By the end of the frame, the Elanco Blackahawks weren't pleading the fifth—they were pleading for the fifth to end.
The Northern O Selects, representing the Rainy River District, chalked up a seven-run fifth inning to lay the foundation for a 10-3 win in six innings over the Pennsylvania-based Blackhawks yesterday in their opening game in the 'A' Major division of the NAFA World Series in Fargo, N.D.
Kevin Gemmell (Barwick Blue Knights) crushed a home run as part of an outstanding 4-for-4 day with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.
Cole Tymkin (Fort Frances Braves) aided the cause by going 3-for-4 with three RBI, while starter John Desaulniers (Sight & Sound Wolves) was also 3-for-4 at the plate.
Desaulniers went 3 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and six hits while striking out four.
The Blackhawks went up 2-0 in the second, with the teams each getting a run in the fourth before the Selects scored the last nine runs of the game, closing it out with two in the sixth.
The offensive surge made a winner out of reliever Travis Tom (Braves), who didn't allow a single base runner in his entire 2 2/3 innings of work while striking out three.
Dave Stokes went the distance for Elanco, getting roughed up for 10 runs on 17 hits while striking out just one.
The Selects took on Wisconsin's Stoneyard earlier today (score unavailable at press time).
With a few roster changes, the Selects begin play tonight in the four-team 23-Under Aug. 11-13 Divison of the World Series with a game against Oregon's Northwest Braves at 7 p.m. followed by a 9 p.m. meeting with Missouri's Young Thunder Selects.
Tomorrow, the Selects finish the round-robin portion of the event against Bowen FP (Illinois) at noon.
Also tomorrow, the Northern Extremes from this area will start their run in Pool 'B' of the eight-team Men's Rec Division of the Series.
The Extremes will take on the task of a tripleheader against Minnesota-based Cardinal Tap and Cerro Gordo as well as North Dakota's Knights.
Playoffs for that division begin and conclude on Sunday.