A walk-off win and an extra-innings win highlighted the action in the Frontier League Tuesday night. Read more about all of it here with a quick recap:
After going down 3-0, the Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the New York Boulders 5-3 by scoring five unanswered runs. An RBI double from Kevonte Mitchell gave the Boulders an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Mitchell followed that up in the third by hitting a two-run home run that made it 3-0 Boulders. The ValleyCats got on the board in the fifth, with Juan Silverio scoring one on a ground rule double and Willy Garcia bringing home another run on a sacrifice fly. Then in the sixth, Juan Silverio stepped up to the plate and connected on a three-run home run to give Tri-City the lead for good. Troy Cruz earned the win in a scoreless inning of relief and Trey Cochran-Gill got the save.
The Florence Y’alls beat the Lake Erie Crushers 9-6 with the two teams combining to score fourteen total runs over the final three innings. Steve Passatempo’s solo home run made it 1-0 Crushers after five innings. In the sixth, the Y’alls scored five runs. Harrison DiNicola tied the game on an error by the first baseman that allowed him to reach base safely. Later in the sixth, Taylor Bryant plated one on an RBI single and Axel Johnson hit a three-run home run to make it 5-1 Florence. Javier Betancourt scored on an error by the catcher in the seventh to get a run back for Lake Erie, but Florence answered with a sacrifice fly. Lake Erie managed to score four runs to tie the game in top of the eighth. Bryan De La Rosa, Zack Gray, and Brody Wofford each hit RBI singles, and a run scored on an error in left field to tie the game at 6. The Y’alls were not done, scoring three more runs in the bottom half. Connor Crane plated one on a base hit and Luis Pintor singled home two more runs to give the Y’alls the 9-6 lead that they would onto for the last inning and take the win.
The Joliet Slammers defeated the Evansville Otters 4-2 after taking an early three-run lead in the first inning. In the first, Dylan Hardy opened the game with a leadoff home run, and the Slammers would add two more after back-to-back RBI doubles from Kyle Jacobsen and Jackson Dvorak. The Otters got a run back in the bottom of the first on an errant throw by Joliet’s Patrick Causa. In the third inning, Braxton Davidson extended the Slammers’ lead with a solo home run that made it 4-1. Elijah MacNamee would hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom half to cut the lead to 4-2, but that’s where the game would end. Adam Zuk would earn the win for the Slammers, tossing 6.2 innings and giving up two runs on six hits and two walks.
The Washington Wild Things beat the New Jersey Jackals in walk-off fashion, winning 5-4. The Jackals took the lead in the first inning after Todd Isaacs hit a home run on the first pitch of the game. The Wild Things scored in the second when Andrew Czech launched a two-run home run that helped them take the lead. The hit extended Czech’s hit streak to thirteen games, tying the longest active streak in the league with Windy City’s Zach Racusin. Isaacs hit his second home run of the game in his third at-bat, tying the game at 2-2. In the bottom half, Grant Heyman hit an infield single that scored a run and gave Washington the 3-2 lead. The Jackals’ responded in the seventh with two runs and took the 4-3 lead after a two-run single by Riley Mihalik and Hector Roa helped the Wild Things tie the game with an RBI single in the eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, Nick Ward’s sacrifice bunt led to two Jackals’ throwing errors by pitcher Dylan Brammer and center fielder Demetrius Moorer that allowed Adrian Gomez to cross the plate as the winning run.
The Windy City ThunderBolts snapped a five-game losing streak to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 8-6. The Bolts’ Peyton Isaacson hit a two-run home run to put them ahead in the first, and in the second, Jake Hirabayashi made it a 3-0 lead after a sacrifice fly. Three more runs came in the third inning, after RBI singles from Rob Calabrese and Jairus Richards and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jack Strunc. The Boomers got on the board in the bottom half, scoring three after a Chase Dawson two-run single and a bases-loaded walk to Alec Craig that made it 6-3. Brynn Martinez singled home a run for Windy City in the fifth, but Clint Hardy scored a run in the seventh on a double play that kept it a three-run ballgame at 7-4. After Schaumburg cut the deficit by two more runs in the eighth on a Quincy Nieporte RBI double and a Nick Ames groundout, a Jairus Richards’ sacrifice fly added an important insurance run for the ThunderBolts and secured an 8-6 win. Miguel Ausua earned the win after pitching five innings and giving up three runs on five hits.
After a pitcher’s duel and a tie game after nine innings, the Gateway Grizzlies scored one in the tenth and beat the Southern Illinois Miners 3-2. Neither team scored until the top of the fourth inning, when Chase Vallot hit a solo home run for a 1-0 lead for the Grizzlies. In the sixth, the Miners tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Gianfranco Wawoe to make it 1-1. Gateway would get one right back in the seventh on an error by the center fielder allowing a run to score, but Luke Mangieri tied it right back at 2-2 with a solo home run for the Miners in the bottom of the seventh. Nine innings was not enough, as the game went to extra innings. Then in the tenth, a Justin Jones single drove in Nick Rotola for the go-ahead run, and the Grizzlies would hold the lead for the 3-2 win.
The game between Équipe Québec and the Sussex County Miners was postponed due to weather Tuesday night and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday at 5:05 p.m. ET.
You can watch both games of that doubleheader and every other game at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app.