Despite a couple of rainouts, Friday’s Frontier League action still had plenty to offer, including some excellent pitching performances. Catch up on anything you may have missed around the league here:
The New Jersey Jackals swept their doubleheader with the New York Boulders. The first game finished 8-1 Jackals. New Jersey jumped out front with four runs in the third inning. Santiago Chirino singled home two runs, Dalton Combs followed with another RBI on a single. Chirino then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Agresti to make it 4-0. In the bottom half, Ryan Ramiz singled home a run for New York to make it 4-1. Chirino singled home another run for the Jackals in the fifth, and in the sixth, Todd Isaacs doubled home two more. Combs capped the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh that made it 8-1 Jackals. Pitcher Ricky Knapp went six strong innings, giving up just the one run on eight hits and a walk and striking out six in the win. In game two, the Jackals won 4-2. This time, they got on the board first with a three-run second inning. Stanley Espinal hit an RBI double and Todd Isaacs tripled home two more. In the fourth, Chirino plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. New York scored their lone runs in the seventh on a two-run blast by Phil Capra.
After a one-run pitcher’s duel, the Windy City ThunderBolts defeated Équipe Québec 1-0. The only run scored came on a solo home run by Payton Robertson in the sixth inning. The real story of the game was the pitching. Both starters lasted at least seven innings. Windy City starting pitcher Logan Wiley tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out three in the win. Québec starter Nick Horvath gave up just two hits—one being the home run—and two walks, while striking out seven in the loss.
The Gateway Grizzlies used a five-run second inning to fuel their 9-6 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers. In that second inning, Chase Vallot started the scoring with a solo home run. Abdiel Diaz followed with an RBI double, Alonzo Jones followed him with a two-run double, and Andres Regnault singled home Jones for the fifth run for Gateway. Vallot hit his second home run the very next inning, driving in two to make it a 7-0 game. Nick Oddo got the Boomers on the board in the fourth with a solo home run, but Regnault matched it with one of his own in the bottom half. In the fifth, a fielder’s choice from Abdiel Diaz drove in another run for the Grizzlies. Schaumburg rallied for four runs in the sixth inning. Oddo hit a sacrifice fly, Luke Becker advanced home on a double steal, Matt Bottcher hit a sacrifice fly as well, and Braxton Davidson drew a bases-loaded walk to make 9-5 Grizzlies. The Boomers added one run in the ninth, with Alec Craig singling home the sixth run to bring the final score to 9-6.
After a complete game by Zac Westcott, the Southern Illinois Miners routed the Joliet Slammers 12-3. It did not take long for the Miners to score, as Nolan Earley launched a solo home run in the first inning to give them a lead they would not lose. Ian Walters hit a two-run homer in the second and Jared Mang followed with a solo shot to make it 4-0. Yeltsin Gudiño capped the inning with an RBI single as well. In the third, Mang singled home a run before the Miners struck for three more in the fourth. Earley doubled home a pair and Ariel Sandoval singled home Earley. In the bottom half, Brian Parreira brought a run home for the Slammers on an RBI groundout. The next Joliet run came in the sixth, when Brylie Ware hit an RBI double. The Miners scored one more in the eighth before adding two runs in the ninth on Mang’s two-run blast. Brylie Ware’s RBI groundout brought home the final run for the Slammers to make it 12-3. Meanwhile, Zac Westcott allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in his second straight complete game. He struck out a season-high nine batters in the victory.
A grand slam by Riley Krane was the difference for the Evansville Otters in the 10-6 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Crushers scored two runs in the first inning after Karl Ellison plated two on a double. Evansville responded in the second inning. J.R. Davis smacked an RBI double and later in the inning, Michael Gangwish hit a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 Otters. The Otters added two in the fifth, with Andretty Cordero and Jose Pujols ripping RBI hits to extend the lead to 6-2. Lake Erie was able to cut into the deficit in the sixth, when Connor Oliver lined a two-run double to bring them within two. Then in the sixth, Riley Krane blasted a grand slam to make it 10-4. In the seventh, the Crushers attempted a comeback with a solo home run from Javier Betancourt and an RBI single from Isaac Benard that made it 10-6, but they could not add any more and Evansville held on for the win.
The game between the Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The contest between the Washington Wild Things and the Florence Y’alls was also postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
The pair of doubleheaders Saturday means we have nine games scheduled! Follow every moment live with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!