NIEPORTE LIFTS BOOMERS TO SERIES OPENING VICTORY

SCHAUMBURG, IL — Quincy Nieporte hit a grand slam in the bottom of the third inning as the Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, opened the final series of the season with a 4-3 victory over the River City Rascals.

Jimmy Galusky and Dylan Jones singled with one away in the third and Jack Parenty loaded the bases with a two-out infield knock. Nieporte throttled his 13th homer of the season over the wall in left-center with two strikes to add to his team record RBI total and account for the only four runs. River City scored a single run in the fourth and scored twice with two outs in the eighth before Darrell Thompson worked out of the frame. Connor Eller worked the ninth to match the single season team record for saves with 21.

Connor Reed grabbed the win in relief, working three frames. The pitching staff struck out 10, marking the seventh game out of the last eight with 10 or more strikeouts. Schaumburg owns 13 games with double-digit strikeouts in August and 21 in the second half. Parenty and Luis Roman tallied two hits each to lead the offense.

The Boomers (46-48) continue the final series of the year on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. with Fan Appreciation Night. RHP Payton Lobdell (3-8, 3.82) takes the ball for the Boomers against RHP Austin Dubsky (4-4, 5.20). The evening will feature the final postgame fireworks display of the year. Visit boomersbaseball.com for tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.

Otters clinch postseason berth with win against Grizzlies

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters accomplished what they needed to do Thursday to earn a postseason berth, getting a win against the Gateway Grizzlies in the series finale 6-5.

In completing the sweep of the Grizzlies, the Otters clinched their fourth straight postseason appearance. The win also has brought the Otters to within one victory of tying the franchise record for wins in a season at 57, which was set in 2014

The Otters’ offense came out with energy and swinging early, and the Otters also received a strong eight innings by starter Matt Quintana.

In the bottom of the first, Evansville batted around and scored five runs.

David Cronin extended his on-base streak to 19 straight games, leading off the bottom of the first with a ground rule double.

After Keith Grieshaber walked and Elijah MacNamee singled, Taylor Lane hit a two-RBI single with the bases loaded to give the Otters a 2-0 lead.

Grizzlies starter Ian Kahaloa would walk the bases loaded, including a walk to Hunter Cullen to score MacNamee, pushing the Otters ahead 3-0.

With two outs, J.J. Gould came through with a two-RBI single to score Lane and Rob Calabrese, allowing Quintana to have a 5-0 lead going into the second inning.

The only skid mark on Quintana’s line was a two-RBI single from Wesley Jones in the top of the fourth, his fifth hit of the series, as the Grizzlies reduced the Otters’ lead to 5-2.

From that point on, Quintana was stellar. He retired 11 straight batters before allowing a one-out single in the eighth. He would toss eight innings with six strikeouts, allowing two runs on five hits. He would earn the win, his second as an Otter, improving his overall record to 8-3.

After the first inning, Gateway starter Ian Kahaloa sharpened his game and grinded out five innings in the start, surrendering the five runs on eight hits with five walks and strikeouts. He was given the loss, his second to the Otters this season, dropping his record to 3-7.

Mike Rizzitello’s sac fly to score Lane in the bottom of the seventh, to make the score 6-2, proved to be a vital run by the end of the game, as the Grizzlies did not go out quietly in the ninth.

After two walks to begin the frame, Otters closer and the Frontier League’s Rookie of the Year Taylor Wright entered the game.

Wright was able to get two quick outs, but Greg White then ripped an RBI single to make the score 6-3, his first hit of the series.

Zak Taylor followed with a two-RBI double to score Shawon Dunston Jr. and White, as the Grizzlies brought the game back to within one run, a 6-5 score in the ninth.

Wright was then able to get Connor Owings to groundout to second to end the game and seal the Otters’ postseason berth.

Wright would earn his 18th save of the year.

Lane had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Gould also had a multi-RBI game.

Cronin, MacNamee, and Cullen each had two hits for the Otters as well.

The postseason will start next Tuesday as the Otters have their eyes set on winning the West Division title and awaiting who their opponent in the postseason will be.

The Otters’ magic number to clinch a West Division title is at three.

