Tuesday’s Frontier League action was highlighted by a historic save and the extension of a win streak. Catch up on anything you missed here:
With three runs in the seventh inning, the Washington Wild Things defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-2. In the win, Washington’s Zach Strecker earned his 19th save of the season and the 71st of his career, breaking the tie with Eric Massingham achieved Sunday and making him the new Frontier League saves leader. The ValleyCats scored first in the game when Connor Lien hit an RBI triple in the third inning. Daniel Kreuzer later hit an RBI groundout in the inning to make it 2-0. Washington plated a run in the third with an RBI groundout by Grant Heyman to make it 2-1. The Wild Things tied the game in the sixth inning when Trevor Casanova hit an RBI double. A three-run home run in the seventh inning from Heyman gave the Wild Things the lead for good, and Strecker earned the historic save in the ninth to close it out.
The Southern Illinois Miners won their seventh game in a row with a 10-7 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Miners struck first with three runs in the second inning. Arturo Nieto brought in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. Jarrod Watkins then singled home two runs to make it 3-0 Miners. Lake Erie rallied with a four-run bottom half. A solo home run by Bryan De La Rosa and back-to-back RBI singles by Zach Racusin and Steven Kraft gave them a 4-3 lead. In the third, the Miners answered with a four-run inning of their own. An RBI single by Jamey Smart tied the game at 4-4. Jared Mang then hit a two-run home run to make it 6-4 before Watkins later tripled in a run to make it 7-4. The Crushers once again rallied in the fourth. Kraft hit an RBI single and they tied it at 7-7 with an infield single by Trevor Achenbach and a fielder’s choice from Karl Ellison that plated a run. The Miners would take the lead for good in the seventh. Nieto’s go-ahead RBI single made it 8-7. They would add two insurance runs in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Mang and a wild pitch. Stevie Ledesma pitched 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out nine batters in relief for the Miners win.
The Evansville Otters scored six unanswered runs to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-2. Windy City’s Rob Weissheier provided the only scoring for the ThunderBolts in the second inning when he hit a two-run home run that gave them a brief lead. Evansville would answer in the second. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run, Andy DeJesus hit an RBI groundout to tie it at 2-2, and Miles Gordon put the Otters up for good with a sacrifice fly. In the third, Dakota Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. DeJesus homered in the seventh and Phillips added one more run on a single in the eighth, making it 6-2.
The Sussex County Miners established an early lead and kept it in their 7-1 win over the New Jersey Jackals. Juan Kelly opened the scoring in the first with an RBI single. In the second, Audy Ciriaco tripled home a run and Cito Culver singled him home to make it 3-0. The Jackals got their only run in the fourth when Jason Agresti doubled home a run. Sussex County responded with three more in the bottom of the fourth. LT Struble hit a sacrifice fly before Martin Figueroa and Juan Kelly each hit RBI singles. Kelly capped off his big night with an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Miners seventh and final run. Jalen Miller Sr. worked seven innings, allowing the one run and striking out eight batters in the win.
Équipe Québec got off to a fast start and unloaded for 17 runs on 20 hits in their 17-6 rout of the New York Boulders. Québec opened the game with a four-run first inning. Jeffry Parra singled home a run and Jonathan Lacroix doubled home three to make it 4-0 early. Five more came in the second for Québec. Parra launched a two-run blast before Jesse Hodges doubled home a pair and Ruben Castro singled home Hodges. New York got on the board in the bottom of the second when Tucker Nathans hit a two-run home run and Jack Sundberg doubled home two more to make it 9-4. Connor Panas doubled home a pair of runs in the third for Québec before they added four more in the fourth. Parra drew a bases-loaded walk and Raphael Gladu hit a three-run double. In the bottom half, Sundberg singled home a run. Québec brought home their final two runs in the sixth, when Lacroix singled home a run and Hodges was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the eighth, Ray Hernandez brought home one final run for the Boulders on a groundout.
Tuesday’s game between the Schaumburg Boomers and the Gateway Grizzlies was suspended in the top of the third inning with Gateway holding a 2-1 lead. It will resume Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT. and will be followed by a seven-inning contest afterwards.
Come back Wednesday for a full slate of Frontier League action! Catch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com!