Washington scored in the top of the 1st inning after the first two men reached base via a walk and a single, then a sac fly brought home the game’s first run.

The Slammers would jump out to a 3-1 lead after scoring 3 runs in the 3rd inning—all before an out was recorded. It started with a Chaz Meadows single, a single from Clayton Harp, and RBI singles from Oliver Nunez and Dash Winningham.

Clayton Harp, who was already 2-3 on the night, launched his first homerun of the season down the right field line giving the Slammers a 4-1 lead in the 7th inning. That would be the finishing touch for the Slammers tonight as they had the bats working all night, they finished with 10 hits all together.

All things considered, Keegan Long had a nice outing for the Slammers. The right-hander went 7 innings, gave up 1 run on 2 hits, walked and struck out 4 batters. Long loaded the bases with 1 out in two separate innings but was able to get doubles plays to end the inning both times.

For Washington, John Havird didn’t fare as well. Like Long, Havird went 7 innings but gave up 4 runs on his way. He struck out 5 while only walking 2.

Winning Pitcher: Keegan Long

Losing Pitcher: John Havird

Save: Ryan Koziol

With the win tonight, the Slammers have now swept back-to-back series here at DuPage Medical Group Field. They improve their record to 36-45, while the Wild Things fall to 33-50 on the season. The Slammers will look to continue their winning ways Friday, August 16th when they open a series against the Southern Illinois Miners. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is:Clayton Harp (3-4 1 RBI)

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

— Joliet Slammers

ThunderBolts take second straight shutout win

CRESTWOOD, IL – Cole Bellair tossed seven innings as the ThunderBolts threw back-to-back shutouts for the first time in more than seven years with a 3-0 win over the Schaumburg Boomers at Ozinga Field Thursday night.

The ThunderBolts (34-47) and the Boomers (40-41) both had early scoring chances but couldn’t cash in as Windy City picked up a pair of hits in both the first and second innings, leaving men in scoring position in both frames.

Schaumburg had five hits over the first four innings but never got anybody past second base as Bellair worked around trouble.

In the fifth, Zach Taylor and Christian Funk singled in front of Michael Mateja, who hit his fourth home run in just nine games played, a three-run shot that gave the ThunderBolts a 3-0 lead.

Bellair got stronger as the game went on, retiring 13 of the last 16 batters he faced with two double plays. He gave way to the bullpen in the eighth and Sean Leland and Blake Hickman each tossed a scoreless inning to wrap up the shutout.

Following Tyler Thornton’s complete game two-hitter yesterday, it is the first time the Bolts have blanked an opponent in consecutive games since June 21 and 22, 2012 against Traverse City.

Bellair (3-5) allowed six hits, struck out three and didn’t issue a walk in the win while Aaron Rozek (5-5) allowed three runs over seven innings for the loss. Hickman converted his second save of the year.

The ThunderBolts hit the road on Friday night to begin a six-game trip, their last road trip of the year. It starts in Washington against the Wild Things as Chris Washington (2-8, 3.97) gets the game one call. He’ll be opposed by Wild Things left-hander Josh Lapiana (0-2, 5.23). First pitch from Wild Things Park is scheduled for 6:05 CDT and the broadcast can be heard through wcthunderbolts.com.

Rascals Split Doubleheader With Otters

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The River City Rascals had to settle for a doubleheader split against the Evansville Otters on Wednesday night. They won a back-and-forth, extra-inning thriller in the opener before falling in the nightcap 2-0, just their second shutout loss of the season. The win guaranteed the Rascals the season series victory over the Otters, which would give them the playoff tie-breaker should the teams finish with the same record at the end of the season.

In Game 1, the Otters jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead, getting a two-run double from Ryan Long and a sacrifice fly from Taylor Lane. The Rascals would not record their first hit until the fifth, but took the 4-3 lead that frame on a grand slam from Nolan Meadows. Long tied the game with another RBI double in the bottom of the fifth. Zach Lavy homered in the sixth to put the Rascals in front 5-4, but the Otters again answered with a game-tying sacrifice fly from Mike Rizzitello.

