Thursday’s highlights included a doubleheader with a pair of complete games on the mound, and a walk-off win. Catch up on all the league’s action here:
The Schaumburg Boomers swept their doubleheader with the Gateway Grizzlies thanks to a pair of complete games by their starting pitchers. Game one finished 5-1. The Boomers got on the board in the second when Matt Bottcher singled home a run and Dusty Stroup hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The following inning, Quincy Nieporte hit an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fourth, Ty Moore scored Gateway’s only run after an error by the catcher, and in the fifth, Matt McGarry hit a solo home run and Bottcher doubled home the fifth and final run for Schaumburg. Geoff Bramblett tossed the full seven innings and allowed zero earned runs, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out four in the win. Game two was a 2-0 Boomers win. Braxton Davidson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Brett Milazzo added an RBI single later in the inning that made it 2-0 Ryan Middendorf also tossed a complete game for the Boomers in the win. He worked the full seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four.
The Florence Y’alls walked it off in the ninth with a wild pitch to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-5. The Slammers took the early lead after a Brylie Ware sacrifice fly in the first inning. In the third, Florence’s Connor Crane tied the game with an RBI double, and Axel Johnson sent him home with an RBI double of his own to make it 2-1 Y’alls. Chad Sedio also plated a run on a fielder’s choice in the inning to make it 3-1. The next inning, A Carson Maxwell home run and a Dylan Hardy RBI single tied the game at 3-3 for the Slammers. In the eighth, Joliet broke the tie thanks to an RBI single by Tyler Depreta-Johnson. Scott Holzwasser then knocked in a run to make it 5-3 Slammers. In the bottom half, Luis Pintor got a run back for the Y’alls on an RBI double. Then, in the ninth, Connor Crane’s safety squeeze tied the game at 5-5. The next at-bat, a wild pitch allowed Rodney Tennie to scamper home and score the winning run for the Y’alls.
The Southern Illinois Miners split Thursday’s doubleheader with the Lake Erie Crushers, winning the first game 2-0. The only scoring came in the second when Anthony Brocato launched a two-run home run. The rest of the game was a pitcher’s duel between starters Zac Westcott and Ryan Feierabend. Westcott allowed just four hits over 6.1 shutout innings in the win, while Feierabend allowed the two runs on eight hits over five innings in the loss. The Crushers took game two by a score of 2-1 in another contest dominated by pitching. Southern Illinois scored their only run in the second when Bryant Flete hit an RBI double to give them the 1-0 lead. Lake Erie responded with both of their runs in the fourth inning. Steven Kraft’s RBI triple tied the game and Bryan De La Rosa brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Sam Curtis allowed just a run on four hits over five innings pitched in the win for Lake Erie. Michael Austin allowed the two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings in the loss for the Miners.
An offensive explosion with 19 hits by the Washington Wild Things led them to a 12-5 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Washington opened the game with a seven-run first inning. Grant Heyman singled home a run to make it 1-0 before Hector Roa’s fielder’s choice made it 2-0. Trevor Casanova then hit a two-run single before Tristan Peterson doubled home two more to make it 6-0. Andrew Czech followed by doubling home Peterson for the seventh run. Tri-City got one back in the second with a Luis Roman home run, but the Wild Things added two more on a Hector Roa two-run blast that made it 9-1. Czech’s second RBI double made it 10-1 in the fourth before a Brad Zunica home run for the ValleyCats brought it to 10-2 in the fifth. Peterson hit a sac fly in the sixth before Tri-City added two in the seventh on a Chris Kwitzer single and a Jhon Nunez sac fly. Nick Ward tacked on a run for the Wild Things with his RBI single in the eighth, and Kwitzer added one more for the ValleyCats in the ninth with an RBI single of his own.
Équipe Québec extended their win streak to 11 games with an 11-6 win over the New York Boulders. The Boulders went ahead first in the second inning after Milton Smith Jr. singled home the first run. The next inning, Québec’s David Glaude hit a two-run home run to give them the 2-1 lead. Ray Hernandez hit an RBI single to help New York tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom half. In the fourth, Marcus Mastrobuoni drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Boulders the lead before Jeffry Parra singled home two runs in the fifth to regain the lead for Québec at 4-3. Smith Jr. connected on a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth before Québec unloaded for seven runs in the sixth inning. Ruben Castro scored on a wild pitch, Parra and Raphael Gladu each hit RBI singles, Connor Panas and Jesse Hodges each drew bases-loaded walks, and Castro capped the scoring with a two-run single.
The Windy City ThunderBolts avoided the sweep against the Evansville Otters with a 9-5 win. Evansville struck first after Josh Allen’s solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Rob Weissheier answered with a solo shot in the second, and John Sechen’s two-run homer in the third made it 3-1. Weissheier later singled home a run to make it 4-1. Allen hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third and scored on a Riley Krane sacrifice fly, but Windy City added four runs in the fourth. Nikola Vasic and Payton Robertson each had RBI singles in the inning. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run for the Otters to make it 8-4, but Brynn Martinez scored on an error for the Bolts. In the ninth, Evansville’s Andrew Penner singled home a run to make it 9-5.
The Sussex County Miners came back from a six-run deficit to defeat the New Jersey Jackals 8-7. Todd Isaacs opened the scoring for New Jersey with an RBI groundout in the second. Josh Rehwaldt followed him by also knocking in a run on a groundout to make it 2-0 after two. Rehwaldt’s sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 3-0 before Riley Mihalik singled home two runs and Santiago Chirino singled home a run as well to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Sussex County got on the board when Nick Garland plated two with an RBI single and Chuck Taylor singled him home. Cito Culver homered in the fifth. Stanley Espinal doubled home the Jackals’ final run in the sixth before Audy Ciriaco hit a three-run double in the bottom half that tied the game at 7-7. In the seventh, Juan Kelly’s RBI single plated the go-ahead run for Sussex County and made it 8-7.
The weekend’s action features a full slate that gets underway Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Catch all the action at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!