Four doubleheaders in the Frontier League Wednesday night meant there was a LOT of action to cover. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap to get you caught up:
The Tri-City ValleyCats swept their doubleheader with the New York Boulders, taking game one by a score of 8-7, and winning game two with a walk-off single. They got on the board in game one in the second when Zach Biermann tripled home a run and Chris Kwitzer singled home Biermann to make it 2-0 ValleyCats. Oscar Campos’ three-run home run in the fourth made it 5-0. The Boulders scored their first runs of the game in the sixth. Ryan Ramiz singled home a run, Tucker Nathans hit an RBI double, Ramiz scored on a wild pitch, and Ray Hernandez plated a run with a sacrifice fly to bring the game to within a run at 5-4. The ValleyCats would get three in the bottom of the inning, however, on a two-run double by Biermann and a single by Kwitzer that made it 8-4. New York closed the gap to a run once more in the seventh with Kevonte Mitchell’s three-run home run that made it 8-7. Closer Trey Cochran-Gill earned his league-leading 15th save of the season, and set single-season franchise records (previously 14 saves by Blake Ford in 2012). In game two, the ValleyCats used a walk-off single by Juan Silverio to win it in the bottom of the seventh. To begin the scoring, Willy Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the first to put Tri-City up 1-0. Three more came in the third, when Garcia singled home two more runs, and Nelson Molina sent him home on a sacrifice fly that made it 4-0. New York rallied with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Hernandez singled home two runs, Gian Martellini doubled home the third run, and Tucker Nathans scored the fourth run on a passed ball that tied the game. The tie would not last long, though, as Denis Phipps’ RBI single in the bottom half gave the ValleyCats a 5-4 lead. The Boulders fought back once more in the seventh, tying the game on a Ramiz sacrifice fly. Then Silverio delivered the game-winning base hit that plated Garcia with the winning run.
The Sussex County Miners took both games of their doubleheader with Équipe Québec. The Miners won the first game by a 5-1 margin. Their first run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Herrera. Québec tied it the following inning with an RBI triple by David Glaude. Trevin Esquerra helped the Miners regain the lead in the fourth with an RBI groundout and Kaleo Johnson singled home a run in the fifth to make it 3-1. The final two runs came on an RBI single in the sixth by Martin Figueroa. Game two saw the Miners edge out Québec 3-2 with the winning run coming in extra innings. Québec scored first with a pair of RBI singles by Gift Ngoepe and Jonathan Lacroix coming in the second inning. The game remained 2-0 until the seventh inning, when Sussex County responded with two of their own. Audy Ciriaco plated a run on a groundout and Martin Figueroa scored the tying run on a passed ball to send the game to extra innings. Then, after holding Québec scoreless in the top of the eighth, Joey Rose brought home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to win the game for the Miners.
The Evansville Otters took the early lead and never looked back against the Florence Y’alls, winning 3-1. Evansville’s three runs all came in the second inning. Jose Pujols doubled home a run before Gary Mattis doubled home a pair to make it 3-0. The score remained 3-0 for the majority of the game thanks to seven shutout innings by Otters’ starter Tim Holdgrafer. He gave up just four hits and zero walks while striking out seven in the win. The Y’alls lone run came in the ninth on a Chad Sedio RBI double that made the final score 3-1.
The Lake Erie Crushers beat the Gateway Grizzlies in walk-off fashion for the second straight night with a 4-3 victory. Lake Erie’s Steven Kraft hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give them a 1-0 lead. The game stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Trevor Achenbach and Bryan De La Rosa both drew walks with the bases loaded to make it 3-0 Crushers. In the ninth, the Grizzlies finally got on the board and tied the game at 3-3 after a Connor Owings bases-clearing double with the bases loaded. The game went to the bottom of the ninth, where Connor Oliver hit a game-winning RBI double to send the Crushers home with the 4-3 victory. Lake Erie starter Ryan Feierabend tossed six scoreless innings and struck out five while earning the no-decision.
The Washington Wild Things routed the New Jersey Jackals 14-4 after a pair of four-run innings that helped them pull away. New Jersey crossed the plate first in the second inning, when Josh Rehwaldt tripled home a run and then scored on an error by the second baseman. Nicco Toni later hit a solo home run to make it 3-0 Jackals. In the bottom half of the second, Washington’s Joe Campagna tied it with one swing of the bat on a solo home run that evened the game. In the fourth inning, after Andrew Czech scored on a wild pitch for the Wild Things, Bralin Jackson singled home two more runs. Hector Roa then singled home Jackson to make it 7-3. An inning later, Trevor Casanova hit a solo home run, Scotty Dubrule plated a run on a sacrifice fly, and Jackson plated two more with a double to make it 11-3. Campagna added a run in the sixth with his second home run of the game before New Jersey’s Milton Ramos scored the Jackals final run on an error in the seventh. In the eighth, Washington tacked on one two more runs with a two-run home run by Cody Young to cap the scoring.
The Windy City ThunderBolts and the Joliet Slammers each won a game of their two-game set Wednesday. In game one of the doubleheader, the ThunderBolts won 2-0 in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. The first scoring for Windy City came in the fourth inning on a Jack Strunc RBI double that gave them a 1-0 advantage. An inning later, Zach Racusin plated the second and final run with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The score would remain 2-0 after the Windy City bullpen silenced the Slammers’ bats, surrendering zero hits over the final four innings. In his three innings of work, starter Jake Fisher allowed just one hit. In game two, Joliet earned the 7-4 win. Their first three runs came in the first inning following an error by the third baseman that allowed Alonzo Jones to score and a two-run single by Patrick Causa. Windy City answered in the second, with two runs scoring on a Brynn Martinez triple, and a two more coming across on a single by Jairus Richards that gave them a 4-3 lead. The Slammers came back with two runs in the fourth, with one scoring on a single by Dave Matthews, and the other scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Braxton Davidson. In the fifth, Joliet added two more runs and capped the scoring with an RBI single by Tyler Depreta-Johnson and an RBI groundout by Dave Matthews that made it 7-4.
The Schaumburg Boomers and Southern Illinois Miners also ended the day with a doubleheader split. Southern Illinois won game one 6-4. They would strike first after an RBI single by Ariel Sandoval made it 1-0 after the first inning. Another run scored on a throwing error and a bases-loaded double play groundout by Ian Walters to make it 3-0. In the top of the fourth, two errors by Southern Illinois allowed Schaumburg to score three runs to tie the game at 3-3. In the sixth, Nolan Earley drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the go-ahead run and make it 4-3 Miners. Walters drove in two more with a double to make it 6-3. The Boomers added one in the seventh on a single by Chase Dawson, but that was all they could manage, as the game finished 6-4. Game two was a pitcher’s duel that the Boomers won 2-0. A pair of solo home runs was the difference—one in the fourth by Matt McGarry, and the other in the sixth by Alec Craig to put the Boomers up 2-0. Starter Ryan Middendorf pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks in the win. The Miners’ Chase Cunningham struck out seven and allowed the two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings of work.
Back to a normal schedule Thursday, as the first of seven games gets underway at 11:00 a.m. ET. Follow every game live at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!