After neither team scored in the seventh, the game went to extra-innings. Both teams were again held off the scoreboard in the eighth, but Trevor Achenbach hit a two-out, three-run blast to put the Rascals on top for good in the top of the ninth. Long added an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, but the Rascals held on for the 8-6 victory.

Rascals starter Keenan Bartlett took a no-decision, allowing four runs in four innings. Taylor Sugg (2-0) earned the win, pitching the final three innings of the game and allowing just an unearned run. Otters starter Austin Nicely allowed five runs, four earned, over six innings in a no-decision. Evansville reliever Drew Beyer (1-3) took the loss.

Game 2 was dominated by pitching, as the Otters scored the only two runs of the game in the third inning, on back-to-back RBI singles from Long and Jack Meggs. The Rascals advanced only one runner past first base in the game.

Tyler Beardsley (8-3) earned the complete game shutout for the Otters, allowing only three hits over seven scoreless innings, while striking out nine without issuing a walk. Rascals starter Austin Dubsky (4-4) took the hard-luck loss, allowing two runs on four hits over six innings with six strikeouts, also working a complete game.

The Rascals (47-34) and the Otters (46-34) will play the rubbermatch of the series tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. CDT from historic Bosse Field. Brendan Feldmann is expected to take the mound for the Rascals in the finale.


JOLIET, IL —Strong starting pitching carried the Joliet Slammers over the Washington Wildthings on Wednesday night.

Slammers starter Wes Albert led the charge, surrendering just three hits through the first five innings and not allowing a run. The Slammers’ hitting was unable to take advantage of the early scoreless streak however, and the score remained 0-0 heading into the bottom of 5th. Finally breaking through, the Slammers added the first run of the game when Clayton Harp hit a single to center that brought in Jacob Crum from second. That was the only score of the inning, moving into the 6th 1-0 in favor of the Slammers.

Relieving Albert in the top of the 6th, Mitch McIntyre inherited a runner on first with one out. McIntyre worked quickly, sitting down Stephen Lohr on a fly ball to center. The half ended on a failed steal attempt. Threatening in their half, the Slammers put runners on second and third with no outs. Harrison Bragg responded with a double to right-center, driving in Oliver Nunez and Dash Winningham. The next three batters were retired in order, ending the 6th 3-0, Slammers.

Finding the run column in the top of the 7th, the Wildthings scored on an infield single from A.R. Davis that brought in Blake Adams from third. The inning ended without another run from either side, with the Slammers holding onto a 3-1 lead.Tacking on another in the top of the 8th, the Wildthings Cody Erickson scored on a solo home run to left off reliever Nathan Schneiderman. Schneiderman was relieved by Isaac Sanchez, and Sanchez was able to hold the score heading into the bottom of the 8th. The Slammers failed to respond in their half, and the score remained 3-2 heading into the 9th.Inheriting runners on first and third in the top of the 9th with one out, Mario Samuel relieved Sanchez and retired the next two hitters, picking up the two-out save.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game is Wes Albert (5.1 IP, 4 SO, 4 H, and 0 R).

The Slammers will face off against the Wildthings again tomorrow in the final matchup of this three-game series.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

ThunderBolts win on Thornton’s masterpiece

CRESTWOOD, IL – Tyler Thornton tossed a two-hit shutout and Tyler Alamo homered to give the ThunderBolts a 1-0 win over the Schaumburg Boomers at Ozinga Field Wednesday night.

Thornton was brilliant from the start as he retired the first 15 batters he faced, striking out three along the way.

Payton Lobdell was nearly as good for the Boomers (40-40) to start. He allowed only one hit over the first three innings and struck out Tanner Gardner with runners at first and second for the final out of the third.

Alamo jumped on the first pitch of the fourth inning, lining it over the left-centerfield wall for his 11th home run, giving the ThunderBolts (33-47) a 1-0 lead.

Chase Dawson was the first Boomer to reach base as he singled on the first pitch of the sixth inning. He made it as far as second base but was stranded.

