FARGO, N.D. (RedHawks) -- A stellar trio of RedHawks pitchers got the job done Wednesday night in Game 1 of the best-of-five North Division Championship Series against St. Paul, limiting a devastating Saints lineup to just two runs for a 3-2 win at Newman Outdoor Field. Ryan Williams (1-0) picked up the win with six innings of lockdown work on the mound, giving up just one earned run in the process, with Chris Lee (0-1) getting the loss for the Saints .
Williams was coming off a regular season in which he went 8-1 with a 2.92 ERA while allowing only six walks in 80.0 innings of work. After giving up one run in the top of the first inning tonight, he only allowed one more run, unearned, to St. Paul run in the fifth inning. Williams went on to pitch six total innings while giving up two runs — one earned — on seven hits, one walk, and four strikeouts.
The RedHawks offense provided some support early on in the game with two runs in the first inning on a pair of RBI singles from Devan Ahart and Chris Jacobs. Fargo-Moorhead extended their lead in the third on a Correlle Prime sacrifice fly before the Saints cut F-M’s lead to one in the fifth inning on a John Silviano fielder’s choice.
The RedHawks bullpen got the job done, protecting the home team’s one-run lead without giving up a hit in the final three innings of the game. Geoff Broussard, the 2019 American Association Relief Pitcher of the Year, picked up his first save of the postseason with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.
The RedHawks lead the best-of-five NDCS and will host Game 2 of the series at Newman Outdoor Field Thursday night. RHP Michael Tamburino will take the mound for the RedHawks against St. Paul RHP Landon Beck. First pitch is scheduled for 7:02 p.m.