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Frontier League: Wild Things race past Cheetahs

Saturday, July 27, 2002

From local dispatches

The Washington Wild Things completed a six-game road trip by beating the Cook County Cheetahs, 9-3, last night in a Frontier League game at Hawkinson Ford Field in Crestwood, Ill.

The Wild Things (34-20) won five of six games away from home.

Washington took a 5-0 lead after three innings. It scored two in the first when Josh Loggins doubled home Mike Check and Joe Cuervo. Check led off the game with a single and Cuervo walked before Loggins' hit.

Washington scored two more runs in the second when Jay Coakley led off with a double and was sacrificed to third by Ryan Ellis. Check drove in Coakley with an infield single for a 3-0 lead. After Check stole second, Cuervo hit a run-scoring double to drive in Check.

Brad Hensler was hit by a pitch leading off the third and scored on a Chad Ehrnsberger single for a 5-0 lead.

Cook County (25-28) chipped away by scoring one run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to get to within 5-3.

Washington regained a five-run lead in the seventh when Travis Copley had a one-out infield single followed by a Brad Hensler double. They both scored on Shaun Argento's single. Argento would score on an Ellis single. Argento went 4 for 6 with one run scored and two RBIs.

Kevin Kuklis (2-1) pitched five innings, allowing only two runs for the win. The Wild Things used six pitchers with Robert Garvin pitching the ninth to preserve the win.

Toby David (0-5) pitched two innings for the Cheetahs and was the loser.

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