For Evansville to win the division, they’ll need to find some success in their last series and road trip of the regular when they travel to Marion, Ill. for a weekend series against the Southern Illinois Miners.

First pitch Friday is at 7:05 p.m. CT from Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) on the call.

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

The Evansville Otters want to thank all fans and corporate partners for their support and help in making the Otters’ 25th anniversary season a success.

To purchase a playoff pass or a group outing, 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.

SWEEPING FREEDOM CLINCH POSTSEASON BERTH

Hot offense totals 18 hits en route to 10-3 lead

FLORENCE, Ky– Riding a resurgent offense, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, landed a mid-week series sweep of the Joliet Slammers, clinching a playoff berth with a, 10-5, victory on Thursday night at UC Health Stadium.

A nip and tuck affair in the early goings, Florence (56-38) and the Slammers (39-54) traded runs in three consecutive innings to start the contest. It was the Freedom who plated the first run of the game off right-handed starter, Tyler Jones (2-4), Andre Mercurio scoring Luis Pintor with his first of three singles on the night.

Joliet evened the score facing lefty, George Faue (3-4) in the top of the second, Milton Ramos maximizing a Riley Krane triple with an RBI-single to stalemate the score at, 1-1.

Florence moved in front, 2-1, in their side of the second, Brandon Pugh scoring on a wild pitch after leading off the frame with a single and stealing second base. The first of two errors behind the plate by Tommy LaCongo helped Pugh reach third, the catcher’s throw to second on the runners stolen base attempt skipping away from shortstop Chaz Meadows.

The contest would be tied at two in the top of the third, thanks to a solo-shot from Clayton Harp, his fourth of the season.

Again moving ahead by one in the home half of the third, Ryan Rinsky counted up his sixth RBI of the year on a single to left, the one-bagger allowing Ricky Ramirez Jr. to touch home after walking to start the inning.

Continuing the trend in the top of the fourth, Joliet scored their final run off starter, Faue, using a Krane double ahead of a second RBI-single from Ramos to even the score at, 3-3.

The Freedom seized their next advantage courtesy a pair of RBI-doubles from Isaac Benard and Pugh in the bottom of the fifth, both runs charged to starter, Jones to close his line. Caleb Lopes and Rinsky scored the runs, reaching on a single and walk respectively as the score became, 5-3.

Jones would take the loss in the contest, spanning five-complete innings and allowing five runs, all earned, on ten hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Faue would step aside after six, logging a quality-start victory having allowed three earned runs on seven hits with no free passes and six whiffs. Jared Cheek would take over in the seventh, logging 1.2 one-hit, shut-out innings of relief before closer, Karl Craige took over with one out in the eighth.

Leading by a pair in the bottom of the eighth, Florence sent all nine-batters to the plate in a five-run barrage off right-hander, Cody Clark, opening up a, 10-3, cushion.  Three straight singles started the frame, Crane lacing the third to score Pugh before Austin Wobrock crossed home-plate on an ensuing wild pitch. Ramirez Jr. would add a sacrifice-fly, and Rinsky a two-run double to complete the scoring. For Florence, all nine batters hit safely in the regular-season finale at UC Health Stadium, the home team totaling 18 knocks in victory.

The Slammers would not go down quietly, rallying to the tune of four straight singles off Craigie in the top of the ninth, the latter a two-run knock by Jimmy Roche to bring the score to the eventual, 10-5, final. With the win, Florence clinches their spot in the four-team, Frontier League postseason beginning next week, and finishes the regular-season, 29-19 in their home ballpark.

The Freedom will take the field next in Crestwood, Ill., when they close regular-season play with a pair of collisions at Ozinga Field with the Windy City Thunderbolts. Reigning Frontier League Pitcher of the Week, southpaw, Mike Castellani (9-2, 2.54) will toe the rubber in game one of Friday night for Florence, opposite left-hander, Kenny Mathews (4-9, 4.33) of the Bolts with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. CDT.

The Florence Freedom are members of the Independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.

Big ninth inning carries ThunderBolts over Schaumburg

CRESTWOOD, IL – Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the ThunderBolts scored four runs on five hits to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-2 at Ozinga Field Thursday night.

