Evansville manager Andy McCauley’s milestone win stood out in Friday night’s Frontier League action. Read more about it and catch up on each game’s highlights here with a quick recap:
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat Équipe Québec 4-3 after Parker Kelly’s strong outing on the mound. Juan Silverio got the scoring started for the ValleyCats in the first, hitting a two-run home run. They’d add another in the fourth on an RBI double from Oscar Campos. In the fifth, Québec got a run back with a solo home run by Nathan Etheridge making it 3-1, but Carson Maxwell’s sacrifice fly in the bottom half brought Denis Phipps home for a 4-1 lead. Équipe Québec would get a run in the eighth on an error and one in the ninth on a Jonathan Lacroix single that made the final score 4-3. Parker Kelly tossed seven innings and gave up one run, three hits, two walks, and struck out five in the victory.
The Lake Erie Crushers scored early to defeat the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-2. Windy City scored first with Zach Racusin scoring on a wild pitch and Jairus Richards driving in a run on a single in the first inning. Lake Erie’s Isaac Benard hit an RBI single to get a run back in the bottom half and the Crushers would score two more in the second. Eric Callahan doubled home two runs to give the Crushers a 3-2 advantage before Steve Passatempo singled home a run in the third, making it 4-2. The lead would hold for the final five innings. Starter Jake Pilarski allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work and struck out five batters before Daniel Kight and Taylor Sugg worked the final three scoreless innings.
The Schaumburg Boomers blanked the Southern Illinois Miners 4-0 after Andrew Dean threw six scoreless innings. The Boomers got on the board in the third with a sacrifice fly from Alberto Schmidt. Chase Dawson then singled home a run in the fourth and Nick Ames doubled home two more to give them four. In his six shutout innings, Dean walked two and struck out four. Stephen Chamblee, Thomas Nicoll and Darrell Thompson all came in from the bullpen and helped Schaumburg close the game out.
The Evansville Otters scored seven runs in the second inning to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 10-3. The Grizzlies’ Andres Regnault scored Ty Moore on a groundout in the first to give Gateway a 1-0 lead. In the second, Evansville responded when Dakota Phillips hit a two-run home run, which was then followed by a three-run home run by Miles Gordon and a two-run shot from J.R. Davis. The second inning finished 7-1 Otters. In the fourth, Davis scored on a wild pitch for Evansville, while Regnault hit a solo home run for Gateway to make it 8-2. Nick Rotola would hit an RBI single in the sixth to cut the deficit to 8-3, but Evansville would add insurance in the seventh with Miles Gordon scoring on a wild pitch and Andrew Penner hitting an RBI groundout to make it 10-3. Otters pitcher Ryan O’Reilly earned his first professional win after allowing only one earned run over 5.2 innings. With the win, Otters’ manager Andy McCauley earned his 1,000th career win as a manager in his professional career. In a career dating back to 1998 with the Frontier League’s Kalamazoo Kodiaks, McCauley has taken five different organizations to twelve playoff appearances, winning three league championships — one with the Otters in 2016.
The Florence Y’alls beat the Joliet Slammers by a score of 8-2. Trevor Craport’s home run in the second inning would give the Y’alls an early lead. In the fourth inning, Joliet’s Braxton Davidson hit an RBI groundout to tie the game. Two innings later, Florence’s Axel Johnson walked with the bases loaded and Johnny Knight hit a sacrifice fly to give the Y’alls two more runs. In the seventh, Luis Pintor hit an RBI single and Craport hit a two-run triple to make it 6-1 Y’alls until Jackson Dvorak singled home the only other run for the Slammers in the bottom half to make it 6-2. The Y’alls tacked on two more with a Joe Lytle RBI single and a Pintor RBI groundout. Starter Jonathan Vance lasted five innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out four and issuing no walks in the victory.
The Washington Wild Things vs New York Boulders game was postponed due to weather and will be played as part of a doubleheader on July 23.
The New Jersey Jackals vs Sussex County Miners game was suspended and will also be a part of a doubleheader between the teams on July 23.
Eight more games on the schedule for Saturday! If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, be sure to follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or with the Frontier League app.