A walk-off win, a doubleheader, and a couple of strong offensive performances were all on display in the Frontier League Saturday night. Catch up on anything you may have missed with our nightly recap:
The New Jersey Jackals forced extra innings with a run in the ninth and then scored three in the tenth for a walk-off win against Équipe Québec 7-6. The game was scoreless until the third, when New Jersey’s Alfredo Marte drove in the first run on a single. Québec answered the next inning when Connor Panas hit a solo home run and Gift Ngoepe hit a two-run home run. The Jackals’ Chris Carpio hit an RBI single and Russ Olive drew a bases-loaded walk that tied the game at 3. Québec’s next run came in the sixth on Ngoepe’s second home run of the game that gave them the lead. In the ninth, Marte singled home the tying run and sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Québec scored two runs on an L.P. Pelletier RBI double and a Ruben Castro RBI triple. In the bottom half, Justin Wylie drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Then, with the bases loaded and the Jackals down one, Chris Carpio hit a ground ball to the left side of the infield that was picked up and thrown low into home by third baseman Jesse Hodges. The ball got away from the catcher and the Jackals were able to score the tying and winning runs on the play to walk it off.
The Gateway Grizzlies came back from a three-run deficit to beat the Florence Y’alls 6-3. Florence got off to a strong start. Trevor Craport and Harrison DiNicola hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning. An inning later, Axel Johnson hit one of his own and made it 3-0 Florence. In the bottom of the fourth, Andres Regnault hit a solo home run—his sixth consecutive home game with a homer. Dustin Woodcock followed in the fifth with an RBI double that made it 3-2. In the seventh, Nick Rotola hit an opposite-field home run for the Gateway to tie the game up at 3. The Grizzlies completed the comeback in the eighth, when Jay Prather hit an RBI double to give them a 4-3 lead. Two more runs came in after Y’alls left fielder Johnny Knight misplayed a fly ball off the bat of Rotola, and the game finished 6-3.
The Lake Erie Crushers took a 5-0 lead in the first and never looked back, defeating the Windy City ThunderBolts 9-3. The scoring started for the Crushers when Bryan De La Rosa doubled home a run. Trevor Achenbach then hit an RBI double and Steve Passatempo hit an RBI single. Two more runs scored on balks by pitcher Jake Fisher. Another run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Achenbach, making it 6-0 Lake Erie. In the bottom of the second, Windy City got on the board. Rob Weissheier hit his first professional home run—a two-run shot that made it 6-2. Lake Erie added two in the fourth on an Isaac Benard single and a Karl Ellison double, and one more in the fifth on a groundout from General McArthur. The Bolts would add one more right after that, with a Dan Robinson RBI single, but they could not add any more. Aaron Glickstein went five innings, allowing three runs in the win for the Crushers.
The Washington Wild Things beat the New York Boulders 10-4 after belting four home runs in the game. Bralin Jackson hit a solo home run in the second inning to kick off the scoring. The Boulders got the run back in the fourth when Gian Martellini singled in a run to tie it, but Washington took the lead right back on a Trevor Casanova three-run home run. Then, in the fifth, Grant Heyman hit a two-run shot and Hector Roa hit an RBI single to make it 6-1. An inning later, Brian Sharp hit a sacrifice fly and Grant Heyman hit an RBI triple to make it a 9-1 game. New York’s Tucker Nathans hit a two-run home run in the seventh, but Sharp hit a solo shot in the eighth for Washington’s tenth run. The Boulders’ capped the scoring with a Kevonte Mitchell home run that gave us the final score of 10-4. Keven Pimentel gave up one run on six hits in six innings, while striking out seven batters in the win on the mound.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and Sussex County Miners each took a game from their doubleheader. In game one, the Sussex County came out on top 6-3. Brad Zunica’s three-run home run gave the ValleyCats the early three-run lead. That was the end of their scoring in game one, as Sussex County’s bats came to life. They scored four in the second inning, highlighted by a Chuck Taylor RBI groundout and a Juan Kelly two-run double. In the fifth, Kelly hit a solo home run and in the sixth, Martin Figueroa singled home the sixth run. Billy Layne Jr. pitched five scoreless innings and struck out five, allowing just five hits and a walk in the victory. In game two, Tri-City won 5-2. The Miners’ Martin Figueroa hit a solo home run in the first, but the ValleyCats got four back in the second. Daniel Angulo doubled home three runs and Keaton Weisz hit into a groundout that scored another run. Chuck Taylor hit a solo home run in the sixth, but that was it for the Miners. Weisz singled home one more run for Tri-City in the seventh and made it a 5-2 final. Turner Larkins had a solid outing, tossing 5.1 innings and allowing just two runs on two hits in the win. Trey Cochran-Gill secured his league-leading twelfth save after 1.2 innings of work.
A pair of games–Joliet vs Southern Illinois and Schaumburg vs Evansville—were postponed due to weather and will be made up Sunday starting at 3:05 p.m. CT as part of doubleheaders between the respective teams.
Those two doubleheaders and the rest of the final games of each weekend series will occur on Sunday. Tune into FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app to catch all the action.
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