There were several strong offensive showings and plenty of runs scored Friday night. Read about how all the action unfolded, with a brief recap on each game:
The Florence Y’alls defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 5-3. Trevor Craport’s two-run home run in the first got the Y’alls on the board first. Dustin Woodcock followed with a two-run home run of his own for the Grizzlies in the fifth to even the score at 2-2. Florence’s Joe Lytle then hit a two-run shot to take a 4-2 lead, and Rodney Tennie hit an RBI single in the sixth to make it 5-2. Nate Etheridge added an RBI single in the eighth for the Grizzlies’ third run, but the Y’alls bullpen finished them off. Starter Edgar Martinez got the win for the Y’alls in seven innings pitched.
The Schaumburg Boomers blanked the Joliet Slammers 5-0 after a dominant pitching performance from starter Kyle Arjona. Arjona gave up only two hits—in the first and ninth innings. The Boomers helped Arjona by scoring five times in the second inning. Matt McGarry drove in three with an RBI double, and Chase Dawson and Quincy Nieporte added RBI singles to cap the scoring. Arjona became the first pitcher in Schaumburg Boomers franchise history to pitch two complete game shutouts in a season after shutting out the Slammers on June 8 as well. Schaumburg is also tied for the league lead in shutouts, with four on the season so far.
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the Washington Wild Things in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4 in ten innings. Washington scored in the third inning when Hector Roa hit a solo home run to give them an early lead. Gabe Howell followed by hitting his first professional home run that made it 2-0. Tri-City got an RBI single by Keaton Wiesz in the third inning and Willy Garcia in the fourth to tie the game. The Wild Things’ Nick Ward hit a two-run home run to break the tie in the next inning. The ValleyCats tied the game with solo home runs by Juan Silverio and Willy Garcia in the eighth, and in the tenth, Denis Phipps hit a single to drive in the winning run for Tri-City. Trey Cochran-Gill earned the win on the mound in an inning and a third of relief.
The Sussex County Miners came out with a 12-9 victory over the New York Boulders after scoring eight runs in the second inning. New York opened up the game with two runs in the first, on a Kevonte Mitchell double and a Ryan Ramiz sacrifice fly. Sussex County responded with an eight-run second inning. Joey Rose hit a solo home run, Chuck Taylor and Audy Ciriaco both walked with the bases loaded, Juan Kelly singled home two more runs, and Joey Rose doubled home two more in the big inning for the Miners. The Boulders’ Tucker Nathans drove in a run on a groundout in the third, and in the fourth, New York unloaded five runs. Zach Penprase and Gian Martellini hit RBI singles, another run scored on an error by the pitcher, and the last two runs came on an error by the first basemen. The Miners got four back in the fifth with an Aaron Knapp RBI single, an Eric Jenkins RBI single, a fielder’s choice from Chuck Taylor, and an RBI single from Audy Ciriaco. New York got one final run in the sixth on an error but could not produce any more in the game.
The Lake Erie Crushers held on to an early lead to edge out the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-5. The scoring began with a bases-loaded walk to Isaac Benard. Eric Callahan then scored on an error, and Bryan De La Rosa singled in two. Connor Oliver then tripled home two more and gave Lake Erie a 6-0 lead after three. A fielder’s choice from Zach Racusin gave the ThunderBolts their first run in the bottom half. Brynn Martinez then delivered a sacrifice fly in the fourth, but the Crushers answered with one of their own from Connor Oliver in the fifth. Windy City added an RBI single from Jamey Smart and a Peyton Isaacson RBI double, and also plated a run on a Zac Taylor RBI double in the sixth to cut the deficit to 7-5, but the Crushers bullpen would slam the door after that.
The Evansville Otters snapped the Southern Illinois Miners’ five game win streak, winning comfortably 14-4. Elijah MacNamee plated two on a single in the first and would hit a two-run triple in the third as part of a four-run inning that made it 6-0 Evansville. They added three more in the fourth on a Riley Krane sac fly, a Dakota Phillips RBI single, and a run scoring on a wild pitch, and would make it 13-0 on a grand slam from J.R. Davis. An RBI single by Anthony Brocato in the fourth would give the Miners their first run, and they would follow by scoring three in the sixth as well on an RBI double from Ryan Stacy, an RBI double from Nolan Earley, and an RBI single from Ian Walters. The Otters would tack on one more in the ninth. Polo Portela would earn the win after giving up four runs in six innings and striking out six.
Équipe Québec would beat the New Jersey Jackals 10-7 thanks to a big fifth inning. New Jersey’s Todd Isaacs homered in the first to make it 1-0. David Glaude doubled home a run for Québec in the third, but Santiago Chirino singled home another run for the Jackals in the bottom half. They would add two more on a Justin Wylie double and Jason Agresti single. Then in the fifth, Équipe Québec erupted for seven innings. David Glaude doubled home a run, Jesse Hodges drove one in on a sac fly, Gift Ngoepe singled home another run, Ruben Castro hit a three-run home run, and Jack Barrie doubled home the last run of their inning. New Jersey would answer with three in the bottom half, after Russ Olive doubled home a run, Alfredo Marte drove one in on a groundout, and Santiago Espinal doubled home the third run to close it to 8-7. Québec would add two more insurance runs in the eighth on a Jesse Hodges fielder’s choice and a Connor Panas single that would help secure the win.
The action rolls on through the weekend. Tune into FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app to make sure you don’t miss a moment!