Just five games took place Friday night after weather postponed a pair of games, but there was still plenty of action to be had. Catch up on anything you may have missed here with our nightly recap:
The Washington Wild Things defeated the New Jersey Jackals 7-6 in the early game to take the opening game of the series. Washington got on the board in the first on a double steal, with Nick Ward scoring the first run. New Jersey scored the next three runs, the first coming on a T.J. Ward groundout. Russ Olive would follow in the third with an RBI double and Stanley Espinal scored Olive on a groundout. Then in the fourth, Washington unloaded for five runs. Brian Sharp, Nick Ward, and Andrew Sohn each walked with the bases, Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, and Andrew Czech drove in the fifth run of the inning on a groundout. The Jackals’ Justin Wylie plated a run in the fifth on a groundout to make it 6-4, and Demetrius Moorer walked with the bases loaded in the sixth to add another. Each team scored a run in the eighth, with the Wild Things scoring on a Bralin Jackson single, and the Jackals scoring on a Nicco Toni home run. In the ninth, Zach Strecker came on and picked up his eighth save of the year and the 60th of his career, which puts him alone in second place on the Frontier League career saves list, breaking a tie with former Wild Thing and Frontier League Hall of Famer Jonathan Kountis.
The Florence Y’alls beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 8-4 after a back-and-forth affair and some clutch hitting by Jordan Brower. Windy City got the first run in the first on a groundout from Jairus Richards. The Y’alls got that run right back in the second with Brower scoring on an error by the catcher. Jackson Pritchard followed that up in the fourth with a sacrifice fly that made it 2-1 Y’alls. Each team scored a run in the fifth, with the ThunderBolts’ Brynn Martinez singling a run home, and Florence’s Luis Pintor hitting a sacrifice fly to help the Y’alls regain the lead. Windy City’s Rob Calabrese hit a solo home run in the sixth to tie it up again, but the Y’alls followed that with two more runs in the bottom half of the inning. Brower hit an RBI double and then came home later on a wild pitch. In the eighth, Brower hit a two-run home run and another run scored on a double play off the bat of Luis Pintor that extended the Florence lead. Windy City got a run back in the ninth on a Rob Weissheier single, but they could not score any more runs. Casey Grimm gave up three runs on six hits in seven innings in the Florence victory.
The Tri-City ValleyCats ran away with a 7-1 victory over Équipe Québec after a dominant pitching outing by Austin Cline. Denis Phipps tripled home a run in the first and then scored on an error by the shortstop Kevin Whatley to make it 2-0 Tri-City early. Québec scored in the second on a groundout from Jonathan Lacroix, but after that it was all ValleyCats. In the third, Oscar Campos hit an RBI single and Carson Maxwell knocked in a run on a groundout to make it 4-1. In the seventh, Brad Zunica was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Oscar Campos singled home the final two runs to make the final 7-1. Tri-City’s Austin Cline went six innings and gave up just one run (unearned) on three hits and a walk. He struck out eight batters in the win.
The New York Boulders used three home runs to defeat the Sussex County Miners 8-3. Sussex County used a long ball of their own off the bat of Juan Kelly to take 2-0 lead in the third inning. The Boulders then scored six runs in the fourth inning to take a four-run lead. Kevonte Mitchell led off with a home run, Phil Caufield lined a two-run ground-rule double, and Jack Sundberg connected on a three-run home run to make it 6-2. Phil Capra added a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 8-2 and the Miners added a run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Knapp. Orsen Josephina gave up two runs in six innings on six hits and four walks in the win.
The Gateway Grizzlies shut out the Joliet Slammers 3-0. In the third inning, Chase Vallot and Dustin Woodcock each hit RBI singles to give Gateway the 2-0 lead. In the sixth, Connor Owings hit an RBI single to make it 3-0, a score that would hold for the rest of the game. Starter Sam Gardner tossed six scoreless innings, gave up six hits and struck out three in the win. Carter Hayes, Tanner Cable, and Geoff Bramblett each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the game for the Grizzlies.
Friday’s game between the Lake Erie Crushers and the Schaumburg Boomers was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
The contest between the Southern Illinois Miners and the Evansville Otters was also postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday at 5:05 p.m. CT.
A full slate of games on the schedule Saturday. Be sure to tune into FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app to catch all the action. You can now use the promo code “July2021” through July 26 to receive 50% off the first month of a new monthly subscription!