Saturday night’s Frontier League action was highlighted by a walk-off home run, a home run derby, and a pair of late rallies. Catch up on anything you may have missed here with our recap of it all:
The New York Boulders rallied late for a 6-5 win over the Washington Wild Things. New York plated four runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Milton Smith, Jr. hit his first professional home run before Ray Hernandez hit a two-run single and Gian Martellini hit another RBI single. The Wild Things got a solo home run from Andrew Czech in the third inning and another from Grant Heyman in the fourth to inch their way back. An RBI double from Nick Ward cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, and in the sixth, a bases-loaded walk tied the game 4-4. Washington grabbed the lead on a Scotty Dubrule double in the seventh. The Boulders answered in the bottom half of the inning, when Smith, Jr. hit into a double play and tied the game at 5-5. Hernandez then singled home his third RBI of the night to give the Boulders a 6-5 advantage. James Mulry got the win in relief.
The Florence Y’alls walked it off in the tenth inning on a two-run homer to beat the Joliet Slammers 10-8. The first two innings were full of offense. Joliet scored four in the first inning with a Dylan Hardy sacrifice fly, a Dave Matthews RBI single, and a Lane Baremore two-run double. Florence got two back in the home half with a Trevor Craport double and a Joe Lytle single. In the second, the Slammers added two on RBI singles from Alonzo Jones and Hardy. The Y’alls then had a four-run inning of their own. Connor Crane hit a two-run home run, Chad Sedio hit an RBI double, and Lytle singled home Sedio to make it a tie game at 6-6 after two. The Slammers scored their final two runs in the fourth, with Hardy singling home a run, and Baremore hitting a sacrifice fly to put Joliet up two runs. The Y’alls then scored the final four runs of the game. Sedio scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and Rodney Tennie hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to tie it at 8-8. Then after a scoreless top of the tenth inning, Trevor Craport hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to send Florence home happy.
The Schaumburg Boomers used their strong pitching to hold their early lead and defeat the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1. Chase Dawson scored in the first on an error to give the Boomers a 1-0 lead. Luke Becker’s groundout in the second inning scored the second run, and a groundout from Angelo Gumbs in the third scored the third. Clint Hardy’s RBI single gave the Boomers a 4-0 lead before Lake Erie scored their lone run of the game on a single by Steve Passatempo in the fourth. Kyle Arjona allowed just one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in his seven innings of work.
The Evansville Otters held the Gateway Grizzlies to just three hits to earn the 3-1 win. Evansville plated the first run with a bases-loaded walk to Andrew Penner in the second inning. Penner delivered the second run with an RBI double in the fourth to make it 2-0 Otters. In the sixth, Andretty Cordero hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. Gateway’s lone run of the game came on a Jay Prather solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Braden Scott earned the win for the Otters after working 7.2 scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.
The Southern Illinois Miners scored three late runs in the eighth inning to stun the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-2. In the third inning, Windy City jumped in front after an RBI triple from Payton Robertson and a sacrifice fly from Zach Racusin to make it 2-0. The Miners got on the board in the fifth when Jarrod Watkins hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 2-1. The score remained the same until the eighth, when Ian Walters grounded an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2. Jared Mang then scored on a passed ball and Brocato hit another RBI single to make it 4-2 Miners. The score would hold as Joey Pulido earned the save. Starter Michael Austin tossed six innings and struck out six after allowing two runs on four hits. Windy City starter Tyler Thornton also had a solid game, allowing just a run, a walk, and four hits while striking out four over seven innings.
The New Jersey Jackals used a home run derby to beat the Sussex County Miners after ten innings was not enough to break a 3-3 tie. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when a single by Sussex County’s Kaleo Johnson plated the game’s first run. In the seventh, Daniel Herrera advanced to first base on an error by the shortstop that allowed Audy Ciriaco to score. Heading into the ninth, the Miners led 2-0, but in the top of the ninth, Justin Wylie delivered a two-run game-tying home run that sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Demetrius Moorer drove in a run with a groundout, and in the bottom half, Chuck Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game up once again and force a home run derby. The Jackals went on to win the derby 2-0.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and Équipe Québec each took a game from their second doubleheader in consecutive days. Tri-City won comfortably in game one 13-6. Québec struck first in game one, with L.P. Pelletier hitting an early home run. Willy Garcia helped the ValleyCats answer in the bottom half with an RBI single that tied it at 1-1. The ValleyCats then had five runs cross the plate in the second inning. On a ball off the bat of Juan Silverio, a fielder’s choice followed by a throwing error allowed a run to score. Denis Phipps followed with an RBI single, Brad Zunica walked home a run with the bases loaded, and Willy Garcia singled home two more to make it 6-1. Silverio hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Denis Phipps hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 8-1. Québec came back with five runs in the fifth. Jonathan Lacroix doubled home a run, Pelletier singled home Lacroix, and David Glaude launched a three-run home run. Tri-City’s Nelson Molina hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-6 Tri-City before they added three more in the sixth. Luis Roman hit an RBI single, Zach Biermann singled him home, and Molina capped the scoring with another single. In game two, Québec edged out the ValleyCats 2-1 in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. Tri-City went up 1-0 after a Denis Phipps sacrifice fly in the first inning. Then in the sixth, David Glaude singled home two runs for Québec to give them all they would need for the victory. David Gauthier allowed just three hits in 3.2 innings of work for the win.
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