Glasser.
Cabrera scored Brill with a RBI single in the third.
Former Missouri Southern standout Taylor hit a two-run home run in the fourth.
The Blasters pushed across three in the sixth on the strength of a Brill fielder’s choice and a Glasser two-run single that plated Brill and Burling.
Burling hit a RBI single in the seventh.
Soto delivered a RBI single, Valerio a RBI double and Taylor a RBI groundout in the eighth.