Wednesday was highlighted by comeback wins, lots of offense, and some great pitching as well! Catch up on anything you may have missed here:
The New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals 5-4 in the early game. New Jersey got on the board first in the second inning, bringing home a run on an RBI groundout from Stanley Espinal and another on a double by Josh Rehwaldt that gave them the 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Ray Hernandez hit a solo home run, which was followed by a two-run shot by Milton Smith, Jr. to give the Boulders the 3-2 lead. In the third, the Jackals added a run on an RBI single by Jason Agresti, and in the fourth, Santiago Chirino’s sacrifice fly helped them regain the lead. The lead did not last long, as Kevonte Mitchell hit a sacrifice fly for New York in the bottom of the inning to tie it once more. An inning later, Ryan Ramiz hit a solo home run to give the Boulders the 5-4 lead that would last for the rest of the game.
The Florence Y’alls scored four unanswered runs after a four-run deficit to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 8-4. All four runs for Schaumburg came in the first inning. Angelo Gumbs hit an RBI double, Luke Becker singled Gumbs home, and Clint Hardy later hit a two-run home run to put the Boomers up 4-0 early. Florence would begin their comeback with a run in the first coming on a wild pitch. Jordan Brower followed in the third with a two-run double that cut the deficit to 4-3. Then in the fourth, the Y’alls plated five runs to take the lead and add some insurance. Connor Crane hit an RBI double to tie the game, Taylor Bryant plated another with an RBI groundout that gave them the lead, and Axel Johnson put the finishing touches on the win with a three-run home run to make it 8-4. After giving up four in the first inning, starter Casey Grimm and the Florence bullpen combined to pitch eight scoreless innings to close out the win.
The Washington Wild Things held the Sussex County Miners to one run in their 6-1 victory. The scoring for the Wild Things began in the third, when Nick Ward tripled home a run and Andrew Sohn’s sacrifice fly scored Ward for the second run. In the fourth, Sussex County plated their only run on an RBI single from Audy Ciriaco to make it 2-1. From there, it was all Washington. Ward plated a run on a sac fly in the fifth before Hector Roa scored in the seventh on an error and Ward drove in another run on a sac fly. A run was added in the ninth when Scotty Dubrule drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-1. Starting pitcher Steven Colon allowed the lone run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four over his five innings of work.
The Evansville Otters beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-2 after a twelve-strikeout performance by starter Braden Scott. The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Evansville put three runs on the board. Andretty Cordero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Andy DeJesus followed by singling home a run, and Cristopher Pujols later drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the third run for the Otters. In the bottom half, Windy City’s Jack Strunc plated their only two runs of the game with a single that cut the deficit to 3-2. In the seventh, the Otters tacked on a pair after a two-run single by Elijah MacNamee made the final score 5-2. Scott set a career high pitching eight innings in the win, allowing the two runs on just two hits and two walks, and striking out a career-high twelve batters.
The Tri-City ValleyCats overcame a six-run deficit and later needed extra innings to beat Équipe Québec 10-9. Québec went ahead in the first after a two-run home run by Gift Ngoepe and an RBI single by Ruben Castro. In the third, they scored three more after a Connor Panas two-run shot and a single by Jesse Hodges made it 6-0. The very next inning, Tri-City plated six runs to tie the game. Denis Phipps hit a three-run home run to cut the deficit in half, Nelson Molina later followed with an RBI single, and Juan Silverio capped the six-run frame with a two-run home run to tie it. An inning later, Willy Garcia gave the ValleyCats their first lead of the night with a two-run homer. The lead did not last long though, as Québec was able to match the two-run inning with two of their own. Ruben Castro hit a solo home run before L.P. Pelletier’s RBI single. Tri-City’s Chris Kwitzer hit a solo shot of his own in the sixth to regain the lead, but Castro hit an RBI single to tie the score once again. The game stayed tied at nine until it was ultimately forced to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Luis Roman connected on an RBI single to score Garcia from second as the go-ahead run for the ValleyCats. Tri-City then held Québec scoreless in the bottom of the tenth to secure the victory.
The Southern Illinois Miners routed the Gateway Grizzlies 12-0 after an offensive explosion and a dominant pitching performance by Gunnar Kines. Nolan Earley began the scoring in the first, hitting a solo home run to give the Miners a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Luke Mangieri would hit a solo shot of his own. In the fourth, RBI hits by Jared Mang and Arturo Nieto made the score 5-0. Ariel Sandoval’s sacrifice fly made it 6-0 in the fifth, and Jarrod Watkins hit his first professional home run in the sixth to extend the lead to 8-0. The Miners added four more runs in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Mang and a three-run home run by Mangieri. Meanwhile, Kines took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and at one point retired twelve straight batters. He would end his night after seven innings of work, allowing just one hit and two walks, while picking up a career-high twelve strikeouts in the win.
The Joliet Slammers picked up sixteen hits and earned a big 14-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The first two runs crossed the plate for Joliet in the second after a pair of sacrifice flies by Lane Baremore and Tyler Depreta-Johnson. Two more came around in the fourth, when Depreta-Johnson hit another sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Scott Holzwasser made it 4-0. In the fifth, a two-run double by Holzwasser and a single by Baremore made it an 8-0 lead. Lake Erie chipped away in the sixth, when a two-run single by Zach Gray made it 8-2. That was all the Crushers managed to score, but Joliet was not done yet. In the seventh, a two-run homer by Brian Parreira extended their lead, and an RBI single by Brylie Ware gave the Slammers an 11-2 advantage. An inning later, Dylan Hardy hit an RBI single, Holzwasser scored on an error, and Jackson Dvorak drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 14-2. Starter Chris Roycroft allowed the two runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out two in his six-inning victory.
Tune in Thursday to see the conclusions of these mid-week series! You can follow the action at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!