A few games came down to the wire Thursday night in the Frontier League. Get caught up with a quick recap:
The New York Boulders complete their sweep of the Sussex County Miners with a 1-0 victory. The only run came in the bottom of the eighth when Jack Sundberg reached on an infield single. That was the only run on the night given up by Miners’ starter Tyler Alexander, who gave up only six hits and struck out ten. Boulders starter Orsen Josephina went 6 1/3 scoreless innings, while allowing just three hits and three walks, and striking out nine. The Boulders’ bullpen was able to close out the final 2 2/3 frames to secure the victory.
The New Jersey Jackals edged the Tri-City ValleyCats 3-2 with the go-ahead run scoring in the eighth inning. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning, when New Jersey’s Riley Mihalik hit a solo home run to put the Jackals up 1-0. The next inning, Tri-City’s Oscar Campos drove in two on an RBI single, giving the ValleyCats a 2-1 lead. New Jersey answered right back in the bottom half, scoring two on a triple by Mihalik and giving the Jackals the 3-2 lead. Jared Milch tossed seven scoreless innings in the start, with eight strikeouts. Dylan Brammer got the save for the Jackals.
The Lake Erie Crushers hit six extra base hits on their way to beating the Southern Illinois Miners 8-1. The Miners scored first on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Stacy in the second. The Crushers answered with a three-run home run in the fourth from Brody Wofford, making it 3-1. Trevor Achenbach then crushed a two-run double in the fifth to pad the lead. Lake Erie would plate three more runs in the eighth to pull away. Wofford hit a two-run double, and Johnny Knight scored one on a double which was also his first professional hit. Paul Hall, Jr. would earn the victory, allowing one run on five hits and picking up six strikeouts in five innings pitched.
The Florence Y’alls defeated the Washington Wild Things 14-8. Washington started hot, scoring two on hits from Gabe Howell and Nick Ward, and a double from Bralin Jackson. Florence answered with five in the bottom half. Three runs scored after a Taylor Bryant double and hits from Luis Pintor, Chad Sedio, Trevor Craport and Harrison DiNicola. Connor Crane followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in one, and Jordan Brower plated one on a groundout, making it 5-2 after one. The Wild Things’ Connor Perry doubled in a run in the next inning, followed by RBI singles by Nick Ward and Bralin Jackson. In the third, they added on two more with a Cody Erickson sac fly and a Perry single to make it 8-5 Washington. The Y’alls got their offense going in the next few innings. RBI hits from Pintor and Sedio and an RBI from Craport gave them a 9-8 lead after four. In the fifth, Brower homered and Jackson Pritchard scored another on a hit. Two more came for Florence in the next inning, with RBI hits from DiNicola and Pritchard, and one more came in the seventh, making it 14-8 Y’alls.
The Evansville Otters dominated the Gateway Grizzlies 7-1. The Otters kicked it off with a three-run home run by Elijah MacNamee in the bottom of the first. They’d add one on a MacNamee single in the third to go ahead 4-0, and would score three more in the seventh. J.R. Davis launched a three-run home run to make it 7-0 Evansville. The Grizzlies would score one on a groundout in the eighth, but the Otters held on to win 7-1. Starting pitcher Tim Holdgrafer went six scoreless innings for the Otters, striking out ten and giving up no walks in the win.
The Schaumburg Boomers narrowly beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-6. In the first, Jake Hirabayashi scored one on a sacrifice fly. The Boomers got one back with a Matt McGarry home run in the third, but Dan Robinson hit one of his own in the bottom half to regain the lead. Quincy Nieporte got in on the fun, adding a solo shot of his own in the top of the fourth, tying the game at two. In the eighth, the Boomers plated three with a Brett Milazzo home run and a Willy Garcia RBI double. Two more runs were added on a Chase Dawson double and a Nieporte single to give Schaumburg seven runs. In the bottom half the ThunderBolts’ Nikola Vasic singled home a run, Dan Robinson plated two on an error by the shortstop, and Jose Layer plated one more on a sac fly, but they came up just short.
Équipe Québec beat the Joliet Slammers by a score of 10-7. They got two in the first on a L.P. Pelletier home run and a David Glaude double. In the third, Québec added three with a Jeffry Parra three-run shot to make it 5-0. After adding one in the fourth on a Ruben Castro single, they scored three more in the sixth. Two scored on a Jesse Hodges double and Parra scored Hodges with an RBI single. Joliet followed with a monster inning in the seventh, scoring seven runs to close the gap to 9-7. Dylan Hardy doubled home a run, Clayton Harp singled home a run, Tyler Depreta-Johnson singled home one, Brylie Ware scored two with a double, and Jackson Dvorak singled home two more. Québec added one more with a Hodges sac fly in the eighth, making the final score 10-7.
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