Wednesday was a busy day in the Frontier League, with two doubleheaders taking place as part of a nine-game schedule on the night. Catch up on any game you may have missed with our nightly recap:
The Windy City ThunderBolts won their second straight game with a 3-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers. They took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a Peyton Isaacson RBI single plated two. In the fourth, a Nick Ames base hit for the Boomers scored a run to cut the lead to 2-1. In his professional debut, Windy City’s Rob Weissheier hit an RBI triple in the seventh to give the ThunderBolts enough to secure the win. Tyler Thornton finished the night after seven innings pitched, giving up just one run on three hits, allowing just three walks and striking out three in the win. Schaumburg’s Kyle Arjona took the loss after giving up just one earned run on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in seven innings.
The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Florence Y’alls 8-6 to move into first place in the Central Division. Florence opened the scoring after Luis Pintor and Trevor Craport each hit solo home runs to make it 2-0 in the first. Lake Erie answered in the third inning when two errors by the Y’alls allowed Trevor Achenbach to score himself and Isaac Benard on a play where the ball never left the infield. In the fourth, Eric Callahan hit a two-out RBI single to extend the inning. Then with the bases loaded, Isaac Benard hit a grand slam to give the Crushers a 7-2 lead. A double by Chad Sedio in the fifth gave Florence another run and Sedio scored on an RBI hit by Trevor Craport that made it 7-4. The Crushers were not done, as a Steve Passatempo solo home run made it 8-4 in the seventh. That was followed in the bottom half by a two-run shot by Joe Lytle for the Y’alls that made it 8-6, but that was all they could produce on the night. Tyson Cronin earned his first win of the season after allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
The Washington Wild Things beat the New Jersey Jackals 3-1 after solid pitching and a two-run home run by Trevor Casanova. Alfredo Marte plated the first run of the game for the Jackals in the first on a solo home run. It stayed 1-0 Jackals until the fifth, when Trevor Casanova delivered with a two-run blast to give the Wild Things the 2-1 lead. The following inning, New Jersey committed a throwing error on a grounder off the bat of Andrew Sohn, making it 3-1 Washington and wrapping up the game’s scoring. Ryan Hennen pitched seven innings and gave up just the one run on five hits, one walk, and struck out two in the Wild Things victory.
Équipe Québec and the Sussex County Miners each took a game from their doubleheader Wednesday. In the first game, it was Équipe Québec who wound up victorious, winning 6-4. They got on the board first in the second, when Nathan Etheridge and Jonathan Lacroix each singled home a run. Audy Ciriaco scored one in the bottom half on an RBI double that helped the Miners get on the board and make it 2-1. Québec got another run in the third, with Connor Panas singling home a run, but the Miners would answer with three in the bottom of the third. Juan Kelly and Cito Culver each doubled home a run, and Audy Ciriaco tripled home the third run of the inning. The Miners possessed a 4-3 lead after four innings, but in the fifth, Québec fought back with a three-run inning of their own. Jeffry Parra doubled home a run, Connor Panas scored the second on a sacrifice fly, and Gift Ngoepe hit a ground rule double to score the third of the inning and final run of the game. In game two of the doubleheader, Sussex County won 5-3. Juan Kelly singled home the first run in the first for the Miners, and followed in the third with another RBI single. Cito Culver then walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-0 after three. They’d score two more in the next inning with a Martin Figueroa double and a Juan Kelly double with an error. Ruben Castro scored two on an RBI single for Québec in the fifth and doubled home their last run in the seventh, but it was not enough.
The Southern Illinois Miners recorded season-highs in both runs and hits to rout the Gateway Grizzlies 14-3. The Grizzlies took an early lead in the first with RBI doubles by Andres Regnault and Chase Vallot, but the Miners answered with four runs in the bottom half. Ian Walters doubled home two runs to tie the game, and RBI singles by Jared Mang and Luke Mangieri made it 4-2. Three more came around in the second thanks to four walks and two hit batters, and Walters Mang, and Mangieri each picked up RBIs. Nolan Earley lined an RBI single in the third that made it 8-2, but Gateway’s Justin Jones hit a sacrifice fly that plated their third and final run in the fourth. Anthony Brocato’s RBI double helped the Miners extend their lead to 9-3, and Walters singled home a run in the fifth, making it 10-3. Two more scored in the sixth on RBIs from Carson Bartels and Yeltsin Gudiño, and Southern Illinois ended the night with an Earley two-run RBI single in the eighth that provided the 14-3 final score.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the New York Boulders split their doubleheader after rain delayed the start by over an hour. The Boulders took game one 8-5. The first run scored on an error by Tri-City catcher Daniel Angulo that gave New York the lead in the first. Brad Zunica homered and tied the game up in the second, but then the Boulders unloaded for seven runs in the fourth inning. Gian Martellini was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Zach Penprase hit a sacrifice fly, Milton Smith Jr. tripled home two runs, Jack Sundberg singled home a run, and Zach Kirtley hit a two-run home run to cap the seven-run inning and make it 8-1. Oscar Campos got a run back for Tri-City on an RBI single in the bottom half. In the seventh, Daniel Angulo scored one on a single, and Phil Caulfield hit a two-run home run that brought the final score to 8-5. The ValleyCats took game two 3-2. Nelson Molina started the scoring with a two-run triple in the second inning to put the ValleyCats up. Juan Silverio then singled home Molina to make it 3-0. The game would stay 3-0 until the seventh, when Ray Hernandez and Ryan Ramiz each hit solo home runs for the Boulders and the game finished 3-2.
The Evansville Otters defeated the Joliet Slammers 5-3. J.R. Davis put the Otters in front with an RBI double in the first, and Riley Krane followed with a two-run single. Davis singled another run home in the fourth, which was then followed by a Dakota Phillips RBI single that scored Davis and made it 5-0. The Slammers finally got on the board in the fifth on a Zack Costello groundout, and scored their other two runs on a Braxton Davidson two-run home run in the eighth that made it 5-3. Polo Portela pitched seven innings and struck out eight, giving up one run on four hits and two walks in the win.
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