In case you missed any of the action Thursday night, here is a recap of all the games that took place:
The Washington Wild Things took the series finale against the Florence Y’alls 8-2 Thursday night. Bralin Jackson hit a solo home run in the first to make it 1-0 Washington. Then, Hector Roa hit one in the second to make it 2-0. In the sixth, Brian Sharp added to the tally with a solo home run of his own, and then John Sansone hit an RBI single to make it 4-0 after six. Florence fought back with a two-run home run by Chad Sedio in the same inning, but the Wild Things got two right back on singles by Sharp and Jackson. Then in the eighth, Sharp and Jackson were both walked with the bases loaded to give Washington eight runs and close out the scoring. Darren Osby completed five scoreless innings for the Wild Things in the win. Hector Roa’s two hits on the night moved him into second all-time in hits in Washington franchise history.
The Gateway Grizzlies earned an 8-4 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Windy City struck first, with an RBI single that brought home Zac Taylor. Then Jamey Smart hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Dan Robinson to make it 2-0 ThunderBolts. But in the bottom half, Gateway’s offense started rolling. After a single and a double, Ty Moore hit the first run home with a sacrifice fly. The next two plays were a Nick Rotola RBI double and a Justin Jones RBI single. Dustin Woodcock would cap off the inning with a two-run double to end the first inning at 5-2 Grizzlies. Gateway kept the lead for the rest of the game, with Jorge Tavarez pitching 5.2 innings and earning the win. Nick Rotola went 4-4 on the night, and finished just a triple shy of the cycle.
The New York Boulders won their final game against the Tri-City ValleyCats, and swept the series with a 9-3 win. The ValleyCats got off to a good start, with Steven Figueroa hitting a solo home run to make it 1-0 in the first. The Boulders would strike back with three runs in the bottom half coming on a pair of RBI singles from Ryan Ramiz and Zach Penprase. Avery Tuck would bring a run home in the second for Tri-City on an RBI single, but that was matched by an RBI single from Zach Kirtley of the Boulders in the bottom half. New York would take a 5-2 lead with a Phil Capra RBI single in the third, and Tri-City would inch closer on a Denis Phipps double, making it 5-3. New York would tack on four more runs in the seventh and eighth—on a sac fly from Phil Capra, a groundout off the bat of Milton Smith Jr., a Ryan Ramiz single, and a groundout from Zach Penprase. Brian Rapp got the start for the Boulders and went four innings, but Zach Schneider earned the win in his four innings of relief for the Boulders.
The Joliet Slammers defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 9-6, winning the final game of the series between the two teams. The Slammers put three on the board in the first inning, on a pair of RBI singles from Kyle Jacobsen and Braxton Davidson. Two more came in the second on an RBI double from Brylie Ware. The Boomers got runs back in the third and fourth on sac flies from Chase Dawson and Nick Oddo, but in the sixth, Brian Parreira launched a two-run home run before Patrick Causa hit an RBI single to extend the Slammers’ lead to 9-2. Schaumburg would proceed to score two on RBI singles by Angelo Gumbs and Luke Becker in the seventh, and two more on a Chase Dawson single in eighth to give them six runs. It was not enough though, as Trevor Charpie closed out the game in the ninth for Joliet to give them the series win.
In a doubleheader Thursday night, Équipe Québec and the Southern Illinois Miners each took a game a piece. The Miners took game one 4-3. Équipe Québec opened up the scoring in the fourth with a two-run home run from Riley Pittman. Gift Ngoepe then tripled and scored on an error to put Québec up 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth, the Miners scored on a Tyler Sandoval RBI single, and then in the sixth, they tied the game with a two-run home run from Nolan Earley. At last, in the seventh, Southern Illinois walked it off on an RBI single from Jarrod Watkins to win them game one. In game two, the Miners scored first—in the first on an RBI groundout from Luke Mangieri to go up 1-0. That was the score until Riley Pittman hit a two-run single in the fifth to make it 2-1 Équipe Québec. The game would be tied after a bases loaded walk in the bottom half, but Québec would go back ahead on a Jeffry Parra solo home run in the sixth. They would add one more on a home run by David Glaude in the seventh. Mangieri responded with his own solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for Southern Illinois, but Équipe Québec would hold on to win 4-3.
In the second doubleheader of the day, Evansville took both games from Lake Erie in extra innings. Game one ended 2-1. It started with Lake Erie’s Trevor Achenbach hitting a solo home run off of Dalton Stambaugh. Christopher Pujols would respond with an RBI single in the second to tie it. From there, Stambaugh pitched a solid game, going six innings and striking out six, while only giving up that one run. In extra innings, the Otters held the Crushers scoreless and set up Elijah MacNamee to win the game on a bases loaded RBI single. In game two, MacNamee got it started with an RBI sac fly in the first. Lake Erie tied it with a sacrifice fly of their own in the third, but soon after, Andy DeJesus doubled home a run for the Otters. In the fifth, the Crushers scored three to make it 4-2, but Evansville would tie it up in the bottom of the seventh on a fielder’s choice scoring Trent Nash, and a safety squeeze by Josh Henderson scoring J.R. Davis. The Crushers were again held scoreless in extra innings after stranding a pair of base runners, and Evansville was also unable to score any in the eighth, so the game went to a home run derby to break the tie—the first for either team. The Otters would win the home run derby 4-2 after Riley Krane and Dakota Phillips hit two each to break the tie and sweep the series for Evansville.
Sussex County and New Jersey were postponed Thursday night, with the game rescheduled to be part of a doubleheader on July 3.
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