There was plenty of late drama Wednesday night, as four contests ended in extra innings. Catch up on all the action with this quick recap:
Équipe Québec shut out the Lake Erie Crushers 5-0 after all five runs were scored in the first. Elliot Curtis hit an RBI single to put Québec on the board. Gift Ngoepe then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and launched a grand slam which made it 5-0. Starter Miguel Cienfuegos had a solid outing, going seven scoreless innings and giving up six hits to the Crushers in the win. For the Crushers, Sean Johnson got the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits through 4.1 innings.
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the Sussex County Miners 3-2 to win their first series of the year. The ValleyCats opened the scoring with a Nelson Molina solo home run in the fourth inning. A two-run shot by Daniel Herrera in the top of the fifth would briefly put the Miners up 2-1, but in the bottom half of the fifth, Carson Maxwell plated one on an RBI double and then scored later on an error to give Tri-City three runs. The bullpen would then finish the job, with Trevor Damron earning the win in 1.2 innings of relief, and Trey Cochran-Gill getting the save in the ninth.
The Washington Wild Things defeated the Florence Y’alls 6-5. Joe Campagna had four RBIs in the game and scored the first run of the game in the second inning on a solo home run. The Y’alls responded in the fifth when Trevor Craport hit an RBI single and then scored on a balk by Washington’s Daren Osby to take the 2-1 lead. The Wild Things then scored four in the sixth inning. Connor Perry hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, Campagna hit a two-run single, and then Perry scored the fourth and final run on a double steal. In the ninth, Florence tried to mount a comeback. Chad Sedio hit a two-run home run and Harrison DiNicola got his Frontier League leading 27th RBI of the season with a single, but the Y’alls fell short by one run.
The Schaumburg Boomers beat the Windy City ThunderBolts in extra innings 11-10 after scoring three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning. Windy City took an early lead, with Dan Robinson and Rob Calabrese hitting back-to-back home runs in the first inning. The Boomers answered with a two-run home run in the bottom half by Quincy Nieporte, and they would take the lead in the second on an Alberto Schmidt RBI single. The ThunderBolts got the lead back on a three-run home run by Rob Calabrese in the third, and Calabrese plated another in the fourth with a single to make it 6-3. Schaumburg scored four in the fourth, with a Chase Dawson squeeze bunt and Nieporte’s second home run of the night—a three-run shot to put the Boomers ahead 7-6. It was 8-6 after Nieporte walked with the bases loaded in the fifth. In the eighth inning, Windy City’s Jamey Smart cut the lead to one with an RBI double, and the game-tying run scored when Matt McGarry committed a throwing error to score Smart. The game went to extra innings, where Zac Taylor broke the tie with a single and Calabrese hit into an RBI fielder’s choice. In the bottom half of the tenth, the Boomers’ Chase Dawson scored on a wild pitch, Nick Ames tied the game with a solo home run, and Brett Milazzo scored the winning run on an infield single from Clint Hardy to walk it off.
The Joliet Slammers also used extra innings to beat the Evansville Otters 5-4. The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Elijah MacNamee hit a sacrifice fly to score the Otters’ first run. John Schultz followed with a home run in the fifth to make it 2-0. J.R. Davis singled home a run in the seventh and Bryce Denton scored on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth to make it 4-0. Joliet’s bats came to life in the eighth inning. Jarrett Rindfleisch drove in a run on a single, Kyle Jacobsen walked with the bases loaded, and Lane Baremore singled home two more to make it 4-4. In the tenth, after the Slammers kept Evansville scoreless in the top half, they scored the winning run after a defensive error on a hit by Kyle Jacobsen. Trevor Charpie got the win in two innings of relief for the Slammers.
The New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals in ten innings as well, winning 10-9. Todd Isaacs hit a three-run home run to give the Jackals a lead in the second. Jason Agresti followed in the third with a two-run shot before New York unloaded for five runs in the fourth. Gian Martellini doubled home a run, Jack Sundberg singled home a run, Tucker Nathans doubled home two, and Ray Hernandez drove one in on a ground rule double. Isaacs hit his second home run of the game to give the Jackals the slight lead 6-5. In the sixth, the game was tied on a Tucker Nathans solo home run, and in the seventh, Milton Smith Jr. would drive in two with an RBI hit and would score himself later in the inning. New Jersey came back once again with two scoring on a Riley Mihalik single and Mihalik scoring on an Isaacs triple. In the tenth, the Boulders’ Zach Kirtley would deliver the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top half and it would end that way, 10-9.
The Southern Illinois Miners would take both games of a doubleheader against the Gateway Grizzlies. The first game would end 6-6, with Southern Illinois winning after taking the home run derby 1-0. They took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning after a sacrifice fly by John Cable and a two-run triple by Anthony Brocato. Gateway’s Dylan Jones hit his own two-run triple and then stole home to tie it at 3. The Miners then got RBI singles from Yeltsin Gudiño and Luke Mangieri in the fourth, and made it a 6-3 game after an RBI single from Carson Bartels. The Grizzlies came back in the sixth, with three runs scoring on RBI hits from Nick Rotola and Chase Vallot, and an RBI groundout from Jay Prather tying the game. The game would not see any more runs until the teams participated in a home run derby, where Nolan Earley hit the only homer of the contest to give the Miners the win. In game two, the Miners struck early in the first with RBI singles by Ian Walters and Jared Mang. One more run scored in the third on a Gianfranco Wawoe sacrifice fly to put the Miners up 3-0. Then, starter Chase Cunningham took over. Cunningham allowed only one hit in his first career complete game shutout in the Frontier League. He also matched his career-best eleven strikeouts and gave up just two walks in the victory.
Full slate of games coming up on Thursday. As always, you can follow along on FrontierLeagueTV.com or on the Frontier League app!