Sunday’s Frontier League games brought us a few pitcher’s duels, and a few late-inning wins as well. If you missed any of it, this recap should help get you caught up:
The Windy City ThunderBolts scored five in the seventh inning and overcame the Joliet Slammers 8-4. Peyton Isaacson’s RBI single in the second gave the Bolts an early lead. Sean Green brought home a run on his sacrifice fly in the third, tying the game at 1. In the seventh, Windy City exploded for five runs to take a 6-1 lead. Jamey Smart drove in one on an RBI single, then with the bases loaded, Zac Taylor launched a grand slam, opening the game up for the ThunderBolts. In the bottom half, Joliet closed the gap. Tyler Depreta-Johnson brought home two on an RBI double, and Lane Baremore brought Depreta-Johnson home on a single, making it 6-4. Jairus Richards proceeded to hit a two-run home run in the ninth to give Windy City some insurance, and the game finished 8-4 after Justin Miller got the save.
Équipe Québec edged out the Washington Wild Things 1-0 in the rubber game to take the weekend series. The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Jorge Gutierrez singled home a runner from third in what was the only run of the game. Miguel Cienfuegos pitched eight scoreless innings for Québec, allowing just four hits and one walk. He struck out two on the day. Wild Things starter Michael Austin also had a solid outing, pitching six scoreless innings in the loss. Andrew Case got the save for Équipe Québec after coming on in the ninth.
The Tri-City ValleyCats earned a win against the New Jersey Jackals 4-2 to cap their weekend series. Denis Phipps launched a two-run home run in the first inning for the ValleyCats, giving them an early 2-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, New Jersey’s Alfredo Marte hit a two-run home run of his own, tying the game at two a piece. But in the bottom half of the fourth, Francis Martinez put Tri-City back in front with an RBI single. They would later add an insurance run in the fifth on an RBI single from Oscar Campos to make it 4-2. Starter Parker Kelly pitched five innings in the win, picking up three strikeouts and giving up only one earned run on two hits on the day. Trey Cochran-Gill pitched the final two innings and collected his second save of the season.
The Sussex County Miners beat the New York Boulders 4-3, sweeping their three-game series. New York’s Austin Dennis hit a solo home run in the first to give the Boulders an early lead. They’d add to this lead with a pair of RBI singles by Tucker Nathans Kevonte Mitchell coming in the third inning. Sussex County would respond with two of their own in the bottom half. Nilo Rijo lined an RBI double to score one, and would later score on an error by pitcher Danny Wirchansky, making it 3-2 Boulders after three. The Miners would take the lead for good in the fifth, when Trey Hair launched a two-run home run to put them in front 4-3. Mike Castellani got the win in six innings pitched for Sussex County.
The Florence Y’alls scored the one and only run of the game in the ninth inning, and beat the Gateway Grizzlies 1-0. It was a pitchers duel through eight, as Kevin Hahn started for Florence and got through 5 1/3 innings, and Aaron Ford lasted six for Gateway. Ford did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. Each team’s bullpen held each other scoreless until the ninth. It was Harrison DiNicola who broke the scoreless tie on an RBI single that allowed Trevor Craport to score the winning run for the Y’alls. Johnathon Tripp earned his fourth save of the season for Florence.
The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Southern Illinois Miners by a score of 8-7. The Miners carried a 2-0 lead after a Luke Mangieri double plated one run, and an error by Steve Passatempo allowed Mangieri to score later in the first. The Crushers responded quickly with a three-run second inning. Trevor Achenbach scored on a wild pitch by Miners starter Tyler Brown. Passatempo then tied the game on an RBI single, and General McArthur added the third with another single to give Lake Erie a 3-2 lead. Southern Illinois would tie the game in the fourth after Jarrod Watkins singled home Ryan Stacy. The Crushers scored three more in the fifth on an RBI single from Steven Kraft, an RBI single from Brody Wofford, and a sacrifice fly from Bryan De La Rosa that made it 6-3. But the Miners would answer again with a three-run inning of their own. Ian Walters scored a run with a triple, and then Nick Neville hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 6. De La Rosa broke the tie with a two-run single for the Crushers in the seventh, but the Miners were able to get one back on a double play in the eighth. However, the Miners could not score any more after that, and Daniel Kight came on in the ninth to close the game for Lake Erie and earn the save.
The Evansville Otters and Schaumburg Boomers split a doubleheader Sunday. In game one, the Boomers prevailed 2-1. It was another pitchers duel as Evansville’s Marty Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, and Schaumburg’s Ryan Middendorf pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in the seven-inning game. In the top of the seventh, Dakota Phillips broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run to put Evansville up 1-0. But Schaumburg would respond with two in the bottom half. Nick Oddo crushed a two-run walk-off home run for the Boomers win. Schaumburg started the scoring in game two with an RBI single from Quincy Nieporte in the first inning. Evansville responded in the second with a J.R. Davis home run to tie the game. Schaumburg scored two more in the second, but that was followed by a five-run third inning for Evansville. Riley Krane doubled home a run, Bryce Denton singled home another, and Dakota Phillips hit an RBI double to give the Otters a 3-2 lead. Davis then hit an RBI single. The Otters would score two more on an RBI double from Riley Krane in the sixth, and a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Miles Gordon. The game would finish 9-6 Evansville. Tyler Spring earned the win out of the bullpen for the Otters.
All teams have Monday off, but we’ll be back with more baseball on Tuesday! You can watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com.