The Boomers also got a man to second in the eighth inning but couldn’t come up with the clutch hit they needed.

Thornton threw 111 pitches through eight innings but came out to start the ninth and retired the first two batters of the inning. Luis Roman doubled, but Thornton got Quincy Nieporte to groundout to end the game.

Thornton (6-2) struck out ten in his first career complete game. He allowed two hits and two walks to pick up the win.

Lobdell (2-8) was the tough-luck loser. He allowed just three hits over six innings and the Bolts managed just two base runners after the Alamo home run.

The series wraps up with the rubber match on Thursday evening. Cole Bellair (2-5, 6.47) starts for the Bolts against Schaumburg’s Aaron Rozek (5-4, 3.17). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 at Ozinga Field with a postgame fireworks show and a Zelo Pro Wrestling show on White Castle Wrestling Thursday. It is also a Bud Light Thirsty Thursday. Fans not at the ballpark can listen on WXAV, 88.3 FM and wxav.com.


Southern Illinois breaks tie in eighth inning to win for the 12th time in 13 games

Marion, IL (August 14, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the eighth, scoring the go-ahead and eventual winning run on an error by the Florence Freedom to notch a 2-1 victory at Rent One Park on Wednesday night, clinching the three-game series at home while winning for the 12th time in their last 13 games overall.

The game was a pitcher’s duel deluxe between the Miners’ Chase Cunningham and the Freedom’s Zak Spivy. It was Spivy who broke first, as with one out in the bottom of the second inning, Kyle Davis singled and Taylor Sparks doubled to extend their hit streaks to 13 and eight in a row, respectively, and put runners at second and third base. Arturo Nieto then singled to center field to make the score 1-0.

Cunningham (9-4), meanwhile, settled into a groove after stranding four runners on base in the first two innings, needing just 13 pitches total to retire the side in the third and fourth. But a leadoff walk led to the tying run in the fifth, as Austin Wobrock drew the base-on-balls and was sacrificed to second base by Jackson Pritchard before Luis Pintor’s soft RBI single to left-center made the score 1-1.

Cunningham, would strike out two to keep it tied in that inning, however, and ended up tying his career-best with eight innings pitched, permitting just the one run on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. And after the Miners could not bring in the go-ahead run despite a leadoff walk against Spivy in the seventh inning, they made Cunningham the winning pitcher with a rally in the eighth.

Kirvin Moesquit led off with a walk against reliever Jared Cheek (0-1) and was sacrificed to second base by Omar Obregon. A single by Yeltsin Gudino then moved Moesquit to third base and extended his personal hit streak to ten in a row. Gianfranco Wawoe followed by hitting a high, bouncing ground ball to third base, where Trevor Craport made a leaping catch, keeping Moesquit near the bag. But Craport’s throw across to first base was late, and the ball skidded away from Taylor Bryant into foul ground for an error, allowing Moesquit to score and put the Miners in the lead 3-2.

In the top of the ninth, Gabe Gentner worked around the tying run on base for his tenth save of the season and second in as many nights by striking out two to give the Miners the one-run victory, allowing them to keep pace in the crowded West Division playoff chase. Now just one game back of Florence, the Miners will look to sweep the Freedom on Thursday, August 15, in the series finale, sending Cole Cook to the mound against Florence’s Mike Castellani at 6:35 p.m.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Lake Erie Splits Twin Bill With Gateway

AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, had timely hitting in game one but failed to capitalize on opportunities in game two and effectively split the double header with the Gateway Grizzlies. The Crushers won game one by a score of 6-0 but lost game two in a close game 2-1.

The Crushers (41-37) did not increase their lead on Schaumburg for first place in the Eastern division with the results today. While the Grizzlies (32-47) win their third game in their last ten with the win in the second game of the twin bill.

Pat Ledet (5-4) picked up the win in the first game as he turned in a fantastic start. Ledet did not allow a run, walked one and struck out four over his 6.0 innings of work. Patrick Boyle (0-3) earned the loss in the first game. Boyle gave up six earned runs on one hit and walked six over his 0.1 innings pitched.

