Saturday night was highlighted by a pair of extra inning finishes, and a couple of offensive outpourings. Catch up on all of it with a recap of every game here:
The Lake Erie Crushers topped the Joliet Slammers 9-3 after an eight-run eighth inning. The Slammers got on the board first, with a two-run home run from Kyle Jacobsen to make it 2-0. Braxton Davidson smacked an RBI double in the fourth, to extend Joliet’s lead to 3-0. Lake Erie would not put a score on the board until the seventh, when Joliet shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson made an errant throw, allowing a run to score and make it 3-1 entering the eighth. In the eighth, the Crushers loaded the bases, and with two outs, unloaded for eight runs on only three hits. Isaac Benard hit a two-run RBI single to tie the game. Two batters later, Zack Gray walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-3 Lake Erie. Steve Passatempo then cleared the bases with a three-run double, and Steven Kraft then hit a two-run double to cap the eight-run inning at 9-3. Ean Walda earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Crushers.
In extra innings, the New Jersey Jackals took down the New York Boulders 3-2 in the tenth. In the second inning, Alfredo Marte gave the Jackals the lead on a home run, and the Boulders tied it in the bottom half with a single from Brandon Bingle that made it 1-1. The lead went back to New Jersey on a sacrifice fly from Santiago Chirino in the third. New York tied the game at 2 with a single by Jack Sundberg in the eighth. The game then went to the tenth inning, where Chirino drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left center to give the Jackals the 3-2 edge. In the bottom half, Milton Smith, Jr., the tying run, was thrown out at home for the final out of the game. Dylan Brammer got the win in relief, with Matt Vogel recording the save for the Jackals.
The Sussex County Miners bested the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-0 in the home run derby, after the game was still tied at 4 after ten innings. Daniel Angulo hit a two-run RBI single in the first, and Avery Tuck would later hit an inside-the-park home run to give Tri-City three runs. In the fifth, Denis Phipps singled home one final run for the ValleyCats. The Miners would score two runs on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Knapp and an RBI double by Audy Ciriaco. Later, Trey Hair tied the game for Sussex County on a home run. After ten innings, both teams were still tied at four, so it would go to a home run derby. Sussex County would prevail, hitting five home runs against Tri-City, and winning the game.
The Florence Y’alls beat the Southern Illinois Miners 6-1. Starter Kevin Hahn got his first professional win, pitching eight innings and giving up one run. Harrison DiNicola scored two on an infield hit in the first inning, and would drive in another in the sixth on a single. He later added his fourth RBI in the seventh on another RBI single. Trevor Craport and Jordan Brower also added runs for the Y’alls. The Miners one run came on an RBI single from Ian Walters in the fourth inning.
The Windy City ThunderBolts scored a season-high fourteen runs in their 14-7 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies. The Grizzlies started early, scoring four in the first. Jose Rosario walked with the bases loaded, Andres Regnault hit an infield single, and Justin Jones lined a two-run double to make the score 4-0. In the bottom half, Windy City struck back. Zac Taylor plated one on a sacrifice fly, and in the second, Dan Robinson walked with the bases loaded. Brynn Martinez cleared the bases on an RBI triple that put Windy City ahead 5-4. Peyton Isaacson and Jairus Richards followed in the third with RBIs of their own. The ThunderBolts later exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning, which included a pair of RBIs from Zach Racusin and Rob Calabrese. Miguel Ausua earned his first win of the year, and Aaron Ford got the loss for Gateway.
The Washington Wild Things shut out Équipe Québec 3-0. Nick Ward hit an RBI triple in the fourth to score a run, and Cody Erickson scored on a throw that bounced off his back in the fifth. The Wild Things added a run in the seventh when Bralin Jackson plated a run on a single. Ryan Hennen struck out seven hitters over six scoreless innings pitched in the win. Zach Strecker earned his 54th career save with a scoreless ninth inning. This put him into a tie with Florence’s Jorge Marban (2012-14) for fifth in league history in saves.
The Schaumburg Boomers hit four homers in their 8-6 win over the Evansville Otters. Angelo Gumbs launched a grand slam in the first inning to get the scoring started. Alec Craig hit a sacrifice fly in the second and made it 5-0. The Otters hit a home run in the bottom half to make it 5-2, but Quincy Nieporte homered in the third, making the score 6-2. Nick Ames would also connect on a home run in the sixth for the Boomers. Evansville pulled to within one in the seventh, but after a rain delay of over an hour, Ames would hit his second homer of the game in the ninth to help Schaumburg pull away. Ryan Middendorf recorded his first professional win in five innings pitched.
As always, all of Sunday’s games can be seen live on FrontierLeagueTV.com!