It was a busy opening day of the final weekend of the Frontier League regular season. Read more about all the action in our nightly recap:
Équipe Québec and the Sussex County Miners were able to split a doubleheader. Québec shut out Sussex County 6-0 in game one. They opened the scoring with four runs in the second inning. Gift Ngoepe singled home the first run and L.P. Pelletier hit a three-run double. The only other scoring happened an inning later, when Ruben Castro singled a run home and later scored on a wild pitch. Codie Paiva tossed a complete game by working seven shutout innings and striking out six on just five hits and two walks in the win. In game two, the Miners used a five-run fourth inning to take a 7-4 win. Their first run came in the second inning, when Jackie Urbaez singled home the run that gave them a 1-0 advantage. Québec’s Jeffry Parra tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth, but Sussex County then sent five runs home in the bottom half. Nick Garland and LT Struble both singled home runs and Chuck Taylor doubled home two more to give the Miners a 6-1 lead. Their final run crossed the plate after a sacrifice fly in the fifth by Cito Culver. Québec added three runs to trim the final deficit in the seventh. Dustyn Macaluso hit an RBI double, L.P. Pelletier brought a run with a groundout, and Raphael Gladu singled home the final run. Sussex County’s Max Herrmann allowed just a run on three hits and two walks in his five innings of work.
The Florence Y’alls picked up another big win, using three solo homers to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-2. The first Florence run came in the third inning after a single by Jose Brizuela. Schaumburg answered in the next inning with an RBI single by Quincy Nieporte and he later scored on an error to make it 2-1 Boomers. In the bottom of the inning, Andres Rios knocked a run home to tie the game at 2-2, and in the sixth, the Y’alls would add a couple more. Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport launched back-to-back homers for a 4-2 Florence lead. Luis Pintor would tack on one more in the eighth with a homer of his own. Starter Edgar Martinez allowed just one earned run, striking out seven batters over seven innings of work in the win.
The Evansville Otters mounted a rally and scored three runs in the eighth inning to grab a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The only scoring for both teams took place in the eighth inning. The Crushers struck first after a run scored on an error that allowed Trevor Achenbach to reach base. Steve Passatempo then singled home a run to make it 2-0. In the bottom of the eighth, the Otters would respond. A run scored on an error that allowed Gary Mattis to reach base. The following hitter, Josh Allen, then brought home the tying and go-ahead runs on a single that would prove to be enough for the victory. Starter Ryan O’Reilly tossed 7.2 innings and struck out seven without allowing an earned run for the Otters.
The Southern Illinois Miners used a five-run first inning to overcome a four-run deficit and beat the Gateway Grizzlies 8-4. Gateway’s scoring night started right away in the first. Jay Prather tripled home three runs to get them on the board and Dustin Woodcock hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. The Miners came right back in the bottom half. Nolan Earley doubled home the first run and Jamey Smart singled him home. Then, Jared Mang blasted a two-run shot that was followed by a Jarrod Watkins RBI single that gave the Miners the 5-4 lead. The next inning, Smart knocked in another run, and in the fourth, Earley hit a two-run homer to make it 8-4. Zac Westcott allowed two earned runs in six innings and picked up the win—setting the Miners franchise record and leading the way in the 2021 Frontier League season.
The New York Boulders held on to defeat the New Jersey Jackals by a score of 7-5. Gian Martellini opened the scoring by reaching base on a fielder’s choice in the second. A pair of runs would score on two wild pitches to make it a 3-0 game. Josh Rehwaldt got the Jackals on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the second and in the third, Dalton Combs singled home a run to make it 3-2. In the fourth, Martellini singled home a run and Kevonte Mitchell’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 5-2 Boulders. Santiago Chirino hit an RBI single for New Jersey in the fifth before Marcus Mastrobuoni got it back for the Boulders with a single. Nicco Toni then singled home another run for the Jackals in the sixth before Mastrobuoni once again got a run back on sacrifice fly in the eighth. Rehwaldt capped the scoring for New Jersey with a solo home run that made it 7-5.
The Windy City ThunderBolts took the lead in the third inning and held on for a 7-5 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Joliet took the lead early, with a Carson Maxwell RBI double and a Luke Mangieri RBI single in the first. Windy City’s Brynn Martinez would answer with an RBI double of his own in the bottom half. The next inning, Scott Holzwasser tripled home a run for the Slammers, but Nikola Vasic did the same for the Bolts later in the inning to make it 3-2. In the third, Windy City broke through to take the lead after a single by Rob Weissheier and a two-run home run by Jace Mercer that gave them a 5-3 lead. A single run came in the fourth for Joliet on a Brylie Ware RBI single, but the Bolts were not done either. An error allowed a run to score in the fifth, and an RBI single by Jack Strunc made it 7-4 in the sixth. Maxwell homered in the seventh to make it a 7-5 final.
After a game dominated by pitching, the Washington Wild Things beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 2-1 after a walk-off win in the ninth. The Wild Things picked up a run in the fourth after a sacrifice fly by Nick Ward. The game would stay 1-0 until the ninth, when Tri-City scored a run on an error by Washington’s Joe Campagna. With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Washington’s Tristan Peterson dropped a sacrifice bunt down the third base line when an errant throw to third got by shortstop Nelson Molina and allowed Cody Young to come home with the winning run. McKenzie Mills tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out six for the Wild Things.
A seven-game slate for the second-to-last day of the 2021 Frontier League regular season. Don’t miss out on the final days of the epic push for the playoffs!