Lots of late scoring, including a home run derby, fueled Thursday’s Frontier League action. Read about all of it right here with our nightly recap:
The Schaumburg Boomers rallied with four in the eighth inning to capture a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Quincy Nieporte knocked in Chase Dawson with an RBI single in the first, but Joliet tied it with a Lane Baremore sacrifice fly in the third. In the fifth, the Slammers took the lead on a groundout from Baremore, but the Boomers tied the game with a Matt Bottcher RBI single. The game stayed tied at 2 until a four-run inning by Schaumburg in the eighth. Clint Hardy was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. Another run came in on a wild pitch, and Dawson plated two more on another RBI single, making it 6-2 Schaumburg. Jake Joyce got the win, striking out all four batters he faced in relief for the Boomers.
The Lake Erie Crushers scored late to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Andres Regnault drove Ty Moore in on a groundout to make it 1-0 Grizzlies. Lake Erie struck twice in the sixth, with a Karl Ellison RBI single and a Trevor Achenbach sac fly giving them a 2-1 lead. Then in the eighth, Steven Kraft and Achenbach both added RBI singles to give the Crushers some insurance and make it 4-1. Robby Rowland pitched six innings with the lone run given up in his first win of the season for the Crushers, while Daniel Kight got the save.
The Tri-City ValleyCats walked it off in the ninth inning to beat the New York Boulders 2-1. Colton Whitehouse started the scoring for Tri-City on a sacrifice fly that brought home Denis Phipps for the first run. Zach Penprase would drive in Tucker Nathans with a sacrifice fly of his own in the fourth for New York to tie the game. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth when Oscar Campos plated Brandt Broussard with a sacrifice fly to win the game for the ValleyCats. Starter Josh Hiatt pitched eight strong innings, giving up just the one run and two hits to the Boulders.
The Sussex County Miners defeated Équipe Québec 4-1. Jeffry Parra got Équipe Québec on the board in the first, driving in Elliott Curtis on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the fourth, the Miners answered, scoring two on an error by the second basemen and on a Chuck Taylor RBI double. After four, it was 3-1 Miners. In the eighth, Cito Culver brought home Martin Figueroa with a sacrifice bunt to give the Miners an extra run in the 4-1 win. Billy Layne Jr. earned the win for Sussex County, pitching seven innings with one earned run and seven strikeouts.
The Southern Illinois Miners topped the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-0, scoring all four runs in the final two innings. Marshall Rich singled home Jared Mang in the top of the eighth. Then, in the ninth, Ryan Stacy hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Luke Mangieri, and Anthony Brocato singled home two more runs to cap the scoring at 4. Starting pitcher Kaleb Schmidt pitched seven scoreless innings for the Miners in the win.
The Evansville Otters scored three late runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings, where they prevailed in the home run derby 9-0 over the Florence Y’alls. The Y’alls Chad Sedio hit a solo home run in the first, and a bad thorw from catcher Justin Felix allowed Florence to score another run in that inning. The Otters answered with a Cristopher Pujols home run, and an Andy DeJesus RBI single would tie it up. Florence would regain the lead on a sac fly from Luis Pintor, and would extend their lead to three with a Harrison DiNicola home run and a sacrifice fly from Will Baker. Two more runs for Evansville would score in the fourth after a fielder’s choice and an infield single each scored one. After tying the game on an RBI groundout, the Otters would then give up three runs in the seventh inning. Then, in the ninth, a Pujols double brought Evansville within two. John Schultz then hit a game-tying two-run double to force extra innings. After both teams scored a run in the tenth to make it 9-9, the Otters’ beat the Y’alls in the home run derby after five home runs from Riley Krane, one from Dakota Phillips, and three from Bryce Denton.
A full weekend of baseball ahead of us! Tune in to FrontierLeagueTV.com to follow along.