Champlain & Co. win the game 3-1 for the third consecutive game on Friday

Natural Areas of Northwest Arkansas

April 20, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
News story from Northwest Arkansas Naturals

SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS – Chandler Champlain, Austin Cox and Beck Way combined for 10 strikeouts in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (6-7) 3-1 win over the Midland RockHounds (8-5) on Friday night at Arvest Ballpark. The two teams continue their series on Saturday with first pitch at 6:05 PM CT.

Champlain struck out six during his team-best six-inning start, holding Midland to just one run on five hits while earning the first quality start of the season for a Naturals starter. Austin Cox (1-0) earned the win after pitching two innings in relief and striking out two with a walk. Beck Way earned the first save of his career, pitching one inning with two punch outs to end the game for NWA.

Oakland prospect Jacob Wilson started the scoring in the top of the third with a solo homer off Champlain in the third, but Northwest Arkansas answered back in the bottom half of the inning when Josh Lester singled to right, allowing Peyton Wilson to tie the game .

In the bottom of the seventh, the Naturals took their first lead of the evening. Rodolfo Durán doubled to left to score Diego Hernandez from first base for a 2-1 lead. Peyton Wilson extended the lead on a grounder to second, bringing home Durán to give NWA a 3-1 lead and it was the only lead they needed, with the bullpen closing things out to win by the same score.

The Naturals look to wrap up a series win Saturday when LH Tyson Guerrero (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for his second start of the season, starting with a first pitch at 6:05 PM CT.

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