A great night of Frontier League action Friday night, highlighted by Matt McGarry’s rare hitting performance. Read about that and all the other games here:
The Schaumburg Boomers routed the Southern Illinois Miners 12-0 after Matt McGarry hit for the cycle. McGarry got the Boomers on the board with an RBI double in the first. Nick Ames homered in the fourth before McGarry tripled home two and scored on a wild pitch. Quincy Nieporte homered in both the fifth and seventh inning and Luke Becker plated one on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Clint Hardy hit a two-run shot in the eighth and McGarry connected on a two-run homer, which completed the cycle. He singled in the third inning as well. McGarry is just the second player in team history to hit for the cycle with Justin Vasquez being the other in 2014. Ryan Middendorf pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing eight hits while striking out five.
The Sussex County Miners defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-3. In Jake Dexter’s first start for Tri-City, the Miners scored four runs and six hits in four innings pitched. Chuck Taylor would hit a home run in the fifth for the Miners. The ValleyCats got two runs in the third inning off a double from Juan Silverio. The last run came in the fifth on a Daniel Angulo groundout. Mike Castellani gave up three runs on five hits in the win, registering six strikeouts and giving up only one walk.
The New Jersey Jackals took the opening game from the New York Boulders 10-6. New Jersey got a 2-0 lead on a Russ Olive RBI double in the first and an Olive home run in third. Both teams scored five runs in the fourth. The Jackals got an RBI single by Jason Agresti, a bases loaded walk to Demetrius Moorer, an RBI groundout from Chris Carpio and a two-run single by Santiago Chirino. New York scored five on a solo shot by Devonte Mitchell and a grand slam by Gian Martellini that made it 7-5. New Jersey padded their lead with an Agresti sacrifice fly and a run scoring on an error. The tenth and final run scored in the ninth when Dalton Combs scored on a Matt Valin wild pitch. Jack Weinberger got the win with 2 1/3 shutout innings of relief for the Jackals.
The Gateway Grizzlies beat the Joliet Slammers with a strong offensive performance, winning 7-0. New Grizzlie Dylan Jones scored twice on a wild pitch—once in the third and once in the fifth. In the seventh, Gateway scored five runs. Axel Johnson hit a sacrifice fly, Dylan Jones connected on a two-run double, Justin Jones hit an RBI double of his own and Jay Prather singled home a run to cap the scoring. Carlos Vega tossed 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out seven batters and allowing only four hits and a walk in the victory.
After a three-RBI night from Hector Roa, the Washington Wild Things beat the Lake Erie Crushers 5-2. In the third inning, Andrew Czech doubled home a run to give the Wild Things a 1-0 lead. They added two in the fourth on an RBI hit from Roa and a double by Andrew Sohn. Lake Erie scored two runs on errors and then Roa hit a home run to cap the scoring. Zach Strecker earned his 56th career save, which pulls him into a tie with Bobby Chandler (1998-02 – Chillicothe, Richmond and Johnstown) for third all-time in Frontier League history.
The Evansville Otters scored four runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-5. The Bolts scored two in the first, with Zac Taylor driving in a run on a fielder’s choice, and another run scoring on an error by Evansville third basemen Riley Krane. The Otters tied the game in the third on a double play and a wild pitch, but Windy City regained the lead on a Rob Calabrese single. Peyton Isaacson added an RBI single to make it 4-2 in the fifth, but Riley Krane’s sacrifice fly cut the ThunderBolts’ lead to one. In the eighth, Calabrese hit another RBI single to pad the lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Miles Gordon singled home a run for Evansville before Riley Krane hit a bases-clearing triple with the bases loaded to give the Otters the lead for good.
The game between Équipe Québec and the Florence Y’alls was delayed and postponed until June 19 (Saturday), and will be a part of a doubleheader.
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