Gateway Grizzlies catcher Landon Hernandez blasted three home runs and drove in eight runs as the Grizzlies pounded the River City Rascals 14-4 Saturday night at GCS Ballpark.  The home runs tie him for the Frontier League’s single-game record, while he posted the second-most RBI in a game in Frontier League history.

A crowd of 5, 027 watched Hernandez tie a Frontier League record in home runs and set a new Grizzlies record in runs batted in.

Hernandez became the fourth Grizzlies player to hit three home runs in a game.  The last player to do so was Rogelio Noris on August 30, 2012.

The previous Grizzlies record for runs batted in for a single-game was seven.

Hernandez hit a grand slam in the first inning, a three-run home run in the third inning and a solo home run in the fourth inning.  The Palm Desert, CA native grounded out in his last two at-bats and finished 3-for-5.  He finished one RBI shy of tying the league-record.

Gateway (41-27) scored four runs in first inning, seven in the third inning and single runs in fourth, fifth and seventh to jump out to a 14-0 lead.

River City (32-35) finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth inning, scoring four runs on two home runs.

All of the Rascals runs were charged to Grizzlies starting pitcher Jake Stephens (3-2), who allowed four runs on six hits in seven and two thirds innings.

Hernandez wasn’t the only Gateway player to have a big game offensively.

Jonathan Johnson went 2-for-3 with his fifth home run of the season and Vladimir Frias enjoyed a 3-for-4 night with two doubles, two runs driven in and three runs scored.

Gateway’s victory coupled with a Schaumburg Boomers loss gave the Grizzlies a two and a half game lead in the West Division.

The Grizzlies and Rascals continue their series Sunday night at GCS Ballpark.  Right-hander Tucker Jensen (6-4) gets the start for the series.  First pitch is set for 6:05.

Note: Photo courtesy of Paul Baillargeon.


The Washington Wild Things, presented by Washington Financial, return to CONSOL Energy Park for the start of a nine-game homestand against the Frontier Greys, Joliet Slammers and Windy City Thunderbolts.

Saturday, August 3: Frontier Greys vs. Washington Wild Things, 7:05. On Saturday night at the “House of Thrills,” the first 1,000 fans to enter the ballpark will receive a Team Hat, presented by COGO’s. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 4: Frontier Greys vs. Washington Wild Things, 4:05. The two teams will wrap up a short weekend series with a doubleheader starting at 4:05 on Sunday. In the spirit of enjoying two games for the price of one, there will be special 2 for 1 deal throughout the main concourse. Plus, all Sunday home games are Kids Club Nights/Kids Run the Bases meaning all kids are welcome down on the field after the conclusion of the doubleheader to run the bases with their favorite mascot, Wild Thing. Gates open at 3:05.

Wednesday, August 7: Joliet Slammers vs. Washington Wild Things, 7:05. Come on out and cheer the Wild Things to a victory for “Win-Win Wednesday.” When the Wild Things win, everyone gets a FREE ticket voucher good for any remaining Monday or Tuesday game. Gates open at 6:00.

Thursday, August 8: Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Washington Wild Things, 7:05. The fourth game of the nine-game homestand is “Thirsty Thursday” at the ballpark. Fans can indulge in their favorite soda or alcoholic beverage for just $1. Gates open at 6:00.

Friday, August 9th:  Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Washington Wild Things , 7:05. Dude! Travel back in the day for 90’s night and raise the roof at CONSOL Energy Park on Fireworks Friday, presented by Washington Financial. Fans are encouraged to sport their stylin’ 90’s track suits, elastic headbands, denim overalls and other 90-themed clothing for a special $2 discount off admission to the park. Stay after for an awesome fireworks spectacular synchronized with your favorite tunes of the night such as Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more! Gates open at 6:00.

Saturday, August 10th: Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Washington Wild Things, 7:05. Gates open at 6:00.

