The first exhibition game at Stocker Field in over a year took place, as the Iowa Twisters beat the new expansion framchise, the Waikiki Stingrays, 5 to 4. Two first year players took the field for The Sting, as Dennis Argueta and Ryan Nolan became the first rookie tandem to start for a team since Andrew Turgeon and Chris DiChiara led the Las Vegas Gamblers to the championship in 2004. The Twisters got two runs early, on hits by Anthony Moulaison and Oscar Argueta, but Waikiki then tied it on a 2 run homer around the right field foul pole by Nolan. Iowa then scored three unanswered runs, and took a 5-2 lead into the 9th. Moulaison had pitched a good game, his only mistake being the two run blast yielded to Nolan. Oscar came on to pitch in the top of 8th and bailed Tony out of a no out, two men on jam, but faltered in the 9th, walking the bases loaded with no outs. Moose came back to pitch, and the Sting proceeded to narrow the deficit to one, on a popup that bounced off Moulaison’s hands even though Argueta had called him off, and Moulaison’s drop of a Denmy Argueta bleeder. Moulaison then struck out the next two though, to save his own win and give the Twisters much confidence in his pitching, which has never been that good, at least since the latter half of the 2005 championship season, in which he dominated with his diving sinker. The best of 15 Saugus series will start either Thursday or Sunday, as Waikiki is looking to dethrone the 3 time defending champion Twist.

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