They led, they trailed and they came back. But the Winnipeg Goldeyes still lost in a topsy turvy game that saw the lead change four times over 11 innings.
The St. Paul Saints wasted no time scoring four runs in the second inning and nearly going through their entire batting order. The Saints added three runs in the fourth and fifth innings for a 7-3 lead midway through the fifth.
But the Goldeyes weren't willing to flop yet. Amos Ramon, who hit a home run earlier, felt some deja vu and hit another one in the bottom of the fifth.
In the bottom of the sixth Nate Samson hit a sacrifice fly to centre field to bring in Luis Allen. Later in the inning an error by the Saints allowed Mike Coles to steal second and third bases and set up Ramon to bat him in with an RBI single. Casey Haerther batted in Ramon and the Fish took the lead with an RBI by Josh Mazzola to make the score 8-7.
The Fish preserved their lead by putting the Saints three up and down in the sixth through eighth innings. However, in the top of the ninth Saints shortstop batted in a run to tie the game at eight.
Amos Ramon set the tone early in the game with a homerun in the first inning and helped his team fight back into the game with another one in the fifth. He finished the game with a pair of home runs, three runs, three hits and three RBIs. Ramon has six homeruns this season.
Saints first baseman Ole Sheldon was powerful while in the batting box and was hit in for the deciding run in the 11th inning. Despite being struck out once by Goldeyes pitcher Rusch, he finished the game with five at bats, three runs, two hits and two RBIs.
Saints second baseman Dan Kaczrowski hit a single in the top of the 11th inning which drove home Sheldon. The Goldeyes attempted to come back in the bottom of inning, but they fell short.
ON THE HOOK
The Winnipeg Goldeyes will play the second in a four-game home series against the St. Paul Saints tonight at 7 p.m.
-- Kyle Jahns