Sunday, August 11th: Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Washington Wild Things, 5:05. At the second Kids Club Night/Kids Run the Bases, the Washington Wild Things invite all kids to round the bases toward home with their favorite mascot in the Frontier League. Plus, enjoy a special Sunday autograph session with your favorite Wild Things players and coaches immediately following the game. Gates open at 4:05.

Monday, August 12th: Windy City Thunderbolts vs. Washington Wild Things, 7:05. Consol Energy Park will turn back the clock and celebrate Classic Night at the stadium. The ballpark will be turned into a historic field of old-time baseball watching as just the sounds of the game itself will enthrall fans. Gates open at 6:05.

For more information or tickets to any of the upcoming games, promotional items, etc. call the ticketing office at 724-250-9555, log online to or stop by the Consol Energy Park Box Office.

Remember to “Like” the Washington Wild Things on Facebook or catch all the updates on Twitter @washwildthings.


Scott Dunn became the all-time winningest pitcher in Traverse City history Friday night as he and the Traverse City Beach Bums
defeated the Frontier Greys 10-1 on Friday night in front of 4, 256 fans at Wuerfel Park.

Dunn upped his record to 12-0 on the season and earned his 27th career win as a Beach Bum, moving past David Nathanson for the most wins Traverse City Beach Bums history.

Dunn’s performance was complimented by a powerhouse Beach Bums offense that scored 10 runs on 11 hits, five for extra bases.

The Greys were able to score first, getting to Dunn in the opening inning, but that run was the only offense from the visiting team all night.

The Beach Bums evened the score in the third inning when Marcus Nidiffer led off the frame with a triple and came home on a Greys’ error.

Matt Howard gave Traverse City its first lead of the day two innings later with a two-run blast to score Ryan Still for 3-1 lead.

The Beach Bums continued the offense in the sixth when they chased two different Greys pitchers. Zach Kometani recorded a one-out double, Sean Gusrang and Nidiffer each followed with a walk. With Dillon Wilson on the mound Jeremy Banks ripped a bases clearing triple on the first pitch he saw. Banks later scored on a catcher’s balk for a 7-1 Beach Bums lead.

That lead grew even more when the Beach Bums tacked on three more in the eighth as Nidiffer brought in two more with a double and Still grabbed a two-bagger of his own for the final run and a 10-1 TC advantage.

Matt Costello dropped to 2-7 allowing five runs in 5.1 innings on six hits and two walks.

The Beach Bums start a three game road trip Saturday for a series in Lake Erie. Johnny Omahen (5-6, 3.38) throw for Traverse City against the Crushers’ Matt Rein (5-5, 2.24). The Budweiser Traverse City Beach Bums Pregame Show will start at 6:45 pm on Sunny Country 101.9 FM. For tickets for any upcoming Beach Bums home game call 943-0100, stop by the Wuerfel Park ticket office, or log on to


Washington Wild Things Baseball Camps are a fun and exciting way for kids to improve their baseball skills in time for their own summer seasons. Youth baseball camps are run by Wild Things players and coaches and cover all aspects of the game, including hitting, running, throwing and fielding. The Wild Things will host the final baseball camps of 2013 in less than two weeks and discounts are available for siblings and multiple camp registrations. The second and final date is drawing near as it is scheduled for August 7-9th. Cost is $125 per camper, $100 for each additional sibling. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is open to children of all ages 5-13. Campers are grouped by age and ability and each camper receives a camp t-shirt, lunch with the instructors/players and a ticket to a Wild Things game with a special pre-game parade. If interested in the camp, registration is still open and a form can be downloaded by clicking below:

Please download and complete the registration form and return with payment to:

Washington Wild Things Baseball Camps
One Washington Federal Way
Washington, PA 15301


Boomers Stadium is the place to be on Saturday, August 3 with a *NEW 6:30 p.m. start time* as we welcome Beautiful Bobby and Little Kato out to the stadium to fight for the Midget World Order Championship Wrestling Belt.

That’s right, you’ll get to see these two teeny tusslers in a monumentally mini wrestling match as we’ve pushed back the game’s start time to 6:30 p.m. to accommodate this display of athleticism and skill from our two midwest wrestling superstars! Gates still open at 5 p.m. so don’t miss the midget wrestling mayhem which begins shortly after the gates open!

