The Fourth of July saw lots of fireworks—in the form of big offensive nights for several teams. Catch up some of the impressive offensive performances here with our recap of all the action:
The New York Boulders held off a late surge by the Washington Wild Things to win 4-3 and move into first place in the Atlantic Division. The Boulders scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning. The first run came on a throwing error and was followed by a bases-loaded Zach Kirtley two-run single that made it 3-0. Ray Hernandez then knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Washington got on the board with an Andrew Czech home run which extended his hit streak to 12 games—the longest active streak in the Frontier League. Bralin Jackson would then hit a two-run home run which made it a 4-3 game in the eighth, and that score would hold as the final score. Orsen Josephina pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in the win for New York and allowed only one hit on the night.
The Tri-City ValleyCats were victorious in both games of their doubleheader against Équipe Québec. Game one was a continuation of Saturday’s rain-out that was suspended in the second inning. The game resumed in the top of the second, where the ValleyCats held a 2-0 lead due to a Brad Zunica two-run home run before play was halted. Québec got a run back in the third inning from an RBI double by Jonathan Lacroix. Juan Silverio extended the Tri-City lead after a two-run home run in the seventh, and Oscar Campos capped the scoring on an RBI single making it 5-1 ValleyCats. Austin Cline earned his first professional win in four relief innings, allowing just one run on four hits and striking out seven. In a seven-inning game two, Québec scored first with an RBI single from Gift Ngoepe. Tri-City waited until the sixth before scoring two on a Denis Phipps RBI double and one more on a wild pitch. That was all the offense they needed as the game finished 3-1.
The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-2 to sweep the weekend series. The Crushers hit a couple of solo home runs to take an early lead. Steve Passatempo hit a solo shot in the second and General McArthur hit a solo shot in the third to give Lake Erie a 2-0 lead. Windy City tied the game in the fifth after an RBI single by Zach Racusin scored a run and a sacrifice fly by Dan Robinson scored the tying run. The Crushers would regain the lead in the sixth, when Eric Callahan hit a clutch two-run single that made it 4-2. They would add an insurance run in the eighth on a Zack Gray RBI single.
The Gateway Grizzlies took the rubber match against the Evansville Otters, winning 10-3. Gateway opened the scoring in the third after Dylan Jones scored on a double play. The Grizzlies broke the game open in the fourth, when Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run home run and Ty Moore followed with an RBI single that made it 4-0. The score would hold until the seventh, when Gateway unloaded for five runs in the seventh. Andres Regnault hit a three-run home run—his third of the series and fourth in the last four games—and two more would score after Connor Owings and Justin Jones hit back-to-back RBI doubles to make it 9-0 Grizzlies. The Otters got on the board in the eighth with a three-run Riley Krane home run, but Gateway would answer with one more run in the bottom of the inning on a Dustin Woodcock RBI double that capped the score at 10-3.
The Florence Y’alls routed the Joliet Slammers 15-2 to sweep their weekend series. The first inning started with a Chad Sedio two-run double and a Trevor Craport RBI double that made it 3-0. A Sedio single scored another run in the following inning, and Florence would score four more in the fourth. RBI hits from Rodney Tennie and Axel Johnson would plate runs, Connor Crane walked in a run and Harrison DiNicola hit a sacrifice fly. The Slammers got their one run in the fourth on a Sean Green infield single. The Y’alls then scored five in the fifth after an RBI single for DiNicola and two runs scored on a dropped fly ball in center field to make it 13-1. Two more runs were added in the sixth after an RBI double from Johnny Knight and a Connor Crane RBI hit. Joliet scored their final run on a Jackson Dvorak RBI double in the ninth inning, making the final score 15-2. Kevin Hahn earned the victory for the Y’alls, tossing six innings and giving up just one run.
The New Jersey Jackals had several big innings en route to a 13-3 victory over the Sussex County Miners. The Miners crossed the plate first in the second on a Daniel Herrera groundout and an Aaron Knapp solo home run that gave them an early 2-0 lead. The lead did not last long as Russ Olive plated one on a sacrifice fly in the third to get the Jackals on the board. In the fifth, a run scored on an error, a Russ Olive single, and a Dalton Combs single, making it 4-2 after five. The Jackals scored three more in the sixth when Russ Olive hit a three-run home run, and would score five in the seventh after an Olive grand slam and a Stanley Espinal RBI double that made it 12-2. Each team would score one more a piece in the ninth, with New Jersey’s Dalton Combs doubling home a run, and Sussex County’s Kaleo Johnson singling home their last run of the game. Russ Olive drove in nine runs in the big night for the Jackals—one run shy of tying a league record for RBIs in a game.
The Southern Illinois Miners scored in six different innings as they beat the Schaumburg Boomers 9-2. Nolan Earley got it started for the Miners in the first when he doubled home their first run of the game. He followed in the third by singling home a run, and in the fourth, Carson Bartels drove in a run on a groundout. Earley struck again for the Miners in the fifth, hitting a three-run home run and opening up their lead to 6-0. After a run scored on a wild pitch and Nolan Earley singled home another run in the sixth, the Boomers finally got on the board in the sixth with a Chase Dawson RBI triple. Schaumburg’s Angelo Gumbs hit a solo home run in the seventh to give the Boomers their second and final run of the night before an error scored the Miners’ final run of the night in the eighth. Zac Westcott pitched 5.2 innings and gave up only one run on three hits and one walk in the victory for the Miners.
Monday is an off day in the Frontier League, but the action will resume Tuesday with another full slate of games. Until then, you can catch up on game highlights with our other nightly recaps on FrontierLeague.com or watch past games on FrontierLeagueTV.com.