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Explorers pull off stunner with five run ninth

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Chase Harris batts for the Explorers during Sioux City Explorers vs Houston Apollos baseball action, in Sioux City, Iowa, Friday, July 23, 2021.

SIOUX CITY – Trailing 9-5 and down to their final out, the Sioux City rallied for five runs on Sunday to beat Cleburne 10-9, and take the rubber game of the weekend series.

The ninth inning comeback wasn’t the only deficit Sioux City had to rally from, as Cleburne posted their own two out rally in the third. A Chase Simpson base hit gave Cleburne an early 1-0 lead. John Nester then hit the Railroaders first grand slam of the season to make it 5-0 and Tyler Ryan crushed a two run homer to put Cleburne up 7-0.

Sioux City immediately cut into the deficit in the bottom of the third when Lane Milligan hit a two run shot, his tenth homer of the season, to make it 7-2.

The X’s added another run in the fourth with a bases loaded walk from Jose Sermo, to make it 7-3.

Cleburne added a pair in the sixth on Ramon Hernandez and DJ Peterson base hits pushing their advantage to 9-3.

The X’s once again were able to immediately answer in the bottom half of the inning with George Callil scoring on a Sermo sacrifice fly to right field.

Seamus Curran opened up the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to make it a 9-5 game.

In the ninth inning, DJ Poteet pinch hit for Callil with two outs and two on, and smacked his second homer of the season. The three run shot cut the deficit to one run. Blake Tiberi then went back to back with Poteet, as he slammed one over the right field wall, tying the game at 9-9.

After a Lang single and a Sermo walk it was Lane Milligan who was the hero, hitting a flare up the middle of the infield that hit second base and bounced into center, allowing Lang to score, and the X’s finishing off the five run ninth inning comeback.

In all three games of the series, the winning team took the lead in their final at bat.

With the win, Sioux City now moves just one game behind Cleburne for the third place postseason spot in the south division with a series coming up with the Railroaders next weekend in Cleburne.

The Explorers hit the road for the start of a three game series in Kansas City on Tuesday. 

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