After a day off, the Frontier League picked up right where we left off, with six games Tuesday. Here is a recap of the action:
The New Jersey Jackals edged out the Washington Wild Things 3-2. Nick Ward hit an early home run in the first to give the Wild Things a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Jackals responded with a Stanley Espinal home run to tie it, and another run scoring on a two-base error. Washington’s Andrew Czech would tie it in the bottom half after a solo home run of his own, making it 2-2. Then in the fourth, New Jersey took the lead 3-2 with an Espinal base hit. Spencer Hereford got the win, giving up two runs in five innings pitched for the Jackals, and Dylan Brammer shut the door in the ninth for the save.
The Schaumburg Boomers, with the help of starter Kyle Arjona, blanked the Joliet Slammers 8-0. Arjona only allowed three hits and struck out four in the first complete game shutout of the year. Angelo Gumbs led off the fourth inning with a home run to get Schaumburg on the board. Matt Bottcher hit a two-run single to make it 3-0 in his pro debut. Alec Craig drove in a run on a single in the seventh, and the Boomers would score four in the eighth. Luke Becker, Chase Dawson, and Gumbs all drove in runs, and one more scored on a wild pitch in the inning to make it 8-0. This was only the fourth career start for Arjona.
The Evansville Otters topped the Florence Y’alls 11-7. Florence scored first with a Taylor Bryant home run making it 1-0 after one. Riley Krane of the Otters hit a home run to respond and tie the game at one. Then Harrison DiNicola hit a home run for Florence in second, and the Y’alls scored three more runs on two bases hits. Evansville’s J.R. Davis then proceeded to hit his own home run, driving in two to cut the lead in half. Krane hit a double in the fifth, and then Davis tied the game with an RBI single. In the sixth, Elijah MacNamee walked with the bases loaded to give Evansville the lead. They would extend that lead with a Dakota Phillips two-run shot, an RBI groundout from Josh Henderson, and a sac fly off the bat of Miles Gordon. Their last run was scored on another bases loaded walk in the eighth to make it 11-7. Dalton Stambaugh pitched 5.2 innings in the win, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, and picking up seven strikeouts.
The Southern Illinois Miners defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 3-2. The Miners took the lead on a bases-loaded walk, followed by a hit-by-pitch of Ian Walters. Then Jared Mang beat a double play out to make it 3-0 Miners. The ThunderBolts scored on an RBI triple by Rob Calabrese in the third, and a Calabrese single in the fifth, making it 3-2 Miners. The score would stay that way for the rest of the game, as Southern Illinois starter Zac Westcott pitched eight innings, with five strikeouts and just two walks. Joey Pulido got the save after pitching a scoreless ninth.
The Lake Erie Crushers beat the Gateway Grizzlies 11-6 after seven runs in the seventh inning. Jay Prather started things off for Gateway with a solo home run in the first. Steven Kraft hit an RBI single in the third to tie it, and then Axel Johnson also hit an RBI single in the top of the third making it 2-1 Grizzlies. Lake Erie proceeded to score three on RBI doubles from Shawon Dunston Jr. and Connor Oliver, and an RBI single from Brody Wofford. The Grizzlies got two back in the bottom half, and then got RBI singles from Abdiel Diaz and Ty Moore to go ahead 6-4. The Crushers would explode for seven runs in the seventh and would capitalize on three Gateway errors. Taylor Sugg got the win for the Crushers, pitching two innings in relief.
Équipe Québec defeated the Sussex County Miners 14-9. The Miners got two on the board in the bottom of the first with an Audy Ciriaco RBI triple and a Trey Hair sacrifice fly. Équipe Québec answered with four in the second on an error the first basemen, a bases-loaded walk to Elliott Curtis, and an RBI single from Gift Ngoepe. Sussex County got one back from a Daniel Herrera ground rule double, but Équipe Québec then erupted for five in the fourth inning. Ngoepe knocked in another on an RBI double, David Glaude drove in one on an RBI single, and Jeffry Parra hit a three-run home run to extend the lead to 9-3. In the fifth, Québec would score a couple more on a fielder’s choice and a sac fly, but the Miners would answer with three in the bottom half. After seven innings, the score was 11-7, but Équipe Québec added three in eighth on a Riley Pittman double and a Jonathan Lacroix single. The Miners would respond in the bottom half with a Chuck Taylor RBI single and a run scoring on a passed ball, but Équipe Québec would close out the game and win 14-9. David Gauthier picked up the win in 2.2 innings of relief.
New York vs Tri-City was postponed due to weather and will be made up July 7 as part of a doubleheader.
More games coming up Wednesday. As always, you can watch them all live on FrontierLeagueTV.com.