It was a pitcher’s duel in the first game until the bottom of the sixth. Gateway’s starter for game one, Reign Letkeman, threw incredibly well. Letkeman only gave up two hits and struck out five over his 5.0 innings.

Once the Grizzlies went to the bullpen, the Crushers capitalized. In the sixth inning, Boyle came out to pitch for Gateway. Logan Farrar hit a lead off double to start the offense. Boyle then went on to walk the next three batters in a row to walk in the first run of the game. With the bases loaded and no outs, Bryan De La Rosa hit an RBI sac fly for the first out of the inning. After De La Rosa’s at-bat, Boyle walked the next three batters before being taken out of the game.

Gateway had an unorthodox approach for their next relief pitcher. In order to save arms for the double header, the Grizzlies put their shortstop Brent Sakurai on the bump to get the final two outs of the inning. Steven Kraft was the first batter Sakurai faced. Kraft roped a two-run single off Sakurai to score the fifth and sixth runs of the inning. Then Sakurai got the next two batters out with fly outs to end the inning.

Logan Lombana shut the door on the Grizzlies in the seventh inning to secure the 6-0 win for Lake Erie.

Nick Stroud (2-2) got the win for the second game as he gave up only one run on three hits over his 2.0 innings of work. Sam Curtis (0-1) is credited with the loss in game two. Curtis gave up two runs on five hits over 3.0 innings.

The scoring started in the second inning for the Grizzlies. Andrew Daniel hit a one out single off Curtis to get things rolling. Shawon Dunston Jr. followed up with a single of his own to move Daniel into scoring position. A batter later, Greg White hit an RBI double to score Daniel. The next run of the inning for Gateway came moments later on an RBI groundout hit by Wesley Jones to make it a 2-0 game.

The Crushers only run of the game came in the next half inning. Zach Racusin hit a double to start the inning. Stroud then got Dale Burdick to fly out to center for the first out of the inning. But Jake Vieth came up clutch for the Crushers as he hit an RBI single to score Racusin and cut the deficit down to one.

Stroud then walked Karl Ellison and John Cable to load the bases with only one out. But he got out of the jam by striking out Hill and then getting Marrero to fly out to end the inning.

The only other chance Lake Erie had to score was in the fifth inning. Marrero hit a one out single and advanced into scoring position on Farrar’s walk. But the Crushers could not score Marrero to tie the game.

The Crushers will continue the four-game series with the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday at Sprenger Health Care Stadium in Avon, Ohio. Jake Repavich (4-5, 5.01) will be on the mound for Lake Erie. While the Grizzlies will counter with Dominic Topoozian (5-5, 3.73).

The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio.  The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 10 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at www.LakeErieCrushers.com or call 440-934-3636.

Box Link: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=510692



CRESTWOOD, IL — The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, rallied from a 2-0 hole to pull a little closer in the East Division race after notching a 10-4 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts on the road Tuesday night.

Windy City broke open a scoreless game with two runs in the last of the fifth. The Boomers instantly responded in the sixth, plating four runs including three with two outs. Quincy Nieporte tied the game with an RBI double and Clint Hardy handed the Boomers the lead at 4-2 with his seventh homer of the year. After Windy City evened the game in the seventh, Nieporte doubled home the winning run in the eighth and the Boomers tacked on five in the ninth to account for the final.

Schaumburg banged out 14 hits in the win with eight individuals tallying hits. Nieporte and Hardy both finished with three hits and three RBIs. Jack Parenty and Gian Martellini also logged multiple hits. Dylan Stutsman grabbed the win in relief. Connor Reed left with the lead after five innings, striking out four. The start of the game was delayed over an hour due to rain.

The Boomers (40-39) continue the series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Payton Lobdell (2-7, 3.96) on the mound againstRHP Tyler Thornton (5-2, 2.87). Just six home games remain on the schedule this season including three this weekend against the leaders of the East, the Lake Erie Crushers. Visit boomersbaseball.com for tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.


