Tuesday’s return to action featured a number of close contests, with a couple requiring late scoring to determine the outcomes. Catch up on a great night of action with our nightly recap:
The Schaumburg Boomers gave up five runs late but held off the Florence Y’alls for the 6-5 win. Schaumburg crossed the plate first, as Brett Milazzo hit into a fielder’s choice that scored the game’s first run. Clint Hardy connected on a three-run home run in the second to make it 4-0. Nick Oddo then singled home a run in the fourth and Angelo Gumbs hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it a 6-0 ballgame. In the eighth, the Y’alls finally managed to get on the board after a sacrifice fly by Axel Johnson and a Chad Sedio double that made it 6-2. A rally in the ninth got Florence even closer. Jordan Brower hit a solo home run before Connor Crane hit an RBI triple, and Harrison DiNicola singled home the fifth run, but that was all they could muster, as Schaumburg put an end to the rally to secure the win. Starter Ryan Middendorf pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out seven in the win.
The New York Boulders used two pitchers for a four-hit shutout of the New Jersey Jackals, winning 1-0. The lone run for the Boulders came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a ball into the bleachers for a solo home run. The story of the game was the dominant pitching. Orsen Josephina started the game for New York and went the first six innings. He shutout the Jackals while allowing four hits and two walks, and striking out five. Nathan Alexander followed Josephina for the final three innings by retiring all nine batters he faced, and striking out three while earning the save. New Jersey’s Chris Tessitore took the loss after allowing the only run of the game on the home run in his four innings of work.
The Sussex County Miners took both games of their doubleheader with the Washington Wild Things. The first game ended 4-3 to the Miners. Washington scored first right away when reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Bralin Jackson doubled home the game’s first run. The Miners brought in three runs in the second. The first came in on an error by Scotty Dubrule. Daniel Herrera then plated two with an RBI single that made it 3-1. Sussex County added a run on a Cito Culver sacrifice fly in the third to make it 4-1. In the fifth, the Wild Things got two more runs after a Nick Ward single that cut into the deficit and gave us the final score of 4-3. The second game of the day finished 3-0. Chuck Taylor hit a solo home run before Audy Ciriaco hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 after one inning. In the second, Taylor’s sac fly made it 3-0. Dwayne Marshall got the start for the Miners in game two and tossed five shutout innings. He gave up just three runs and two walks in the win.
The Tri-City ValleyCats set a season-high in hits and tied their season-high for runs in a 13-7 win over Équipe Québec. Willy Garcia started the scoring with a solo home run in the first, and Québec would respond in the bottom half with Gift Ngoepe’s sacrifice fly tying the game. Nelson Molina then gave the ValleyCats the lead that they would not give up with an RBI single in the second. Three more would score in the second, coming on a home run by Denis Phipps and Garcia’s second blast, and another RBI single by Molina. Tri-City plated a pair in the fourth on a pair of doubles by Phipps and Brad Zunica, before Québec’s Jeffry Parra blasted a two-run homer in the bottom half to make it 7-3 ValleyCats. Each team would plate four runs in their respective half of the fifth. Tri-City scored two on an Andres Sosa home run and two more on an Oscar Campos double. Meanwhile, David Glaude hit a three-run home run for Québec before Raphael Gladu hit a solo shot of his own to bring the score to 11-7. Tri-City was not done, however, plating two more runs on a two-run home run by Zunica to wrap it at 13-7.
The Gateway Grizzlies plated three runs in the seventh inning to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 7-4. Southern Illinois got an early lead in the second inning after Anthony Brocato launched a two-run home run. In the bottom half, Gateway’s Justin Jones hit into a fielder’s choice that made it 2-1 and Nick Rotola lined a two-run double that gave the Grizzlies the 3-2 lead. A solo home run by Jones extended the lead to 4-2 in the fourth before the Miners tied it in the seventh. Ariel Sandoval singled with the bases loaded to score two and make it 4-4. The Grizzlies answered right back in the bottom half, scoring their final three runs. Jose Rosario and Connor Owings both drew bases-loaded walks, and Jones followed with an RBI single that made it 7-4.
The Windy City ThunderBolts scored three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 victory over the Evansville Otters. Riley Krane drove in the first run for the Otters on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an error, making it 2-0 after one. Joliet’s scoring began in the third, when Brynn Martinez singled in a run to cut it to 2-1. The next inning, Zach Racusin doubled home the tying run, and an inning after that, Payton Robertson scored on a throwing error to give Windy City the 3-2 advantage. From there, the ThunderBolts bullpen combined for three hitless frames to close out the win. Bryan Ketchie earned his first professional win, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk, and striking out six.
The Lake Erie Crushers provided a steady dose of offense to beat the Joliet Slammers 7-4. Joliet’s Scott Holzwasser came home on a wild pitch in the first, and Braxton Davidson would later score on a dropped third strike to Patrick Causa, making it 2-0 Slammers. The Crushers came back in the second, scoring one on an RBI double by Javier Betancourt, and one more on an RBI single by Steve Passatempo to tie the game at 2-2. Each team scored a run in the fourth inning, with Passatempo hitting a solo home run for the Crushers, and Jordan Rathbone hitting a solo shot of his own for the Slammers to keep the game tied. The Crushers scored two more in the fifth, with Karl Ellison hitting a two-run home run to give them a 5-3 lead. Joliet answered again with a run in the bottom of the fifth coming on a Terry Daniels solo home run. In the sixth, Lake Erie would extend their lead with Passatempo’s second home run and Steven Kraft’s solo shot bringing the score to 7-4.
Another full day of Frontier League baseball gets started early on Wednesday, with the first game an 11:00 a.m. ET start. You can follow every game live with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!