The Lake Country DockHounds defeated the Winnipeg Goldeyes 8-5 in their home debut Friday evening, in front of a sold out crowd of 3,999 happy fans.
The Goldeyes scored in the top of the first. Raul Navarro doubled to lead off the game. He later scored on a one-out single by Ian Sagdal.
Lake Country got hot in the bottom of the first when TJ Bennett was the first of 3 straight DockHound singles. Gio Brusa singled to drive in Bennett, and after Tristen Carranza was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Blake Berry singled, scoring Gabriel Noriega and putting the DockHounds up 2-1 at the end of the first.
In the bottom of the second, Daikan Yoh and Bennett smoked back-to-back home runs to right field, increasing the home teams lead to 4-1.
In the fifth, Tristen Carranza doubled to leadoff. He came around to score when Berry doubled.
Alex McRae held Winnipeg in check until the 7th inning when David Washington hit a 2-run homer. McRae finished the inning, closing out his day by going 7 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3-runs and striking out 7 Goldeye batters.
Tristen Carranza belted a 3-run home run over the left field wall in the eighth, his first of the season.
In the ninth, a home run off the bat of DH Logan Hill would trim the lead to 8-5, but that is as close as the visitors would get to a comeback.
The DockHounds will host game two on Saturday at Wisconsin Brewing Company Park against the Winnipeg Goldeyes.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., and you can catch the game live on AAbaseball.tv.