A Father’s Day full of Frontier League baseball saw a couple of come-from-behind wins and some dominant offensive performances. Read more about it here:
The Southern Illinois Miners came back from six runs down to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 13-11. An Ian Walters RBI single gave the Miners an early lead, but Schaumburg scored six runs in the bottom half of the first. Matt Bottcher and Angelo Schmidt both connected on home runs, and Nick Ames hit an RBI single. Another came in on a passed ball making it 7-1 Boomers after two. In the third, Walters hit another RBI single, Nolan Earley scored Walters on a groundout, and Anthony Brocato singled home a run to make it 7-4. Earley singled home a run in the fifth, but the Boomers got it back on an RBI single by Alec Craig making it 8-5. Yeltsin Gudiño’s bases loaded sacrifice fly for the Miners made it 8-6 and a wild pitch made it 8-7. Then in the top of the ninth, Earley tied the game with an RBI single, and Brocato plated two on a home run making it 10-8. Schaumburg’s Ames launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to tie it at 10 and take the game to extra innings. It was Ryan Stacy who put the Miners up for good with a sac fly and Marshall Rich who singled to drive in two runs and make it 13-10. A Chase Dawson double would score one more for the Boomers in the home half to make it 13-11.
The New York Boulders tied a single game team record with 21 hits on the day in an 18-10 win against the New Jersey Jackals. The Jackals earned the early lead with three runs scoring after a sacrifice fly by Stanley Espinal and a two-run single by Todd Isaacs. The Boulders got one back in the bottom half on Zach Kirtley’s solo home run, and another in the bottom of the fourth on a fly ball that Russ Olive lost in the sun. New York took the lead with a six-run sixth inning, giving them a 10-4 lead. RBI singles from Kirtley, Tucker Nathans, and Kevonte Mitchell and a three-run home run by Ray Hernandez helped them pad their lead. The Jackals came back in the seventh with five runs that brought the game to 10-9. Isaacs had a two-run single and Demetrius Moorer hit a three-run home run. The Boulders would answer yet again with six more in the seventh making it 16-9. Kirtley hit a two-run single, Gian Martellini hit a two-run double, and Nathans hit a two-run home run—his second of the day. The Boulders would run away with the game, ending the game at 18-10.
The Florence Y’alls won a close game over Équipe Québec 8-7. The Y’alls Chad Sedio hit a solo home run in the first, and extended the lead to 2-0 with an RBI double in his second at-bat. Québec woke their bats up in the fourth, scoring three runs on four hits in the inning. Three out of four were extra base hits including a Jesse Hodges two-run home run. Florence responded right away with three runs coming on a Harrison DiNicola solo home run and a Jordan Brower two-run home run. Équipe Québec would then score four in the fifth before the Y’alls answered with more. A home run from Trevor Craport tied the game at seven, and Sedio and Craport hit back-to-back singles in the seventh to give the Y’alls an 8-7 lead they would not relinquish.
The Tri-City ValleyCats would go on to beat the Sussex County Miners 6-0 after a dominant pitching performance by Josh Hiatt. Hiatt pitched eight scoreless innings for the ValleyCats, allowing six hits, walking one, and striking out four. Tri-City’s scoring started in the first with one coming in on a Daniel Angulo RBI single. They’d score another in the fifth on a Keaton Weisz single, and would score four runs in the seventh. Carson Maxwell hit a solo home run, Keaton Weisz plated another run on a single, and two more would score after runners advanced on an error by Audy Ciriaco. Trey Cochran-Gill came on in the ninth to close the game out for the ValleyCats.
The Lake Erie Crushers took the third and final game against the Washington Wild Things 6-4. Lake Erie’s Isaac Benard plated one on a single after Steven Kraft led off with a triple. In the third, Wild Things’ Nick Ward hit a sacrifice fly and Grant Heyman hit an infield single to make it 2-1 Washington. The Crushers would score five runs following a double, a throwing error, and a three-run home run by Zack Gray. Washington would score two more with a two-run double by Connor Perry, making the final score 6-4. Sam Curtis earned the win in four innings of relief for Lake Erie.
The Joliet Slammers dominated the Gateway Grizzlies 12-2 in the rubber match of the series. The Slammers scored seven runs in the first inning, including four on a Kyle Jacobsen grand slam. Four more scored in the fifth, with three of those coming on an RBI double from Jacobsen. In the ninth, Brian Parreira made it 12-0 with a home run for the Slammers, while in the bottom half, Eric Jones scored the only two runs for the Grizzlies on his two-run home run. Joliet’s Tyler Jandron earned the win with seven scoreless innings pitched in the start.
The Evansville Otters won their seventh straight game, beating the Windy City ThunderBolts 8-6. A two-RBI hit from Andrew Penner got Evansville on the board. In the bottom of the third, J.R. Davis got an RBI hit and Riley Krane hit a sac fly to give the Otters two more. Windy City scored three unanswered runs, including two single and a home run. In the bottom of the fifth, Penner drove in two more and Justin Felix hit a solo home run for the Otters. The Bolts plated three runs in the ninth inning, but Logan Sawyer closed the game out for Evansville. Polo Portela earned the win in six innings pitched for the Otters, while allowing three runs and three strikeouts in the start.
After a full week of games, teams will take Monday off and return Tuesday night. You can use that time to catch up on any games you may have missed this past week on FrontierLeague.com and FrontierLeagueTV.com.