Three doubleheaders—all between divisional foes—and some league history all took center stage in Thursday night’s Frontier League action. Read more about every game that took place (or got postponed) with a brief look at them all:
The Tri-City ValleyCats took the 2-1 win over the New Jersey Jackals after the resumption of yesterday’s game was called after six innings. The game resumed in the bottom of the fourth inning after being tied 1-1. Nelson Molina led of the sixth inning for the ValleyCats, giving them a 2-1 lead. Then, after a scoreless bottom of the sixth, the clouds rolled in and the game was delayed, and eventually called off after reaching the minimum inning requirement needed to be marked an official game. The second game of the doubleheader was postponed and rescheduled to be part of a doubleheader at 5:00 p.m. ET on August 10. Despite the loss in game one, New Jersey’s Santiago Chirino became the all-time leader in career at-bats (2,332) and career games played (589) in the Frontier League. Chirino also ranks in the top five in a number of other categories including hits (725), batting average (.311), and runs scored (350).
The Gateway Grizzlies took both games of their doubleheader vs the Southern Illinois Miners to split their four-game series. In game one of the doubleheader, it finished 5-1 Gateway. The Miners’ Jared Mang opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to put them up 1-0. In the third inning, Dustin Woodcock put the Grizzlies ahead with a two-run home run and the Grizzlies would proceed to add a run in each of the following three innings. Jose Rosario homered in the fourth, Jay Prather singled home a run in the fifth, and Chase Vallot hit a solo shot in the sixth to make the final score 5-1. Starter Christian Camacho pitched six innings and struck out two, while allowing the lone run on seven hits and only one walk in his first professional win. In game two, the score finished 5-2. The Miners once again got the early lead after an Ian Walters single gave them a 1-0 advantage. The Grizzlies would answer once again when Andres Regnault hit a solo home run in the second inning to tie the game. Dustin Woodcock would connect on his second two-run home run of the day to give the Grizzlies a 3-1 lead. Southern Illinois’ Yeltsin Gudiño hit an RBI double in the fifth to close the gap to 3-2 before Gateway added two more runs in the bottom half. Jay Prather hit an RBI single and Regnault got hit by a pitch with the bases full, making it a 5-2 final score. Drew Clavenna earned the win in five innings of work after striking out two and allowing just one earned run, three walks and five hits.
The Lake Erie Crushers and Joliet Slammers split their doubleheader after strong pitching in both games. In game one, the Crushers won 2-0. Trevor Achenbach singled home a run in the third to give them a 1-0 lead, and another run scored on an error by Joliet first basemen Braxton Davidson in the fifth. Lake Erie starter Paul Hall Jr. pitched 5.2 scoreless innings (seven inning game) and gave up just three hits and three walks while striking out seven in the win. In the second game, Joliet edged out Lake Erie 1-0. The only run was scored in the fourth inning, when the Slammers’ Brylie Ware scored on a passed ball after he advanced to third on a Braxton Davidson double. Starter Adam Zuk allowed just one hit—a Connor Oliver double in the fifth—and worked five scoreless innings, striking out five in the win. Tyson Cronin took the loss for the Crushers after allowing the one unearned run on three hits and striking out seven batters in six innings.
The Evansville Otters took both games in their doubleheader against the Florence Y’alls. In game one, Evansville shutout Florence 6-0 after a six-run fifth inning. Miles Gordon hit a solo home run to start the inning. Bryce Denton followed with a bases-loaded walk that scored a run, and John Schultz was then hit by a pitch to score another. Cristopher Pujols then hit a two-run double before Gordon plated his second run of the inning on a single. Pitcher Braden Scott went six scoreless innings in the win, giving up just six hits and one walk while striking out five. In game two, the score finished 4-2 Otters. Andrew Penner got the scoring started for Evansville in the bottom of the third on an RBI single. Florence’s Trevor Craport would answer in the fourth with a two-run single that gave the Y’alls the 2-1 lead. In the fifth, Miles Gordon singled home the tying run before Dakota Phillips and Josh Henderson each singled home a run in the sixth to make it 4-2 Otters. Logan Sawyer would come on and close it out in the ninth for the save. Starter Polo Portela went six innings (seven-inning game), allowing six hits, two runs, and zero walks and striking out five.
The New York Boulders defeated Équipe Québec by a 5-2 margin after Andrew Hammond’s solid outing on the mound for the Boulders. In his first start of the season, and second appearance, Hammond went six innings, allowed just three hits and two runs (zero earned), walked one, and struck out three. New York took a 1-0 lead in the first when Ryan Ramiz singled home a run. After a trio of errors by New York, a single by L.P. Pelletier and a sacrifice fly by David Glaude gave Québec a 2-1 lead. The Boulders tied it in the third after Tucker Nathans hit a solo home run, and took the lead back when Milton Smith, Jr. connected on a two-run triple. That was followed by a Ray Hernandez solo home run in the fifth inning that capped the scoring at five and made the final score 5-2.
The Schaumburg Boomers beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-1 after a four-run second inning. Clint Hardy walked with the bases loaded to bring in the first run. The next hitter, Brett Milazzo was then hit by a pitch, forcing in another run. Then Matt McGarry singled in a run, and Chase Dawson scored a fourth on a groundout. The next run would not cross the plate until the seventh, when Schaumburg’s Quincy Nieporte doubled home a run to make it 5-0. The ThunderBolts managed to plate a couple in the ninth on an error by McGarry and a single by Zach Racusin, but Frontier League Pitcher of the Week Kyle Arjona closed them out to finish the complete game and the win. Arjona pitched the full nine innings for the Boomers, allowing just two hits, one walk, and one unearned run, while striking out seven in the victory.
The Washington Wild Things vs Sussex County Miners game was postponed due to weather and will be made up August 3 at 5:05 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader between the teams.
A fun weekend ahead in the Frontier League. Make sure you follow along on FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app.