Southern Illinois starter pitches seven shutout innings to get team closer to playoff spot

Marion, IL (August 13, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners got a dominant, seven-inning start from Ryan McAuliffe on the mound at Rent One Park on Tuesday, and gave him plenty of early run support in beating the Florence Freedom 6-3 for their 11th win in their last 12 games overall.

Neither team scored until the bottom of the third inning, when Joe Duncan’s one-out walk off Florence starter George Faue (2-2) kicked off what would become a four-run rally. That walk was followed by three straight singles, with Omar Obregon bringing in Duncan for a 1-0 lead, then Yeltsin Gudino extending his hit streak to nine in a row by scoring Kirvin Moesquit for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, with two outs, Jamey Smart flared an RBI single to left to score Obregon, and Kyle Davis pushed his hit streak out to 12 in a row with a double down the left field line, making the score 4-0 Southern Illinois.

After McAuliffe (5-3) pitched a scoreless top of the fourth, the Miners would extend their lead in the bottom half. Taylor Sparks launched his sixth homer of the season far over the left field fence to make it 5-0, and with two outs and Moesquit at second base later in the frame, Gudino came up with another RBI single to increase the advantage to 6-0.

That was all McAuliffe needed, as he allowed just two hits in the game over seven brilliant innings, walking one and striking out five while retiring the final ten batters he faced overall to win his fourth consecutive start. Florence got three runs back against the bullpen in the eighth inning, but Gabe Gentner shut the door with a flawless ninth inning to notch his ninth save and pull the Miners to within one-half game of a playoff spot and two games back of first place in the Frontier League’s West Division.

Gudino, Davis and Moesquit all enjoyed two-hit nights offensively, while Sparks, Smart and Obregon each finished with one hit and one RBI in a game where seven of the nine Miners batters had at least one base knock. The Miners will look to keep up their winning ways in the middle game of the series on Wednesday, August 14, at 6:35 p.m. Chase Cunningham will pitch for the Miners against Florence right-hander Zak Spivy at Rent One Park.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.


The Slammers got on the board first in tonight’s game thanks to an RBI triple from Peyton Isaacson. Riley Krane, who led off the inning with a single, was the one who crossed the plate to give the Slammers a 1-0 lead.

After scoring their first run in the 2nd inning, the Slammers added another one in the bottom half of the 3rd inning. Harrison Bragg hit a 2-out single to bring home Clayton Harp, making a 2-0 game.

It was a hit by pitch that brought home the Slammers 3rd run of the game. They were able to load the bases with 2 outs thanks to a single, walk, and an error. Jacob Crum was the one who took one for the team and gave the Slammers a 3-0 lead after 6 innings.

Joliet took advantage of some poor defense from the Wild Things in the bottom of the 7th inning as they committed 2 errors, leading to 2 Slammers runs. Harrison Bragg launched a ball deep to center that was caught, but Clayton Harp was able to tag from 2nd and score on the play. Oliver Nunez also scored in the inning after a ball hit by Riley Krane was dropped, giving the Slammers a 5-0 lead.

Washington would make some noise in the top half of the 8th inning. They were able to push across 4 runs, one of which was on an obstruction call on Daren Osby. The tying run was on first base with 2-outs, but Ryan Koziol was able to come in and close the door on the rally. Koziol would also get credited with a save in tonight’s game.

Daren Osby was on cruise control through the first 7 innings for the Slammers. He struck out 7 while only giving up 2 hits. The 8th inning is where things got a little bumpy for Osby as he was responsible for all 4 runs the Wild Things scored. Osby finished his day with 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, and 11 K. He would get the win in tonight’s game.

For the Wild Things, Michael Austin was really let down by his defense. Austin allowed 5 runs, but only 2 of them were earned. Austin’s final line: 7 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 1 K. He would get the loss.

With the win, the Slammers take game one of this series and improve their record to 34-45. Washington falls to 33-48 with the loss. Game two will be Wednesday, August 14th, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is: Harrison Bragg (2-3, 2 RBI).

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!


