Saturday’s action featured a third team clinching their division and a playoff berth, and two teams setting up an epic final day of the regular season Sunday. Read more on each game here:
The Florence Y’alls struck for four runs in the second inning to set the stage for a 6-3 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers and would later clinch the West Division with an Evansville loss. Schaumburg scored first on an Angelo Gumbs RBI double in the second, but the lead did not last long. Florence scored four runs on just two hits. Three runs scored on an error and the fourth scored on an RBI hit by Jose Brizuela to make it 4-1. Gumbs doubled home another run in the fourth for Schaumburg, but in the eighth, the Y’alls tacked on two more. Harrison DiNicola singled a run home and Connor Crane hit a sacrifice fly. Gumbs would tack on one final run on a groundout in the ninth. As a result of Florence’s clinch, these two teams are now set to meet each other next week in the Frontier League Division Series.
The Lake Erie Crushers shut out the Evansville Otters 2-0 with the help of three pitchers. The first run came in the third, when Trevor Achenbach hit a solo home run to put the Crushers up 1-0. The very next inning, Javier Betancourt homered and made it a 2-0 ballgame. The Otters failed to muster any runs, after 4.2 scoreless innings from Sam Curtis, 3 scoreless innings from Aaron Glickstein, and 1.1 scoreless innings from J.T. Perez. With the loss, Evansville went to 1.5 games back from Florence, assuring the Y’alls the West Division crown and a playoff berth.
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the Washington Wild Things 3-0, keeping them alive for a shot at the Atlantic Division title with just a game left in the regular season. Juan Silverio opened the scoring in the second with a solo home run for an early ValleyCats lead. Jake Barbeee singled home the second run in the fifth inning, and Luis Roman homered in the eighth to bring the score to 3-0. Tri-City used four pitchers to secure the shutout. Josh Hiatt went 4 shutout innings, Patrick Murphy tossed three more scoreless frames, and Francisco Jimenez and Trey Cochran-Gill each tossed a scoreless inning to close it out.
Équipe Québec’s three first-inning runs paced them to a 10-1 win over the Sussex County Miners. The first runs came on RBI doubles by Raphael Gladu and Gift Ngoepe. Sussex County responded with a run in the bottom half on a Kaleo Johnson RBI double, but Québec answered with four more in the third. Gladu and Ngoepe singled home runs, Dustyn Macaluso doubled home a run, and Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly to cap the inning and make it 7-1. Gladu added an RBI groundout the next inning and singled home two more in the sixth to make it 10-1. Miguel Cienfuegos allowed the one run in seven innings of work in the win. Québec currently leads the Atlantic Division by 1 game with a day to go.
The Southern Illinois Miners outlasted the Gateway Grizzlies in a 13-11 slugfest. The first inning brought three runs for the Miners, with Jamey Smart drawing a bases-loaded walk and Ian Walters singling home a run. Gateway’s Jose Rosario homered in the second to get them on the board, and in the third, they’d plate five more runs. Andres Regnault doubled home a run, Abdiel Diaz singled him home, and Dustin Woodcock doubled home three runs. In the bottom of the third, Anthony Brocato doubled home a run before Walters singled him home to make the score 6-5. The Miners scored a single run in the fourth with Earley’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Gateway’s Jay Prather got that run right back. The Miners then unloaded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bryant Flete homered before Smart’s RBI single and Walters’ grand slam made it 12-7. The Grizzlies made it interesting by plating four more in the seventh. Woodcock and Justin Jones each connected on RBI singles and Connor Owings hit a two-run double. A run would score on wild pitch for the Miners later in the inning to make it 13-11.
The New York Boulders had a pair of four-run innings that allowed them to take an 11-3 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. A pair of runs coming in the fourth on a Ray Hernandez home run and a Gian Martellini RBI double opened the scoring. Tucker Nathans singled a run home in the fifth, but Stanley Espinal homered to get the Jackals on the board. The first four-run frame was in the sixth, when Kevonte Mitchell and Marcus Mastrobuoni drew bases-loaded walks, and Hernandez plated two runs on a single. The seventh saw New Jersey’s Demetrius Moorer hit an RBI single, but the Boulders got four more in the ninth. After an error plated a run, Mitchell and Mastrobuoni knocked runs home. Riley Mihalik capped the game’s scoring with an RBI double in the ninth for New Jersey.
The Joliet Slammers scored four unanswered runs in the final four innings to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-3. The ThunderBolts broke through in the fifth when Payton Robertson launched a three-run home run. Joliet would inch closer in the seventh when Luke Mangieri doubled home a run. Tyler Depreta-Johnson scored on a passed ball the following inning. In the eighth, Mangieri launched a two-run home run that gave the Slammers the lead for good.
Join us for our LAST DAY of the regular season Sunday before the playoffs get underway! Each of the six games will be on FrontierLeagueTV.com!