Schaumburg (45-47) led almost the entire night after they scored two runs in the second inning. Luis Roman hit and RBI double and scored on a Dylan Jones single.

Connor Oliver brought home a run on a third-inning double and came home on a Quincy Nieporte sacrifice fly in the third and the Boomers, with back-to-back two-run innings, led 4-0.

Tyler Straub homered for the ThunderBolts (41-53), breaking the shutout in the fifth inning and, after Nick Oddo got the run back in the next inning with an RBI single for the Boomers, Tyler Alamo hit his 15th home run of the year, pulling the Bolts back to within three.

It was still a three-run game when Brynn Martinez singled on the first pitch of the ninth inning. He scored on a Tanner Gardner double. Alamo walked and Micah Coffey hit an RBI single, putting the tying and winning runs on base. They were standing at the corners with two outs when Taisei Fukuhara reached on a game-tying infield single. Pinch hitter Christian Funk came up next and singled the first pitch to leftfield, scoring Coffey to win the game.

Christian Morris (3-4) pitched a scoreless inning and was credited with the win. Connor Eller (5-4) gave up all four runs in the ninth to take the loss for Schaumburg.

The ThunderBolts close their season with a two-game series against the Florence Freedom, starting Friday. It is Fan Appreciation Night and Fireworks Friday for the opener of the series as Kenny Mathews (4-9, 4.34) takes the ball for the ThunderBolts. His mound opponent is Mike Castellani (9-2, 2.55). First pitch from Ozinga Field is scheduled for 7:05.

Three Pitchers, Roa Combine to Spoil Rascals’ Home Finale Thursday at CarShield Field

O’FALLON, Mo. (August 29) -Hector Roa was responsible for the only run of the game, as his seventh-inning home run, along with stellar pitching vaulted the Wild Things to a win Thursday in the final regular season home game in River City Rascals’ history.
John Havird tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed four hits with nine strikeouts, a walk and an HBP, picking up his sixth win of the season. Jesus Balaguer worked a scoreless eighth with a walk and a punchout, before Zach Strecker earned his 52nd career save and 11th of the season by working a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts.
Hector Roa and JR Davis accounted for the two hits for the Wild Things. Roa’s seventh-inning home run was his 17th of the season, which puts him one off the FL lead. The RBI was his 68th of the season, which is one off his career high of 69, set last year.
The Wild Things now travel to Sauget, Illinois, for the final series of the campaign, with three against the Gateway Grizzlies starting tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. ET at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

Frontier League Announces 2019 Season Awards

SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League announces its awards for the 2019 Season. This season’s awards are headlined by Evansville’s 3B, Ryan Long, who was named the Most Valuable Player. Southern Illinois’s starting pitcher Chase Cunningham has won the Pitcher of the Year Award. The Jason Simontacchi Award for Rookie of the Year goes to Evansville’s closer Taylor Wright. The Evansville Otters have been selected the Organization of the Year. Michael Larson of the Schaumburg Boomers, has been awarded the Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year award.

The Morgan Burkhart Most Valuable Player Award goes to Ryan Long of the Evansville Otters. Long is in his third season with the Frontier League. Long joined the Otters in 2017, following his 2016 Big 12 Championship run while at Texas Tech. The Crandall, Texas native is batting .292 on the year with 98 hits and 14 homeruns. Long has also collected 77 runs batted in, 25 doubles and a .905 OPS. Long was voted to start for the Frontier League in the 2019 All-Star game. He is the third Evansville Otter to win the League’s MVP.

Southern Illinois pitcher Chase Cunningham has won the Brian Tollberg Award as the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher. The Belmont University alum is in his first season with the Miners, and fourth in the Frontier League. The Miner’s ace has gone 10-4 in 20 starts this season. His team is 15-6 in games in which he pitched. The Bristol, Tennessee native also has a 3.19 ERA to go along with his 128 strikeouts in 130 innings. Cunningham was selected to the 2019 Frontier League All-Star team.