River City Rascals 3B Braxton Martinez and Washington Wild Things right-hander Jesus Balaguer win this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

Martinez has won his first Player of the Week award of 2019. He managed to hit .529 with three doubles, three home runs and drove in 16 on the week. He recorded a hit in five of the Rascals six games, and drove in five runs or more in two games. His impressive week at the plate also gave him a 1.889 OPS, and 13.696 runs created.

The 25-year old is in his fourth season with the Rascals, after his four year career at Saint Louis University. In 2019, Martinez leads the league in RBI with 68, OPS at .977 and walks with 65. He also is second in batting average at .300 and is tied for fourth with 12 home runs. Martinez helped the Rascals go 5-1 on the week, including a sweep of the Florence Freedom. The Rascals are now within 1.5 games of first place in the West Division.

Balaguer also has won his first Pitcher of the Week award. He won two games, gave up no runs, 2 hits and struck out 10 in 5.2 innings of work. Balaguer finished the week with an impressive .53 WHIP and .100 batting average against. Balaguer wins the award on his birthday, as he turns 26 today.

Balagure has been an essential piece to the Wild Things bullpen this year, where he has gone 5-3 with a 2.41 ERA and has struck out 47 in 37.1 innings. He is in his second season with the Wild Things, after spending two seasons in the Houston Astros Organization. Balagure went 8-6, struck out 96 and had a 3.93 ERA in those two seasons with the Astros.

Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

The Frontier League is in its 27th season in 2019 and features ten teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 37 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

Otters’ offense sinks Wild Things early

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Evansville Otters brought their explosive offense to the ballpark Sunday, sinking the Washington Wild Things 9-2 in the series finale.

 The Otters and Elijah MacNamee got things started in the top of the first inning.After a Ryan Long single with two outs, MacNamee ripped a two-run home run to left field, his first professional homer, to give the Otters an early 2-0 lead.

Washington’s Hector Roa cut the Otters’ lead in half in the bottom of the first on an RBI single, making the score 2-1.

MacNamee would cash in two more RBIs in the third on a triple, scoring David Cronin and Keith Grieshaber, to push the Otters ahead 4-1 through three.

Washington starter AJ Bogucki would pitch four innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. He would be given the loss, dropping his record to 2-4.

The Otters would score four runs in the top of the fifth, sending eight men to the plate.

Cronin led off with a walk, Grieshaber singled, and Long smacked a two-RBI double, extending the Otters’ lead to 6-1.

J.J. Gould followed later in the inning with a two-RBI single, scoring Long and Jack Meggs, to increase the Otters’ lead to 8-1 and break the game open after five innings.

That was plenty of run support for the newly signed Otters’ starting pitcher Matt Burleton, making his professional debut with Evansville.

From the second to fourth inning, Burleton retired nine consecutive batters but would run into a jam in the fifth.

With runners on first and second and one out, Meggs at first helped start a 3-6-3 double play to end the threat.

Roa hit another RBI single in the sixth, driving in all the Wild Things’ runs in the original scheduled games for this weekend.

Burleton pitched a scoreless seventh inning before turning the baseball over to the Otters’ bullpen in Abraham Almonte and Michael Gizzi, who tossed scoreless innings.

The left-hander earned his first win in his professional debut, throwing seven strong innings while allowing two runs – one earned – on six hits. He did not record a strikeout, but did a solid job pitching to the Otters’ defense.

Cronin added an RBI double in the eighth, giving the Otters nine runs on 11 hits.

MacNamee was a double shy of the cycle, going 3-5 with a home run, triple, and a single while recording four RBIs. He would have multiple hits along with Long, Gould and Grieshaber.

The combination of Cronin, Grieshaber, Long, Gould and MacNamee would have nine RBIs, ten hits, and seven runs scored.

