Post-game spec­tac­u­lar

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF

A fire­works dis­play lights up the sky Mon­day af­ter the mi­nor league base­ball game be­tween North­west Arkansas and San An­to­nio at Ar­vest Ball­park in Spring­dale.

SPRING­DALE — An early three-run deficit didn’t bother San An­to­nio on Mon­day.

The Mis­sions scored five con­sec­u­tive runs and de­feated the Nat­u­rals 5-3 be­fore a crowd of 6,571 at Ar­vest Ball­park. Nick Schulz went 3-for-4 with two dou­bles and made a div­ing catch in right field in the sev­enth in­ning to keep San An­to­nio ahead.

Joey Luc­cessi earned the vic­tory for San An­to­nio (4932, 8-3), which beat North­west Arkansas 1-0 Sun­day be­hind Eric Lauer, who went 72/3 in­nings in his first start in Dou­ble-A.

North­west Arkansas (4536, 6-5) grabbed a 3-0 lead with the help of a two-run home run by Lo­gan Moon in the sec­ond in­ning.

The score stood un­til the fifth as San An­to­nio bunched to­gether four runs on five hits to chase Nat­u­rals starter Ash­ton Goudeau.

Ash­ton Goudeau.

“There were some bad pitch se­lec­tions by Ash­ton in that in­ning,” North­west Arkansas man­ager Vance Wil­son said.

Four con­sec­u­tive bat­ters reached on sin­gles against Goudeau be­fore Schulz gave the Mis­sions a 4-3 lead with a two-out, run-scor­ing dou­ble. No. 9 hit­ter Aus­ton Bous­field con­trib­uted an RBI sin­gle, and an­other run scored on a passed ball.

“This game is in­dica­tive of the char­ac­ter of the guys on this team,” San An­to­nio man­ager Phillip Well­man said of the Mis­sions’ come­back vic­tory. “It’s not the first time we’ve won like this. They never flinched when we got be­hind.”

North­west Arkansas put two runners on base in the sev­enth but did not score af­ter a div­ing catch by Schulz to end the in­ning. Schulz then led off the eighth with a dou­ble and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly to give the Mis­sions a 5-3 lead.

North­west Arkansas made a base-run­ning mis­take in the sixth when Hum­berto Arteaga was caught try­ing to steal third base with Moon at the plate.

North­west Arkansas took a 1-0 lead in the first in­ning af­ter sin­gles by Nicky Lopez and Nick Dini. Moon then put the Nat­u­rals ahead 3-0 with his two-run home run in the sec­ond.

SHORT HOPS

■ Goudeau couldn’t get out of the fifth in­ning af­ter be­ing staked to a 3-0 lead. Goudeau, who pitched five score­less in­nings in his pre­vi­ous start, al­lowed eight hits and four runs in 42/3 in­nings.

■ North­west Arkansas cen­ter fielder Don­nie De­wees Jr., and San An­to­nio right fielder Nick Schulz each made stand­out de­fen­sive plays for their teams. Schulz made a div­ing catch with two runners on to end the sev­enth in­ning and pre­serve a 4-3 lead for the Mis­sions. De­wees hus­tled back to deep cen­ter field in the top of the sev­enth and made a div­ing catch against Stephen McGee to lead off the in­ning.

■ Salem and Wilm­ing­ton, the Roy­als’ Class-A Ad­vanced team, played 12 in­nings Mon­day with Salem win­ning 3-2. Tyler Spoon of Van Buren went 1-for-5 while play­ing left field and bat­ting fifth for the Red Sox.

On Deck: The series will con­tinue tonight with left­hander Emilio Oganda (5-5, 3.45 ERA) go­ing for the Nat­u­rals against right-han­der Chris Huff­man (3-1, 2.52 ERA) for the Mis­sions.

To­days’ Pro­mo­tion: 4th of July fire­works

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NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF

Aus­ton Bous­field, San An­to­nio cen­ter fielder, slides in safe to steal sec­ond ahead of a throw to North­west Arkansas short­stop Nicky Lopez in the sev­enth in­ning Mon­day dur­ing the game at Ar­vest Ball­park in Spring­dale.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/BEN GOFF • @NWABENGOFF

Lo­gan Moon, North­west Arkansas des­ig­nated hit­ter, runs the bases on a two-run homer against San An­to­nio in the sec­ond in­ning Mon­day dur­ing the game at Ar­vest Ball­park in Spring­dale.

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