Friday night’s action was fueled by an impressive ten-run comeback and a home run derby victory. Read more about every game here:
The Tri-City ValleyCats came back from an 11-3 deficit to beat the Sussex County Miners 13-12 after a nine-run seventh inning. Sussex County took a 4-0 advantage in the third inning, with Martin Figueroa hitting a two-run double, Juan Kelly hitting a sacrifice fly, and Kaleo Johnson doubling home a run as well. Tri-City’s Denis Phipps hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3. From there, Sussex County started to pull away. Figueroa doubled home two in the fourth, Chuck Taylor hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Miners scored three in the seventh courtesy of RBI singles by Nick Garland and Martin Figueroa. That made the score 11-3. Then, the ValleyCats mounted an impressive rally. Carson McCusker got the scoring started with an RBI single. Denis Phipps then singled home two and Luis Roman hit a sacrifice fly. Brad Zunica followed later with an RBI single before McCusker came to the plate again and doubled home three runs to tie the score at 11-11. Jhon Nunez then gave Tri-City the lead with an RBI single that made it 12-11 after seven innings. Willy Garcia added one more the following inning with an RBI single of his own. Cito Culver hit a solo home run for the Miners in the ninth to make it a one-run game, but the ValleyCats were able to hold off Sussex County and secure the one-run win.
After a pitcher’s duel and a 1-1 tie, the Joliet Slammers used a 5-4 home run derby victory to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts. The only run for the Slammers came in the fifth, when Kyle Jacobsen hit an RBI single. Two innings later, Nikola Vasic doubled home the only run for the ThunderBolts to tie it at 1-1. The game was otherwise dominated by pitching. Joliet’s Cam Cameron allowed the run on five hits and three walks, striking out four over 6.1 innings of work. Windy City’s Bryan Ketchie tossed seven innings and allowed the run on four hits and a walk, while striking out ten. A tie game after ten innings, the game went to a home run derby to decide a winner. In the derby, Brylie Ware hit three homers, and Carson Maxwell and Luke Mangieri each hit one for Joliet. Meanwhile, Windy City got two from both Zac Taylor and Dan Robinson in the loss.
The Washington Wild Things ended Équipe Québec’s eleven-game win streak with an 8-3 victory. The Wild Things took the lead first in the second inning, when Joe Campagna doubled home the first run. Québec’s L.P. Pelletier hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game before the Wild Things added three more in the bottom half. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly, Hector Roa doubled home a run, and Tristan Peterson singled home Roa to make it a 4-1 ballgame. A Jesse Hodges home run got a run back for Québec in the fourth, but Roa would hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to extend the Washington lead. A Scotty Dubrule RBI groundout tacked on one more run for the Wild Things in the sixth. In the eighth, Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly to make the final score 8-3.
The Schaumburg Boomers used a four-run fourth inning against the Lake Erie Crushers to give them the lead and they would hold on for the 6-4 win. In the fourth, Chase Dawson crossed the plate first on a wild pitch to give the Boomers the lead. Clint Hardy and Brett Milazzo both followed with RBI singles, and Milazzo scored on an error that allowed Alec Craig to reach base. The Crushers’ first run came in the seventh on a solo home run by Karl Ellison, but Schaumburg answered with two more in the bottom of the seventh. Braxton Davidson doubled home a run and Hardy drove in a run when he reached on an error to make it 6-1. Lake Erie would add three more in the eighth. Zach Racusin hit an RBI single before Steven Kraft connected on a two-run double that brought the score to 6-4.
The New Jersey Jackals ran away with a 12-3 victory over the New York Boulders. Josh Rehwaldt gave the Jackals the lead in the second when he singled home two runs. Santiago Chirino also singled home a pair of runs later in the inning. New York got on the board with a two-run single in the third inning by Marcus Mastrobuoni. Nicco Toni hit a sacrifice fly for New Jersey in the sixth inning and Todd Isaacs hit a two-run homer in the seventh to bring it to 7-2 Jackals. In the eighth, the Jackals scored five runs after RBI singles by Chirino and Combs, and a three-run blast by Rehwaldt. New York’s Phil Caulfield hit an RBI double in the ninth to make it a 12-3 final. New Jersey starter Jared Milch gave up two runs and struck out eight over seven innings of work in the win.
The Evansville Otters edged out the Gateway Grizzlies, winning 8-7 in a close contest. Riley Krane put the Otters up in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. Andy DeJesus followed with a two-run single that made it 3-0. The Grizzlies responded in the bottom half with four runs to take the lead. Jose Rosario doubled home a run, Dustin Woodcock singled home two and Justin Jones also knocked home a run. In the third, Jay Prather added to that lead with an RBI double that made it 5-3. Evansville would answer in the fifth, with Jeffrey Baez hitting a two-run home run and Justin Felix drawing a bases-loaded walk to regain the lead from Gateway at 6-5. Both teams matched each other with two-run innings in the sixth. Krane hit a two-run double for the Otters, while Chase Vallot hit a two-run homer for the Grizzlies, but Gateway could not muster another run and fell by a run.
The Florence Y’alls’ bats came to life in the middle innings, leading them to a 13-5 win over the Southern Illinois Miners. The Miners took the lead early with a two-run shot by Ariel Sandoval in the first. In the bottom of the first, Florence’s Axel Johnson connected on a solo shot that cut it to 2-1. Anthony Brocato also hit a home run in the second, making it 3-1 Miners. In the fifth, the Y’alls’ offense really came to life. Connor Crane tripled home a run, Johnson singled home Crane, and Chad Sedio singled home two more to give them the 5-3 lead. Florence followed the four-run inning with five in the sixth inning. Luis Pintor singled home a pair, Sedio tripled home two more, and Trevor Craport’s sacrifice fly brought home another run to make it 10-3. Three more came around in the seventh to cap the scoring for the Y’alls. Crane hit an RBI single and Pintor plated two with a double. The Miners would bring home two more runs in the eighth to make it 13-5. The runs came on a groundout by Ian Walters and a wild pitch that scored Sandoval.
The action continues Saturday with another standard seven-game slate. Watch along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!