In case you missed any of Friday’s Frontier League action, here is a recap to get you all caught up:
The Washington Wild Things were able to pull away from Équipe Québec, winning 7-3. Grant Heyman started off the first with an RBI single, and the next hitter Hector Roa tripled home two more runs, making it 3-0 Wild Things. David Glaude then hit a two-run home run for Équipe Québec in the third inning, but Hector Roa got his second RBI hit of the night in the bottom half for Washington. Québec scored again in the fifth, but Washington was not done. Three runs scored on an error after a base hit by Joe Campagna, making it 7-3, and closing the scoring. Keven Pimentel picked up his second win on the mound this season, and the Washington bullpen combined to pitch four scoreless innings to secure the win for the Wild Things.
The Gateway Grizzlies scored three runs in the eighth inning and beat the Florence Y’alls 5-2. Florence scored the first two runs on a pair of RBI singles by Mitch Piatnik in the third, and Luis Pintor in the fifth, respectively. Gateway would answer with a Justin Jones RBI triple and Jay Prather sac fly in the bottom of the fifth. Then in the eighth, Axel Johnson launched a three-run home run to give the Grizzlies 5-2 lead. Jack Jett threw three scoreless innings to earn the win in relief for Gateway.
The Evansville Otters topped the Schaumburg Boomers 6-2. The Boomers scored in the first on a Quincy Nieporte two-run home run. Evansville proceeded to score four runs in the fourth inning, on a two-run single by J.R. Davis tying the game, a wild pitch scoring Bryce Denton, and a single by Christopher Pujols. The lead was extended on a two-run home run by Justin Felix in the sixth to make it 6-2. Polo Portela earned the win for the Otters in six innings pitched with eight strikeouts, and Justin Lewis and Reid Bukowski came in from the bullpen and helped close it out.
The Sussex County Miners put up twelve runs defeated the New York Boulders 12-2. Audy Ciriaco hit one in on a groundout in the first to open the scoring for the Miners. The Boulders got one back on an RBI single by Jack Sundberg, but the Miners also scored in the second. Chuck Taylor scored three on an RBI double, then scored on an error by the catcher, and then later in the inning, Trey Hair stole home to make it 6-1 Miners. They would tack on three more in the third, on an error by the catcher, an RBI single by Taylor, and an RBI double by Trey Hair. Ryan Ramiz hit one more in for the Boulders in the fourth on an RBI single, but it would not be enough to keep pace. In the seventh, the Miners added three more on a groundout from Trey Hair, a double by Martin Figueroa, and a single by Daniel Herrera. Tyler Alexander tossed six innings with seven strikeouts, and giving up just two runs—one unearned—in the win for Sussex County.
The Joliet Slammers came from behind and scored four runs in the eighth to defeat the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-4. Joliet got their first two runs on a two-run homer by Brian Parreira in the first. The ThunderBolts answered in the fifth with a Rob Calabrese groundout and Jose Layer single each driving in one run a piece. The next inning, Windy City took the lead on a Zac Taylor RBI double, but it was soon tied again after Joliet’s Braxton Davidson hit a solo home run. Windy City’s Jack Strunc would score on an infield hit by Zac Taylor in the top of the eighth to make it 4-3 ThunderBolts. The Slammers then unloaded for four runs in the bottom half, as they loaded the bases and allowed Patrick Causa to drive in two of those runs on an RBI single. Three errors by Windy City allowed the Slammers to score two more runs in the inning and put the game away. Gerald Bautista got the win in relief for the Slammers, allowing one run in 2.1 innings.
The New Jersey Jackals routed the Tri-City ValleyCats 17-2 Friday night. The game was close until the Jackals unloaded for nine runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Jackals began the scoring with a Justin Wylie single in the third, and got another in the fifth with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Demetrius Moorer. Tri-City responded with an RBI double from Avery Tuck in the bottom half, and a Juan Silverio solo home run in the sixth. Santiago Chirino drove in two on an RBI single in the seventh before the Jackals’ bats got hot in the eighth. Demetrius Moorer and Justin Wylie both drove in runs on a pair of RBI singles. Russ Olive then got a run home on a fielder’s choice. Riley Mihalik plated another on a double, and T.J. Ward plated two on an RBI single. To cap off the scoring in the eighth, Dalton Combs scored on a passed ball. The Jackals scored four more in the ninth on a pair of home runs from Russ Olive and Riley Mihalik to put an end to the offensive outpouring for New Jersey.
The Southern Illinois Miners came back from a 4-1 deficit, beating the Lake Erie Crushers in a home run derby 4-2. The Miners took an early lead on a Nolan Earley double scoring one run in the first. Gunnar Kines hit Lake Erie’s Steve Passatempo with a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home a run for the Crushers in the second. They would add to that lead after another pair of hit batters in the fourth, followed by two errors by the Southern Illinois defense. Steven Kraft would then hit an RBI infield single to make it 4-1 Crushers. However, the Miners would strike back on an RBI single by Anthony Brocato and a sacrifice fly from Ian Walters cutting it to 4-3 in the seventh. In the eighth, Yeltsin Gudiño hit an RBI double to tie the game at 4, and eventually send it to extra innings. Lake Erie scored two in the tenth on an RBI single by Brody Wofford and a sacrifice fly by Shawon Dunston, Jr. giving them a 6-4 lead. The Miners would come back again, loading the bases, drawing a walk, and then scoring the tying run on a Nolan Earley RBI single that would send the game to a home run derby. The Miners won the derby 4-2 to end the four-hour-plus game.
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