Wednesday provided a number of close games across the Frontier League. Read more about each of the eight games that took place here with our nightly recap:
The Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers split Wednesday’s doubleheader. The Wild Things took the first game 1-0 after a pitcher’s duel. The only run for Washington came in the third inning, when Andrew Sohn singled home Joe Campagna to give the Wild Things the lead for good. Starter Ben Vicini tossed six shutout innings and struck out six, allowing just two hits in the win. Lake Erie starter Jake Pilarski also had a solid outing, allowing just the one run on six hits and two walks in the loss. Game two finished as a 3-2 Crushers win. Zach Racusin led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning, and in the bottom half, Washington’s Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. In the sixth, Hector Roa singled home a run to give the Wild Things the lead. The next inning, Racusin singled home the tying run and reigning Frontier League player of the week Connor Oliver singled home the go-ahead run to make it 3-2.
The Tri-City ValleyCats got a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to come back and beat the New York Boulders 5-4. New York opened the scoring in the third with a pair of runs coming on a two-run homer by Zach Kirtley. Gian Martellini hit a solo shot in the fifth to make it 3-0 before Kevonte Mitchell made it 4-0 an inning later with one of his own. In the seventh, Tri-City scored four runs to tie the game. Brad Zunica hit an RBI double and was then singled home by Juan Silverio. Connor Lien drew a bases-loaded walk to score Silverio, and Nelson Molina then scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 4-4. Then, in the ninth, Luis Roman hit a walk-off single that allowed Molina to score the winning run from second base to secure the ValleyCats win.
The Sussex County Miners defeated the Florence Y’alls 6-4. The Miners struck first with four runs in the very first inning. Juan Kelly tripled home the game’s first run before Kaleo Johnson, Audy Ciriaco, and Cito Culver all followed with RBI singles. In the second, Harrison DiNicola’s RBI single gave Florence their first run, and they added three more to tie the game at 4-4 an inning later. Luis Pintor singled home a run and later scored on an error. In the bottom half of the inning, Ciriaco hit another RBI single to help Sussex County regain the lead 5-4. The score did not change until the eighth, when Chuck Taylor hit an RBI single to make it a 6-4 final. The Miners bullpen combined to pitch six scoreless innings to close out the game and the victory.
A late three-run home run in the ninth helped the Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-2. The ThunderBolts pulled ahead in the second inning with an RBI single from Zac Taylor to give them a 1-0 lead. Gateway erased that lead in the bottom half, when Connor Owings hit an RBI groundout and Justin Jones hit an RBI single to give them the 2-1 lead. The score remained 2-1 until the ninth, when Jace Mercer hit his first professional home run to give Windy City the 4-2 lead, which they would hold on to in the bottom half for the win. Tyler Thornton went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five. Gateway’s Geoff Bramblett went 7 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
Équipe Québec used a pair of late three-run innings to beat the New Jersey Jackals 8-3. Justin Wylie drew a bases-loaded walk for the game’s first run in the first, and Nicco Toni later singled home two more runs to give the Jackals an early 3-0 lead. New Jersey would be unable to score any other runs from that point on. Québec responded in the fifth, when L.P. Pelletier singled home a run and another run came home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of David Glaude made it 3-2. Then, in the seventh, Québec pushed three runs across. Jeffry Parra, Raphael Gladu, and Jonathan Lacroix each singled home runs. Three more came around in the eighth after singles by Glaude and Gladu made it 8-3 Québec.
The Southern Illinois Miners shut out the Evansville Otters once again by a score of 3-0. Bryant Flete singled home the first run in the fifth inning to put the Miners up 1-0. Jared Mang then singled home two more runs in the eighth, extending the lead to 3-0. Starter Gunnar Kines allowed just two hits and four walks over five innings, while striking out four in the win. The rest of the bullpen combined for four hitless innings to secure the victory for Southern Illinois. Meanwhile, for Evansville, Polo Portela went 5.2 innings and struck out four, allowing just a run on three hits and five walks in the loss.
The Joliet Slammers shut out the Schaumburg Boomers 5-0 after a strong six-inning outing by starter Tom Walker. Walker worked the six shutout innings, giving up five hits and four walks in the win for Joliet. Offensively, the Slammers opened it up in the second when Jordan Rathbone brought it in a run thanks to a fielder’s choice. It would stay 1-0 until the seventh, when they added four more. Another fielder’s choice off the bat of Rathbone plated another run. Scott Holzwasser singled home Rathbone and Tyler Depreta-Johnson was also able to score courtesy of an error by the left fielder. Dylan Hardy capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that plated Holzwasser to make it a 5-0 Joliet final.
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