Dominant pitching, a home run derby, and a walk-off win highlighted Tuesday night’s return to Frontier League action. Catch up on all of the game’s highlights with our nightly recap:
Équipe Québec defeated the Sussex County Miners 7-4 after seven innings of what was supposed to be game one of a doubleheader between the teams. Jeffry Parra singled home the game’s first run for Québec in the first. In the second, Jonathan Lacroix singled home a run, but Sussex County took a one-run lead after a three-run home run by Kaleo Johnson in the fourth inning. Québec responded with five runs in the fifth. Kevin Whatley scored on a wild pitch, Connor Panas and Jesse Hodges each singled home runs, and Lacroix doubled them both home to regain the lead and make it 7-3. The Miners added one more run in the seventh on an RBI single by Daniel Herrera that made it 7-4. Game two of the doubleheader was suspended due to inclement weather with the score 1-1 in the fourth inning. It will be resumed tomorrow as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The Tri-City ValleyCats dominated the New York Boulders 12-1 in what was also supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. After a weather delay to begin the game, the ValleyCats started the scoring in the first when Willy Garcia hit an RBI single. The ValleyCats then scored five runs in the second inning, coming on an Andres Sosa RBI single, an error by the third baseman that allowed Oscar Campos to reach base safely, and a three-run home run by Denis Phipps that made it 6-0. In the fourth, Brad Zunica singled home another run and Carson Maxwell followed with a three-run blast that made it 10-0. The Boulders got their lone run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Phil Caulfield, but Tri-City tacked on two more in the sixth with Maxwell’s second home run of the game that made it a 12-4 final. Starter Parker Kelly went five innings and struck out four, allowing only one run on one hit and three walks in the win. Game two was postponed due to weather and will be played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The Washington Wild Things shutout the New Jersey Jackals 8-0 after a complete-game one-hit shutout by pitcher Daren Osby. The only hit Osby surrendered was a triple in the first inning to Dalton Combs. It is the third career complete game and the first career shutout for Osby. Washington’s offense came to life in the second inning, when Hector Roa led off with a solo home run and Joe Campagna hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0. Bralin Jackson hit a two-run shot in the third to make it 5-0, and in the fourth, an Andrew Sohn double gave the Wild Things their sixth run. Andrew Czech’s solo shot in the sixth extended the lead to 7-0 and the final run came later in the inning on a Scotty Dubrule RBI single.
The Evansville Otters beat the Florence Y’alls 4-1 after a dominant pitching performance by Ryan O’Reilly. Miles Gordon’s RBI groundout gave the Otters an early advantage, followed by Elijah MacNamee’s sacrifice fly that made it 2-0. In the fifth, Gordon hit a sacrifice fly and Gary Mattis scored on a passed ball that made it 4-0. Florence scored their lone run in the eighth when Jordan Brower hit a solo home run. Ryan O’Reilly gave up just one run on three hits and a walk over his 7.2 innings. He also struck out seven in the Otters win.
The Gateway Grizzlies and the Lake Erie Crushers each took a game from their doubleheader Tuesday, with late drama in both games. Game one was decided by a home run derby, which Gateway won. Lake Erie drew first blood in the first inning, with Isaac Benard launching a two-run home run to make it 2-0. In the third, Steven Kraft hit an RBI single that made it 3-0. In the fourth, the Grizzlies got on the board with an RBI double by Jose Rosario, and Justin Jones brought him home with a base hit that cut it to 3-2. Rosario delivered another RBI double the following inning to tie the game 3-3. The game remained tied and eventually went to extra innings, where neither team could score. Then, in the home run derby tiebreaker, the Grizzlies came out with the 5-1 victory. In game two, the Crushers came out on top 4-3. Gateway struck first after Rosario was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Lake Erie answered quickly with an RBI double from Trevor Achenbach that gave the Crushers a 2-1 lead. Another Grizzlies batter—Dustin Woodcock—was hit with the bases loaded and tied the game at 2-2 in the third. They took the lead in the fifth, when Andres Regnault hit a solo home run to put them up 3-2. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Crushers rallied. A wild pitch brought Connor Oliver home to tie the game, then Shawon Dunston, Jr. ended the game with a walk-off RBI single that gave Lake Erie the 4-3 win.
The Windy City ThunderBolts won a 7-2 contest over the Joliet Slammers after a complete game by starter Logan Wiley. This is Wiley’s first professional complete game. The Slammers took the lead in the fourth when Terry Daniels hit an RBI double. The sixth inning brought six runs for the ThunderBolts. Brynn Martinez hit a two-run single to give them the lead, Payton Robertson added an RBI single, and Hunter Wells cleared the bases with a double to make it 6-1. Daniels drove in another run for Joliet with the fielder’s choice in the sixth, and the Bolts added one more with an RBI single for Payton Robertson to make it 7-2. Wiley struck out four in the full nine innings, allowing two runs on twelve hits and four walks in the win for Windy City.
Another full day of Frontier League action on Wednesday, with four doubleheaders and eleven games on the schedule. Watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!