RoughRiders beat Naturals 9-4 with nine unanswered runs
RoughRiders beat Naturals 9-4 with nine unanswered runs

    Frisco Rough Riders

July 10, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
Press release from Frisco RoughRiders

FRISCO, Texas – The Frisco RoughRiders were defeated by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 10-5 on Wednesday night at Riders Field.

Northwest Arkansas (6-8, 41-42) opened the scoring in the second when Kale Emshoff hit a solo home run against Frisco (9-5, 53-30) starter Ryan Garcia (6-4).

Leonel Valera took a 1-0 lead in the third inning, scoring on a 4-6-3 double play off Tyler Tolbert’s bat. River Town later scored on a wild pitch to give the Naturals a 3-0 lead.

The RoughRiders loaded the bases in the third inning but were unable to score a run.

In the fourth, Valera delivered an RBI double and brought home Peyton Wilson to extend the lead to 4-0.

Frisco got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Aaron Zavala singled Keyber Rodriguez across the plate. Abimelec Ortiz loaded the bases for the Riders with a single before Cooper Johnson cleared the bases with a three-run double to tie the game at 4-4.

The RoughRiders sent nine batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored four runs to take an 8-4 lead. Frisco loaded the bases for the third time in the game and took the lead when Maximo Acosta scored after Anthony Simonelli (4-1) hit Alejandro Osuna with a pitch. Cody Freeman gave the Riders their second three-run double of the night to give Frisco an 8-4 lead.

Garcia left the field after 6.0 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Ortiz extended the Riders’ lead with an RBI single in the home portion of the seventh inning, bringing Zavala home from second base.

In the second half of the eighth inning, Daniel Mateo scored on Freeman’s sacrifice fly to give Frisco a 10-4 lead.

The RoughRiders bullpen continued to dominate as Skylar Hales went two scoreless innings, allowing two hits and recording a strikeout.

Ricky DeVito came into the game in a no-save situation for the ninth inning and allowed a run on a sacrifice fly by Town, cutting the Riders’ lead to 10-5.

Offensively, the Riders had 12 hits. Zavala and Ortiz led the team with three hits each. Freeman’s four RBIs set a season record for the infielder.

The RoughRiders continue their six-game home series against the Naturals on Thursday, July 11 at 7:05 p.m. RHP Ben Anderson (4-4, 4.24) will start for the Riders against LHP Noah Cameron (2-4, 3.84) for the Naturals.

The weekend starts Thursday at Riders Field! Enjoy Thirsty Thursday with half-price drinks through the 7th inning. Prefer to watch the game from the Lazy River? Purchase a Twisted Tea Rowdy @ The River ticket (over 21 only) and pick up cans of Twisted Tea, Truly and Miller Lite for $2 at the Lazy River until 8 p.m. or call 972.731.9200.

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