The Wolfpack were finally able to open their 2020 season on Tuesday night and came away with the victory in an 8-4 extra innings win over the Guns. After their first three games were rained out, the skies parted on a chilly Tuesday night to allow the Wolfpack and Guns to kick off their three game season series.
The game, and by extension the 2020 season, started off with a bang as Wolfpack shortstop Carlos Charmell smacked a leadoff home run to left field to stake the Pack an early one run lead. The rest of the offense followed suit, loading the bases up and scoring two more to make it 3-0 before the Guns even had a chance to bat.
Dirk Dembroski was given the nod on the hill for the season opener and did not disappoint. He battled through six innings allowing only one earned run and striking out four. Some defensive miscues in the fourth inning cost the Wolfpack their lead when the Guns tied it up 3-3, but they were able to regain it in the top of the seventh inning. Dembroski came out to try and close out the game but started run out of steam and pitched himself into a bases loaded jam. Curtis Smith then came in to try pitch them out of the jam but wasn’t able to prevent the tying run from scoring, forcing extra innings and costing Dembroski his first win of the season.
In the top of the eighth the Guns went to their bullpen and the Pack offense roared back to life. The go-ahead run was scored from second on a clutch single by Axel Christoffersen, which was follwed up by a walk and two hits and some wild pitches to plate four in the final inning.
The Wolfpack will wrap up their season series with the Guns at 9am and 12pm Saturday July 11 with Christian Lapointe slated to take the mound in the early contest.