Sunday’s schedule was highlighted by some Frontier League history, as well as a pair of series sweeps and offensive eruptions. Read more about each of Sunday’s games here:
The Washington Wild Things took the series finale and the series sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. Washington first struck in the fourth inning, when Bralin Jackson hit an RBI groundout. Lake Erie got on the board in the sixth with an RBI single by Zach Racusin. The next inning, Washington answered with a Tristan Peterson RBI single in the seventh. Trevor Casanova also scored on a wild pitch and Peterson later scored on an RBI single from Nick Ward to make it 4-1. In the ninth, Eric Callahan singled home one more run for the Crushers to make the final score 4-2. In the win, Washington’s Keven Pimentel went six innings, allowing just one run on three hits and two walks while striking out four. With the save in the ninth inning, Zach Strecker earned his 70th career save of his Frontier League career, which ties the all-time career record set by Eric Massingham between 2011-2014 for Evansville.
The Evansville Otters took the final game and the series against the Gateway Grizzlies with a 6-2 win. Gateway’s Ty Moore brought a run home on a groundout in the first inning to give them an early lead. In the third, the Otters scored two on an RBI hit from Gary Mattis to take the lead. Evansville tacked on a run in the fifth after Andrew Penner reached on an error to make it 3-1. Miles Gordon then led off the sixth with a home run that made it 4-1, and sacrifice flies from Mattis and Gordon in the seventh that extended the lead to 6-1. The Grizzlies were able to add one more in the ninth after a Jay Prather RBI single to make it 6-2. Braden Scott tossed seven innings and struck out nine batters, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks in the win.
The Windy City ThunderBolts plated a season-high 15 runs in a 15-3 rout of the Joliet Slammers. Windy City scored three runs in the second inning. Nikola Vasic reached on an error, allowing the first run to score. Back-to-back RBI singles by Payton Robertson and Brynn Martinez added two more to make it 3-0 Bolts. Joliet responded in the bottom of the second by tying the game on a three-run homer by Jordan Rathbone. The next half inning, the ThunderBolts took the lead for good after Jack Strunc ripped an RBI single and Vasic hit a two-run triple to make it 6-3. In the fourth, Peyton Isaacson hit a solo shot. Two more runs came around in the sixth before a six-run seventh inning for the ThunderBolts. Brynn Martinez hit a sacrifice fly, Dan Robinson singled home a run, Isaacson singled home Robertson and Jace Mercer capped the scoring with a three-run home run.
Équipe Québec blew past the Tri-City ValleyCats 15-6 to sweep the weekend series. David Glaude doubled home the first run in the first inning. An inning later, Gift Ngoepe singled home two more runs and L.P. Pelletier hit a solo home run to make it 4-0. Tri-City got two runs back in the third, after Luis Roman hit an RBI groundout and Denis Phipps hit an RBI single. Québec plated five more runs in the bottom of the third inning. Ruben Castro and L.P. Pelletier both hit two-run doubles and Glaude hit an RBI single to make it 9-2. Juan Silverio hit a solo home run in the fourth for the ValleyCats before Québec unloaded for six more runs in the fifth inning. Glaude doubled home a pair of runs before scoring on a single by Raphael Gladu. Connor Panas then doubled home a run and Jesse Hodges singled home two more to cap the scoring for Québec and make it 15-3. In the sixth, Nelson Molina hit a sacrifice fly and Willy Garcia scored on an error. Brad Zunica doubled home the ValleyCats’ final run in the ninth.
The Southern Illinois Miners used a four-run second inning to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-2 and secure their second straight series sweep. Chase Dawson’s sacrifice fly put the Boomers up 1-0 in the first inning. In the second, the Miners’ Jared Mang hit an RBI single and Arturo Nieto launched a three-run home run to give them the 4-1 lead. Schaumburg added one more in the fourth on a single by Brett Milazzo. Anthony Brocato’s solo home run in the sixth inning made it 5-2 Miners and that score would hold for the rest of the game. Chase Cunningham gave up the two runs over six innings pitched and struck out seven in the win.
The games featuring both the Florence Y’alls vs the New Jersey Jackals and the New York Boulders vs the Sussex County Miners were cancelled due to inclement weather and will not be made up.
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