A pair of walk-off wins, a doubleheader sweep, and the first clinch of a playoff spot were the highlights from Monday’s Labor Day slate. Get caught up on a jam-packed day:
After a walk-off single to defeat the Evansville Otters 5-4 and a loss by second-place Windy City, the Schaumburg Boomers clinched the Central Division title to secure a return to the playoffs. Evansville opened a 2-0 lead in the second after an RBI double by Elijah MacNamee and a wild pitch that later scored him. Schaumburg’s Luke Becker scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half to make it 2-1. The next inning, Chase Dawson hit a groundout that scored a run to tie it at 2-2. In the sixth, Angelo Gumbs singled home a run for the 3-2 lead, and in the seventh, Quincy Nieporte hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 Boomers. Evansville’s Josh Allen hit a two-run blast in the eighth to tie it once more and force extras. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Luke Becker singled home the winning run to give the Boomers the victory.
Despite trailing three times in the game, the Joliet Slammers got a 6-5 walk-off win over the Florence Y’alls. The Y’alls struck first with two runs in the first inning. Chad Sedio doubled home a run and Harrison DiNicola grounded out and scored a run. The next inning, Joliet answered by plating three runs and taking the lead. Dylan Hardy plated a run on a fielder’s choice, Jordan Rathbone singled home a run, and Hardy later scored. The game was tied at 3-3 after Connor Crane singled home a run in the fourth for Florence. Trevor Craport added another on a solo home run in the fifth, but Nick Lovullo’s sacrifice fly tied it at 4-4. Florence’s Jose Brizuela hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Joliet’s Carson Maxwell drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to tie the game once again at 5-5. In the tenth, Lane Baremore hit a sacrifice fly that brought home the winning run for the Slammers.
The Washington Wild Things swept their doubleheader and the series with the Sussex County Miners to extend their lead at the top of the Northeast Division. In game one, the Wild Things had consistent offensive output and won 10-2. Bralin Jackson’s sacrifice fly in the first made it 1-0, but Juan Kelly singled home a run to help Sussex County tie it. In the second, Andrew Czech hit a two-run home run, and in the third, Grant Heyman and Tristan Peterson hit a pair of RBI singles that made it 6-1. Two more came in the fourth with singles from Jackson and Hector Roa, and Sussex County added their second and final run in the bottom half with an RBI double from Nick Garland. In the seventh, Nick Ward doubled home a run and Andrew Sohn hit a sacrifice fly to bring the final tally to 10-2. Game two finished 5-1. The Wild Things got things started in the third when Nick Ward doubled home two runs and Andrew Sohn singled him home. They added two more in the sixth after Grant Heyman singled home a run and Hector Roa hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Sussex County scored their only run of the game on a Kaleo Johnson home run. Washington’s Rob Whalen tossed a complete seven-inning game, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven in the win.
Kevonte Mitchell hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning to life the New York Boulders to a 6-4 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. New York jumped ahead in the second inning. Tucker Nathans scored on an error and Phil Capra singled home a run to make it 2-0. In the third, a run scored on a double play ball that made it 3-0. Juan Silverio’s two-run home run cut the deficit to 3-2 for Tri-City in the sixth. Carlos Machado then singled in a run and a wild pitch by Dylan Smith gave the ValleyCats the 4-3 lead in the seventh. Then, in the eighth, Mitchell gave the Boulders the lead and eventually the win with one swing of the bat on his three-run blast.
The Lake Erie Crushers avoided the sweep with a 7-5 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Lake Erie took the lead in the first and never trailed during the game. Trevor Achenbach bounced into a double play to score the first run. Achenbach was then ejected from the game after arguing the out at first, and was replaced by Karl Ellison. Ellison drove in the next two runs with a two-run single in the third inning that made it 3-0. Windy City responded with a pair of runs in the fourth. John Sechen hit a two-run single to make it 3-2. A Zach Racusin two-run homer in the sixth made it a 5-2 Crushers lead before the ThunderBolts added a run in the seventh and eighth innings. Rob Weissheier singled home a run in the seventh, and in the eighth, Jace Mercer singled home a run to make it 5-4. In the bottom of the eighth, Lake Erie added two runs on an error by Strunc at third and a throwing error by Mercer. The Bolts scored one more run on a wild pitch to bring the final score to 7-5.
Équipe Québec used a pair of late seven-run innings to overwhelm the New Jersey Jackals 16-5. The opening run for the Jackals came in the fifth inning, when Dalton Combs drew a bases-loaded walk. The next inning, Québec answered with a pair of runs on a double by Ruben Castro and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Connor Panas that gave them the 2-1 lead. Justin Wylie launched a grand slam for New Jersey in the top of the seventh to make it 5-2 Jackals. Then Québec unloaded for their first of two consecutive seven-run innings. David Glaude kicked it off with a two-run double. A fielder’s choice from Panas brought home another run before a double play ball off the bat of Jonathan Lacroix scored the fourth run to give Québec the 6-5 lead. Jesse Hodges, L.P. Pelletier, and Raphael Gladu each followed with RBI singles to cap the inning at 9-5. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Québec added seven more insurance runs. Lacroix doubled home two, Pelletier doubled home three before scoring on a wild pitch, and Castro singled home the sixteenth and final run.
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