Taylor Wright of the Evansville Otters has won the Jason Simontacchi Rookie of the Year Award. The reliever from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, has saved 17 games this season while striking out 56 in 47.2 innings of work. The Brown University graduate also has a 3-0 record, a .94 WHIP and a .175 batting average against his this season.

Lake Erie Crushers Manager Cameron Roth wins the Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year. He led the Crushers to a 51-41 record and a Frontier League Eastern Division Title. This is Roth’s first Manager of the Year honor, and it comes in only his third full season as a Manager. His team has a league best earned run average with 2.93 in 2019.

The Fran Riordan Citizenship Award goes to Tyler Beardsley of the Evansville Otters. Wilfred C. Bussing III, owner of the Evansville Otters, nominated Beardsley. Bussing states in his letter, “Beardsley is one of the most committed young men our club has seen in my 19 years in the League.” Bussing also talks about how easily Beardsley connects with the community, “He is a positive role model to children in the community.” Beardsley participated in numerous activities within the community from reading to children at local learning centers, to promoting pet adoption at local shelters. He also accompanied officers on “ride alongs” after games. The Fran Riordan Award is named for the Frontier League Hall of Famer that is the current Manager of the Oakland A’s AAA team in Las Vegas. He was recently named the Pacific Coast League Manager of the Year.

The Frontier League’s Organization of the Year Award, goes to the Evansville Otters as voted by other organizations throughout the League. The Otters current total attendance this year has been 97,422 with an average of 2,165. This is Evansville’s second Organization of the Year award with the other being in 1997. Evansville is the oldest member of the Frontier League. They joined the League in 1995. 2019 is their 25th Anniversary Season.

Michael Larson, General Manager of the Schaumburg Boomers, receives his first Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year Award. Schaumburg currently leads the League in attendance and in 2019, they realized a team record in corporate sponsorships. Larson is completing his second season as the Boomer’s G.M. He says, “I am greatly honored to win this award. We have a tremendous staff, supportive ownership, loyal fans and a great community.”

Here is a full List of the Award Winners for this season:

Most Valuable Player (Morgan Burkhart Award) – Ryan Long, 3B, Evansville Otters

Pitcher of the Year (Brian Tollberg Award) – Chase Cunningham, SP, Southern Illinois Miners

Rookie of the Year (Jason Simontacchi Award) – Taylor Wright, RP, Evansville Otters

Citizen of the Year (Fran Riordan Award) – Tyler Beardsley, SP, Evansville Otters

Manager of the Year (Roger Hanners Award) – Cameron Roth, Lake Erie Crushers

Coach of the Year (Darren Bush Award) – Max Peterson, Evansville Otters

 

1B – Quincy Nieporte, Schaumburg

2B – Aaron Hill, Lake Erie

3B – Ryan Long, Evansville (also won in 2018)

SS – Emmanuel Marrero, Lake Erie

C – Nick Oddo, Schaumburg

OF – Kyle Davis, Southern Illinois

OF – Hector Roa, Washington

OF – Ricky Ramirez, Jr., Florence

DH – Nolan Meadows – River City

SP – Chase Cunningham, Southern Illinois

RP – Geoff Bramblett, Gateway

 

Organization of the Year – Evansville Otters

Executive of the Year – Michael Larson, Schaumburg Boomers

Athletic Trainer of the Year – Margaret Rall, Joliet Slammers

Broadcaster of the Year (Robert Ford Award) – Kyle Dawson, Washington Wild Things

Clubbie of the Year (Sam Hartsfield Award) – Joe Lasco, Joliet Slammers

Writer of the Year – Chris Dugan- Washington Observer-Reporter

Umpire of the Year – Joe Harris

Photographer of the Year- Paul Baillargeon- Gateway Grizzlies

The Frontier League is in its 27th season in 2019 and includes 10 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.

BERNSTEIN, DAVIS SHINE AS MINERS SHUT OUT CRUSHERS

Southern Illinois starter sets new career-high, outfielder drives in four to even series

Marion, IL (August 28, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners got an outstanding start from Andrew Bernstein, who threw seven shutout innings on the mound, and four RBIs by Kyle Davis to beat the Lake Erie Crushers 5-0 at Rent One Park on Wednesday night.

