Saturday’s playoff action saw the Schaumburg Boomers clinch a spot in the Frontier League Championship Series and the Washington Wild Things win to set up a game five on Sunday. Read how each game unfolded:
The Schaumburg Boomers held on to beat the Florence Y’alls 7-5 and clinch a spot in the Frontier League Championship Series! The Boomers went ahead right away, with Braxton Davidson singling home a run in the first, and Clint Hardy hitting a two-run shot to make it 3-0. Florence’s Harrison DiNicola singled home a run in the bottom of the inning to make it 3-1. The next inning, Ronnie Allen, Jr. homered to cut it to 3-2 before the Y’alls would add two more in the third. Taylor Bryant knocked in a run before a sacrifice fly by Andres Rios gave Florence the 4-3 lead. Schaumburg would respond in the fourth, however, after Chase Dawson’s sacrifice fly tied it and Alec Craig’s RBI single made it 5-4 Boomers. In the fifth, Davidson hit a solo shot, but Jordan Brower’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning kept it a one-run difference at 6-5. That would turn out to be Florence’s last run of the game. Meanwhile, Dawson added one more insurance run on an RBI single in the eighth. That made it 7-5 Boomers and that score would hold in the series-clinching victory. Schaumburg will play the winner of Sunday’s game five between Washington and Québec in the Frontier League Championship Series beginning Tuesday.
The Washington Wild Things will keep playing for at least one more day, beating Équipe Québec 5-3 with two late runs to keep their season alive. Québec struck first with a run on a fielder’s choice from Ruben Castro in the third inning. The Wild Things responded in the fifth with a two-run single by Nick Ward to take the 2-1 lead. The lead was extended in the sixth on a single by Czech that plated a run. In the bottom of the inning, Québec would tie the game at 3-3 after Gift Ngoepe doubled home a run and Connor Panas singled him home. The game remained tied until the ninth, when Washington’s Tristan Peterson connected on a clutch two-run double that would lead to the Wild Things’ game four win. Alex Boshers allowed just one run on four hits in his five innings of work. Québec’s Henry Omana surrendered two runs on just two hits and four walks. Game five is scheduled for Sunday at 6:05 p.m. ET in Québec, with the winner advancing to play Schaumburg in the Championship Series.