GRIZZLIES OUTLAST SLAMMERS IN FIVE-ROUND HOME RUN DERBY

Although the weather affected a few games Wednesday, it was still a very exciting night in the Frontier League. Catch up on each game here:

The Florence Y’alls took both games of a doubleheader from the Windy City ThunderBolts. The first game went to extra innings and finished 5-4 Y’alls. The ThunderBolts got on the board first, however, with Payton Robertson hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. Florence would answer right away to tie it 2-2 with a pair of RBI singles by Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport. An inning later, Florence added two more and made it 4-2 with RBI singles by Harrison DiNicola and Taylor Bryant. In the sixth, Jairus Richards scored on an error and Rob Weissheier plated a run with a sacrifice fly to help Windy City tie the game again and force extra innings. After holding Windy City scoreless in the top of the eighth, Florence loaded the bases in the bottom half. Then, Taylor Bryant drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run and win the game for the Y’alls. Game two finished with a final score of 4-1 Y’alls. Once again, Windy City scored first—this time in the first inning when Jairus Richards hit an RBI groundout to make it 1-0 Bolts. In the third, Florence tied it and took the lead. Jordan Brower hit a solo home run and Chad Sedio hit a two-run shot to make it 3-1. The last run of the game came in the sixth, when Trevor Craport connected on a solo home run that made it a 4-1 final score. Starter Jared Cheek allowed the one run in five innings on five hits and a walk, while striking out five batters in the win.

The Gateway Grizzlies and the Joliet Slammers each took a game from their doubleheader, with game two finishing in a home run derby. The Slammers took game one by a score of 7-5. Brylie Ware’s RBI double got the scoring started in the first and made it 1-0. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead after a Connor Owings two-run double in the second inning, but Joliet answered right back with two runs of their own in the next half inning. Scott Holzwasser hit a solo home run and Carson Maxwell singled home a run to give the Slammers the 3-2 lead. Ware followed in the fourth with a two-run triple that made it 5-2, and in the sixth, he plated a run on a double play ball that made it 6-2. Gateway’s Nick Rotola and Abdiel Diaz both hit RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth that cut it to 6-4. In the seventh, Dave Matthews added an insurance run for the Slammers on an RBI single of his own, and in the bottom half, Dustin Woodcock singled home one more for Gateway to bring the score to 7-5. Game two finished 1-1 after eight innings and then went to the home run derby. In the derby, the Grizzlies outlasted the Slammers in five rounds to claim the 9-8 home run derby victory.

The Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the New Jersey Jackals 7-3 in game one of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. For the second straight night, the second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed and will now be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET. In Wednesday’s lone game between the teams, Tri-City jumped ahead first. Brad Zunica hit an RBI single in the first, but New Jersey’s Dalton Combs drove in a run in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1. The ValleyCats added a run in the second on an RBI groundout by Carson McCusker in the second inning. The Jackals got the run back in the third when Todd Isaacs was able to reach base on an error by the pitcher. Then, in the fourth, Tri-City crossed the plate five times all courtesy of home runs. Luis Roman connected on a two-run home run, McCusker hit a solo shot, and Denis Phipps followed him with a solo shot of his own to make it 7-2. The Jackals added their third and final run in the seventh, when Alex Kachler hit an RBI single to make it 7-3.

The Schaumburg Boomers allowed Équipe Québec to score only once in the Boomers’ 2-1 victory. Schaumburg’s first run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Luke Becker to make it 1-0. Québec tied it in the fourth on an RBI single from Jeffry Parra, but in the sixth, the Boomers would take the lead for good on a solo home run by Alec Craig. Schaumburg starter Jesse Remington gave up the lone run on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six batters in the win.

After a 6-6 tie forced extra innings, the Evansville Otters scored three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 9-8. The Miners went up 1-0 after Ariel Sandoval’s first-inning RBI single. Evansville answered with two in the second, with Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly and Andrew Penner’s RBI single. Arturo Nieto doubled home a run in the fifth for the Miners to tie it at 2-2, and in the sixth, Luke Mangieri connected on a two-run double that made it a 4-2 ballgame. Southern Illinois extended their lead in the seventh, when Nolan Earley hit an RBI single and Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. Then the Otters rally began. Jose Pujols scored a run on a wild pitch in the seventh to cut into the lead. In the eighth, Gordon tripled home two runs and Pujols singled home Gordon to tie the game at 6-6. After a scoreless ninth, the game went to extras. The Miners scored two in the top of the tenth on an error by the third baseman and a Jarrod Watkins RBI single. In the bottom half, the Otters mounted a comeback. A Miles Gordon double scored Dakota Phillips from second, another run came from a sacrifice fly by Pujols, and Gordon scored the winning run on a single by Riley Krane that gave the Otters the 9-8 walk-off win.

Wednesday night’s contest between the Sussex County Miners and the New York Boulders was delayed and then suspended with the game scoreless in the second inning. It will be made up Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader.

The game between the Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers was postponed and will be part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Join us Thursday, as we have ten games scheduled (with hopefully less rain in the forecast)! You can watch any game at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon, Gateway Grizzlies

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