But the fun doesn’t stop there! We’re bringing the BOOM with a night of fireworks presented by 104.3 K-HiTS! Stick around after the game for the very first scheduled Saturday Fireworks Show in Boomers history.

August 3 is also Boy Bands to Bieber Night, as we honor the rich musical traditions of groups like NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and of course, Justin Bieber. We know you know the lyrics, so come on out and sing them proudly with all the fans in Boomers Stadium.

It’s also Girl Scout Sleepover Night as we invite all Girl Scouts to enjoy an evening at the ballpark! Take part in a pre-game parade led by Coop and pitch your tents in the outfield for a sleepover at night, complete with s’mores and a movie on our giant videoboard!

Check out the Schaumburg Boomers for an exciting evening packed with entertainment from start to finish on Saturday, August 3, including our signature free parking and opportunity for everyone to run the bases after the game.

To get your tickets to the fun, call us at 847.461.3695, check out our website at, or stop by the Boomers Box Office at 1999 Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg today!


The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of Taylor Wrenn from the Traverse City Beach Bums. This is Wrenn’s second stint with an affiliated team since beginning his professional career in 2012.

The 23-year-old has played in 59 of the 64 Beach Bums games this season, starting 56 of them. He hit .288 with eight homeruns and 43 driven in. Wrenn’s eight long balls are second on Traverse City, while his RBI total is third as well as tied for sixth in the Frontier League. The left-handed batter also ranks fifth in the FL with 70 hits and ties for eighth with 44 runs scored.

Wrenn also owns the longest hitting streak in the Frontier League during 2013, recording a hit in 21 consecutive games from May 25 through June 19.

After 35 games with Billings Mustangs (Pioneer League – Rookie) in 2012, the Florida native moved up to Single-A with the Dayton Dragons. He batted .400 in three games with the Dragons driving three runs.

Following high school, the Cincinnati Reds picked him in the 33rd round of the 2008 MLB Draft. Electing to attend college instead, Wrenn attended Manatee Community College before transferring to the University of Tampa. In 2011 the infielder was once again drafted by the Reds this time in the 27th round of the MLB Draft.

The Beach Bums continue their series with the Frontier Greys with a FANtastic Fireworks Friday on August 2 at 7:05 pm. For tickets or information call 943-0100, stop by the Wuerfel Park ticket office, or log onto


When the team returns home this Wednesday – Friday, the Freedom will do so still in position to make the Frontier League Playoffs for the second straight year.
As of the completion of games on Monday, July 29, the Freedom sit at 35-27.  Their record is good for second place, 3 games behind the division leading Traverse City Beach Bums, but good for the top wild card spot to make the playoffs.
One of the teams closely pursuing the Freedom is the Normal Cornbelters.  Normal will be coming to town this Wednesday for the three game home stand!  This means it’s a very important series for the Freedom to stay in playoff position.
Click here to view current Frontier League standings, and come cheer on the Freedom this week!


The Lake Erie Crushers are coming back to All Pro Freight Stadium this week. Your Crushers will be in town Wednesday, July 31 through Monday, August 5. Starting Wednesday, the Crushers will be taking on the Washington Wild Things for a three game homestand. Once they head out, the Traverse City Beach Bums will be entering Avon for another three game homestand.

The whole homestand is set to have great events for the whole family. Wednesday, July 31 is Amherst Community Night. We welcome all members of the Amherst community to attend the 7:05pm game. All Amherst residents receive $1 off admission and there will be a community basket full of prizes from Amherst businesses raffled off! Wednesday is also Dollar Hot Dog Night.

There is no better way to spend the first day of August than with a Crushers game. Thursday night is Military Appreciation as well as Ladies Night & Cat Appreciation Night. Veterans and current military personnel will receive $6 home box tickets and the APL will be at the ballpark with live adoptions. Not to mention the Hooligans of ESPN 850 Cleveland will be live from All Pro Freight Stadium from 2-6 PM and Bruce Hooley will be singing the National Anthem. It is also our Thirsty Thursday night with $1 beers!

