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Sultans rally to sweep Bisons

By: Terry Frey

Posted: 06/11/2018 9:49 AM

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The Carillon Sultans snapped a three-game losing streak by sweeping the Altona Bisons in a Manitoba Junior Baseball League doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Ile des Chenes.

Eking out a 7-6 come-from-behind victory in game one, the Sultans took the second half of the twinbill by a 13-9 count to improve their record to 4-7 for the season, still only good enough for sixth place in the eight-team loop. The cellar-dwelling Bisons fell to 2-13 on the season.

In the opener, tied 1-1 after three innings, the Bisons erupted for five runs in the top of the fourth to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

But the Sultans chipped away, getting one back in the bottom of the fourth, added two more in the sixth, then scored the tieing and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run single Noah Vogt. Adam Reutter had three hits in the game for the Sultans.

The Sultans were again forced to play catch up in the second as the Bisons scored a single run in the first and then tacked on seven more runs in the top of the second to take what appeared to be in insurmoutable 8-0 lead.

But the Sultans scored one in the bottom of the second and then erupted for seven of their own in the bottom of the third to tie this game 8-8 after only three innings of play, and the Sultans eventually pulled away with three more runs in the fourth and two in the sixth, in a 13-9 final.

Nik Kauenhofen had three hits and three RBI for the Sultans, including a solo home run in the fourth. Adam Reutter collected another three hits for the winners while Burke Heide also had three hits and three RBI.

The Sultans will next see action Wednesday night in Steinbach as they host the first place St. James A's (14-2) at 7:00 p.m. at A.D. Penner Park.

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