Bernstein’s (3-2) night began with a leadoff walk and single in the top of the first inning, but the right-hander got the next three batters out to begin a streak where he retired 19 out of 20 Lake Erie hitters, holding them without a hit in that span as well between the first and seventh innings.

On the other side, Crushers ace Jared Koenig (7-2) was perfect through the first three innings with three strikeouts, but Southern Illinois pounced on him in the bottom of the fourth. Yeltsin Gudino led off with a single and Gianfranco Wawoe bunted his way on base before Jamey Smart walked to load the bases with none out. Davis then came up and smacked a two-run single to right field to make the score 2-0.

With Bernstein continuing to mow down the opposition, the Miners added to their lead in the sixth, when Davis came up with Smart on first base and cranked a two-run home run to left field to double the advantage to 4-0. In the eighth, the Miners came up with their final run, as Andy Cosgrovebrought in Gudino from third base with a two-out single for the 5-0 final score.

Bernstein ended up completing a career-high seven innings and surrendering just two singles, one walk and one hit-by-pitch, striking out two in his third win of the season as Southern Illinois recorded their third shutout victory in their last five games. Offensively, Davis finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs, putting him at 61 runs batted in for the 2019 season, while Gudino had two hits and two runs scored as well to help even the midweek series in Marion.

The Miners and Crushers will duel in a rubber came to conclude the series on Thursday, August 29, at 6:35 p.m. Ryan McAuliffe will draw the starting nod for Southern Illinois.

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.

Washington pitches ThunderBolts to victory

CRESTWOOD, IL – Chris Washington threw 8.1 innings in his final start of the season and led the ThunderBolts to a 4-2 win over the Schaumburg Boomers at Ozinga Field Wednesday night.

Washington got off to a rocky start as three of the first seven Boomer hitters reached base. He pitched out of a second-inning jam, though, and retired seven in a row and 18 of the next 19.

The ThunderBolts (40-53) took the lead for good in the bottom of the second inning as Micah Coffey drew a walk, moved to second on a passed ball and scored on a Taisei Fukuhara RBI single.

Coffey was involved again when they got their next run in the fourth inning. He and Tyler Straub hit back-to-back doubles to make the score 2-0.

Tanner Gardner’s fourth home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth, made it a three-run ThunderBolt lead and they took their biggest advantage of the game with a seventh inning run. Brynn Martinez singled, stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a balk.

Washington tied his career high with 11 strikeouts and dominated through the eighth but he walked Connor Oliver to leadoff the ninth inning. With one out, Matt Rose hit a two-run homer to leftfield, chasing Washington from the game two outs shy of his second shutout of the year.

Colby Blueberg got the final two outs for his eighth save.

Washington improved to 4-8 with the win and Matt Miller (3-6) allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings and took the loss.

The series closes with a rubber match on Thursday night. It is a Bud Light Thirsty Thursday at Ozinga Field as well as a White Castle Wrestling Thursday, featuring a postgame show from Zelo Pro Wrestling. On the field, Hayden Shenefield (1-3, 6.81) makes the start for the Bolts against Schaumburg’s Gunnar Kines (6-6, 2.34). First pitch is set for 7:05.

Rascals Wallop Wild Things

O’FALLON, Mo. — The River City Rascals snapped a three-game losing streak in style on Wednesday night at CarShield Field, defeating the Washington Wild Things 9-6 in front of a packed house. The Rascals hit four total homers on the night, including three straight in the third inning. The win trimmed the Rascals’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot to just two, with four games remaining in the regular season.

The Wild Things jumped out to an early lead, scoring three in the top of the first inning on an RBI double from Hector Roa and a two-run blast from Cody Erickson. The Rascals countered with a two-run shot from Braxton Martinez in the bottom of the frame. After back-to-back walks in the bottom of the third, LJ Kalawaia delivered a three-run home run to put the Rascals out in front. James Morisano and Zach Lavy followed with solo shots on consecutive pitches.

Washington started to chip away at the lead in the fifth, getting an RBI single from Roa, who scored himself on a throwing error from Morisano throwing to catch Roa stealing third base. The Rascals got an RBI double from Penner in the eighth, his third hit of the game, which was immediately followed by an RBI single Nolan Meadows. Roa added another RBI single in the top of the ninth before Jason Zgardowski struck out Erickson to end the game.

