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RoughRiders sweep Sod Poodles with 6-1 win

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles fell to the RoughRiders by a score of 6-1 in the series finale Wednesday afternoon in front of 5,647 fans to complete the sweep for Frisco.

Offensively, Amarillo went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position, plating their lone run in the third inning. Soddies starting pitcher Adrian Morejon tossed a scheduled inning and was followed by six strong frames by righty Jesse Scholtens, who allowed just two runs on two home runs (six hits total) and struck out a season-high eight batters.

With the loss, the Sod Poodles fall to three games back of Frisco in the Texas League South first-half standings.

For a third straight game,  Frisco struck first with a solo run in the first inning. After Preston Beck doubled with one out, Juremi Profar laid down a bunt fielded by Morejon, who threw wide and out of the reach of Kyle Overstreet, to advance Profar and plate Beck to make it a 1-0 game. 

In the top of the second, Michael De Leon made it a 2-0 Frisco lead on his two-out solo home run that snuck over the left field wall. 

In the third, the Sod Poodles got into the scoring column with a run. A.J. Kennedy, who was recently transferred from El Paso, started the half with a single, his first with Amarillo. After a wild pitch sent him to second and a ground out advanced him to third, Ivan Castillo knocked a groundball to the first base side to plate Kennedy and close the deficit to within a run. 

The Sod Poodles created scoring opportunities in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but could not produce. In the fourth, Amarillo loaded the bases with two outs and, in the fifth, Olivares sparked a two-out rally with his single but runners were stranded in each half. In the sixth, the Sod Poodles loaded the bases with one out but two strikeouts by Frisco relief would end the threat to keep it a 2-1 game. 

The RoughRiders added a solo run in the top of the seventh courtesy of Josh Altmann's home run to left-center field to extend out to a 3-1 advantage. 

Frisco continued the trend into the next two innings, adding a solo insurance run in the top of the eighth and two more runs added by Christian Lopes' two-run home run to left-center field to take a 6-1 lead. 

Soddies' catcher A.J. Kennedy knocked a leadoff double in the ninth to spark a rally, but it was not enough as the next three batters went down in order to make it a final. 

The Sod Poodles hit the road to begin a four-game series tomorrow against the Corpus Christi Hooks at Whataburger Field. First pitch in game one tomorrow is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. with Lake Bachar getting the nod. Bachar will matchup against J.B. Bukauskas for Corpus Christi.

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