By Nolan Brooks
KANSAS CITY, KS – Nothing compares to playing in front of your home fans and the Monarchs did not disappoint in their home opener.
The Monarchs jumped out to a 10-1 lead and cruised to an 18-6 victory in game one of a three-game series versus the Sioux Falls Canaries at Legends Field.
Johneshwy Fargas tallied five hits, Chris Herrmann knocks in six runs and Keon Broxton smashed two homers.
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The offense was not done after a four-run first inning. The hot bats continued into the second putting up six runs thanks to a few infield hits and a clutch triple by Justin Wylie put KC up 10-1 in just two innings of baseball.
While the Monarchs held a big lead for most of the game, Sioux Falls did not go down quietly scoring five runs total across the fourth and fifth innings. Jordan Barth hit a no-doubt three-run blast for Sioux Falls and Welington Dotel smoked a base hit to keep the Canaries bats alive.
Monarchs relief pitchers Zach Matson, Carlos Sanabria, and Beaux Bonvillain came in and threw a combined four shutout innings to close out the game.
The cherry on top was a no doubter grand slam from Chris Herrmann to make the score 18-6 Monarchs giving them six more runs in the eighth inning and shutting the door on game one.
Jalen Miller got the win (1-1) and Neil Lang got the loss (0-2), the Monarchs will look to win the series in game two tomorrow evening.
The Monarchs continue their home slate with game two of their series against the Sioux Falls Canaries, game two scheduled for 6 p.m.