Friday night will feature yet another incredible fireworks show as well as Browns v. Steelers night. If you wear your favorite team’s apparel, you will receive $1 off admission. Autographed items and Browns tickets will be raffled off at the game.

On Saturday, the Crushers will welcome the first place Traverse City Beach Bums to Avon. It will be Beach Party Night with a pre and post game concert performed by The Island Doctor. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a Crushers floppy hat courtesy of Tusing Builders and Roofing Services.

Sunday will be a 5:05pm start as well as Bring Your Pet to the Park Day. Any and all pets or animals are welcome to join in on the fun at the Freight. If you do not have a pet, do not worry, kids will be able to decorate their own pet rock. It is also Southern Lorain County Community day as well as a Kid’s Club day.

The Crushers will wrap up the homestand with a 7:05 game on Monday night against Traverse City for Turn Back the Clock Night. Dig through your closet and find clothes from your favorite decade to wear to the game and receive $1 off admission. It is also North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Fairview Park Community Night with all residents receiving a $1 off admission.

The Lake Erie Crushers will return home after going on the road on August 13 for another six game homestand that is promised to be full of fun at the Freight!

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at All Pro Freight Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, OH. The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 14 teams operating throughout the Midwest. Season tickets for the 2013 season are on sale now! For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.


Future baseball stars have one last chance to learn from the professionals of the Joliet Slammers.

The final Joliet Slammers Baseball Skills Camp is set for Tuesday, Aug. 6 at beautiful Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet. The camp costs $70 and participants will spend from 9 a.m. through 12 p.m. working one-on-one with Slammers players and coaches on all of the most important fundamentals of the game.

The cost includes not only three hours of individualized training from professionals, but each camper will also receive lunch during the camp, a Slammers souvenir, and four tickets to the Joliet Slammers game on Saturday, Aug. 10 when Joliet battles the Lake Erie Crushers in the first of three contests at Silver Cross Field.

Current Pitching Coach for the Joliet Slammers, Eric Coleman, Hitting Coach Dave Garcia and First Base Coach Bill Booker will lead the instruction on Tuesday, along with several of the current players from the Slammers leading individual groups.

“It’s the individual training that can help set a player apart,” Garcia said. “The training received from coaches and players will be irreplaceable for the future success of every camper and the chance to play in beautiful Silver Cross Field speaks for it self.”

Throwing, hitting, pitching, fielding and base running will be covered during the camp.

The camp is open for registration to all ages and those interested can call 815-722-BATS. Interested participants can also log onto or click here to print out a registration form.

Single game ticketsseason ticketsloaded ticket packages and group outings for the 2013 season are available now by calling 815-722-2287. Click here to download the team’s complete 2013 schedule, click here for the full promotional schedule and click here to buy single game tickets. To stay up to date on the latest news, make sure to like the Slammers onFacebook and follow them on Twitter.


What better way to remember your group outing with than a free Grizzlies’ baseball cap?  One of our fans’ favorite giveaways has always been the baseball cap presented by Edwards Jones!  This season the cap will go to the first 500 fans through the gates at GCS Ballpark on Saturday, August 3.  Game time is at 7:05pm, and gates will open at 5:45pm.  So make sure your group gets here early, this is one giveaway you will not want to miss!

The Gateway Grizzlies have always taken pride in what we can offer for our group and their needs.  No group is too big for the Grizzlies to handle!

Special Group Rates (20 people or more) for Field Box, Bleachers, Picnic Tables, and General Admission:

20-100 People                         101-500                                      500+

Field Box Seating:           $8.00                                        $7.00                                       $6.00

Bleacher Seating:           $6.00                                        $5.00                                         N/A

Picnic Table Seating:      $5.00                                         $5.00                                         N/A

General Admission:        $4.00                                         $3.50                                       $3.00

Our catering option for these Special Group Rates is a Pre-Game Picnic which starts 75 minutes before the game begins.  It is an all you can eat buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, potato salad, baked beans, chips, and Pepsi products.  One dollar 8-oz. Bud Light cans are available for purchase.  You can add the pre-game picnic on to any group outing for $12 additional per person.

