A pair of doubleheaders and pitcher’s duels highlighted Friday night’s games in the Frontier League. Read about all of them here with our nightly recap:
The New York Boulders and New Jersey Jackals split their doubleheader Friday. In game one, New Jersey had an offensive explosion, beating New York 12-1. Santiago Chirino got the Jackals on the board first with an RBI single in the first. The scoring continued in the second, with Demetrius Moorer doubling home a run, Chris Carpio scoring one on a groundout, another run scoring on an error, and Alfredo Marte plating a run on an RBI single to make it 5-0 Jackals. Chris Carpio singled home another run in the third and Russ Olive homered in the fourth. Zach Penprase homered in the fifth to give the Boulders back a run, but Marte launched a three-run home run in the sixth, followed by a Jason Agresti two-run shot to cap the scoring. Jared Milch gave up just the lone run in six innings pitched in the win. In game two, New York captured an 8-1 win to earn the split. The Jackals scored a run in the first on an Alfredo Marte RBI single. New York scored four in the first with a Kevonte Mitchell double, an errant throw that allowed Mitchell to score, a Tucker Nathans double, and a Ray Hernandez double to give the Boulders a 4-1 lead. Mitchell then opened the game up with a grand slam in the sixth inning to make it 8-1. Nathan Alexander got the win in 1 1/3 innings of relief.
Équipe Québec beat the Washington Wild Things 3-2 in their series opener. Jesse Hodges doubled home a run early in the first. The Wild Things would tie the game in the fifth with an RBI double by Hector Roa. Joe Campagna would then hit a sacrifice fly in the next inning to take a brief lead, but Équipe Québec would take it right back in the seventh. Gift Ngoepe and Jack Barrie scored on a throwing error by third basemen Brian Sharp, giving Québec a 3-2 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.
The Florence Y’alls scored in the ninth inning to go ahead and win over the Southern Illinois Miners 3-2. Florence would take the lead on a Trevor Craport RBI double in the first, but the Miners would then take the lead in the bottom half on an RBI double by Nolan Earley and an RBI single by Ian Walters to make it 2-1. The game would then turn into a pitcher’s duel. Jonaiker Villalobos went 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts for Florence and gave up only one run. Chase Cunningham tossed seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five for Southern Illinois. He allowed the tying run to score in the fourth inning after a safety squeeze by Will Baker. Then, a fielder’s choice ground out by Jordan Brower in the ninth lifted the Y’alls to a 3-2 victory.
The Gateway Grizzlies edged out the Windy City ThunderBolts 2-1. Abdiel Diaz scored Justin Jones in the first on a groundout to give Gateway a 1-0 lead. Windy City answered with an RBI single by Dan Robinson that plated one and tied the game. It remained tied for most of the game until Gateway scored in the seventh. Andres Regnault plated the go-ahead run with an RBI double, giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game. Rookie Colton Eastwood got five strikeouts and allowed one run in 5 innings pitched for the Grizzlies, but reliever Carter Hayes took home the win after two scoreless innings.
The Schaumburg Boomers came from behind and defeated the Evansville Otters 8-6. Evansville scored three runs in the first on RBI singles from Bryce Denton and Dakota Phillips, and a sac fly from Cristopher Pujols. In the second, Schaumburg’s Matt Bottcher brought the first run in on a groundout, and Gian Martellini hit an RBI single. Then, reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Quincy Nieporte unloaded a three-run home run to take the lead for the Boomers. The Otters closed the gap on an RBI double from Josh Henderson and made it 5-4 in the bottom half. They would also score one on an RBI hit from Andy DeJesus and a sac fly from Riley Krane, but the Boomers added two more in the fourth, and an insurance run in the eighth. Aaron Rozek earned the win for Schaumburg, pitching 5.2 innings and striking out seven.
The Joliet Slammers beat the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1. Joliet took the early lead with a sacrifice fly from Patrick Causa in the first making it 1-0. The Crushers answered with a sac fly of their own in the bottom half off the bat of Trevor Achenbach. In the fourth, Braxton Davidson hit a solo home run to give the Slammers a 2-1 advantage. Davidson later launched his second home run of the game in the eighth, this time a two-run shot to make it 4-1. Kip Rollings tossed seven innings, giving up just one run and three hits in the win.
The Sussex County Miners took both games of a doubleheader with the Tri-City ValleyCats. In game one, the Miners won 5-0. MLB veteran Todd Frazier made his Miners debut, but went hitless in three at-bats. Left-hander Mike Castellani threw a complete-game shutout for the Miners. He gave up just five hits and one walk, and struck out three. The Miners got one run in the first, and three in the second. They would add one more in the fourth. Three of the five runs the Miners scored were due to defensive errors by Tri-City. In game two, Sussex County won 14-8. After a three-run home run by Juan Silverio to start the game, Tri-City struggled to score runs late, picking up just two hits and zero runs in the last two and two-thirds innings.
Another action-packed day coming up Saturday, so be sure to watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com!