Saturday saw a couple of comeback wins, some great pitching performances, and a home run derby finish as well. Catch up on all the action here with our nightly recap:

The Lake Erie Crushers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and beat the Florence Y’alls 7-2. The Crushers took the lead in the bottom of the first, when Trevor Achenbach hit a two-run home run. In the second, Eric Callahan brought home a run on a groundout. Steven Kraft followed with an RBI double that made it 4-0 Lake Erie. Isaac Benard then hit an RBI ground rule double to make it 5-0 after two innings. In the fifth, Karl Ellison’s solo home run made it 6-0 Crushers, and in the sixth, Callahan hit a solo shot of his own to make it 7-0. Florence broke through in the seventh with two runs. Harrison DiNicola hit a sacrifice fly for their first run, and Jordan Brower singled home the second run to make it 7-2. Sam Curtis tossed six hitless innings and gave up just one walk, while striking out six in the win. He was replaced in the seventh by Taylor Sugg, who allowed the two runs on three hits over the final three innings.

The Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-1 after a twelve-hit ballgame. The game started as a pitcher’s duel, as both teams were scoreless until the fifth inning. Windy City then broke the tie when Jairus Richards hit a solo home run to make it 1-0. The Boomers responded right away with a Chase Dawson two-run home run that gave them the lead for good. They added a run in the seventh after Brett Milazzo singled and scored on an error. In the eighth, Angelo Gumbs singled home the fourth and final run to make it 4-1. Andrew Dean allowed the one run in six innings, and struck out four in the win for the Boomers.

The Gateway Grizzlies used a five-run sixth inning to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-3. Joliet scored early, with Braxton Davidson singling home the first run in the bottom of the first. Brylie Ware followed with an RBI double in the third inning. The Slammers scored their third and final run in the fourth, when Patrick Causa hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. Gateway answered in the fifth, when Connor Owings led off the inning with a solo home run to make it 3-1. Then, in the sixth, the Grizzlies took the lead and added insurance with five runs. Abdiel Diaz lined a two-run double to tie the game at 3-3. Two batters later, a throwing error from Joliet catcher Brian Parreira allowed Diaz to score and make it 4-3 Grizzlies. Justin Jones added an RBI double and Alonzo Jones added an RBI single to make the game 6-3. Gateway pitcher Jorge Tavarez gave up a run over six innings, striking out six batters in the win after Geoff Bramblett opened the game with two runs over three innings.

The Washington Wild Things used a four-run eighth inning to defeat the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-2. The ValleyCats struck first in the second inning, when Juan Silverio tripled home a run and Luis Roman brought home another run on a groundout. The Wild Things got on the board in the third, when Andrew Czech hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. In the seventh, Grant Heyman homered to tie the game before four more runs in the eighth. Bralin Jackson’s two-run triple gave Washington a 4-2 lead, Grant Heyman singled home Jackson, and Trevor Casanova capped the scoring by singling home Heyman for the sixth and final run of the game.

The New York Boulders scored early and never looked back in their 4-2 victory over Équipe Québec. Dan Wirchansky pitched into the seventh inning and allowed only two runs and seven hits in the win. Zach Schneider closed out the game with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and the save. Miguel Cienfuegos took the loss for Québec. The win was the Boulders’ 500th regular season win in the tenth year of play for the franchise.

The New Jersey Jackals staved off a late comeback and earned the win over the Sussex County Miners 5-3. The Miners scored first in the second, with Trevin Esquerra doubling home the first run. The Jackals answered with two runs in the third, coming off of a single by Dalton Combs and a sacrifice fly by Jason Agresti. They would add three in the sixth, when Josh Rehwaldt hit an RBI double and Alex Kachler singled home two more to make it 5-1. Chuck Taylor’s RBI groundout in the seventh gave the Miners another run, and Cito Culver singled home the game’s final run to make it 5-3. Jason Zgardowski allowed just one run on four hits and three walks over six innings of work in the win.

The Evansville Otters took both games of their doubleheader with the Southern Illinois Miners, with the second coming in a home run derby. In game one, the Otters edged out the Miners 2-1. The first run came in the second, when Andrew Penner hit an RBI single for Evansville. Riley Krane added another run with a single in the third, and Yeltsin Gudiño plated the only Miners run in the fourth on a solo home run to make it 2-1. Polo Portela went the full seven innings and allowed only one run on two hits and a walk in the win for the Otters. In the second game, Evansville used a home run derby to beat Southern Illinois following a 3-3 game after eight innings. Ariel Sandoval scored on an error by the catcher for the first run for the Miners in the second. Evansville plated two in the fourth after an RBI double by Andretty Cordero and a sacrifice fly by Dakota Phillips making it 2-1. In the sixth, Ian Walters tripled home a run for the Miners to tie the game at 2-2. The game was then forced into extra innings, where each team scored a run. A Nolan Earley sac fly gave the Miners their third run, and Evansville scored on a J.R. Davis double. Then, in the home run derby, the Otters edged out the Miners with a 6-5 derby win to take the game and the doubleheader.

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