The Frontier League’s 28th season got underway on Thursday night. Here is a recap of the night’s action:
The Tri-City ValleyCats earned a 2-1 comeback victory over the Sussex County Miners at Skylands Stadium. There were only two hits allowed in the game, and it went scoreless into the bottom of the sixth after the Miners scored once following an error. Tri-City then came back in the final inning, with a game-tying triple by shortstop Carson Maxwell. Maxwell then scored on a go-ahead RBI single by right-fielder Avery Tuck, and Trey Cochran-Gill collected the save in the ninth. ValleyCats right-hander Carlos Sano struck out seven and allowed only two hits in five and two thirds innings. Meanwhile, Sussex County’s Tyler Alexander recorded a single game franchise record 12 strikeouts in the loss.
The Florence Y’alls went on a back-and-forth race with the Washington Wild Things and won 10-9. Florence scored on a base hit by Chad Sedlo in the first, before Washington hit two home runs in the fourth, taking a 3-1 lead. The Y’alls soon retook the lead on a home run by Trevor Craport and a double by Harrison DiNicola. Washington got the lead back after a groundout by Grant Heyman scored a run and an infield single and error off Hector Roa’s bat scored two more. Florence scored seven times in the fifth, making it 10-6 until back-to-back homers by Washington in the ninth closed the gap to 10-9.
The Southern Illinois Miners scored four runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning, and added insurance to the lead in the later innings as they beat the Lake Erie Crushers 8-5. In the first inning, Nolan Earley brought Craig Massey home with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Miners lead. Lake Erie tied it up in the bottom of the second thanks to a fielder’s choice and an error, but in the fourth, the Miners batted around and scored four times to knock Lake Erie’s starter Ryan Feierabend out of the game. Lake Erie got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but Southern Illinois would later pad their lead with a home run from Gianfranco Wawoe in the seventh, and a two-run single by Nolan Earley in the eighth to give them an 8-3 lead. The Crushers battled back and scored two more in the eighth, but the lead was too much to overcome, as Kyle Hinton earned the save in the ninth to close it out.
The New Jersey Jackals picked up a close one-run win over the New York Boulders 4-3. The Boulders initially took the lead in the third on a hit-and-run grounder by Ryan Ramiz. New Jersey came back and took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when Alfredo Marte lined a three-run double off of reliever Zach Schneider, who took over for starter Dan Wirchansky. New York tied the game with a two-run bases loaded infield hit in the sixth inning, but Jason Agresti drove in the go-ahead run for the Jackals on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
The Evansville Otters routed the Schaumburg Boomers 15-2 at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg. The Otters got on the board in the first with an RBI single from Riley Krane, and never looked back. Two more runs scored on wild pitches that inning, and three more came from a Bryce Denton home run in the third inning. Otters all-time hits and RBI leader John Schultz extended his record totals with a two-run triple in the sixth. J.R. Davis, Schultz, and Cristopher Pujols all drove in multiple runs, while starter Dalton Stambaugh gave up two runs over 4.1 innings. Tyler Spring came on in the fifth and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings for the win.
Windy City beat Joliet 7-1 at Ozinga Field. The ThunderBolts took the lead in the second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jairus Richards. They never looked back from there, scoring four more runs in the fifth on a couple of RBI singles by Jose Layer and Rob Calabrese, and a double by Jack Strunc. They picked up two more in the seventh on a single by Jairus Richards. Starting pitcher Tyler Thornton went seven scoreless innings with twelve strikeouts. The only run of the game for Joliet came on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning by Lane Baremore.
Stay tuned for more action tomorrow night! Watch all the games on FrontierLeagueTV.com with a free trial through May 31st.