Friday night’s games included a number of close, low-scoring contests. Catch up on what you may have missed in our nightly recap of the league’s action:
Ryan Hennen tossed his first career complete game shutout for the Washington Wild Things, as they beat the Lake Erie Crushers 1-0. The only run of the game came in the first inning, when Bralin Jackson hit a single and Andrew Sohn scored on an error by first baseman Steve Passatempo. The rest of the game was dominated by the pitching. Hennen gave up just two hits in nine shutout innings, striking out eight in the victory for Washington. In the loss, Lake Erie starter Ryan Feierabend allowed five hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He struck out nine and allowed zero earned runs. Scotty Dubrule singled in the fourth inning to extend his season-best hit streak to 14 games and his 2021 Frontier League-high on-base streak to 30 games.
Équipe Québec took the lead in the fourth and used a five-run seventh inning to open the game up, as they beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 10-3. Québec took the 1-0 lead in the fourth inning after Jesse Hodges drew a bases-loaded walk. Tri-City got the run back in the fifth after an error by pitcher Miguel Cienfuegos allowed a run to come home. A three-run home run by Connor Panas gave Québec a 4-1 lead in the fifth inning, and Gift Ngoepe’s RBI double in the sixth made it 5-1. Then in the seventh, Québec added five more runs. A wild pitch allowed a run to score, an RBI double by Jesse Hodges brought home another run, an RBI single by Ruben Castro gave them three in the inning, and a two-run blast by Gift Ngoepe capped the inning at 10-1. The ValleyCats were able to get two more on a two-run homer by Carson McCusker in the eighth to make it a 10-3 final. Cienfuegos allowed only one earned run and no walks over seven innings of work.
The Sussex County Miners took a first-inning lead and kept it, eventually beating the New York Boulders 12-10 in a high-scoring battle. Chuck Taylor singled home the first run and was later followed by Jackie Urbaez, who hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0. In the fourth, the Boulders got on the board with a two-run double by Tucker Nathans. Martin Figueroa doubled home two as well in the bottom half to make it 5-2 Sussex County. New York’s Jack Sundberg drove in a run on a groundout in the fifth, and in the sixth, Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a two-run home run to briefly tie it before a Sussex County four-run inning. Figueroa drew a bases-loaded walk, Chuck Taylor hit a sacrifice fly, and Juan Kelly connected on a two-run double to make it 9-5. The following inning, the Boulders added two on a Gian Martellini home run and a wild pitch that allowed Sundberg to score. The Miners would add three more, however, and take a 12-7 lead. Figueroa doubled home a run before Chuck Taylor singled him home and Juan Kelly tripled home Taylor. The Boulders once again mounted a rally in the eighth, plating three runs but falling just short. Martellini hit a sacrifice fly, Milton Smith Jr. knocked an RBI single, and Zach Kirtley forced home a run with a bases-loaded walk. This win for Sussex County marked the 250th career win for manager Bobby Jones.
The Gateway Grizzlies used a ninth-inning go-ahead home run to beat the Evansville Otters 3-2. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when Gateway’s Jay Prather singled home their first run. Dustin Woodcock hit a solo home run in the eighth to make it 2-0 Grizzlies. In the bottom of the eighth, Evansville answered with two runs of their own. Gary Mattis singled home the first and an Andrew Penner sacrifice fly brought home the tying run. Then, in the ninth, Gateway’s Connor Owings put the Grizzlies on top for good, launching a solo home run and making it 3-2. Grizzlies starter went six shutout innings and struck out eight. In the loss, Austin Gossmann allowed just one run over seven innings of work with ten strikeouts.
The Southern Illinois Miners established an early lead that led them to a 6-4 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers. The first two came around in the first for the Miners. Ariel Sandoval singled home a run and Jared Mang knocked a run home on a fielder’s choice. Two innings later, Schaumburg answered with a pair of runs to tie it. A run scored on an error that allowed Chase Dawson to reach safely, and Quincy Nieporte hit a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the third, Sandoval hit his second RBI single, Mang hit a sacrifice fly, and Ian Walters sent Sandoval home with a single that made it 5-2. In the seventh inning, Chase Dawson’s sacrifice fly got a run back for the Boomers, but Sandoval followed in the bottom half with a solo home run. In the ninth, Nieporte singled home the Boomers fourth and final run of the game. Miners’ starter Jake Fisher went six innings and struck out eight, allowing just one earned run and zero walks in the win.
The Windy City ThunderBolts scored twice in the top of the tenth to edge past the Joliet Slammers 5-4. Joliet broke through for the first run in the bottom of the fourth when an errant throw allowed a run to score on a groundball from Lane Baremore. Windy City’s first hit came in the sixth, when Donivan Williams hit a solo home run that tied the game. In the eighth, a base hit by Anthony Rios scored Williams and gave the ThunderBolts the 2-1 lead. They extended the lead to 3-1 in the ninth on a Rob Weissheier RBI triple. In the bottom of the ninth, Joliet recorded three straight hits, including a two-run double from Kyle Jacobsen that made it 3-3 and forced extra innings. In the tenth, Windy City regained the lead on an RBI single from Williams, and he later came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Joliet was able to score the tiebreaker run to make it 5-4, but was unable to tie the game. Windy City’s Logan Wiley pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball in the no-decision.
Tonight’s game between the Florence Y’alls and the New Jersey Jackals was postponed and will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m. ET.
Saturday’s schedule includes the doubleheader as part of a seven-game set. Follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!