A pair of doubleheaders and some great pitching performances highlighted Saturday night’s games in the Frontier League. Read more about each game that took place with a quick recap:
The Florence Y’alls defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 8-4. Windy City scored first in the second inning on a groundout from Jack Strunc. Connor Crane doubled home a run in the third to tie the game for the Y’alls, and Connor Perry followed with a two-run single. Joe Lytle added a run on a groundout, Jordan Brower added a run on a double play ball, and Connor Perry doubled home two runs in the fourth to make it 7-1 Y’alls. The ThunderBolts followed by scoring a run in each of the next three innings. Rob Calabrese hit an RBI single in the fifth, Jack Strunc hit an RBI single in the sixth, and a run scored on an error in the seventh before Joe Lytle hit a solo home run in the seventh to drive in one more for Florence and make the final 8-4. Johnathon Tripp pitched 5.2 innings and gave up three runs, striking out nine in the win.
The Lake Erie Crushers and Schaumburg Boomers split their doubleheader Saturday night. Lake Erie took the first game 5-1. The first shot came in the first inning with a Karl Ellison two-run double giving them a 2-0 lead. In the third, Isaac Benard drove a run in on a groundout and Steven Kraft scored on an error by third baseman Luke Becker. The Boomers scored their lone run in the fourth on a Clint Hardy RBI double, but the Crushers were able to score one more in the sixth on Javier Betancourt’s RBI single. Ryan Feierabend allowed just one run on seven hits in 5.1 innings while striking out nine in the victory. In game two, the Boomers came out victorious 4-0. Schaumburg plated three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead. Nick Ames’ sacrifice fly scored the first run, and Angelo Gumbs followed with a two-run home run. The last run came on an RBI single by Ames in the sixth inning. Ryan Middendorf tossed the complete seven-inning game, with seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out three in the win. Lake Erie currently sits half a game ahead of Schaumburg in the Central Division standings heading into Sunday’s rubber match.
The Southern Illinois Miners and Evansville Otters also each took a game from their doubleheader, with the Miners taking game one 4-0. In game one, Nolan Earley opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. The only other scoring came in the fifth inning, with Anthony Brocato connecting on a three-run home run to make it 4-0. Chase Cunningham tossed a complete game, pitching seven scoreless innings and giving up seven strikeouts in the win. Evansville took game two by a score of 4-2. They began the scoring in the first as well, with J.R. Davis doubling home a run. Riley Krane followed with an RBI single, and Andretty Cordero singled home a pair of runs to make it 4-0 Otters after one inning. That was all the scoring the Otters needed, as the Miners could only manage two runs the rest of the game. One came in the fourth on a Yeltsin Gudiño sacrifice fly and the other came in the sixth on a solo home run by Anthony Brocato.
The Joliet Slammers beat the Gateway Grizzlies 9-6 to tie the series. Andres Regnault plated the first run for the Grizzlies in the first on a three-run home run to give them the early lead. Joliet came back with seven runs in the bottom half. Kyle Jacobsen brought a run home on a single, Patrick Causa doubled home three runs, and three more runs scored on walks. The Grizzlies got a run in the second on an RBI single by Jay Prather, and would get two more in the sixth with Chase Vallot scoring on a fielder’s choice and Dustin Woodcock scoring on a passed ball to make it 7-6. The Slammers would answer back once more with two runs in the seventh. Brylie Ware’s RBI groundout and an RBI double by Jackson Dvorak led the Slammers to the 9-6 win.
The game between the Washington Wild Things and the New Jersey Jackals was suspended in the bottom of the third inning with the Wild Things up 4-0. It will resume as part of a doubleheader Sunday at 2:00 p.m. ET.
The game between the Sussex County Miners and the New York Boulders was suspended in the fourth inning with the Miners up 2-0. It will resume Sunday as part of a doubleheader at 3:00 p.m. ET.
The game between Équipe Québec and the Tri-City ValleyCats was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday at 5:00 p.m. ET.
There will be no shortage of action Sunday, as the final day of the week features ten games on the schedule! Watch them all live with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app and use promo code “July2021” to receive 50% off the first month of a new monthly subscription!