Florence has tossed 19 straight scoreless innings, grab third win in a row
SCHAUMBURG, Ill– After a shut-out win in the previous finale, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, blanked the Schaumburg Boomers in the opener of a new series, landing a, 1-0, victory at Boomers Stadium on Tuesday night. The shut-out makes it nineteen straight scoreless innings for the Freedom pitching staff, who last allowed a run in the eighth inning on Saturday night.
Florence (46-29) started fast in the first inning, plating a run off Gunnar Kines (6-5) courtesy an Isaac Benard double and an ensuing two-out RBI-single from Ricky Ramirez Jr. The Boomers (38-34) starter, Kines, would not allow another run over his last five innings, earning his ninth straight quality-start in a tough-luck loss. The lefty surrendered seven hits and struck out nine with one walk in defeat.
Scott Sebald (6-1) was phenomenal on the bump for the Freedom, besting his counter-part with seven shut-out innings before handing the ball to Sean Hughes in the eighth. Sebald scattered three hits and struck out four while walking only one.
Hughes and closer, Karl Craigie went the final two frames, one inning apiece en route to the, 1-0, victory. Facing the minimum in the ninth, Craigie recorded his seventh save. The win marks the third in a row for Florence, who will take the field in the middle-game in the midst of a winning streak.
These two teams will get back to work on Wednesday, throwing a pair of lefties in game two. The Freedom will send George Faue (1-1, 4.50) to the mound, opposite southpaw, Connor Reed (4-5, 3.68) of Schaumburg with first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m. at Boomers Stadium.
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.