The Schaumburg Boomers will meet the Washington Wild Things Tuesday at Wintrust Field in the first game of their best-of-five series to determine the 2021 Frontier League Champion. Because of the suspended 2020 season, this year’s champion will be the first crowned since the 2019 River City Rascals.
The Boomers (51-45), this year’s Central Division and Midwestern Conference Champions, come off their 3-1 FLDS victory over the West Division’s Florence Y’alls, who finished the season with the Frontier League’s best regular season record at 57-38. After a 5-1 victory in game one, Schaumburg dropped the second game by a run before taking game’s three and four in Florence to clinch their spot in the Championship Series. They outscored the Y’alls 27-12 in the four games. Schaumburg is led by 2021 Frontier League MVP Quincy Nieporte, who batted .343 with 17 home runs in the regular season, and is currently batting .500 in 16 at-bats in the postseason.
The Wild Things (56-40)—Champions of the Northeast Division and the Can-Am Conference—are fresh off a series victory over Atlantic Division champions Équipe Québec (52-44) in five games. Washington was down 2-1 in the series before winning games four and five to take the series in Québec. Washington starter Ryan Hennen was the winner of this year’s Brian Tollberg Award for Pitcher of the Year and the Jason Simontacchi Award for Rookie of the Year after leading the league with a 2.12 ERA. They also finished in the top five in both team batting and team pitching totals in the regular season. Andrew Czech led the team in the FLDS with a .313 batting average over five games.
Schaumburg has won the Frontier League Championship three times since joining the League for the 2012 season—2013, 2014, and 2017. Washington is searching for its first Frontier League title since joining in 2002, despite three appearances in the FLCS (2002, 2007, 2018). This is the first playoff meeting between the two teams and their first meeting of 2021.
Here is a look at the full schedule for the Frontier League Championship Series:
Game 1: Tuesday (9/21) at 6:30 p.m. CT—Washington at Schaumburg
Game 2: Wednesday (9/22) at 6:30 p.m. CT—Washington at Schaumburg
Game 3: Friday (9/24) at 7:05 p.m. ET—Schaumburg at Washington
Game 4 (if necessary): Saturday (9/25) at 7:05 p.m. ET—Schaumburg at Washington
Game 5 (if necessary): Sunday (9/26) at 5:35 p.m. ET—Schaumburg at Washington
All games can be seen on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app.