It was a busy Memorial Day that was full of baseball, including two doubleheaders. Here is a recap of how every game unfolded:
Washington picked up a series win against the Lake Erie Crushers with a 7-1 win in Avon. It was the first professional start for Ryan Hennen, and he threw five innings while giving up just one run and one hit. He also struck out eight batters in the start. The one hit he did allow was a solo home run to Bryan De La Rosa in the second inning. The Wild Things began the scoring in the first with a Bralin Jackson RBI single and a John Sansone sacrifice fly. In the second, Jackson brought home another run with an RBI single, and Grant Heyman hit a single to bring home a fourth run. Heyman had three hits including a triple. Sansone added a run with a single in the fifth, Hector Roa doubled home a run in the seventh, and Trevor Casanova drove him in with an RBI single to round out the scoring.
The Gateway Grizzlies overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 6-5 in ten innings. Schaumburg spent most of the game on top. Gian Martellini hit a two-run single in the second inning, and Quincy Nieporte did the same in the third. DH Andres Regnault hit a solo homer for the Grizzlies in the seventh to get them on the board and make it 4-1. It was 5-2 after eight, but Abdiel Diaz and Jose Rosario hit back-to-back RBI groundouts to make it 5-4 in the ninth. With runners on first and second, Schaumburg SS Matt McGarry tried to barehand a ball hit off the pitcher, but threw it into the stand, allowing a run to score to tie the game. The game was tied after nine. In the tenth, Connor Owins hit a game-winning RBI double to bring home Justin Jones from second, and win the game for Gateway.
Florence and Southern Illinois went to extra innings, and the Y’alls won yet again 5-4, improving to 5-0 on the season. The scoring started for Florence when Harrison DiNicola cracked a two-run single in the second. The Miners responded by scoring four times in the top of the fourth. Nolan Earley launched a solo home run, Jarrod Watkins made it 2-2 on an RBI single, a wild pitch allowed Luke Mangieri to score from third base and let the Miners take the 3-2 lead, and Spencer Henn hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 Miners at the end of the half inning. Florence would respond in the eighth with a Trevor Craport solo home run to make it 4-3. DiNicola would later score on a fielder’s choice by Will Baker to tie the game at 4. In the bottom of the tenth, Chad Sedio won the game for the Y’alls with a walk-off single—their second walk-off win of the series—to sweep the Miners.
The Sussex County Miners and Tri-City ValleyCats played a doubleheader Monday, with the Miners taking both games. In the first game, Billy Layne, Jr. got five innings of pitching work, striking out six and not allowing a run. Meanwhile, the Miners bats gave him the support he needed. Trey Hair scored on a double steal from third, and Cito Culver delivered an RBI single in the fourth, providing enough offense for the Miners to earn the win. In the second game, it was Alexander Vargas who powered the Miners pitching with five innings and only two hits and one run allowed. Cito Culver scored Martin Figueroa on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, then Daniel Herrera would get on base and score on a pair of wild pitches. In the sixth, Trey Hair would score after Culver reached base on a fielding error, and the score would finish at 3-1.
The New York Boulders and New Jersey Jackals also played a doubleheader Monday, with the Jackals taking both games. In the first, New Jersey won 4-3. New Jersey scored first in the bottom of the second, Alfredo Marte scoring on a double by Stanley Espinal and later, Espinal scoring on a fielder’s choice off the bat of T.J. Ward, making it 2-0 Jackals. The Boulders scored four in the fourth. Ryan Ramiz scored on a bases-loaded walk. Milton Smith hit an RBI single, scoring Jack Sundberg and Ray Hernandez and making it 3-2 Boulders. Tucker Nathans also notched an RBI single to drive home Phil Capra and make it 4-2 New York after four. But in the fifth, New Jersey would take the lead right back with a Dalton Combs RBI single, and a two-run RBI single by Jason Agresti. This would put the Jackals ahead for good, with their bullpen closing the rest of the seven-inning game out. In game two, the Jackals went ahead on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Nicco Toni in the second. Austin Denis would deliver an RBI single for the Boulders in the seventh, tying the game at one and sending it to extra innings. After New York scored in the top half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Kevonte Mitchell, New Jersey came back and scored two, capped off with a walk-off single by Dalton Combs.
The Evansville Otters beat Équipe Québec 5-2 Monday, taking the rubber match and improving to 3-1. In the second, Dakota Phillips hit a two-run double to open it up 2-0. Bryce Denton doubled home Miles Gordon in the third, and Miles Gordon and Andy DeJesus both notched RBI singles to make it 5-0. Québec scored both runs in the eighth, with Jeffry Parra singling home two runs. Marty Anderson earned the win for the Otters, going five innings and allowing three hits, two walks and no runs. Abraham Almonte and Logan Sawyer helped close out the game, with Sawyer earning his second save of the season.
Ten teams in action Tuesday, as the calendar turns to June and the season gets into full swing. Remember, you can watch every game at FrontierLeagueTV.com.