Thursday was highlighted by a pair of doubleheaders and an extra innings win. Read more about all of it here:
The Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Florence Y’alls 6-3 thanks to five combined RBIs and seven combined hits for Brynn Martinez and Rob Weissheier. In the first, Weissheier singled home Martinez with a base hit. Martinez then hit an RBI double in the third, Weissheier hit his second RBI single, and Zach Racusin recorded a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 Bolts. Florence then scored three unanswered runs to trim the lead. In the fourth, Joe Lytle hit an RBI groundout. An inning later, Harrison DiNicola plated two more with a base hit. That was all Florence could muster. Martinez doubled home two more in the sixth to bring the score to 6-3 and that is how it finished.
The New York Boulders swept their doubleheader with the Sussex County Miners. Game one resumed in the second inning from Wednesday’s start and finished 5-1 Boulders. A Phil Caulfield single and a sacrifice fly by Zach Kirtley broke the tie in the second inning. Three more came around in the third, with a Ray Hernandez home run, and a pair of singles by Marcus Mastrobuoni and Gian Martellini. Caulfield then hit an RBI double which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Milton Smith, Jr. that made it 5-0 Boulders. The lone run for Sussex County came on a ninth inning home run by Kaleo Johnson. Game two finished 2-1. The Miners’ Chuck Taylor scored on a wild pitch in the third. Marcus Mastrobuoni tied the game with a home run in the third and later came through in the seventh with a walk-off bases-loaded single in the seventh to give the Boulders a 2-1 win.
The Lake Erie Crushers and the Washington Wild Things each took a game from their doubleheader. Lake Erie took game one by a 5-1 score. They opened the scoring in the second inning after a Steve Passatempo solo home run. Eric Callahan followed by singling home a run to make it 2-0. In the third, Connor Oliver hit a solo home run and Brody Wofford hit a two-run shot to make it a 5-0 game. In the sixth, Nick Ward hit a home run to give the Wild Things their only run of the game. Lake Erie’s Jake Pilarski allowed a run on just three hits and a walk over a solid six innings of work. He struck out seven in the win for the Crushers. In game two, Washington beat Lake Erie 6-1. The Crushers scored first once again with an RBI double by Karl Ellison in the first. That was all they could push across as the Wild Things scored six unanswered runs. Grant Heyman hit a solo home run in the second, Cody Young followed with a solo shot in the third, and they scored four more in the sixth inning. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly, Hector Roa followed with an RBI single, and Young singled home Roa with the sixth and final run.
Équipe Québec established a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-4 win against the Schaumburg Boomers. Québec struck first in the fourth after Connor Panas doubled home a run. Jonathan Lacroix later followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Raphael Gladu singled home another run and Jesse Hodges brought a run home with a sacrifice fly. Schaumburg plated all four runs on one swing in the eighth, with Matt McGarry launching a grand slam to cut it to 5-4. The Boomers could not add any more, however, and fell 5-4.
The Southern Illinois Miners and Evansville Otters went to extra innings for the second straight night and the Miners scored three runs in the top of the tenth to win 6-4. The Miners’ Ian Walters scored in the second on a wild pitch and Arturo Nieto later singled home a run. In the fourth, Evansville’s Dakota Phillips hit a solo home run to cut it to 2-1, but the Miners got the run back in the sixth on a solo shot by Anthony Brocato. The Otters responded with two runs in the eight to tie it after Andretty Cordero’s two-run home run made it 3-3. The game went to the tenth inning, where the Miners plated three runs in the top half after another home run by Anthony Brocato and an RBI single by Luke Mangieri. In the bottom half, Miles Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, but that was it, as the score finished 6-4.
After rain delayed game one by about three hours and postponed game two of the doubleheader, the Tri-City ValleyCats’ offensive explosion helped them beat the New Jersey Jackals 15-3. The ValleyCats unloaded for eight runs in the very first inning. Zach Biermann got things started with a two-run home run, Juan Silverio plated a run on an RBI single, Nelson Molina plated a run on a sacrifice fly, Oscar Campos hit a two-run homer, and Denis Phipps capped the first inning scoring with a two-run shot of his own. In the third, New Jersey’s Jason Agresti singled home two runs for the Jackals to make it 8-2. In the fifth, Denis Phipps tripled home another run for Tri-City, before Dalton Combs scored on a groundout. From there, it was all Tri-City. Nelson Molina doubled home a run to start the scoring in the sixth. Oscar Campos followed with a two-run triple, and Luis Roman singled home Campos. Carson McCusker then doubled home Roman to make it 14-3. Tri-City tacked on one more run after Willy Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to make it 15-3.
The final game of the series between the Gateway Grizzlies and the Joliet Slammers was cancelled due to weather and will not be made up.
The start of another big weekend in the Frontier League is upon us! Tune into FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app and don’t miss a moment of the action this weekend!