KC Monarchs crush Sioux Falls Canaries in lopsided Friday home opener, win Saturday too

Nothing compares to playing in front of your home fans, and the Kansas City Monarchs did not disappoint in their home opener.

The Monarchs jumped out to a 10-1 lead Friday night and cruised to an 18-6 victory in game one of a three-game series against the Sioux Falls Canaries at Legends Field in Kansas City, Kan.

Johneshwy Fargas tallied five hits, Chris Herrmann knocked in six runs and Keon Broxton smashed two homers.

The next night, the Monarchs improved to 3-5 with a 5-3 win in the second game of the series. Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Brandon Finnegan got the win, his first at Legends Field.

On Friday, the Monarchs were not done after a four-run first inning. Their bats stayed hot in the second, putting up six more runs thanks to a few infield hits and a clutch triple by Justin Wylie.

While the Monarchs held a big lead for most of the game, Sioux Falls did not go quietly. The visitors scored 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 for the Monarchs was a grand slam by Chris Herrmann. KC scored six runs in the eighth inning. Jalen Miller (1-1) got the win and Neil Lang took the loss.