Ibandel Isabel

Photo credit John Ellis Kansas City Monarchs – September 10, 2021 Ibandel Isabel rounds the bases after a home run.

September 10, 2021
By: Jack Johnson

Kansas City, Kan. — After a few days off, the Monarchs opened the postseason on a high note with a 11-2 win over the Sioux City Explorers (54-47) (0-1). It was Kansas City’s 70th win of the season.

It didn’t take long for the Monarchs to take the lead in Game 1. Following a scoreless first from Matt Hall, Kansas City (70-31) (1-0) tacked on two runs on a double play ball and single by Casey Gillaspie.

The teams remained deadlocked until the bottom of the fifth inning. With a runner on, Gaby Guerrero pounded a two-run shot to open up a 4-0 lead. In the ensuing inning, Ibandel Isabel rocked a solo homer to add even more insurance.

Gaby Guerrero

Photo credit John Ellis Kansas City Monarchs – September 10, 2021 Gaby Guerrero hits a home run.

Hall, who was picked up in the final month of the season, managed to qualify for the win by tossing six innings of one-run ball. Jeremy Rhoades came on in relief and worked a scoreless frame.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kansas City put the game out of reach with five runs, including another home run by Isabel, to make it 11-1. The bullpen managed to close the door and give Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the series.

The Monarchs take on the Explorers in Game 2 of the series tomorrow night. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on the Monarchs Broadcast Network with the pre-game beginning at 6:35 p.m. and the video stream airing on

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WP: Hall (1-0)

LP: Adcock (0-1)

S: N/A

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