Catch up on a crazy night of Frontier League action Tuesday with a recap of it all:
Southern Illinois Miners pitcher Michael Austin tossed a no-hitter in a 2-0 game two win in the doubleheader between the Miners and the Lake Erie Crushers. Game one finished as a 1-0 Crushers victory. The lone run was scored on a Trevor Achenbach RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Gunnar Kines of the Miners and Ryan Feierabend of the Crushers were both dominant in their starts on the mound. In game two, the only offense came from an RBI groundout from Ian Walters in the first and an RBI single from Walters in the fifth. The rest of the game was dominated by the pitching performance of Michael Austin. He threw only 87 pitches in the start, giving up only two walks and striking out five in the first individual no-hitter in the Frontier League since the 2017 season. This was Austin’s first start as a Miner since being traded from the Washington Wild Things last week. It is just the third no-hitter in Miners franchise history and the 30th overall in the history of the Frontier League.
The New York Boulders edged the Sussex County Miners in a 3-2 walk-off win. Sussex County struck first with an RBI single by Audy Ciriaco in the first inning. Ray Hernandez got a run back for the Boulders on a home run in the second inning. The Miners then got a run on an RBI single by Chuck Taylor, and the Boulders answered back with a run scoring after doubles from Zach Kirtley and Kevonte Mitchell to make it 2-2. It would stay 2-2 until the bottom of the ninth, when Phil Capra’s walk with the bases loaded won the game for the Boulders. Tanner Kiest struck out the side in the ninth to get the win for the Boulders.
The Washington Wild Things got 15 hits in a 13-5 win over the Florence Y’alls. Bralin Jackson hit a home run to start the scoring for Washington in the fourth. Reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Harrison DiNicola then hit a two-run home run to give Florence a 2-1 lead. The Wild Things responded by scoring nine runs in the top half of the fifth inning on an RBI single from Hector Roa, a three-run home run from Andrew Czech, RBI doubles from Trevor Casanova and Gabe Howell and a three-run homer by Nick Ward. In the home fifth, Florence responded with a three-run home run by Trevor Craport, but the Wild Things would add three in the ninth on an RBI triple from Connor Perry, and it would finish 13-5.
Équipe Québec defeated the Joliet Slammers 7-1 after a solid pitching performance from Yordy Cabrera. Cabrera pitched eight innings and struck out eight, while giving up only one earned run, two walks, and four hits. The game was scoreless for the first five innings, but in the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Depreta-Johnson hit an RBI single to make it 1-0 Slammers. Équipe Québec would answer with a two-run triple from L.P. Pelletier to give them a 2-1 lead. Later, in the ninth inning, reliever Keyton Sullivan walked in a run to make it 3-1. Québec ended up scoring four more runs in the inning, which made it a 7-1 ballgame.
The Windy City ThunderBolts scored late to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 6-4. In the first, Schaumburg scored two runs on base hits from Chase Dawson and Luke Becker. The ThunderBolts responded with a three-run fourth inning after RBI doubles from Peyton Isaacson and Jairus Richards, and an error that allowed Jack Strunc to score to make it 3-2. The Bolts added one more in the seventh, but Schaumburg got two back in the top of the eighth on a Chase Dawson sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Angelo Gumbs. In the bottom half, Windy City would break the tie with an RBI hit from Richards and an RBI single from Calabrese to make the final tally 6-4.
The Tri-City ValleyCats took game one of their series against the New Jersey Jackals 12-4. The Jackals opened the scoring on an RBI groundout by Riley Mihalik, but Colton Whitehouse hit one of his own in the third to tie the game. The game stayed that way until the sixth, when Tri-City scored five on a bases loaded walk, an error, an RBI groundout by Avery Tuck, and a Brandt Broussard two-run double. New Jersey’s Alfredo Marte would score one on an RBI groundout in the bottom half, and Dalton Combs would add another on a groundout of his own. The ValleyCats added two more with singles by Denis Phipps and Carson Maxwell, and the Jackals would get one more as well, making it 8-4 after seven. Tri-City would pad their lead, adding one more in the eighth and three more in the ninth to wrap up the victory.
The Evansville Otters would outlast the Gateway Grizzlies 3-2 in ten innings. The game was scoreless until Chase Vallot’s two-run home run put the Grizzlies up 2-0. That lead would not last long, as J.R. Davis’ two-run RBI single in the bottom half would tie it. The game stayed tied until the tenth, when Elijah MacNamee hit a walk-off double that sent Riley Krane home for the winning run. Gateway’s Jordan Barrett and Evansville’s Polo Portela both had solid outings, each allowing only two earned runs each. Each team’s bullpen was also strong, with the only other earned run of the night coming off of Gateway’s Justin Watts in the tenth.
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