A couple of strong offensive showings and some key rubber matches highlighted Sunday’s Frontier League action. Read more about every game with our brief nightly recap:
The Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1 Sunday to complete a series sweep and extend their division lead to 5.5 games. The Boomers were held hitless until the fifth. Later in the fifth, Alec Craig reached on an error to drive home the first run and Chase Dawson hit an RBI single to make it 2-0. Lake Erie answered an inning later when Connor Oliver’s sacrifice fly made it a 2-1 game. Schaumburg added a run in the seventh with Chase Dawson’s sacrifice fly, and one in the eighth on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Luke Becker to make it 4-1. Andrew Dean struck out four in his 5.2 innings of work and allowed only one run on five hits and two walks in the win for the Boomers.
The Florence Y’alls earned a 5-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers after a solid seven innings by starter Jonaiker Villalobos. After two hitless innings by both teams, Florence got on the board with five runs in the third inning. Connor Crane, Axel Johnson, and Chad Sedio each recorded RBI singles and Joe Lytle also hit a two-run single to make it 5-0. Joliet cut into the five-run deficit in the fourth after a Dave Matthews RBI single. They would score again in the eighth on a fielder’s choice by Jackson Dvorak but would fall short 5-2. Villalobos allowed just one run on three hits across his seven innings and struck out seven batters in the win.
The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 8-2 after scoring all eight runs in the first inning. Jared Mang knocked an RBI single to open the scoring and make it 1-0 before Anthony Brocato launched a three-run home run to make it 4-0 Miners. Carson Bartels later followed in the inning with a grand slam, his second of the season, to make it 8-0. The ThunderBolts got a run back in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Dan Robinson, and in the eighth on a single by Zach Racusin, but the Miners’ lead was far too much to overcome. Zac Westcott went seven innings, struck out four, and gave up just one run on three hits and a walk.
The Gateway Grizzlies took the rubber match against the Evansville Otters, winning by a score of 5-3. Riley Krane opened the scoring for the Otters with a solo home run in the fourth and the lead grew to 2-0 an inning later after three wild pitches allowed Andrew Penner to advance home. The Grizzlies responded and took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after a three-run double by Jose Rosario made it 3-2. Ty Moore added a solo home run to make it 4-2. The Otters came back with one more in the seventh when Elijah MacNamee hit an RBI single to make it 4-3, but in the eighth, Jay Prather provided Gateway with some insurance after a solo home run that gave us the final score of 5-3. Jorge Tavarez earned the win after five innings of work in which he struck out five and allowed two runs on three hits.
The Washington Wild Things held off a comeback effort from the New York Boulders to win 11-9. New York scored first in the first inning when Ryan Ramiz hit a two-run single and Kevonte Mitchell also hit an RBI single. In the third inning, Washington answered with four runs. Nick Ward tripled home a run, Grant Heyman doubled home the second, and Bralin Jackson and Hector Roa each added RBI singles to give the Wild Things the 4-3 lead. Another run came in the fourth on a solo home run by Andrew Czech, and they added to their lead with four more runs in the fifth inning. RBI singles from Heyman, Trevor Casanova, and Czech as well as a sacrifice fly by Roa helped them extend their lead to 9-3. An RBI single in the sixth from Roa made it 10-3. In the bottom of the sixth, the Boulders inched closer with a three-run home run by Phil Capra to make it 10-6. In the seventh, the Boulders closed the gap to 10-8 after a double by Gian Martellini and an RBI groundout by Capra. The Wild Things added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI double by Ward, and Phil Caufield’s RBI groundout for New York made it an 11-9 final score.
Équipe Québec defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-2 to take the rubber match of a five-game weekend series. Québec got on the board first with four runs in the fourth inning. Ruben Castro hit a solo home run and Jonathan Lacroix followed with a three-run shot to make it 4-0. In the sixth, Tri-City’s Willy Garcia singled home a run to make it 4-1, but Québec added a run in both the seventh and eighth on a Gunnar Rainey single and a Ruben Castro sacrifice fly. The ValleyCats capped the scoring in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single by Nelson Molina. Québec starting pitcher Miguel Cienfuegos allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings of work, striking out two in the win for Équipe Québec.
The New Jersey Jackals scored runs in all but three innings to defeat the Sussex County Miners 9-1. Jason Agresti’s RBI groundout opened the scoring in the first for the Jackals, and Dalton Combs followed in the second with a two-run single to make it 3-0. Agresti brought home another run in the third with his solo home run, and followed in the fifth with an RBI ground rule double. Stanley Espinal doubled him home later in the inning and Nicco Toni’s sacrifice fly plated Espinal to make it 7-0 Jackals. Sussex County got their lone run in the sixth when Trevin Esquerra singled home a run, but New Jersey was able to add two more in the seventh and eighth. Toni singled home a run in the seventh and Justin Wylie hit a solo home run to cap the scoring in the eighth at 9-1. Dakota Freese allowed the lone run for the Miners, pitching four innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the victory in relief for the Jackals.
After Monday’s off-day, things will pick up right where we left off. To catch up on the highlights of the week’s action, you can browse the rest of the week’s nightly recaps on FrontierLeague.com or watch any games you may have missed with FrontierLeagueTV.com. July 26 is the last day to take advantage of the promo code “July2021” to receive 50% off the first month of a new monthly subscription. Don’t miss out!