For pricing on our Party Suites, Open Air Suites, Hot Corner Suites, and the Hot Tub Suite click here.   Catering options are available for additional prices for all suites as well.

For more information about group prices call the Grizzlies’ ticket office at 618.337.3000.

Traverse City Announces Promotions for Six-Game Homestand

The Traverse City Beach Bums return from their current road trip to open a six-game homestand against the Florence Freedom and Frontier Greys July 28-August 2.

The set opens up on Sunday, July 28 against Florence at 5:05 pm with a Family FUNday Sunday at Wuerfel Park presented by Central United Methodist Church, The French Manor Senior Living, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Kids tickets are half price with the purchase of an adult chairback seat, there is a full team autograph line following the game with a poster giveaway at the signing table and kids ages 5-12 can run the bases following the contest.

Monday against Florence at 7:05 pm is the Beach Bums first All Faith Monday of the season. The Beach Bums are inviting area churches to come to the game for a night fun night filled with baseball and faith. There are discounted tickets for church groups and youth groups in attendance that night when ordered as a group by calling 943-0100.

The series against the Freedom wraps up on Tuesday, July 30 at 7:05 pm with the best deal in town on a Two-For-Tuesday at Wuerfel Park. There is 2-for-1 pricing on all chairback tickets, meaning you get two chairback tickets for just $12!!

The Frontier Greys come to town July 31 through August 2. Wednesday, July 31 is Halloween Night with the Beach Bums. Kids are invited to come in costume and can trick-or-treat around Wuerfel Park from 5:30-6:00 prior to the 7:05 first pitch. Get there early and sign up for Halloween themed between inning contests!! It is also a Weenie Wednesday with $1 hot dogs all night long presented by Kent Quality Foods and Gordon Food Service.

The series against the Greys continues on Thursday, August 1 at 7:05 pm where it is a Thirsty Thursday at Wuerfel Park. Fans will receive $1 off their bottled pop, fountain drinks, and beer throughout the evening presented by Faygo, Northwoods Soda & Syrup Company, H. Cox & Sons, and Bells Microbrew Beer.

Friday, August 2 against the Greys is the ever popular FANtastic Fireworks Friday where the Beach Bums light up the skies over Wuerfel Park with the best fireworks display in the Frontier League. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.

Tickets for these and all Beach Bums games are available by calling 231-943-0100, visiting the Wuerfel Park ticket office, or by logging on to

Tony LaRussa Bobblehead Night This Sunday At River City

The River City Rascals are primed to host one of the season’s biggest giveaways: Sunday, July 28 is both Tony La Russa bobblehead giveaway night, plus “Bark in the Park Night,” where fans are encouraged to bring their dogs out to TR Hughes Ballpark. For the double promotion, all proceeds for the evening will go to the ARF Foundation, La Russa’s charity.

The La Russa bobblehead is limited-edition, featuring La Russa and the Rascals mascot Ruffy, due to his fondness for dogs. Only the first 500 fans in the gate will receive the bobbleheads, and fans hoping to attain one should expect to show up early. One bobblehead will be distributed per person, not per ticket.

“Bark in the Park Night” has been a major success for the Rascals in past seasons, in large part to the K-9 ties to the team and mascot. The grassy berm and playgrounds in left field will be especially welcoming for dogs.

“We wanted to create a very special night where we could allow people to bring their four-legged family members out to the game, as well as support a great charity that ties into animal rescue. It will be very exciting to have a bunch of friends in the ballpark for Ruffy to play with that night,” said Rascals General Manager Dan Dial.

It marks the second major bobblehead giveaway of the season, following on the heels of a successful Whitey Herzog giveaway just weeks ago. Last year’s Harry Caray giveaway was huge for the organization, and all of the bobbleheads have received both regional and national attention from outlets such as Ballpark Digest, MLB Network, St. Louis television stations, and more.

