The Amarillo Sox snapped a 4-game losing streak Tuesday with a 9-2 win over the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in front of 2,040 fans at Amarillo National Bank Sox Stadium. The Sox used a 14-hit attack and a quality start from knuckleball pitcher Joe Zeller in the win.
Zeller needed just seven pitches to pitch a perfect first inning. Then in the bottom half of the first, the Sox did something they hadn’t done all season: score first. Josh Miller and Keith Brachold were retired to start the inning by reigning American Association Pitcher of the Year Taylor Stanton, but the Sox then strung together five straight singles by Joe Weik, Cory Patton, Jason Martin, Kevin Mahoney, and Lyndon Estill to grab a 3-0 lead.
Zeller and Stanton would settle into a pitchers’ duel from there, with neither allowing another run until the 6th inning. That inning would see Fargo-Moorhead find the scoreboard for the first time on back-to-back doubles by Sawyer Carroll and Zach Penprase, but Zeller would end the inning with a groundout and a pair of fly outs to leftfield.