More Frontier League history was made Thursday afternoon, as we saw the third no-hitter of the season. Read more about it and the rest of Thursday’s games with our recap of all the action:
The Joliet Slammers used five pitchers to throw a combined no-hitter and defeat the Schaumburg Boomers by a 2-0 score. The offense came in the second on an RBI single by Lane Baremore, and in the fourth on a solo home run by Braxton Davidson. Chris Roycroft got the start for the Slammers and went four hitless innings, striking out four. Austin Shea followed, pitching 1.1 innings, allowing four walks, and striking out a batter. Brett Smith then worked 1.2 innings and earned the win before Brad VanAsdlen and Trevor Charpie each pitched an inning to secure the no-hitter. This is Joliet’s third no-hitter in franchise history and their first since August of 2013, when they used a record six different pitchers to throw a no-hitter over ten innings. It is the third no-hitter of the Frontier League season and the 31st in league history.
The Evansville Otters claimed the finale of the three-game series with the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-1. They jumped out to an early lead in the first inning, when Miles Gordon lined a double and later came home on a wild pitch. They added to their advantage when Riley Krane hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and two more came around on an RBI single by Andrew Penner that made it 4-0. In the ninth, Andretty Cordero scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-0, and Rob Calabrese’s RBI single in the bottom half gave the ThunderBolts their only run of the day to make it 5-1. In the win, Tim Holdgrafer allowed just three hits and no runs in seven innings of work.
Équipe Québec beat the Washington Wild Things 2-1 in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. Both teams scored a run each in the first frame. Québec’s David Glaude scored on a wild pitch after singling, stealing second, and advancing to third on an error. Washington scored on a Scotty Dubrule groundout that tied the game. Québec’s only other run came in the fourth, when Parra stole third and advanced on an error by the catcher. Starter Codie Paiva tossed a complete game and struck out eight in the win, allowing only one run on four hits and a walk. McKenzie Mills went 6.2 innings and struck out three, allowing two runs (one unearned) on four hits and two walks in the loss.
The Gateway Grizzlies beat the Lake Erie Crushers 7-3 and completed the three-game sweep after a six-run fourth inning. Lake Erie scored first in the second inning when Karl Ellison came home on a wild pitch and Eric Callahan hit a sacrifice fly to put them ahead 2-0. Then in the fourth, Gateway’s Abdiel Diaz hit a bases-loaded single to cut it to 2-1. Two batters later, Jordan Rathbone got hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run to make it 2-2. Dustin Woodcock followed by lining a bases-clearing three-run double that made it 5-2, and he later scored after Trevor Achenbach’s throwing error at second. In the sixth, Ty Moore reached on another error by the Crushers and allowed another run to score to make it 7-2. Lake Erie added one more in the eighth with Achenbach hitting a solo home run. Gateway starter Sam Gardner got the win after striking out five in six innings of work.
The Sussex County Miners scored three runs early en route to a 9-3 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. In the first, the Miners’ Juan Kelly opened the scoring with an RBI single. Later in the inning, Martin Figueroa scored as part of a double steal, and Joey Rose singled home Kelly to make it 3-0. Figueroa hit a sacrifice fly in the third to make it 4-0. The ValleyCats got on the board in the fifth, when Andres Sosa hit a ground rule double, but the Miners answered with four more in the bottom half. Kelly again brought a run home with an RBI single and Cito Culver followed by doubling home three more, making it an 8-1 game. Sosa doubled home another run for Tri-City in the seventh before Brad Zunica hit a solo shot in the eighth, but Sussex County tacked on one more run with a Chuck Taylor RBI single that made it 9-3. Billy Layne Jr. worked six innings on the mound for the Miners and struck out six, allowing just one run on three hits and a walk in the win.
The New York Boulders used a six-run first and a five-run eighth to beat the New Jersey Jackals 15-7 and cap off a series sweep. Milton Smith Jr. advanced to third on an error by the first baseman, allowing Jack Sundberg to score for the game’s first run. Smith Jr. later came home on a wild pitch. Marcus Mastrobuoni plated three more with an RBI double and Phil Caulfield singled him home to cap their scoring in the first. In the bottom half, New Jersey’s Russ Olive hit a two-run home run, which was later followed by a two-run shot by Dalton Combs to make the score 6-4 after one. The teams traded runs in the third, with New York getting one on a Ray Hernandez solo home run, and New Jersey getting it on a solo shot from Jason Agresti. Zach Kirtley added another run for the Boulders in the fourth with a solo shot of his own before the Jackals’ Stanley Espinal scored on a wild pitch in the fifth to make it 8-7. That was as close as it would get, as the Jackals failed to score after the fifth inning. For New York, Sundberg and Kevonte Mitchell plated runs with RBI singles in the seventh before the Boulders unloaded for five more in the eighth. Phil Capra hit an RBI single, Caulfield drove one in on a fielder’s choice, Smith Jr. singled home Capra, Sundberg scored on an error, and Kirtley plated the last run with a sac fly that made it 15-7.
The Florence Y’alls edged out the Southern Illinois Miners after scoring the game-winning run in the top of the ninth inning. The Miners kicked off the scoring with an RBI single by Gianfranco Wawoe making it a 1-0 ballgame. The Y’alls responded in the fifth when Rodney Tennie singled home their first run and Jordan Brower came home on a wild pitch to give them the 2-1 lead. Southern Illinois tied it in the sixth after Luke Mangieri’s RBI double. The game remained 2-2 until the top of the ninth. Florence’s Chad Sedio came home as the go-ahead run from third after an error by the first baseman Mangieri on a ball off the bat of Trevor Craport. Both starters pitched solid games, with the Miners’ Gunnar Kines allowing two runs on just four hits and a walk in six innings, and the Y’alls’ Casey Grimm going five innings and allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk.
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