Rascals starter Brendan Feldmann (7-1) earned the win, allowing five runs, four earned, over six innings with ten strikeouts. Wild Things starter Nick Wegmann (6-8) took the loss, allowing seven runs over three innings.

The Rascals (53-39) and Wild Things (35-57) meet again tomorrow night in the finale of a brief two-game series, in what will be the final regular season game for the Rascals at CarShield Field. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. CDT, and Taylor Ahearn is expected to take the mound.

Sittinger, Calabrese help propel Otters to win

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Thanks to a quality start from starter Brandyn Sittinger and a key two-RBI double by Rob Calabrese, the Evansville Otters beat the Gateway Grizzlies 3-1 on Wednesday.

Wednesday was a low-scoring game as both starting pitchers stranded base runners.

The Grizzlies struck first in the top of the second inning on an RBI single by Gunnar Buhner, giving Gateway the early 1-0 lead.

The Otters matched that with a run of their own in bottom half of the inning, as Tanner Wetrich worked a bases-loaded walk to score Elijah MacNamee.

Tied at one, the Otters jumped ahead in the bottom of the third.

With one out, Ryan Long was hit by a pitch and MacNamee worked a walk to put runners on first and second. Both would advance a base after a balk by Grizzlies starter Jordan Barrett.

With two runners in scoring position, Calabrese ripped a two-RBI double down the left field line, scoring Long and MacNamee to give the Otters a 3-1 lead.

Sittinger would find a groove from there. The Otters’ right-hander threw six innings, allowing a run on three hits. He also struck out eight, earning his first win at Bosse Field, and improved his record to 2-2.

Barrett, after tossing seven shutout innings against the Otters two weeks ago, pitched well enough for the Grizzlies to win. He allowed three runs on three hits while striking out eight. He was handed the loss, dropping his record to 4-6.

Both bullpens held the opposing offenses scoreless.

The Otters and Grizzlies each left 10 men on base.

Otters relievers Drew Beyer and Cam Opp each recorded a pair of strikeouts in setting up the ninth for closer Taylor Wright.

With one out in the top of the ninth, Cletis Avery singled, forcing the tying run to the plate.

Wright locked in, getting Connor Owings to strikeouts and Andrew Daniel to fly out to record his 17th save of the season.

The Otters’ magic number to clinch a postseason berth is one after the Southern Illinois Miners also won Wednesday against the Lake Erie Crushers.

With a win on Thursday or a Southern Illinois loss, the Otters would clinch their fourth straight playoff berth.

The Otters’ magic number to clinch a division title is four after Wednesday’s action.

First pitch Thursday for game three of the series and Evansville’s last regular season home game will be at 6:35 p.m. from Bosse Field.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org 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.

For Evansville’s final regular season homestand, the Otters are presenting Bites, Brews and Baseball.

Thursday’s regular season home finale will be Customer Appreciation Night, College Night, and Bud Light Thirsty Thursday. For College Night, those with a valid college I.D. can get $2 G.A. tickets and free popcorn. There will special price drafts for Bud Light Thirsty Thursday presented by Working Distributors. Thursday will also feature special music guest DJ McNaughty. Thursday is sponsored by Army ROTC.

The Evansville Otters want to thank all fans and corporate partners for their support and help in making the Otters’ 25th anniversary season a success.

To purchase a playoff pass or a group outing, 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.

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BOOMERS HOLD OFF WINDY CITY

CRESTWOOD, IL —The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, opened the final week of the season by holding off the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Quincy Nieporte continued surging by driving home three runs as the Boomers built a 4-0 lead. Nieporte, who is leading the league with a .320 average, lifted a sacrifice fly in the first, notched an RBI single in the third and rocketed an RBI double in the fourth. The last RBI set the franchise’s single season record for RBIs with 66.David Harris knocked home 65 in 2017 en route to winning the league’s Morgan Burkhart Award as the MVP. Nieporte had driven home 16 runs over the last six games and ranks third in the league in RBIs.