Andy Benes, former Cardinals pitcher, will be on-hand at the ballpark to sign autographs for fans. His son Drew Benes is a pitcher for River City.

“It’s been a great experience having Drew with the team this year. He has brought class and integrity to the organization, and done everything we have asked of him in the community. It will be great having Andy here at the ballpark to interact with Rascals and Cardinals fans, making it a very special night for baseball lovers from all around Missouri,” Dial said.

The Rascals continue their second-half comeback Thursday in Avon, OH, visiting the Lake Erie Crushers before returning to O’Fallon Sunday for the giveaway to face the Joliet Slammers. For advance tickets, fans can call (636)240-BATS, or visit


Hundreds of ladies dig up the infield at Standard Bank Stadium following Windy City’s 9-7 victory over the Evansville Otters on Friday night.

The lucky lady who dug the deepest found the 1/2 carat diamond valued at $1, 500.00.  J.U.L.I.E. Inc. sponsored the Diamond Dig, while Killelea Jewelers in Midlothian donated the diamond.

Schaumburg All Faiths Night & Family Sunday

The Schaumburg Boomers invite you to an event-filled Sunday afternoon game at 4 p.m. on July 28 that is sure to be the highlight of your weekend. We’re pulling out all the stops to make this Sunday fun for the whole family as the Boomers battle the Windy City ThunderBolts.

It’s All Faiths Night at the Ballpark, presented by Judson University & 1160 AM WYLL. The Boomers welcome baseball fans of all faiths to gather at the park to celebrate this event, which includes player testimonies and an uplifting soundtrack to the night.

After the game is over, everyone gets the chance to stick around and meet the players in an autograph session on the concourse presented by Wintrust Community Banks. All your favorite Boomers will be available to sign your Schaumburg baseball gear, with t-shirt, bats, baseballs and more available in the gift shop.

And don’t forget the chalk! Sunday is also Chalk the Walk, presented by the Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg. We’re looking for all the young artists to come out and bring their sidewalk chalk to decorate the concourse with their work, including games of four square or hopscotch.

You can enjoy all of this fun and excitement at the lowest possible price with our Star 105.5 Family Four Pack. For just $29 you get four hot dogs, four sodas, and four box seat tickets to a great game and a great day! Add that to our signature FREE parking and opportunity for EVERYONE to run the bases after the game and it really is the best deal in baseball.

Washington Pretty in Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Night Set for July 28th

The Washington Wild Things, presented by Washington Financial, will do their part in helping the fight against Breast Cancer when Washington battles the Normal Cornbelters in the team’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night, sponsored by ServiceLink, on July 28th at CONSOL Energy Park.

To honor victims and survivors of breast cancer during the Things’ 5:05 p.m. game against the Cornbelters, Washington players and coaches will wear special pink jerseys that fans can bid on during a “shirt-off-the-back” silent auction. The silent auction will be held on the main concourse just inside the stadium entrance during the game, giving fans the opportunity to bid on and win jerseys worn by Wild Things players during that day’s game. All of the proceeds raised through the jersey auction will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research and support.

Made up of more than 75,000 volunteers worldwide, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is a global leader in the fight against breast cancer through its support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs.

“This is an opportunity for survivors and their families to come out to watch a baseball game and share their personal stories with others as well as donating to such a great foundation,” Kate Billings, director of merchandise and ticket operations said. “We are proud to team up with ServiceLink to bring awareness and raise money for a disease that affects so many women not only in our area but all over the world.”

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to Sunday’s game to show their support for the fight against breast cancer. To receive a special discount on admission to the ballpark, fans can enter the promo code “PINK” for $5 off a $10 reserved ticket when purchasing online or refer to the code when making purchases over the phone or in person at the CONSOL Energy Center Box Office.

Tickets are still available for Sunday’s game and can be purchased by calling 724-250-9555 or stopping by the box office before Sunday’s contest.

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