Saturday night’s action featured a doubleheader, a home run derby victory, and many other noteworthy performances. Read about all of them with our nightly recap on every game:
The Florence Y’alls and the New Jersey Jackals each took a game from their doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Florence took game one by a score of 6-3. The Jackals plated the first run of the game in the bottom of the first, when Santiago Chirino hit an RBI single. Florence responded by scoring all six of their runs in the third inning. Axel Johnson doubled home a run before Chad Sedio hit a two-run home run. Jordan Brower followed that later in the inning with a three-run home run to make it 6-1. In the fourth, Justin Wylie hit a two-run bomb of his own that cut the deficit to 6-3, a score that would not change. Game two finished 3-2 to the Jackals. Florence scored first this time in the fourth inning. Two runs scored after an error on the second baseman that allowed Connor Crane to reach base. In the bottom half, Justin Wylie hit a solo home run to make it 2-1. An inning later, Todd Isaacs came home for New Jersey on a passed ball, and in the seventh, Dalton Combs singled home the third and final run for the Jackals. Christian Tessitore threw five innings for the Jackals, allowing zero earned runs in the win.
The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-3 to pick up their fifth straight win. The Boomers opened the scoring in the third inning when Nick Oddo hit a solo home run for a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, the Miners came back and tied the game after Yeltsin Gudiño knocked an RBI single. The game then entered a weather delay, but after it resumed, Ariel Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to give them the 2-1 lead. The following inning, Schaumburg responded with an RBI double by Braxton Davidson that made it 2-2. Another RBI hit by Sandoval helped Southern Illinois regain the lead in the bottom of the fifth, and they would hold it for the rest of the game. Anthony Brocato hit a solo home run in the sixth, and another RBI single by Sandoval in the seventh made it 5-2. The Boomers made it a 5-3 game in the ninth on an RBI groundout by Brett Milazzo, but the Miners bullpen was able to hold the lead.
The Washington Wild Things once again shutout the Lake Erie Crushers by a score of 1-0 for the second straight night. The only run of the game came in the sixth inning when Scotty Dubrule hit his first professional home run. Alex Boshers pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk and striking out four as well. Ben Vicini worked a one-two-three seventh inning with two strikeouts, Dan Kubiuk struck out one over a perfect eighth, and Zach Strecker earned his 69th career save. He is now one shy of Eric Massingham’s career record of 70 saves in the Frontier League.
The Joliet Slammers used a 7-1 home-run derby victory to defeat the Windy City ThunderBolts after a 3-3 tie. An RBI single by Scott Holzwasser and an RBI groundout by Dave Matthews put the Slammers up 2-0 in the fifth inning. In the ninth, Zac Taylor’s two-run homer tied the game at 2-2 and forced extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Dan Robinson’s sacrifice fly made it 3-2 Windy City, but Joliet responded with a Kyle Jacobsen sacrifice fly that evened the score in the bottom half of the inning and sent the game to a home run derby. In the derby, Rob Weissheier would hit the only homer for the ThunderBolts in the second round. Brylie Ware hit two long balls for the Slammers in the first round, and Carson Maxwell launched five in the second round to give them a 7-1 victory.
The New York Boulders took the lead in the second inning and added on to secure an 8-3 victory over the Sussex County Miners. After Sussex County took a 1-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a Martin Figueroa stolen base, New York put three on the board in the second. Gian Martellini singled home the first run before Milton Smith Jr. and Jack Sundberg both drew bases-loaded walks to make it 3-1. The Boulders added four more in the fourth inning. Kevonte Mitchell connected on a three-run home run and Ray Hernandez hit an RBI single to extend their lead to 7-1. Their last run came in the seventh, when Smith Jr. hit an RBI single to make it 8-1. Sussex County would add a run in both the eighth and ninth innings, coming on an RBI single by Figueroa and an RBI double by Cito Culver, respectively.
For the second straight night, Équipe Québec beat the Tri-City ValleyCats by a score of 10-3. The ValleyCats held a brief 2-0 lead in the first after a Carson McCusker solo home run and an RBI single by Juan Silverio. Québec would answer right back in the bottom half, however. David Glaude singled home a run and Raphael Gladu brought a run home on a sacrifice fly to tie the game 2-2. Gift Ngoepe tripled home two runs the following inning to make it 4-2 Québec. In the third, Luis Roman hit an RBI double for the ValleyCats to make it 4-3, but Québec would respond with four more runs in the fourth inning. Ruben Castro doubled home a run, Ngoepe singled home Castro, and L.P. Pelletier followed with a two-run home run to make it 8-3. Two more runs would come around in the sixth after a double by Glaude and a single by Gladu made it 10-3 in favor of Québec.
The Evansville Otters routed the Gateway Grizzlies by a score of 14-1 after three big innings. The Otters opened the scoring in the second with an RBI single by Justin Felix and Gary Mattis being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. The scoring continued in the fourth, when Mattis scored on a wild pitch and J.R. Davis hit a sacrifice fly. Riley Krane followed with a solo home run to make it 5-0 Evansville. Three more runs scored in the fifth, with Andy DeJesus doubling home a run and later scoring on an error, and Elijah MacNamee reaching bases on a fielder’s choice and later scoring on a wild pitch. The Otters plated five more the next inning to make it 13-0. Dakota Phillips hit a solo home run, Mattis doubled home two, Krane singled home a run, and Jeffrey Baez sent Mattis home on an RBI single. The Grizzlies finally scored a run in the seventh when Jay Prather hit an RBI groundout to make it 13-1, but Andrew Penner doubled home one more run for the Otters in the eighth to make it 14-1. Starter Tim Holdgrafer allowed just the one run on three hits and a walk over seven strong innings, striking out eight in the victory.
A full slate of seven games coming up Sunday! If you can’t make it out to the ballpark, you can watch each team close out the weekend on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!