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AFL Recap: Ngoepe Helps Scottsdale to 5-1 Victory

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After starting the season with a 1-5 record, the Scottsdale Scorpions evened their record at 6-6 with a 5-1 win on the road against Glendale on Tuesday afternoon. arizona_fall_league_logo

Gift Ngoepe was the only Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup and the only one to get into the game. He batted lead-off and played shortstop. Ngoepe got Scottsdale on the board in the top of the first inning. He singled up the middle, then stole second base. He came around to score the first run of the game on a one out single.

Ngoepe led off the third inning, coming up with the score tied at one apiece. He flew out to center field on a 3-1 pitch. In his third AB, he popped out to shortstop. In the seventh inning, Ngoepe went down swinging for the final out.

In the ninth inning, he came up with runners on first and second, no outs and his team had a 3-1 lead. The runners both moved up into scoring position after a passed ball. Ngoepe drew a five pitch walk to load the bases. After a sacrifice fly, he picked up his second stolen base and moved to third base on an errant throw, but was stranded there.

He finished the game 1-for-4, with a walk, two stolen bases and run scored. Ngoepe is 2-for-18 at the plate during his time in the AFL. In the field, he handled both chances he had cleanly. He has not made an error in his five starts.

Alen Hanson had off today on his 21st birthday. He is the youngest position player on Scottsdale.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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