OTTERS, WILD THINGS EXTEND WIN STREAKS TO SEVEN GAMES WITH SWEEPS

The first day of August included a home run derby, as well as the extension of a pair of win streaks after two series sweeps. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action here:

The Gateway Grizzlies cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Andres Regnault got the scoring started with a two-run single in the third inning to give Gateway a 2-0 lead. An inning later, Justin Jones added an RBI single to make it 3-0. Connor Owings ripped an RBI double in the sixth and made it 4-0 Grizzlies. In the top of the eighth, they were able to add three more insurance runs. Jose Rosario scored on an error by shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson, then Jones and Chase Vallot each hit sacrifice flies to bring the score to 7-0. The Slammers attempted to rally late in the ninth. Patrick Causa and Scott Holzwasser each hit RBI singles to cut the deficit to 7-2, but that was all they could muster. Sam Gardner earned the win with 6.1 scoreless innings for the Grizzlies.

The Lake Erie Crushers set a season-high and registered 12 runs on 16 hits to beat the Florence Y’alls 12-4. The Y’alls crossed the plate first in the top of the first, when Trevor Craport hit a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run. Lake Erie then scored four times in the second inning. Javier Betancourt plated the first run with a base hit, and Shawon Dunston, Jr. later doubled home Betancourt to make it 2-1 Crushers. Steven Kraft then hit a two-run single to cap the inning at 4-1. In the third, Connor Oliver blasted a solo home run to give Lake Erie the 5-1 lead. Florence responded in the fifth, when Jordan Brower hit a two-run home run to make it 5-3. The Crushers got three more back in the bottom half. Bryan De La Rosa drew a walk with the bases loaded, Steve Passatempo added another run with a sacrifice fly, and Betancourt singled home another run to make it 8-3. The Y’alls would score their fourth and final run on a Craport double in the seventh, but Lake Erie answered with four more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Eric Callahan hit an RBI double, Betancourt scored when Steven Kraft advanced after a dropped third strike, Brody Wofford singled home Callahan, and Connor Oliver capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 12-4.

The Windy City ThunderBolts got eight strong innings from Logan Wiley to hold off the Schaumburg Boomers 3-1. The ThunderBolts took an early lead, when Jairus Richards lined a two-run triple to make it 2-0 Bolts. The next inning, Jack Strunc was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch to give Windy City a 3-0 advantage. The Boomers got their lone run in the fourth after an RBI groundout by Chase Dawson made it 3-1, and that score would hold for the rest of the game. Wiley gave up just the one run on three hits and two walks over his eight innings of work.

The Washington Wild Things won their seventh straight game with a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Washington took a two-run lead in the second inning when Trevor Casanova doubled home a run and later scored on a wild pitch. The ValleyCats tied it in the third with two of their own when Denis Phipps and Brad Zunica each hit RBI singles. In the bottom half, two runs scored after a ground ball off the bat of Grant Heyman and an error. Casanova plated the fifth and final run with an RBI single to score Heyman and make it 5-2. Daren Osby went five innings and allowed the two runs on eight hits in the win.

The Evansville Otters also won their seventh game in a row to complete the sweep over the Southern Illinois Miners 8-1. They took an early lead in the first when Riley Krane singled home the first run of the game. They added a run in the second on an Andrew Penner triple. An Elijah MacNamee single, a Dakota Phillips double, and an RBI groundout from Andretty Cordero made it 5-0 Otters. The Miners scored their only run of the game in the fifth, when a run scored on Luke Mangieri’s RBI groundout. Evansville answered with three more runs. Krane hit a solo home run, before Dakota Phillips hit one of his own to make it 7-0. Andy DeJesus singled with the bases loaded to bring the eighth and final run of the game and make the score 8-1. Ryan O’Reilly gave up just one run (unearned) on four hits and six walks, striking out four over 6.2 innings in the win for the Otters.

The Sussex County Miners got on the board early and never looked back, defeating the New Jersey Jackals 9-4. In the first, a run scored on an error by the first baseman, and Cito Culver unloaded a three-run homer to make it 4-0 early. An inning later, Chuck Taylor’s sacrifice fly made it 5-0 Miners, and in the fourth, the Miners plated three more. Taylor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Martin Figueroa’s sacrifice fly scored a run, and Kaleo Johnson singled home the eight run, making it 8-0 after four. The Jackals finally scored in the fifth, when a run scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Milton Ramos. His RBI groundout plated another run in the seventh, and Demetrius Moorer followed with a single that made it 8-3. Dalton Combs added a run with a single to cut it to 8-4. The Miners added a run in the ninth with an RBI double by Audy Ciriaco that made the final 9-4. Billy Layne Jr. gave up a run on four hits and four walks in six innings of work in the victory.

The New York Boulders used a home run derby to beat Équipe Québec after a 6-6 tie. Québec’s David Glaude hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give them the early advantage. Zach Kirtley’s solo shot in the fourth tied the game for the Boulders, but Québec fought right back in the bottom half with an RBI single by Jesse Hodges to regain the lead 2-1. Glaude hit his second sac fly in the fifth to make it 3-1, before New York answered with three in the sixth inning. Ryan Ramiz hit a two-run home run and Ray Hernandez hit a solo shot of his own to make it 4-3 Boulders. A sacrifice fly by Kirtley made it 5-3 before Glaude singled two runs home in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings. In the tenth, a Zach Kirtley single brought home the runner from second for New York, and a single by Connor Panas tied the game for Québec. The game then headed to the home run derby tiebreaker, where New York beat Québec by a 5-1 tally. Hernandez and Nathans each hit two, while Kirtley hit one in the final round for the Boulders.

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