A return to action Tuesday was highlighted by a dominant pitching performance and a doubleheader sweep that included a walk-off win. Read more about the whole night here:
Kenny Mathews carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and helped the Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Florence Y’alls 3-1. Windy City jumped out to an early lead as Dan Robinson plated a run on an RBI groundout to make it 1-0. An RBI double by Florence’s Taylor Bryant got the Y’alls on the board in the sixth and tied the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the sixth, Peyton Isaacson knocked home a run for the ThunderBolts to make it 2-1, and in the seventh, Donivan Williams added an insurance run on an RBI single that made it 3-1. Mathews struck out seven and retired the first 15 batters he faced in the win. He allowed just the one run on two hits and a walk over seven innings.
The Tri-City ValleyCats took both games of a doubleheader with the New Jersey Jackals. Game one finished 9-3 thanks to an eight-run third inning. The Jackals took the lead first with Justin Wylie scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning. Then, in the third, Tri-City’s offense came to life. Juan Silverio doubled home a pair of runs, Luis Roman scored on a wild pitch, and Zach Biermann doubled home a run. Jake Barbee later singled home a run, Connor Lien launched a two-run blast, and Roman singled home one more run to make it 8-1 ValleyCats after three. In the fourth, New Jersey’s Stanley Espinal singled home the second run for the Jackals, and in the fifth, Riley Mihalik hit a solo home run to make it 8-3. Denis Phipps tacked on a run on a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 9-3. In game two, the ValleyCats plated five runs in the seventh inning to win it 12-9 in walk-off fashion. The Jackals once again scored first when Justin Wylie hit a two-run homer to open the game. In the bottom half, Juan Silverio hit a grand slam to get the lead right back for Tri-City. In the fourth, Connor Lien and Denis Phipps each singled home runs to extend it to 6-2. The next inning, New Jersey had five runs cross the plate. Santiago Chirino and Jason Agresti each hit RBI singles, Dalton Combs hit an RBI double, and Todd Isaacs capped the scoring with an RBI single of his own to give the Jackals a 7-6 lead. Jake Barbee knocked a run home in the bottom half to tie the game at 7-7. Two more came around for New Jersey in the sixth after RBI hits from Chirino and Isaacs. Then, in the seventh, Tri-City rallied once more. Barbee doubled home a run to draw them within one. Connor Lien then singled home Barbee to tie the game at 9-9. Then, with one swing of the bat, Nelson Molina sent the fans home happy with a three-run walk-off home run to give the ValleyCats the 12-9 win and the doubleheader sweep.
The Southern Illinois Miners recorded their ninth straight home win, beating the Evansville Otters 7-0. Anthony Brocato hit an RBI double to make it 1-0. Arturo Nieto followed with a two-run single that made it 3-0, and Nolan Earley later hit an RBI single for a 4-0 lead. In the fifth, Ian Walter launched a two-run home run to make it 6-0, and Earley would add one final run in the sixth on another RBI single to bring the score to 7-0. Zac Westcott went seven shutout innings, striking out nine batters and allowing just four hits in the win.
A five-run fourth inning led the Lake Erie Crushers to a 5-1 victory over the Joliet Slammers. In the fourth, Steve Passatempo hit a two-run homer to give the Crushers the lead. Later in the inning, Nick Rotola launched a three-run shot to make it 5-0. The only run for Joliet came in the seventh, when Kyle Jacobsen hit an RBI groundout to bring it to 5-1. Ryan Feierabend earned the win for the Crushers after pitching six scoreless innings with ten strikeouts and allowing just three hits.
A pair of big innings and some solid pitching fueled the Schaumburg Boomers to a 12-3 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. A Clint Hardy RBI single started the scoring for the Boomers in the first and was followed by a three-run home run by Braxton Davidson to make it 4-0 early. Another run came on an RBI single by Davidson to make it 5-0 Boomers. Gateway got on the board with a solo home run by Alonzo Jones in the fifth inning. Davidson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second of the game, to make it 7-1 Schaumburg. The Grizzlies were able to get two runs back in the bottom of the seventh when Jack Harris hit an RBI double to make it 7-3. A five-run ninth inning gave Schaumburg some insurance and made it 12-3. Hardy scored on a wild pitch, Nick Oddo drew a bases-loaded walk, Luke Becker doubled home a pair of runs, and Matt McGarry capped the scoring with an RBI single for the Boomers. Geoff Bramblett allowed one run over six innings of work, striking out six in the win.
A steady offensive night by the Sussex County Miners led them to an 8-5 victory over Équipe Québec. Sussex County’s first run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Kaleo Johnson. Nick Garland then hit a solo home run in the second to make it 2-0. Québec answered with three coming on a three-run home run by Gift Ngoepe to give them the 3-2 lead. The next inning, Johnson homered to help Sussex County tie it at 3-3 before Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half that made it 4-3 Québec. In the fourth, Johnson singled home two runs for the Miners, and Trevin Esquerra also singled home a run to make it 6-4. David Glaude hit a sacrifice fly for Québec in the bottom half to cut it to 6-5. In the fifth, Cito Culver scored on a wild pitch, and in the sixth, Esquerra’s sacrifice fly added some insurance and made it 8-5.
Game one of the series between the Washington Wild Things and the New York Boulders was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. ET Thursday.
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