A wild Sunday night saw TWO home run derbies and a late comeback take place! Read more about each game here:
The Schaumburg Boomers used a 6-5 home run derby victory to outlast the Evansville Otters after a 3-3 tie. Evansville opened the scoring in the third with a single by Josh Allen and a double by Jeffrey Baez both plating runs. Schaumburg matched those runs with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Clint Hardy hit an RBI single and a run scored on a fielder’s choice from Chase Dawson. The Otters regained the lead in the fifth after a Baez RBI single, but in the eighth, the Boomers tied it on an RBI double from Quincy Nieporte to make it 3-3. After a scoreless ninth, the game went to the tenth, where teams again failed to score and set up a home run derby tiebreaker. In the derby, Braxton Davidson stepped up to the plate with Schaumburg trailing 5-4 in the third and final round and won them the game with his two home runs.
The Southern Illinois Miners swept the doubleheader with the Gateway Grizzlies. In game one, the Miners built a lead with a few three-run homers and held off the Grizzlies late for a 10-8 win. The scoring began in the first with a three-run home run by Anthony Brocato to break it open for the Miners. Jack Harris responded with a solo shot for Gateway in the bottom half, but the Miners would tack on four more in the third. Jared Mang hit an RBI single and Jarrod Watkins connected on a three-run home run that made it 7-1. The next inning, Ian Walters launched a three-run homer to make it 10-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Harris hit his second home run of the game, and Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run shot to make it 10-4. The Grizzlies tried to mount a comeback and were able to score four more in the sixth inning. The first run came on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Justin Jones. Ty Moore and Jack Harris were both hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the second and third runs. Jose Rosario singled home the fourth run of the inning and brought the score to 10-8. Southern Illinois’ Zac Westcott picked up his 13th win of the season and became the first Frontier League pitcher to earn 13 wins in a season since the 2013 campaign. The Miners took game two after a 4-3 home run derby victory. The game finished tied at 7-7 after eight innings played. The Miners once again took the first lead, with Bryant Flete hitting a solo home run in the first. Jose Rosario hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first for Gateway, and Alonzo Jones doubled home a run to make it 3-1 Grizzlies. Connor Owings added a run on a homer in the second, and Abdiel Diaz doubled home a run in the fourth to make it 5-1. Southern Illinois then proceeded to score six runs in the fifth inning to take the 7-5 lead. Flete doubled home three runs, Jared Mang hit a two-run home run, and Jamey Smart hit an RBI double as well for the Miners. Gateway responded an inning later with a two-run home run from Owings that tied it at 7-7. The game went to an extra eighth inning where neither team scored, so it was left to a home run derby. In the derby, three home runs by Nolan Earley and a homer by Flete fueled the Miners to a 4-3 victory.
Équipe Québec built a commanding 10-1 lead over the New Jersey Jackals before the game was called due to weather. Their first run came in the second inning on a single by Connor Panas. Panas also hit a sacrifice fly the following inning, which was followed by a two-run home run by Jonathan Lacroix that made it 4-0. Panas continued his big night with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Kevin Whatley doubled home a pair of runs later in the inning to make it 7-0 Québec. The lone run for New Jersey came in the sixth, when Justin Wylie singled home a run. Québec would answer with three more in the seventh before weather cut the rest of the game short. Raphael Gladu singled home a run and David Glaude doubled home a pair to make it 10-1. Starter Jared Mortensen allowed the one run on just one hit and three walks, striking out six in six innings of work in the win.
A three-run rally in the top of the ninth inning led the Windy City ThunderBolts to a 6-5 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The ThunderBolts scored first in the back-and-forth contest, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Rob Calabrese in the first inning. Lake Erie tied it in the second on a bases-loaded double play off the bat of Eric Callahan. The next inning, Nikola Vasic scored on a balk to put Windy City back on top, but in the fourth, Lake Erie’s Karl Ellison hit a solo home run to tie it once again at 2-2. Steven Kraft would give the Crushers the lead for the first time in the fifth on an RBI single, and in the sixth, Javier Betancourt’s sacrifice fly made it 4-2 Crushers. In the eighth, Windy City’s Zac Taylor also hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3, but Ellison singled home another run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 5-3. Down two at the start of the ninth inning, Windy City mounted a rally that put them ahead for good. Payton Robertson started the scoring in the ninth with an RBI single that brought them within a run. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Rob Weissheier delivered a two-run single that scored the tying and go-ahead runs and ultimately led the ThunderBolts to a 6-5 victory.
The Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the New York Boulders 6-3 after a balanced attack that keeps them tied with Québec for first in the Atlantic Division. Zach Biermann got them on the board with a two-run home run in the second, while Luis Roman hit a solo shot in the fifth to make it 3-0. New York answered in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Jack Sundberg. The ValleyCats kept their attack rolling in the seventh, with Carson McCusker singling home a run before he was sent home on a two-run home run by Connor Lien that made it 6-1. The Boulders added two late runs in the ninth on a Phil Caulfield RBI single and an RBI groundout by Sundberg. Tri-City’s Jose Cruz pitched 5.2 innings and allowed only one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five in the win.
The Florence Y’alls scored three runs in the first three frames and two late runs to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-3. A bases-loaded walk to Trevor Craport in the first inning gave the Y’alls the early lead. Jose Brizuela doubled home a run in the second to make it 2-0, and Taylor Bryant’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0 after three innings. Joliet tied the game with one swing of the bat when Scott Holzwasser launched a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Those were the only runs the Slammers could produce, however. Craport singled home a run in the seventh and singled home two more in the ninth to seal the win for Florence. Edgar Martinez allowed the three runs and struck out eight over his six innings of work in the start.
Sunday’s contest between the Washington Wild Things and the Sussex County Miners was postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday at 2:05 p.m. ET.
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