A few big wins and a late-inning comeback highlighted Sunday’s Frontier League action. Read about how every game played out with a brief recap on all the games:
The Schaumburg Boomers routed the Joliet Slammers to take the rubber match of their weekend series 12-1. The first run of the game was scored on an RBI single by Nick Ames. The Boomers scored three more in the third with a solo home run from Chase Dawson and an RBI double from Angelo Gumbs. Another run scored after Luke Becker reached first on a fielder’s choice, making it 5-0 Boomers. After Schaumburg made it 6-0, the Slammers would get on the board after a sacrifice fly by Patrick Causa, making it 6-1. Four more came across for the Boomers in the sixth after a Quincy Nieporte double and a single from Gumbs, making it 10-1. Two more runs were added in the ninth and the game finished 12-1. Orlando Rodriguez tossed seven innings, striking out seven in his third win of the year for the Boomers.
The Gateway Grizzlies won their first series of the season by beating the Florence Y’alls 8-4. Florence scored first after Trevor Craport drove in a run with an RBI single in the first inning. The Grizzlies’ Nick Rotola, Y’alls Chad Sedio, and Grizzlies Axel Johnson each added RBI singles, making it a 2-2 game after three innings. Gateway got some insurance runs with a Justin Jones three-run home run and a Jose Rosario three-run shot in the eighth, pushing the lead to 8-2. Florence was able to make it 8-4 late in the ninth, with Joe Lytle scoring on a Rosario fielding error and Harrison DiNicola plating one on a single, but the Gateway bullpen was able to finish the game off. Gateway starter Jordan Barrett went six innings and finished with nine strikeouts in the win.
The Washington Wild Things took the final game of their series against Tri-City 7-4 after scoring four runs late. Bralin Jackson hit a home run in the fourth to open the scoring, but Tri-City answered with a three runs in the home half of the inning. Carson Maxwell hit a two-run home run and Nelson Molina hit an RBI double to give the ValleyCats a 3-1 lead. Joe Campagna’s two-run shot in the seventh tied the game at 3 before the Molina got the lead back for the ValleyCats with a solo home run in the bottom half. In the eighth, Washington’s Cody Erickson came in to pinch hit and connected on a two-run single that gave the Wild Things the lead late. They added to it with a Connor Perry RBI hit and a throwing error on a failed pickoff attempt. Zach Strecker went on and earned the save—his fifth of the year and 57th overall, which puts him in sole possession of third place on the all-time saves list for the Frontier League.
The Lake Erie Crushers took both games of their doubleheader against the Windy City ThunderBolts. Game one would finish 8-3 for the Crushers. Isaac Benard connected on a home run to give Lake Erie an early lead. Jake Hirabayashi hit an RBI single for Windy City in the second to tie the game, but the Crushers scored again in the third on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Achenbach. Zack Gray followed with an RBI hit. The ThunderBolts’ Brynn Martinez hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth before the Crushers exploded offensively in the sixth. A triple by Steven Kraft scored two, Kraft scored on an error, and Achenbach capped the inning with a home run to make it 8-2. Windy City added a run in the sixth, but the Crushers would hold on for the win. The Crushers took game two by a score of 6-2. The first run came on an error, and the Crushers’ Zack Gray doubled home a run to create a two-run lead. A Benard double scored Steven Kraft in the third, and Brody Wofford would follow with a double of his own scoring Benard. Gray hit a two-run home run in the fourth to make it 6-0 Crushers. The ThunderBolts would score a pair of runs in the fifth on a Hirabayashi RBI single and a Zach Racusin groundout. Ryan Feierabend would go five innings, giving up seven hits while striking out three batters in the win.
The Sussex County Miners took the lead early on their way to a big 12-2 win over the New York Boulders. The Miners opened the game with a four-run first inning. Juan Kelly tripled home two runs and then scored on a wild pitch, and Daniel Herrera hit a sacrifice fly to add the fourth run. In the second, New York got their first run on a Zach Penprase RBI triple. In the fourth, the Miners unloaded for eight runs. Chuck Taylor walked with the bases loaded before Juan Kelly singled home two runs and Cito Culver singled home two more. Trevin Esquerra drove in a run on an RBI double, Daniel Herrera plated a run on a sacrifice fly, and Aaron Knapp singled home run number twelve to cap the inning. The Boulders would manage to get one more on a Gian Martellini home run in the seventh before Sussex County closed the game out. Tyler Alexander pitched seven innings in the victory for the Miners, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out seven batters.
The New Jersey Jackals would beat Équipe Québec 10-3 to take the final game of their weekend series. The scoring in the first inning started with a Connor Panas two-run home run for Québec, but the Jackals fought back with a Jason Agresti RBI single followed by an Alfredo Marte two-run home run to put New Jersey up 3-2. In the third, the Jackals managed to add two runs on a Stanley Espinal RBI double before Québec’s Jesse Hodges hit a solo home run in the fourth making it 5-3. That was all Équipe Québec was able to push across as the Jackals added two in the sixth with Justin Wylie and Riley Mihalik each hitting RBI doubles, and plated three in the seventh with Dalton Combs launching a three-run home run.
The Evansville Otters held on late to edge out the Southern Illinois Miners 6-5. Evansville jumped out to a lead in the top of the second inning, when Josh Henderson hit an RBI single to make it 1-0. They added to it with a Cristopher Pujols two-run single in the fourth and a Dakota Phillips solo home run in the sixth. In the seventh, J.R. Davis singled home a run and Riley Krane scored on a passed ball to put the Otters up 6-0. In the bottom half, the Miners got four back in their comeback efforts. Jared Mang hit a two-run double and Yeltsin Gudiño singled home two more to cut the lead to 6-4. In the ninth, Luke Mangieri singled home a run and the Miners had runners on base, but the Otters were able to close it out for the tight win. Tim Holdgrafer went 6.1 innings for Evansville on the mound, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out five. Logan Sawyer finished the game for the save.
Southern Illinois and Gateway will be the only teams facing off on Monday before we return to a full slate of games on Tuesday. As always, you can watch along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app!