Thursday night’s series finales ended with a number of series sweeps—for Southern Illinois, Québec, and Sussex County. Catch up on the night’s action here:
In the early game, the Schaumburg Boomers shutout the Joliet Slammers by a score of 5-0. The Boomers jumped ahead in the first with a pair of runs scoring on a Matt Bottcher double with the bases loaded. Rain halted the game for over an hour in the second inning. In the seventh inning, Schaumburg extended the lead to 5-0. Quincy Nieporte hit an RBI single and Braxton Davidson connected on a two-run home run. Meanwhile, starter Ryan Middendorf tossed seven shutout innings, striking out a career-high nine batters and allowing just two hits.
The New York Boulders beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-2 after a three-run first inning and two late insurance runs in the ninth. Jack Sundberg came in on a wild pitch for the Boulders’ first run in the first inning. Kevonte Mitchell also scored on a wild pitch and Ray Hernandez later drove in a run with a single to make it 3-0. Brad Zunica got Tri-City on the board with an RBI single in the bottom half to make it 3-1. In the fourth, Juan Silverio hit a home run for the ValleyCats’ second and final run of the night. New York would add two more in the ninth when Sundberg knocked in a run and Mitchell’s sacrifice fly made it a 5-2 final. Robby Rowland allowed two runs on three hits in 5.1 innings of work, striking out seven in the win for the Boulders.
The Sussex County Miners beat the Florence Y’alls 10-7 thanks to a pair of three-run innings that helped them build a lead. Florence opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning. Trevor Craport hit a sacrifice fly, and Harrison DiNicola and Jose Brizuela both singled home a run. Sussex County answered with two in the bottom half. Kaleo Johnson and Jackie Urbaez both doubled home runs. The next inning, Chad Sedio hit an RBI single for the Y’alls, and in the fourth, Craport singled home a run to make it 5-2 Y’alls. Cito Culver’s two-run double in the bottom half made it 5-4. Sussex County would keep the runs coming in the fifth and sixth. In the fifth, Chuck Taylor hit a solo home run and Audy Ciriaco singled home two more runs for their first lead of the game at 7-5. Craport would drive another run home for the Y’alls in the top of the sixth before three more came around to score in the sixth for Sussex County. Taylor’s RBI single drove another run in, Martin Figueroa came home on a wild pitch, and Taylor later scored on an error by the catcher. Florence would tack on one more in the eighth on a Sedio ground rule double, but it was not enough and the game finished 10-7.
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth gave Équipe Québec the 6-5 win over the New Jersey Jackals. Justin Wylie plated the Jackals first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. Stanley Espinal later followed with a three-run home run to make it 4-0 early. Québec’s David Glaude cut the deficit in half with a two-run shot in the bottom half that made it 4-2. Dalton Combs scored on a wild pitch in the second for New Jersey, but L.P. Pelletier homered in the bottom half to keep the difference at two. The next run came in the seventh, when Québec’s Gift Ngoepe hit a solo home run to inch closer and make it 5-4. Jonathan Lacroix followed with a solo homer of his own an inning later to tie the game at 5-5. Then in the tenth, Québec’s Jesse Hodges hit a sacrifice fly to send the winning run home and give them the 6-5 victory.
A four-run seventh inning as part of seven unanswered runs fueled the Washington Wild Things to a 7-5 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. Lake Erie’s Trevor Achenbach singled home the first run and Brody Wofford doubled home Achenbach to make it 2-0 after one inning. An inning later, Zach Racusin hit an RBI double, and in the sixth, the Crushers plated two more. Javier Betancourt drove in a run on a double and Shawon Dunston Jr. singled home Betancourt to extend the lead to 5-0. The Washington rally started in the bottom of the sixth. Tristan Peterson hit a two-run home run and Grant Heyman later scored on an error to make it 5-3. Then, in the bottom of the seventh, the Wild Things scored four more. Andrew Sohn and Bralin Jackson each hit RBI singles, and Heyman followed with a two-run home run that gave them the 7-5 lead for good.
The Southern Illinois Miners shutout the Evansville Otters for the third straight night, this time winning 4-0 and taking the series sweep. Yeltsin Gudiño singled home the first run for the Miners in the second. In the fourth, Jared Mang hit a solo home run. Then, Bryant Flete advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw attempting to catch Gudiño stealing second. A Nolan Earley double later made it 4-0. Starter Zac Westcott tossed six shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing just five hits and two walks in the win. From there, the Miners bullpen once again combined to pitch the final three shutout innings to secure the 4-0 victory.
The Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Gateway Grizzlies 12-10 after an offensive shootout by both teams. A first-inning grand slam by Rob Weissheier put the ThunderBolts up 4-0 early. Gateway struck back in the second with a two-run single by Jack Harris to cut the deficit in half. In the third inning, Windy City’s Jace Mercer singled home a run, but Jose Rosario matched it with an RBI single in the bottom half. The next inning, Payton Robertson’s sacrifice fly and Dan Robinson’s double made it 7-3 ThunderBolts. Jack Harris hit a two-run home run for the Grizzlies in the bottom of the fourth to draw closer at 7-5, and Rosario connected on a solo shot in the fifth to draw within one. In the sixth, however, Windy City unloaded five more runs. Robinson, Peyton Isaacson, and Weissheier all drew bases-loaded walks, and Zac Taylor hit a two-run single to make it 12-6. In the bottom of the sixth, Harris singled home another run and Jay Prather doubled home two for the Grizzlies to make it 12-9. Rosario’s RBI double in the ninth made the final score 12-10.
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