Windy City rallied on multiple occasions, scoring twice against Aaron Rozek in the fifth to pull within 4-2. Nick Oddo roped a two-run single in the seventh to give Schaumburg a 6-2 edge, but Windy City scored three times to pull within 6-5 in the bottom of the inning. The ThunderBolts twice stranded the tying run in scoring position against Darrell Thompson.

Connor Eller spun a perfect ninth to save his 20th of the year, becoming just the second pitcher in team history to save 20 contests in a season. Rozek earned the win, striking out a career high 10 in 6.1 innings to move into fourth in single season team history. The Schaumburg pitching staff combined to strike out 14 in the game. Nieporte finished 3-for-4 while Dylan Jones also notched three hits.

The Boomers (45-46) continue the nine-game roadtrip tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Matt Miller (3-5, 4.83) on the hill against LHP Chris Washington (3-8, 3.83). Just three home games remain on the schedule this season. Visit boomersbaseball.com for tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.

SCHAUMBURG’S QUINCY NIEPORTE AND FLORENCE’S MIKE CASTELLANI TAKE HOME WEEKLY AWARDS

Schaumburg Boomers first baseman Quincy Nieporte and Florence Freedoms right- hander Mike Castellani have won 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.

Nieporte’s has won is Schaumburg’s first Player of the Week award of 2019. He set a new Frontier League record for most RBI in a single game, where he drove in 10 against the Gateway Grizzlies. Nieporte finished the week with a .364 batting average, 3 HR, 13 RBI and a 1.349 OPS on the week. He has also had an impressive August where he has 27 hits and has also drove in 27 runs.

The 25- year old is in his first season with the Boomers, after playing two years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. Nieporte has his name in the top five of several offensive categories for the season, including his league leading .315 batting average. He also is tied for 4th with 24 doubles, in 4th with 63 RBI, and tied for 5th with a .883 OPS.

Castellani earned his first Pitcher of the Week of 2019. He pitched 15.1 innings without giving up an earned run. He secured two wins, struck out seven while he only gave up a .78 WHIP. Castellani has won his last three starts, where he has gone at least seven innings, and has only given up one run combined. In the month of August Castellani has gone 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and a 1.1 WHIP in 38.1 innings.

The 24-year old right-hander has a 9-2 record with a 2.55 ERA on the season, which are 2nd and 5th in the league respectively. He also ranks 2nd in innings pitched on the season with 123.2. Castellani is in his second season with the Freedom, after finishing his career at Bucknell University.

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.

GRIZZLIES ROLL RASCALS FOR SWEEP

SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies earned their first sweep and four-game winning streak of 2019 with a 12-3 romp Sunday over the River City Rascals at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

River City (52-39) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Grizzlies (37-53) rattled off the final 12 runs of the ballgame.

Connor Owings crushed a two-out, two-run homer to right-center field in the third inning to get the Grizzlies on the board. They were still behind 3-2 through the fifth inning. Prior to Sunday’s win, the Grizzlies had been 6-39 (.133) this season when trailing after five innings.

Gateway tied the game in the sixth inning on a Greg White sacrifice fly to center field that scored Dustin Woodcock.

Owings led off the seventh inning with a walk, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, then scored on an Andrew Daniel RBI single. After Daniel was thrown out trying to move up to second on the play, Woodcock homered to over the right-field fence. It was his 12th blast of the year and tied him with Luke Lowery for the team lead.

But the Grizzlies were far from finished.

Wesley Jones singled, Gunnar Buhner walked, White singled, Cletis Avery singled, Zak Taylor singled, Owings walked, and Daniel doubled before the inning ended. Gateway scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh. Jones, Buhner, White, and Owings all scored runs; Avery (2), Taylor, and Daniel (2) drove them in. Counting Daniel’s RBI single to give the Grizzlies the lead earlier in the inning, he knocked in three runs in one frame.

White added a two-run homer in the eighth to tie a bow on the Grizzlies’ 12-3 win.

Dominic Topoozian gave the Grizzlies a quality start with three runs allowed over 6 2/3 innings. Jason Seever (2-1) earned the victory with 1 1/3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen and four strikeouts; he worked out of two different bases-loaded jams. Grant Black fired a perfect ninth with a pair of punchouts to finish the game.

