Sunday provided a thrilling finish to the week’s Frontier League action, with two extra-innings finishes, and a home run derby win as well. Read more about all of Sunday’s series finales here:
The Evansville Otters took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning and held on for the 8-6 win and the series win over the Lake Erie Crushers. Both teams matched each other’s scoring over the first three frames. In the first inning, Trevor Achenbach grounded into a double play to bring home the Crushers’ first run. In the bottom half of the first, Andy DeJesus reached third and stole home to tie the game at 1-1, beating the tag after Paul Hall, Jr.’s pitch home. Lake Erie went back in front in the third after an Achenbach double and he later scored on a wild pitch from Tim Holdgrafer. In that bottom half inning, Evansville would respond with two more of their own to tie the game at 3-3. Riley Krane connected on an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Andretty Cordero tied it. An inning later, the Otters would take their first lead with a four-run fourth. A Gary Mattis triple, a double from Elijah MacNamee, and a J.R. Davis home run made it 7-3. The Crushers chipped away at the four-run lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Karl Ellison homered and Connor Oliver knocked an RBI single to make it 7-5. Evansville added one run in the seventh on a Miles Gordon single and Lake Erie also added one in the eighth on a single by Oliver to make it 8-6.
The Joliet Slammers used a home-run derby victory to outlast the Southern Illinois Miners following a 1-1 tie after ten innings. The game was a pitcher’s duel, as Michael Austin pitched six shutout innings for the Miners, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out a season-high eight batters. Meanwhile, Joliet’s Logan Lyle blanked Southern Illinois over six innings with six strikeouts and three walks. The game finished tied at 0-0 after nine innings. In the tenth, the Miners’ Ariel Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the game’s first run and make it 1-0. The Slammers answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth off the bat of Jackson Dvorak to tie it at 1-1 and send the game to the home run derby. In the derby, Earley and Flete hit one a piece for the Miners, while the Slammers’ Brylie Ware and Carson Maxwell combined for five to give Joliet the 5-2 derby win.
Équipe Québec scored two runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings and scored four more in the tenth to take the 8-4 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Payton Robertson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third inning to make it 1-0 Windy City. It stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Gift Ngoepe doubled home a run for Québec and later came home after a single by L.P. Pelletier and an error by the third baseman. The Québec was lead was brief, as the ThunderBolts responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Donivan Williams singled home a run and Anthony Rios followed him with a two-run single that made it 4-2 Windy City. Pelletier hit a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extras. In the tenth, Québec plated four runs to put the game away. Jeffry Parra led off with an RBI double and they tacked on three more with RBI hits by Jonathan Lacroix and Jesse Hodges to make it 8-4 before they closed it out in the bottom half.
The New York Boulders used a solid start from Andrew Hammond to defeat the New Jersey Jackals 9-2. Milton Smith, Jr. doubled home a run in the second for New York’s first run. Kevonte Mitchell’s sacrifice fly in the third inning made it 2-0 Boulders. Zach Kirtley connected on a three-run home run in the fourth to make it 5-0 before the Boulders added four in the seventh inning. Tucker Nathans hit a three-run blast and Mitchell later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 9-0. The Jackals were able to score two in the eighth on a double by Santiago Chirino but could not close the gap any further. Hammond allowed the two runs on five hits over eight innings of work in the win.
The Tri-City ValleyCats allowed just a run in each of the first two innings before shutting out the Sussex County Miners over the final seven innings for the 8-2 victory. Chuck Taylor put the Miners up 1-0 with his home run in the first inning. Brad Zunica tied it for the ValleyCats with an RBI triple in the bottom half. Daniel Herrera’s sacrifice fly in the second gave the Miners their second and final run of the contest. Willy Garcia launched a two-run homer in the third to put Tri-City ahead for good. Three more came around in the fifth after a single by Carson McCusker and a two-run double by Connor Lien. Zunica tacked on two more with a two-run blast in the eighth to make the final score 8-2 ValleyCats. Josh Hiatt allowed the two runs on six hits over five innings, and Jake Dexter tossed the last four shutout innings, giving up just two hits.
After losing a lead they held for most of the game in the top of the eighth, the Washington Wild Things added a late run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Florence Y’alls 6-5. The Wild Things crossed the plate first in the bottom of the first inning on a Hector Roa RBI single. Roa followed that up with another RBI single in the third inning which was then followed by a single from Andrew Czech to make it 3-0. Luis Pintor singled home a run in the fifth to get the Y’alls on the board, but the Wild Things got two right back in the bottom half. Czech and Joe Campagna each hit RBI singles to make it 5-1 Washington. Florence was able to tie the game at 5-5 in the eighth after an RBI single by Joe Lytle and a three-run home run by Harrison DiNicola. Scotty Dubrule plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single, and Zach Strecker held on for the save in the ninth. Starter Steven Colon allowed just one run on six hits and a walk over his six innings of work. He also struck out five in the win for the Wild Things.
The Gateway Grizzlies tied the game in the ninth and used a game-winning walk-off single to take the rubber match with the Schaumburg Boomers 10-9. Gateway started the scoring in the first with a two-run double from Andres Regnault. Dusty Stroup and Alberto Schmidt answered with RBI singles in the second to tie the game at two. In the third, Jose Rosario added an RBI single to make it 3-2 Grizzlies before Schaumburg scored four in the fourth inning. A leadoff home run from Stroup and a three-run home run from Alec Craig gave the Boomers a 6-3 lead. Gateway cut into the deficit with back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth inning from Justin Jones and Abdiel Diaz that made it 6-5. An RBI single from Luke Becker in the fifth made it 7-5 Schaumburg and Chase Dawson’s two-run homer in the sixth extended the lead to 9-5. The Grizzlies would mount a comeback, however, with the first run coming in the sixth on a single by Diaz. They scored two more in the seventh with a two-run shot by Ty Moore that made it 9-8. In the ninth, Connor Owings brought the tying run home from third when he hit a sacrifice fly that forced the game into extra innings. After holding the Boomers scoreless in the top of the tenth, Gateway loaded the bases in the bottom half. Then, Jay Prather walked it off with a game-winning RBI single to give the Grizzlies the 10-9 victory.
Monday is another off-day in the Frontier League. Be sure to catch up on any highlights you may have missed over the last week with previous game recaps, or use FrontierLeagueTV.com to catch up on past games.