A Saturday night with a number of close games saw four contests finish with a final margin of a run or less! Catch up on any of the action you may have missed here with our nightly recap:
A 6-6 deadlock after ten innings led to a home run derby tiebreaker in which the Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the Sussex County Miners 6-2. The six Tri-City runs all came in the third inning. Jhon Nunez started the scoring with an RBI double. It was followed by a sacrifice fly by Carson McCusker, RBI singles by Chris Kwitzer and Connor Lien, and a two-run home run by Denis Phipps. Sussex County started to inch their way back in the fifth, when Audy Ciriaco connected on a solo shot. The next inning, Juan Kelly hit a two-run homer to make it 6-3, and in the eighth, Ciriaco hit his second home run of the game—a three-run game-tying blast the made it 6-6 and eventually forced extra innings. After neither team scored in the tenth, the game went to a home run derby. The ValleyCats emerged victorious after three homers from both Denis Phipps and Brad Zunica fueled them to a 6-2 victory.
The New York Boulders took an early lead over the New Jersey Jackals and never looked back, winning 9-0. They started the night with two runs in the first inning. Zach Kirtley hit an RBI groundout and Marcus Mastrobuoni singled home a run. Kirtley singled home a run in the second and Tucker Nathans doubled home a run later in the inning to make it 4-0 Boulders. In the fourth, the Boulders plated five more runs to bring the score to 9-0. Kirtley drew a bases-loaded walk before Nathans singled home a run, Mastrobuoni singled home two, and Phil Caulfield drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to cap the scoring. Starter Danny Wirchansky worked seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven in the win.
A couple of key home runs and a passed ball led the Florence Y’alls to a 5-4 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners. The Y’alls took their first lead in the third inning, when Andres Rios hit a solo home run and Luis Pintor hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-0. In the fourth, the Miners’ Jamey Smart singled home a run and another run came in on an error that tied the game 2-2. The next inning, Pintor regained the lead for Florence when he connected on a two-run blast that made it 4-2. Jared Mang tied the game for the Miners again in the sixth on a two-run double that brought it to 4-4. In the bottom half, the Y’alls scored the winning run when Harrison DiNicola scored on a passed ball off the glove of Cody Erickson to make it 5-4.
The Gateway Grizzlies snapped their six-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Evansville Otters. Evansville scored three unearned runs in the second inning after a lead-off error that allowed J.R. Davis to reach base. Davis, John Schultz, Andy DeJesus, and Justin Felix all scored with Felix, Miles Gordon, Elijah MacNamee, and Josh Allen recording RBIs to make it 4-0. Gateway answered with two runs in the bottom of the second after an error allowed Justin Jones to reach base and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Connor Owings. In the fourth, Jones hit a three-run homer to give the Grizzlies the 5-4 lead, and Jack Harris also homered in the inning, making it 6-4. The Otters got a run back in the seventh when Jeffrey Baez hit an RBI single, but Andres Regnault hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh for the Grizzlies to make it 7-5. Evansville would plate one more the next inning when Josh Allen singled home a run to bring the score to 7-6.
Équipe Québec held off a late rally by the Washington Wild Things to secure an 8-5 victory. Québec plated three runs in the first inning after Raphael Gladu doubled home two runs to open the scoring and Connor Panas hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 early. Three more were added in the bottom of the third on a three-run shot by Ruben Castro to make it a 6-0 ballgame. David Glaude added a solo homer in the fourth and scored on a Castro RBI single in the fifth that made it 8-0. Washington got on the board late and scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. A sacrifice fly from Andrew Czech, an RBI single by Cody Young, an RBI double by Nick Ward and RBI hits by Scotty Dubrule and Bralin Jackson brought it to 8-5, but the comeback would fall short. Québec starter Henry Omana took a no-hitter through 6.1 innings and finished his outing with seven shutout innings and nine strikeouts in his first Frontier League victory.
The Joliet Slammers established an early 6-0 lead and held on for an 8-7 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. The Slammers scored two runs in each of the first three innings. Carson Maxwell hit a two-run home run in the first. In the second, Kyle Jacobsen and Scott Holzwasser each singled home runs, and in the third, Jacobsen hit another RBI single to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the third, Dan Robinson and Payton Robertson each connected on RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-2. The next half inning, Brylie Ware hit an RBI double to make it 7-2, but Windy City’s Nikola Vasic singled home a run the following inning to keep it a four-run difference. In the sixth, Rob Weissheier scored on a wild pitch and Jack Strunc scored on a passed ball that brought it to 7-4. In the ninth, Maxwell hit an RBI single for Joliet, and Payton Robertson closed the scoring for the ThunderBolts with a two-run homer that made it 8-7.
In a back-and-forth shootout, the Lake Erie Crushers outlasted the Schaumburg Boomers 10-8. The Crushers struck first when Eric Callahan singled home the game’s first run in the second inning. Steve Passatempo then knocked in a run in the third to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead. In the third, Schaumburg’s Chase Dawson hit an RBI double and later scored on an error to make it 2-2. Clint Hardy then hit a two-run double that made it 4-2 Boomers. Lake Erie would respond with a four-run inning of their own in the fourth inning. Callahan plated Nick Rotola with a single, Shawon Dunston Jr. plated Callahan with a double, and Trevor Achenbach and Passatempo each hit RBI singles to establish a 6-4 lead for the Crushers. The next inning, an error allowed two Lake Erie runs to score to make it 8-4, but the bottom half of the fifth saw a Braxton Davidson solo home run make it 8-5. Two innings later, Davidson launched a three-run home run that tied it at 8-8 in the seventh. In the ninth, Lake Erie provided the final punch—a two-run blast by Achenbach that led them to a 10-8 victory.
An eight-game schedule Sunday will wrap up the week in the Frontier League. Catch the series finales on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!