A couple of pitcher’s duels and a couple of strong offensive showings led the way in Tuesday night’s Frontier League action. Catch up on anything you may have missed right here with a recap of every game:
The Southern Illinois Miners took both games of a doubleheader with the Gateway Grizzlies, holding the Grizzlies to just one run between the two games. Game one was a continuation of Monday’s game that was suspended due to weather. The Miners took game one 8-0. They scored first in the fifth on a bases-loaded walk to Ryan Stacy that made it 1-0. Then, Carson Bartels hit his first professional home run—a grand slam that extended the lead to 5-0. Bartels followed in the seventh and ninth innings by hitting a single in each inning that drove in one and two runs respectively, which made the final score 8-0 Miners. Zac Westcott struck out five and gave up four hits in seven innings pitched in the win. In game two, a seven-inning contest, the Miners ran away with the game after a John Cable two-run home run in the second inning. An inning later, Nolan Earley hit a solo shot to make it 3-0. The Grizzlies responded in the fourth, when Dylan Jones hit a solo home run to make it 3-1, but that was the only offense for Gateway. Ian Walters, Nolan Earley, John Cable, and Anthony Brocato all hit doubles in the fifth to make it 7-1 Miners, and Walters and Brocato each followed that up with RBI singles in the sixth to make the final 9-1. Kaleb Schmidt earned the win in five innings pitched, striking out a career-high eight batters for Southern Illinois.
The Florence Y’alls edged out the Evansville Otters 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel. The Otters’ Austin Gossmann and the Y’alls’ Kevin Hahn each started the game with three perfect innings on the mound and five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Gossmann made his one costly mistake of the game, giving up a solo home run to Florence’s Joe Lytle. That would be the only run on the night for either team. Kevin Hahn gave up just two hits and struck out five in eight scoreless innings in the victory for the Y’alls, while Gossmann went 7.1 innings with eight strikeouts in the loss.
The New York Boulders defeated Équipe Québec 12-5 after Gian Martellini’s five-RBI night. Équipe Québec took the early 1-0 lead after a sacrifice fly by Jesse Hodges in the first, but New York answered with a seven-run first inning. Tucker Nathans hit a two-run single, Ryan Ramiz hit an RBI single, and Gian Martellini capped it off with a grand slam—his second of the year. Ramiz hit an RBI double in the second that made it 8-1 before David Glaude hit a solo home run for Québec in the fifth. Martellini hit an RBI single in the bottom half that made it 9-2. Québec got two more runs on an RBI double by Connor Panas and a single from Ruben Castro, but the Boulders answered with three of their own. Ray Hernandez connected on a solo home run and Jack Sundberg and Zach Kirtley each hit RBI singles making it 12-4. Elliott Curtis hit a solo home run in the eighth, but that was the last run the New York bullpen allowed. Orsen Josephina got the win for the Boulders, giving up two runs on four hits, four walks, and two strikeouts in five innings.
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the New Jersey Jackals 6-2 despite being out-hit on the night. Tri-City took a 4-0 lead in the fourth after RBI singles from Willy Garcia and Phil Caulfield, an RBI double from Daniel Angulo, and an RBI groundout from Colton Whitehouse. The Jackals scored two runs in the sixth, with Alfredo Marte scoring on a passed ball and a run scoring on a ground out from Jason Agresti. In the ninth, the ValleyCats’ Carson Maxwell drove in two more after an error by the center fielder allowed him to advance to third. Francisco Jimenez picked up the win in 1.1 innings of relief for Tri-City, while Trey Cochran-Gill got the save, closing the game with 1.2 innings.
The Joliet Slammers earned an 8-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers after hitting three home runs in the game. Lake Erie’s Brody Wofford started the second inning with a solo home run to put the Crushers up 1-0. The Slammers would then use the long ball to take the lead after a Braxton Davidson three-run home run that made it 3-1. Joliet added two more runs in the fifth on a Patrick Causa two-run single, and three more in the sixth. Kyle Jacobsen plated two on an inside-the-park home run and Brylie Ware hit a solo home run. The Crushers added one more run in the ninth on a wild pitch. Mario Samuel picked up the win for Joliet in 1.1 innings of relief for the Slammers.
The Sussex County Miners beat the Washington Wild Things 11-4 after a seven-run seventh inning for the Miners. Washington scored first on a wild pitch in the first inning, but Sussex County tied it on a Juan Kelly groundout in the bottom half. The Miners took the lead in the fifth, when Aaron Knapp connected on a solo home run to give the Miners a brief lead. The Wild Things got two more runs in the seventh after Trevor Casanova scored on a wild pitch and Andrew Sohn plated one on an RBI single. In the bottom half, the Miners responded with their big seven-run inning. A bases-loaded walk to Kelly tied the game, then the go-ahead run scored on a fielding error by Gabe Howell which made it 4-3. Kaleo Johnson then hit a RBI triple scoring three and Cito Culver hit him home with a two-run home run that made it 9-3. Hector Roa singled in a run in the eighth for Washington, but the Miners got two more back on a Chuck Taylor sac fly and an Audy Ciriaco RBI single to cap the scoring at 11-4.
The Windy City ThunderBolts defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 3-2 after eight strong innings from starting pitcher Jake Fisher. Matt McGarry’s solo home run in the top of the third inning gave the Boomers a 1-0 lead, but the ThunderBolts answered in the home half when Dan Robinson hit a two-run home run to give them the lead. In the seventh, Robinson plated Brynn Martinez on an RBI hit to make it 3-1 Windy City. In the ninth, another McGarry RBI hit brought Schaumburg within one at 3-2, but were unable to score any more. Fisher pitched eight innings, striking out five and giving up eight hits and one walk in the victory.
Seven more games coming up on Wednesday. As always, you can watch them all live on FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app!