Despite the weather having an effect on four games, there was still plenty of action to be had Friday night, including some Frontier League history being made. Here is a recap of all the games that took place:
On a historic night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark, the Gateway Grizzlies split a doubleheader with Équipe Québec. In the first game, Équipe Québec won a tight game 10-9 in seven innings. Both teams kept it close early on, scoring in each of the first three innings. Québec scored a run in the top of the second, then Gateway scored five in the bottom half. The Grizzlies kept this lead for most of the game, but Québec took the lead after a four-run fifth inning to make it 10-9. Jeffry Parra hit two home runs in the game, and Marshall Shill earned the win for Québec. Andrew Case took the save, while reliever Cody Thompson took the loss for the Grizzlies. In game two, each team scored one run each in the second, third, and sixth innings. Gateway scored all three runs on solo home runs by Chase Vallot, Jay Prather, and Nick Rotola (his second). Still tied after eight innings of play, the game went to the first ever Home Run Derby in Frontier League history. Chase Vallot hit five home runs on eight pitches in the first of three rounds, leading the Grizzlies to a thrilling 8-4 victory in the derby.
After an hour and a half delay in Florence, the Florence Y’alls took the second and final game against the Washington Wild Things 3-1 to sweep the two-game series. Jose Brizuela scored on a single by Harrison DiNicola due to an error in right field in the second inning for the Y’alls. Connor Crane then hit an RBI triple to left-center to put the Y’alls up 2-0, and two batters later, the fielder’s choice off the bat of Will Baker scored another run to extend the lead to three. Washington would score once in the third off a sacrifice fly from Joe Campagna, but Florence’s pitching was too strong and did not give up another run. Edgar Martinez picked up the win after allowing just one earned run and three hits over five innings of work.
In Joliet, the Slammers bested the Windy City ThunderBolts 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel at DuPage Medical Group Field. Brian Parreira drove in the game’s first run with a single in the bottom of the fourth, and Lane Baremore’s RBI groundout later that inning gave Joliet a 2-0 lead. An error in the fifth brought home Alonzo Jones and the Slammers extended their lead to 3-0. The ThunderBolts gained a run back in the seventh with a sacrifice fly by Jake Hirabayashi, but then the Slammers bullpen shut the door to make it a 3-1 final. Bobby Milacki pitched five shutout innings in his Frontier League debut and first win, while Kenny Mathews struck out five and gave up three unearned runs in five innings of work.
The Evansville vs Schaumburg matchup scheduled for Friday night was postponed and rescheduled for June 6 at 5 p.m., as the first game of a doubleheader that day.
New Jersey at New York was also postponed and rescheduled as part of a single admission doubleheader on June 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.
Southern Illinois at Lake Erie was postponed due to weather as well, and will be made up on June 15 as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. that day in Avon, Ohio.
Tri-City vs Sussex County was the last of four games to be postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, with the game being pushed back as part of a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2 p.m.
The games continue Saturday! You can watch all of them on FrontierLeagueTV.com with a free trial through May 31st.