Gateway will take Monday off before opening a three-game series on the road against the Evansville Otters with a 6:35 p.m. CDT first pitch Tuesday at historic Bosse Field.

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.

MINERS SHUT OUT WILD THINGS TO COMPLETE SWEEP

Cunningham fans 10 for 10th win, Southern Illinois records second shutout of the weekend

Washington, PA (August 25, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners got another outstanding start from Chase Cunningham on Sunday, as the veteran struck out ten Washington Wild Things in his return to Wild Things Park as a visiting player to lead the way to a 2-0 victory and a Miners sweep of the weekend series in Washington.

Southern Illinois took the lead in the top of the second inning, loading the bases against Washington starter Nick Gallagher (2-3) for Jarrod Watkins, whose sacrifice fly to center field brought home Kyle Davis and made the score 1-0. Washington then threatened that lead in the bottom of the second, with leadoff singles by Hector Roa and Cody Erickson combining with a hit batter to load the bases with one out.

But Cunningham (10-4) bore down- the ace right-hander got a ground ball back to the mound for a fielder’s choice, with the putout at home for the second out of the inning, and then struck out Dom DeRenzo looking to preserve the lead. Making his first start against his former team in Washington since coming to the Miners in an offseason trade, Cunningham then proceeded to almost completely shut down the Wild Things’ offense, allowing just one more base-runner (on a two-out, hit-by-pitch in the fifth inning) for the rest of his start.

The veteran ended up striking out 10 in seven shutout innings to earn his Frontier League-leading 10th victory of the season, along with two hits allowed and no walks, becoming the first Miner to earn double-digit victories in a single season since Adam Lopez in 2015. Southern Illinois gave him one more run of support in the fifth inning, as Joe Duncan doubled with one out, and with two down in the inning, Kirvin Moesquit brought in the game’s final run with a double of his own.

Will Headean and Gabe Gentner nailed down the final six outs in relief of Cunningham, with Gentner earning his 13th save as Southern Illinois recorded a shutout for the second time in the series, and held the Wild Things to just a single run over the course of the three-game series.

Now just 1.5 games back of a playoff spot in the Frontier League standings, the Miners return home for their final six regular season home games after an off day on Monday, kicking off the homestand with the first of a three-game series against the East-Division leading Lake Erie Crushers on Tuesday, August 27. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. 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.

ThunderBolts take series with matinee win

CRESTWOOD, IL – For the second straight day, the ThunderBolts scored multiple runs in the first inning and rode them to a victory. On Sunday, they beat the Joliet Slammers 5-2 at Ozinga Field.

Joliet (39-51) got the first run of the game in the top of the first when Oliver Nunez walked, stole two bases and came home on a Dash Winningham single, but the ThunderBolts (39-52) immediately responded.

In the bottom of the first inning, Michael Mateja was hit by a pitch, Tanner Gardner walked and Tyler Alamo hit a two-run double to give the Bolts their first lead. Alamo scored on a Tyler Straub base hit.

The ThunderBolts added three more hits in the second inning. Gardner drove in a run on his single to make the score 4-1.

Mateja and Gardner both doubled in the fourth to plate their final run. Mateja ended up reaching base four times in the game and Gardner finished with three hits and two RBIs.

Tyler Thornton started for the ThunderBolts and struggled through the first two innings, allowing five base runners, but he gave up just two more over his last three innings and improved his career record to 5-0 against Joliet.

The Slammers got their last run on a Harrison Bragg solo homer in the sixth inning. They put two more runners on base in the inning but stranded them at second and third.

Thornton (7-3) went five innings total for the win and Blake Hickman tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Matt Burleton (1-1) allowed four runs in 1.1 innings and took the loss.

The ThunderBolts take Monday off before resuming their season-ending eight-game home stand on Tuesday against the Schaumburg Boomers. Cole Bellair (3-6, 5.46) gets the start for Windy City against Schaumburg’s Aaron Rozek (5-5, 3.63). It’s $2 Ticket Tuesday at Ozinga Field and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.

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