The Otters return home to Bosse Field for a six-game homestand, starting on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. for three games against the River City Rascals.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

This week’s promotions include $2 Tuesday, Bud Light Thirsty Thursday, St. Vincent Night, Breast Cancer Awareness Night and postgame fireworks by Marathon, and Mascot Day.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Rascals Finish Sweep of Freedom

O’FALLON, Mo. — The River City Rascals completed a three-game sweep of the Florence Freedom on Sunday night, winning the series finale in blowout fashion, 17-7. The Rascals scored 11 runs in the sixth inning. Braxton Martinez had a monster night, hitting two home runs and driving in seven total runs in the victory.

The Rascals jumped out to a 5-0 start, getting a two-run single from James Morisano in the first and back-to-back homers from Martinez and Trevor Achenbach in the second. The Freedom then struck for three in the top of the third, getting a sacrifice fly from Austin Wobrock and a two-run triple from Connor Crane. LJ Kalawaia hit an RBI single in the bottom of the frame to put the Rascals up 6-3.

The Freedom tied the game in the fifth, getting a two-run single from Austin Wobrock and a bases-loaded walk from Taylor Bryant. The Rascals offense erupted in the sixth, sending 14 men to the plate, scoring 11 total runs and breaking the game wide open. Five of the runs came from Martinez alone, including a three-run blast. Achenbach added a three-run shot of his own later in the inning.

Rascals starter Taylor Ahearn allowed five runs over four innings in a no-decision. Reliever Andrew Vernon (4-1) earned the win, striking out the side in the sixth. Freedom starter Scott Sebald also took a no-decision, allowing six runs over five innings with 10 strikeouts. Sean Hughes (2-1) took the loss, allowing six runs without recording an out.

The Rascals (46-33) are off Monday, and travel to southern Indiana for a three-game set against the Evansville Otters beginning Tuesday night, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. CDT from historic Bosse Field.


SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies piled up five runs in the second inning Sunday night and took a lead they did not relinquish en route to a 6-4 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts in the rubber match of a three-game series at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (31-46) finished its seven-game homestand with two wins in three games against Windy City (32-46).

After the ThunderBolts took a first-inning lead on a solo home run from Brynn Martinez, the Grizzlies responded with five runs in the second. Brent Sakurai opened the scoring when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score a run and tie the game. Connor Owings then doubled to drive in two more and Luke Lowery singled to knock in a pair of his own.

All five Grizzlies runs in the second inning scored with two outs.

Ian Kahaloa (2-5) conceded four runs over 5 2/3 innings for the victory. He struck out a career-high 11 batters and battled through three ThunderBolts home runs.

Jason SeeverLucas LanphereGrant Black, and Geoff Bramblett combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings out of the Grizzlies bullpen. Bramblett locked down his 10th save of the year. He has not allowed an earned run since June 16. Sunday marked his 21st scoreless appearance in a row and lowered his ERA to 0.58 for the season.

Lowery and Shawon Dunston Jr. both had multi-hit games for the Grizzlies.

Gateway will be off Monday before opening a seven-game road trip with a doubleheader Tuesday at Lake Erie.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 10 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.


MARION, IL — The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, broke an eight-game skid with a 5-2 win in 11 innings to stop the Southern Illinois Miners, who had won 10 straight, on Sunday night.

Quincy Nieporte provided the decisive blow, throttling a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the 11th to break a 2-2 stalemate. Schaumburg led for most of the contest, jumping ahead in the first inning for the second consecutive contest. Jack Parenty led off the game with a single and Clint Hardy followed with a walk. Following a sacrifice bunt, Parenty scored the first run on an error. Parenty lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth to plate Jimmy Galusky with the second run. Southern Illinois tallied single runs in the sixth and eighth to tie the game but could not score despite having the winning run on base in the eighth, ninth and 10th.

Connor Eller worked a season high three innings in relief to grab the win. Gunnar Kines started an allowed one run in seven innings, striking out seven, but did not factor in the decision. Schaumburg scored five runs on just five hits and won the season series from Southern Illinois. Parenty finished with two hits in the victory.

The Boomers (39-39) take Monday off before opening a three-game set at Windy City on Tuesday night with LHP Connor Reed (4-6, 3.91) on the mound. Just six home games remain on the schedule this season. Visit boomersbaseball.com for tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.

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