It was an exciting night in the Frontier League, with three late comeback wins and a home run derby victory as well! Get caught up on all the great games with a recap of all the highlights here:
The Southern Illinois Miners scored two runs in the eighth inning to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 3-2. The game started as a pitcher’s duel between Trent Johnson and Orlando Rodriguez, with both pitchers shutting out the other team for the first five innings. The Boomers then struck first in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly by Matt Bottcher and a Quincy Nieporte solo home run giving them a 2-0 lead. The Miners would score a run on a sacrifice fly in the seventh from Arturo Nieto to make it 2-1, and would then take the lead in the eighth. Nolan Earley hit an RBI single that tied the game before Jared Mang singled home the go-ahead run to take the lead for the first time at 3-2. The Boomers came close to tying it, but Southern Illinois would hang on and win on a diving stop and throw by Ian Walters to end the game.
The Gateway Grizzlies came back from a five-run deficit to defeat the Evansville Otters 6-5. The scoring started in the second inning when the Otters’ Dakota Phillips hit a two-run home run to take an early 2-0 lead. Phillips followed up his home run with a bases-clearing three-run double in the third inning to make it 5-0. Gateway got on the board in the bottom half of the inning when Ty Moore hit a solo shot. In the sixth, Connor Owings hit an RBI single to cut the Evansville lead to 5-2, and in the seventh Andres Regnault launched a three-run home run to tie the game at five. In the eighth, Nick Rotola scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Taylor Wright and the Grizzlies completed the comeback. Carter Hayes earned the win in relief with a scoreless eight inning and Geoff Bramblett earned the save.
The New York Boulders won on a Tucker Nathans three-run walk-off home run that lifted them over the Washington Wild Things 5-4. The Wild Things scored first in the second inning with a sacrifice fly from Hector Roa that was dropped, allowing Roa to reach base safely as well. Cody Erickson then doubled home two runs that made it 3-0 Washington. In the seventh, New York scored on an error on a ground ball, but the Wild Things got the run back in the ninth on a Brian Sharp pinch-hit RBI double that made it 4-1. Then in the bottom half, the Boulders got a run on a Zach Kirtley single, and Tucker Nathans finished the game with the three-run walk-off blast that gave New York the victory.
The Florence Y’alls escaped with a 3-1 victory over the Joliet Slammers. The Y’alls took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning on a Joe Lytle RBI groundout. In the ninth, they added two more important insurance runs with Jackson Pritchard scoring a run after an error by Brylie Ware at third base and Trevor Craport scoring on a double steal of home. Joliet finally got on the board in the ninth when Tyler Depreta-Johnson reached base on a fielder’s choice, making the final score 3-1. Starting pitcher Jonaiker Villalobos got the win in his seven shutout innings. He allowed five hits but struck out five on the night.
The Lake Erie Crushers tied the game in the seventh to send the game to extras and beat the Windy City ThunderBolts in the home run derby. The ThunderBolts first scored in the third inning on a Zach Racusin RBI single and a Zac Taylor RBI double to make it 2-0. The score remained the same until the seventh inning, when Connor Oliver launched a two-run home run to tie the game at two. After two more scoreless innings, the game went to extra innings. Jairus Richards hit an RBI single to make it 3-2 Windy City, and Lake Erie’s Javier Betancourt hit an RBI single of his own in the bottom half, tying it at three and sending the game to a home run derby tiebreaker. The Crushers went on to win the derby after Brody Wofford homered twice and Trevor Achenbach hit one to beat the ThunderBolts 3-2.
The Sussex County Miners dominated the New Jersey Jackals 12-3. Todd Frazier got the Miners on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning. An Audy Ciriaco sacrifice fly scored one more in the inning to make it 2-0 Sussex County. Jackie Urbaez plated one in the second with an RBI single before Chuck Taylor plated another on a single of his own. New Jersey got on the board in the bottom of the second after an error, but the Miners answered in the third with a Cito Culver RBI triple and a John Jones sac fly. A wild pitch scored Santiago Chirino for the Jackals in the home half, making the score 6-2 after three. The Miners would add two more in the fourth on a Ciriaco two-run double before the Jackals’ Chirino singled home their third and final run in the fifth. The Miners secured the win with a four-run eighth. Trevin Esquerra scored on a wild pitch, Todd Frazier plated two more on a single, and Ciriaco single home one more run to make it 12-3.
The game between the Tri-City ValleyCats and Équipe Québec was suspended due to weather and will be picked up tomorrow in the top of the second inning. The first game will be nine innings, while the second game will be seven.
Come back Sunday as we have a Fourth of July full of baseball with eight more games on the schedule! As always, if you can’t make it out to the games, you can follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app.