Thursday’s action was highlighted by a number of key results—a Québec win that drew them level for first in the Atlantic, and a Washington win that put them in sole possession of first in the Northeast. Catch up on the results around the league here:
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the New Jersey Jackals each took a game from their doubleheader, with Tri-City winning the first game 5-2. The Jackals got on the board first with a solo home run by Todd Isaacs in the third inning, but the ValleyCats would respond with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Nelson Molina hit a three-run home run, and Juan Silverio hit an RBI double to make it 4-1. Jake Barbee singled home a run in the sixth for the ValleyCats, and Stanley Espinal singled home the final run for New Jersey, bringing the game to 5-2. Tri-City’s Parker Kelly tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits in the win. In game two, the Jackals won 2-1. This time, Tri-City scored first, with Nelson Molina hitting his second home run of the day, and first of the game to make it 1-0. That was the only run for the ValleyCats in game two. The Jackals tied it in the second on a home run from Josh Rehwaldt. They then took the lead the following inning on a sacrifice fly by Justin Wylie. New Jersey’s Jared Milch pitched a complete game in the victory, striking out eight and allowing a run on four hits.
The Washington Wild Things scored two runs in the eighth inning to jump in front of the New York Boulders and grab the 8-7 win. New York’s Milton Smith, Jr. singled home the game’s first run in the first later scored on an error that allowed Ray Hernandez to reach base. In the bottom half, Washington rallied for four runs on a two-run double by Bralin Jackson and a two-run homer by Hector Roa that made it 4-2. The next inning, a run scored for the Boulders on another error that allowed Kevonte Mitchell to reach first safely. Marcus Mastrobuoni then singled home a run in the third, but Jackson also hit an RBI single for the Wild Things in the bottom half to regain the lead at 5-4. In the fifth, Phil Caulfield hit a sacrifice fly and Phil Capra hit a two-run blast that put the Boulders back ahead with a 7-5 lead. The Wild Things were not finished, however, as they would inch closer with a run in the sixth coming on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Casanova. Then, in the eighth, Washington tied it at 7-7 after Jackson scored on a wild pitch. Casanova then singled home the go-ahead run and they would hold the lead in the ninth for the win.
Équipe Québec went ahead early and held onto their lead after a solid pitching night helped them to a 6-1 win over the Sussex County Miners. Québec’s early lead came in the first as a result of a three-run home run by Jeffry Parra. Audy Ciriaco then hit a solo shot in the second for Sussex County’s only run of the game. In the bottom half, David Glaude’s sacrifice fly gave Québec another run and made it 4-1. Connor Panas’ home run in the seventh made it 5-1, and Glaude’s sacrifice fly in the eighth made it a 6-1 ballgame. Henry Omana went six innings and struck out five, giving up just the one run on three hits and two walks in the win.
With the help of three home runs, the Gateway Grizzlies defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 10-9. Ty Moore drove in Alonzo Jones in the bottom of the first to give Gateway the 1-0 lead. They scored six more in the second inning after a two-run homer by Justin Jones, RBI singles by Ty Moore and Andres Regnault, and a two-run single by Jay Prather to make it 7-0. The next inning, The Boomers got on the board when an error allowed Chase Dawson to reach base and two runs to score. Quincy Nieporte followed with a three-run blast to cap the five-run inning and make it 7-5. Schaumburg added a run in the fifth on a groundout by Angelo Gumbs, but Gateway got two runs back in the sixth on a Connor Owings home run that made it 9-6. Jack Harris hit a solo shot in the seventh for the Grizzlies’ final run. In the ninth, Schaumburg tacked on three final runs on a home run by Braxton Davidson that brought the final score to 10-9.
The Lake Erie Crushers shut out the Joliet Slammers to take a 3-0 win in the rubber match. A sacrifice fly by Trevor Achenbach opened the scoring in the first inning for the Crushers. They would hold the 1-0 lead until the sixth, when Steve Passatempo doubled home a run, and in the seventh, Eric Callahan would plate the third and final run with another sacrifice fly. The pitching was strong for Lake Erie, as Paul Hall, Jr. tossed six shutout innings and allowed just three hits and two walks in the win.
The Florence Y’alls plated three runs in both the fourth and the fifth innings to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts by a score of 6-2. Back-to-back RBI doubles for Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport got the scoring started in the fourth. Harrison DiNicola then singled home a run to make it 3-0 Y’alls. Windy City bounced back with a Rob Weissheier RBI double and a Peyton Isaacson RBI single that cut the deficit to 3-2. Florence would once again score three in the following inning, getting RBI hits from Craport and DiNicola to extend their lead to 6-2. Johnathon Tripp gave up two runs on five hits in his six innings of work in the win.
The Evansville Otters built a lead in the first four innings and never looked back, claiming the 6-3 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners. The first run was the result of a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Baez in the first to give the Otters the 1-0 lead. They added on with a run scoring on a wild pitch in the second and a Gary Mattis RBI double. Southern Illinois got on the board with an RBI single by Jamey Smart, but Evansville responded with a three-run fourth inning. Elijah MacNamee connected on an RBI triple before Andrew Penner singled him home and later scored on another RBI double by Gary Mattis to make it 6-1. The Miners tacked on a run in the fifth on a wild pitch and a Jamey Smart home run in the sixth made it 6-3.
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