A six-game schedule Tuesday night featured some late rallies that turned into wins and a couple of high-scoring contests as well. Read more about how each game unfolded here:
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the New York Boulders 8-3 after a four-run inning and a pair of late runs. Brad Zunica got the scoring right away, singling home the game’s first run in the first inning for the ValleyCats. The next inning, New York’s Ryan Ramiz scored on an error by the second baseman after a single by Phil Caulfield and tied the game 1-1. In the third, Tri-City plated four runs. Denis Phipps, Oscar Campos, and Zunica each singled home runs, and Carson McCusker brought a run home with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 ValleyCats after three. The Boulders answered with a run the next inning on a Kevonte Mitchell home run but were unable to score any more until the eighth. Meanwhile, Tri-City scored another run in the fifth when Zunica singled home his third run of the game to make it 6-2. In the eighth, the Boulders plated their third and final run on a sacrifice fly by Ramiz, but the ValleyCats responded one final time with a pair of runs in the bottom half on a two-run home run by Connor Lien that made it 8-3. Jose Cruz earned his first win with the ValleyCats, pitching seven innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits and picking up five strikeouts.
The Sussex County Miners used two late runs against the Florence Y’alls to take their first lead of the game in the eighth inning and then held on to win 3-1. The scoring started in the third inning, when Florence’s Connor Crane advanced home on an error that allowed Luis Pintor to reach second base safely. The Miners answered in the bottom half when Juan Kelly hit an RBI single to tie the game 1-1. The game remained tied until the eighth, when Sussex County’s Audy Ciriaco hit a two-run double that gave them the lead for good. Starter Jalen Miller, Sr. tossed 6.2 strong innings and struck out seven, allowing one run (unearned) on just three hits and two walks in the no-decision.
The Southern Illinois Miners shutout the Evansville Otters 2-0 thanks to a dominant performance on the mound by Chase Cunningham. He went seven scoreless innings, struck out seven, and allowed just four hits and a walk in the win for the Miners. Arturo Nieto plated the first run for the Miners in the second inning with his RBI double. The game stayed at 1-0 until the seventh, when Jared Mang scored on an error that allowed Bryant Flete to advance to first safely. The Miners bullpen then closed out the final two scoreless innings to secure the 2-0 win.
After a five-run seventh inning, Équipe Québec held the New Jersey Jackals scoreless for the final two frames for the 8-6 victory. Josh Rehwaldt scored the first run for the Jackals with a solo home run in the second. Justin Wylie added the second with an RBI single an innng later before Jeffry Parra hit a two-run home run to tie the game for Québec. Santiago Chirino singled home a run in the fourth before Wylie and Rehwaldt connected on back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to make it 5-2 Jackals. Québec would add a run in the sixth on a groundout off the bat of Jesse Hodges that cut the deficit to 5-3. Riley Mihalik drew a bases-loaded walk that extended New Jersey’s lead in the seventh inning, but that run would not matter, as Québec plated four more runs to take the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Parra doubled home the first run, Raphael Gladu singled home two more, Gift Ngoepe drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run, and Connor Panas crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make it 8-6.
The Gateway Grizzlies’ bats remained hot, as they scored thirteen runs thanks to a couple of big innings in their 13-8 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. They got it started with back-to-back RBI singles from Ty Moore and Jose Rosario in the first inning. Dan Robinson put the ThunderBolts on the board with a solo home run in the second inning and Payton Robertson tied the game with an RBI double in the third to make it 2-2. Rosario homered in the third to put Gateway back in front and they would add plenty of insurance by adding six runs in the fifth. Connor Owings and Ty Moore both hit RBI singles, Rosario plated two with an RBI double and then scored on a double by Jay Prather, and Prather scored on an error after a single by Justin Jones to cap the inning. Windy City’s Brynn Martinez homered in the sixth and then drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Peyton Isaacson followed with a sacrifice fly and Payton Robertson later scored on an error by the catcher to make it 9-6 Grizzlies. The Bolts would add a run on Zac Taylor’s single in the eighth before Ty Moore plated a run with an RBI groundout and Jose Rosario hit a two-run blast for the Grizzlies in the bottom half. Windy City managed to tack on one more when Martinez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth, and the score finished 13-8.
The Schaumburg Boomers rallied from a five-run deficit to get the 13-7 win over the Joliet Slammers. Lane Baremore launched a grand slam to put the Slammers up 4-0 early in the first inning. In the bottom half, Quincy Nieporte singled home a run to make it 4-1. The Slammers added a couple runs in the third inning, after a pair of RBI singles by Kyle Jacobsen and Jackson Dvorak. Schaumburg would answer with two of their own in the fourth, when Matt Bottcher hit a sacrifice fly and Braxton Davidson doubled to cut it to 6-3. The rally continued in the fifth, as they scored four runs to take the lead. Chase Dawson tripled home two runs and then scored on a double from Nieporte, and Clint Hardy knocked a run home on a base hit to make it 7-6 Boomers. From there, Schaumburg added insurance. Nick Oddo hit an RBI single in the seventh. In the eighth, Carson Maxwell singled home one final run for Joliet in the top half before the Boomers added five more in the bottom half. Dawson, Bottcher, and Davidson all singled home runs. Bottcher and Davidson later scored on wild pitches to make it a 13-7 final.
Wednesday will feature a full slate of eight games. As always, each one can be watched live at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!