More late drama highlighted Thursday night’s action in the Frontier League. Catch up on all the highlights with a quick recap:
The Washington Wild Things got 15 hits in their 10-5 victory over the Florence Y’alls. Washington scored in the first inning when Grant Heyman doubled home two runs, and Florence also got a run in the second to make it 2-1. In the third, the Wild Things scored four with a three run-home run by Bralin Jackson and an Andrew Czech solo shot. In the sixth and seventh, Luis Pintor and Andre Mercurio both hit home runs for the Y’alls to close the gap to 7-5. Washington would answer right back in the seventh and eighth on a Heyman RBI double, a Jackson RBI groundout, and a Joe Campagna solo home run to make it 10-5. Ryan Hennen earned the win for the Wild Things, giving up two runs and five hits in six innings pitched.
The New Jersey Jackals won 5-3 after a late home run against the Tri-City ValleyCats. Willy Garcia put the ValleyCats ahead early when he doubled home two runs in the first. The Jackals got a run back on a wild pitch in the third inning before Russ Olive tied the game at 2 with an RBI single in the next inning. In the eighth, Silverio connected on an inside-the-park home run to give the ValleyCats the late advantage. But New Jersey’s Justin Wylie would launch a three-run home run in the top of the ninth to give the Jackals the win.
The New York Boulders defeated the Sussex County Miners 12-7. They got it started in the first with Ray Hernandez and Brandon Bingel each connecting on RBI doubles and Zach Penprase singling home one more to put the Boulders up 3-0. Joey Rose hit a solo home run to get the Miners on the board in the second. Phil Capra drove in three with a home run in the fourth for the Boulders, but the Miners got two back in the bottom half on a Cito Culver RBI double and an error allowing Culver to later come home and score. Audy Ciriaco then drove in a run on a groundout in the fifth to make it 7-4 Boulders. Each team scored three runs in the sixth, with the Boulders’ runs coming on a wild pitch and a Zach Kirtley two-run single. The Miners scored three on a John Jones solo home run and two wild pitches. Kevonte Mitchell added two in the eighth for New York on a single to cap the scoring and seal the win.
The Windy City ThunderBolts routed the Schaumburg Boomers 10-3 with strong offense and pitching. The game was a pitcher’s duel until the fourth, when Peyton Isaacson singled home the first run of the night. Jake Hirabayashi doubled home two in the sixth to add to the Bolts lead. Jamey Smart hit a two-run home run in the seventh, and hit an RBI double as part of a four-run eighth for Windy City. Dan Robinson, Rob Calabrese and Zach Racusin also collected RBI hits. In the bottom half, the Boomers scored two on a Matt McGarry RBI double and later added one more to end the game 10-3. Miguel Ausua had a solid outing on the mound for the Bolts, going 8.1 innings with three runs, six hits, two walks, and five strikeouts in the win.
Équipe Québec downed the Lake Erie Crushers in ten innings 10-8. Steven Kraft’s solo home run gave the Crushers an early lead in the first. Gift Ngoepe would then hit a two-run shot in the second to give Québec the 2-1 lead. In the third, they scored four times to go up 6-1. David Glaude singled home a run, Jesse Hodges doubled home two, and Jack Barrie brought him home on another double. Lake Erie got three back in the home half, with Trevor Achenbach hitting an RBI single, Brody Wofford hitting a sac fly, and Bryan De La Rosa driving in the third run with an RBI single to make it 6-4. Jeffry Parra hit an RBI single in the next half inning, but the Crushers got one back in the fifth with Wofford’s RBI single, and one in the sixth with Karl Ellison’s RBI single. They tied the game in the bottom of the ninth after De La Rosa hit an RBI single for the Crushers, but in the tenth, Québec plated three runs. Nick Horvath singled home a run, before L.P. Pelletier hit a sacrifice fly and Glaude walked with the bases loaded. Lake Erie got a run back in the bottom of the tenth but Équipe Québec had enough for the win.
The Evansville Otters got the win over the Joliet Slammers 11-6. They started the scoring with a six-run third inning. The Otters loaded the bases, and J.R. Davis walked, forcing the first run home. Riley Krane then hit a two-run single and Elijah MacNamee hit a three-run home run to make it 6-0 Evansville. Dakota Phillips singled home a run in the following inning and later hit a grand slam in the sixth, giving the Otters an 11-0 lead. The Slammers would score six runs in the eighth inning. Tyler Depreta-Johnson, Dylan Hardy, Lane Baremore, Braxton Davidson, and Brian Parreira were all walked in with the bases loaded. A Depreta-Johnson sacrifice fly would score one more for Joliet, but it was not enough to come back. In his professional debut, left-hander Braden Scott pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and picking up ten strikeouts.
The Southern Illinois Miners rode Kaleb Schmidt’s seven strong innings to a 7-3 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. The Grizzlies struck first on a Nate Etheridge RBI infield single in the first. Ian Walters’ bases-loaded walk would tie the game at one in the bottom half, a wild pitch made it two runs, and Nolan Earley added a third with a groundout making it 3-1. Gateway’s Andres Regnault hit a solo home run in the second, but the Miners added more in the middle innings. Yeltsin Gudiño plated two runs on a single in the fifth, and John Cable hit an RBI single of his own in the sixth to make it 6-2. Gateway third basemen Jay Prather committed an error to allow the Miners’ final run to come home in the seventh. The Grizzlies final run came on a balk in the eighth by Jose Fuentes. Starter Kaleb Schmidt tossed seven innings, gave up two runs and two walks, and struck out five in his third consecutive win.
Plenty more action to come Friday night. You can catch every game at FrontierLeagueTV.com or with the Frontier League app!