A busy Saturday in the Frontier League featured a pair of doubleheaders and plenty of close contests! Read more about all the action across the league Saturday night here:
The New York Boulders rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to earn the 7-4 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. The Boulders took the lead on a second inning solo home run by Kevonte Mitchell. Dalton Combs scored for the Jackals in the fifth on an error that allowed Justin Wylie to reach first safely. Josh Rehwaldt then singled home Wylie to give New Jersey the 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Jason Agresti tripled home a run and scored on a sacrifice fly from Wylie to make it 4-1. Then, the Boulders scored six unanswered runs. In the bottom half of the seventh, Phil Caulfield hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-3, and in the eighth, New York plated four runs. Caulfield and Phil Capra both drew bases-loaded walks that forced runs home. Jack Sundberg followed with a two-run RBI single that brought it to 7-4.
The Schaumburg Boomers and the Gateway Grizzlies combined to hit eight home runs on the night, with Schaumburg recording the 7-5 win. Chase Dawson started the scoring with a lead-off home run in the second that made it 1-0 Boomers. Matt Bottcher added an RBI single in the second to make it 2-0. Dusty Stroup hit his first home run of the year with a two-run shot in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-0. Gateway tied it up in the fourth with solo shots from Alonzo Jones and Jose Rosario, and a two-run homer from Chase Vallot. The next inning, Matt McGarry blasted a solo shot to help the Boomers regain the lead at 5-4. The Grizzlies answered right back in the bottom half with a solo home run from Nick Rotola that tied the game at 5-5. Dusty Stroup then got the Boomers back in front in the seventh with another blast to make it 6-5. An error in the eighth allowed Clint Hardy to score and make it a 7-5 Schaumburg final.
The Lake Erie Crushers used a three-run sixth inning to defeat the Evansville Otters 3-1. Dakota Phillips opened the scoring for the Otters with a home run in the second inning. Lake Erie broke through in the sixth inning when RBI triples from both Trevor Achenbach and Connor Oliver made it 2-1 Crushers. Bryan De La Rosa capped the scoring with an RBI single plating Oliver and making it 3-1. Starter Ryan Feierabend lasted seven innings, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in the win.
The Joliet Slammers beat the Southern Illinois Miners 4-1 after a solid pitching night from starter Cam Cameron. Cameron went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run on two hits and four walks, striking out six batters in the win. Patrick Causa scored the first run for the Slammers on an error that allowed Jackson Dvorak to reach base safely. The next run came in the sixth, when Lane Baremore doubled home a pair of runs to make it 3-0. Jared Mang doubled home the lone run for the Miners in the seventh, and Lane Baremore singled home the fourth and final run of the game for Joliet. Miners starter Jake Fisher struck out six batters in the loss to pass former Gateway Grizzlies right-hander JaVaun West and move into second place all-time in Frontier League history with 469 career strikeouts.
The Windy City ThunderBolts took the lead in the fourth inning and never looked back, beating Équipe Québec 6-3. Raphael Gladu drove in Québec’s first run on an RBI groundout in the first. In the fourth, Rob Weissheier doubled home two runs to give Windy City the lead that they would not give up for the rest of the game. An inning later, Payton Robertson’s sacrifice fly made it 3-1. Connor Panas hit an RBI single to bring in Québec’s second run in the sixth, but Peyton Isaacson singled home two more for the Bolts to make it a 5-2 ballgame. Donivan Williams singled home the sixth and final run for Windy City in the eighth, and Québec drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to bring the final score to 6-3.
The Florence Y’alls took both games from their doubleheader with the Washington Wild Things. In game one, a complete game shutout from starter Johnathon Tripp fueled them to a 6-0 victory over seven innings. Harrison DiNicola doubled to start the scoring in the third inning and later scored on a home run by Chad Sedio. Axel Johnson knocked in a run with a single in the third and Jordan Brower then scored on a failed pickoff throw and an error by Keven Pimentel to make it 5-0. Sedio’s second homer of the game made it 6-0. Tripp struck out six Wild Things in the shutout victory. Game two saw Florence use a two-run fifth inning to sweep the Wild Things with a 2-1 victory. Washington scored first with Scotty Dubrule coming home on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the fifth, the Y’alls brought both runs home on a two-run single by Luis Pintor, and that is how the game would finish.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners split their doubleheader. Sussex County took the first game 4-1, scoring all four runs in the first two innings. Martin Figueroa hit a two-run single in the first and Chuck Taylor hit a two-run home run in the second. The only ValleyCats run came in the fourth inning, when Oscar Campos singled home a run. Miners starter Dwayne Marshall allowed just that run as part of four hits and struck out three batters over six innings of work in the win. Game two was won 9-6 by Tri-City after scoring five unanswered runs. Sussex County struck early with five runs in the first. Kaleo Johnson hit an RBI single to get things started. Cito Culver then doubled home two runs, Audy Ciriaco doubled home Culver, and Ronnie Allen, Jr. singled home Ciriaco to make it 5-0. In the second, the ValleyCats answered with four runs. Juan Silverio hit an RBI single, Carson McCusker doubled home Silverio, and Connor Lien launched a two-run homer to bring the score to 5-4. The next inning, Kaleo Johnson hit a two-run shot for the Miners, but Carson McCusker hit a three-run blast in the bottom half to 7-6 ValleyCats. Tri-City tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth after a Denis Phipps double and a Willy Garcia single that made it 9-6.
We conclude a round of weekend series with seven games on Sunday! Watch every game with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!