Saturday night was highlighted by more late scoring and comebacks, as well as a home run derby victory. Read more about the night’s action with our nightly recap:
Gateway starter Sam Gardner struck out eleven batters in a 7-4 Grizzlies win over the Florence Y’alls. Chad Sedio got the scoring started with a two-run home run. The Grizzlies scored three in the third with Alonzo Jones scoring a run and driving in two with a double to give Gateway the 3-2 lead. They scored another in the fourth, fifth, and sixth to make it 6-2. Chase Vallot hit a solo home run in the sixth. In the bottom of the eighth, Florence scored two on an RBI single from Sedio and an RBI groundout by Rodney Tennie to make it 6-4. Gardner gave up two runs in seven innings of work.
The Southern Illinois Miners used a complete game from starter Zac Westcott to beat the Joliet Slammers 8-3. Ariel Sandoval made it 1-0 Miners on an RBI groundout. An inning later, Jared Mang hit a solo home run to make it 2-0 and they pulled away in the third. Sandoval hit an RBI triple to make it 3-0, Ian Walters singled home Sandoval to make it 4-0, and Jarrod Watkins hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0. Anthony Brocato’s solo shot made it 8-0 in the fourth. Joliet’s scoring all came in the sixth, with Lane Baremore hitting a solo home run, Scott Holzwasser doubling home a run, and Brylie Ware singling home their third and final run. Westcott allowed the three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out eight batters on the night.
The Windy City ThunderBolts broke their 5-5 tie in the ninth and held the lead to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 7-5. Dan Robinson started the scoring with a solo home run in the second. They added two more after a single from Zach Racusin, a Peyton Isaacson base hit, and a bases-loaded walk to Jack Strunc. Schaumburg struck back with four in the bottom half. Alec Craig hit a two-out RBI triple and Matt McGarry hit a two-run home run. The ThunderBolts regained the lead in the fifth, when Zac Taylor hit a solo home run. Jairus Richards then hit an RBI single. The Boomers came back once again with an RBI single from McGarry that tied the score at 5-5. Then, in the ninth, Windy city broke through. Payton Robertson hit an RBI single to put them in front, and Brynn Martinez followed with a successful squeeze bunt that made it 7-5.
Équipe Québec used a home run derby to defeat the New York Boulders. Québec moved ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI single from Jeffry Parra. New York answered with five in the second after an RBI single by Ray Hernandez, a two-run double from Jack Sundberg, and a two-run single by Kevonte Mitchell. Québec responded with three more runs in the third. One scored on a single by David Glaude and two more came in on a home run by Parra. Another run scored with a single by Connor Panas in the eighth to tie the game at 6-6 and force extras. In the tenth, Raphael Gladu’s single scored a run for Québec, and the Boulders got a run on a balk by pitcher Frank Moscatiello. In the derby, Connor Panas led the way with five home runs to clinch the 10-1 derby victory for Québec.
The Evansville Otters overcame a six-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the final inning to beat the Lake Erie Crushers 13-10. Riley Krane hit a grand slam to open the scoring in the first for the Otters. Lake Erie’s first runs came in the bottom of the first, when back-to-back RBI doubles by Karl Ellison and Isaac Benard made it 4-2. Four consecutive singles gave the Crushers two more runs in the second to tie the game at 4-4. Trevor Achenbach followed with a three-run double and Benard singled home another run to make it 8-4. The Crushers pushed across another run with a single in the fourth by Steve Passatempo that made it 9-4. They capped their scoring in the sixth after a solo shot by Achenbach. In the ninth, the Otters started the rally with a two-run single by Andrew Penner. J.R. Davis later singled two more home, and Krane doubled to bring the Otters within a run at 10-9. Davis beat a throw home on a ground ball that tied the game, and Dakota Phillips hit a go-ahead ground-rule double. Gary Mattis hit another ground-rule double that made it 13-10, and the bullpen held the lead in the bottom half.
The Tri-City ValleyCats routed the Sussex County Miners 12-2 after jumping out to a lead in the first inning. The Miners would score one first, when Kaleo Johnson singled home a run. Juan Silverio’s grand slam in the bottom of the first gave Tri-City the lead they would not surrender. Denis Phipps hit a three-run shot in the fourth, and in the fifth, Tri-City scored four more after an Oscar Campos RBI single, a Luis Roman two-run double, and a Zach Biermann RBI single. The Miners’ second and final run of the game came in the seventh, when Chuck Taylor hit an RBI single. The ValleyCats tacked a run on in the eighth on a Brad Zunica solo home run that brought it to 12-2. Starter Jake Dexter allowed just one run over five innings of work.
The New Jersey Jackals defeated the Washington Wild Things 4-2 after scoring a run in each of the final two innings. Todd Isaacs hit a solo home run in both the first and the third innings for the Jackals to give them a 2-0 lead after three. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Wild Things a run before Jason Agresti hit a solo shot in the eighth for New Jersey. In the ninth, Stanley Espinal hit a solo shot of his own. Tristan Peterson singled home a run for Washington in the bottom half, but they could not overcome the deficit. Ricky Knapp went seven innings and allowed just one run (unearned) for New Jersey.
Sunday is here to wrap up the weekend series. Watch the conclusion of each series at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!