A number of close games (and one not so close game) highlighted our Friday night in the Frontier League. Catch up with a quick recap:
The Sussex County Miners beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-0 in game one of their doubleheader, but game two was postponed due to weather and will be made up in a doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday. All six runs were scored in the first three innings. Chuck Taylor’s solo home run gave the Miners a 1-0 lead in the first. An RBI double by Audy Ciriaco and an RBI single by Cito Culver made it 3-0. In the second inning, Martin Figueroa connected on a home run to make it 4-0, and in the third, the Miners scored two more. Audy Ciriaco doubled home a run, and Culver knocked him home as the final run. Starter Baylor Sundahl tossed 5.1 scoreless innings for the Miners, allowing only one hit and two walks, while striking out three batters in the win.
The Florence Y’alls defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 6-4 in a closely contested game between the two teams. Gateway broke ground in the second on a Ty Moore bases-loaded walk that made it 1-0, but Florence responded quickly. Axel Johnson launched a two-run home run and Trevor Craport hit a solo shot to give the Y’alls a 3-1 lead in the third. In the bottom half, Andres Regnault hit his own solo home run to cut the Florence lead to 3-2. Jordan Brower extended the lead once again with a solo home run in the fourth, but Gateway answered with two in the bottom half to tie the game. Dustin Woodcock hit an RBI double, then scored from second on a sacrifice fly from Moore after Rodney Tennie made a spectacular sliding catch against the wall in center field. Johnson hit his second home run of the game in the seventh to give the Y’alls a 5-4 lead, and Brower’s fielder’s choice in the ninth made it a 6-4 final score.
The Schaumburg Boomers recorded a 5-2 win over the Evansville Otters to break a five-game losing streak. They got on the board first in the sixth, when Chase Dawson hit a two-run single to break the scoreless tie. The Otters cut the 2-0 lead in half in the bottom of the sixth on a groundout by J.R. Davis. Schaumburg then scored three runs in the eighth inning. Alec Craig scored on an error and Quincy Nieporte hit a two-run double to cap the Boomers’ scoring. Evansville’s Bryce Denton singled home a run in the ninth to make it a 5-2 final. Schaumburg’s Orlando Rodriguez pitched seven innings, allowing just one run (unearned) on five hits and one walk, while striking out eight in the victory.
The Washington Wild Things defeated the New York Boulders 4-2 after a solid outing from McKenzie Mills and a four-run seventh inning. New York’s Ray Hernandez hit a two-run home run to give them a lead in the fifth. Washington’s offense got going in the seventh. Nick Ward scored Trevor Casanova on a base hit, which right fielder Kevonte Mitchell missed, allowing Brian Sharp to also score. Grant Heyman then drove in Ward to make it 3-2 Wild Things. Bralin Jackson later hit a sacrifice fly that made it 4-2 and the score would not change after that. Mills allowed three hits and two runs in seven innings in his first win of the season.
The Lake Erie Crushers broke the tie with two runs in the seventh inning and beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-3. The Bolts jumped out to an early lead, with Rob Calabrese hitting a solo home run in the first and John Sechen hitting a solo home run in the second. Lake Erie tied it in the fourth after a Connor Oliver two-run double that made it 2-2. The Crushers would then take the lead in the seventh, with Trevor Achenbach delivering a clutch two-run single that made it 4-2. Windy City got one more run in the eighth when Rob Weissheier plated a run on an infield single. Ryan Feierabend went six innings and struck out four, giving up two runs on five hits and two walks in the victory.
The Southern Illinois edged the Joliet Slammers 3-2 after more late offense. Braxton Davidson’s two-run home run in the fourth inning would give the Slammers a 2-0 lead. The Miners answered back in the bottom half, with Luke Mangieri singling home a run and Jared Mang tying the game on a double play. The score would remain 2-2 until the eighth inning, when Nolan Earley hit his second double of the game to score the go-ahead run and give the Miners their first lead of the game. Southern Illinois would close it out in the ninth and secure the win. Pitcher Chase Cunningham gave up only the two runs in six innings, walking none and striking out seven in the win.
Équipe Québec unloaded for 19 runs and 21 hits in a 19-1 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Québec had a seven-run fourth inning. Jefrry Parra singled home a run and later scored on a wild pitch, Gift Ngoepe tripled home two runs and scored on a Jesse Hodges single, and Jonathan Lacroix hit a two-run home run in the inning. A run scored on a groundout in the fifth, and in the sixth, Ruben Castro hit an RBI single that was followed by a three-run double by David Glaude. The Jackals got their lone run in the bottom half on a Demetrius Moorer single. In the ninth, Québec unleashed another seven-run inning. Jesse Hodges scored on an error, Jeffry Parra singled home a run, David Glaude doubled home two, Gift Ngoepe doubled home two more, and Riley Pittman singled home a run to cap the monster offensive night for Québec. On the mound, John Witkowski tossed five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, no walks, and striking out five in the win.
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