GRIZZLIES NAME BROOK NEW MANAGER

The Gateway Grizzlies announced two-time Frontier League champion Steve Brook as the sixth manager in franchise history Thursday afternoon.

Brook most recently led the River City Rascals for 10 seasons, including a league title in 2019, the Rascals’ final season on the circuit. Brook was slated to manage Ottawa, a new addition to the Frontier League, this year before COVID-19 postponed the club’s competitive debut until 2022.

It wasn’t Brook’s only COVID-related false start, either. He originally joined the Grizzlies as pitching coach before the 2020 season was cancelled.

Over a decade as River City’s skipper, Brook made his name as one of the best managers in the Frontier League; he went 542-415 (.566) and his clubs played for six league titles with only one losing record. Brook got off the mark in impressive fashion as well: River City went 57-38 (.600) in his first season en route to the 2010 Frontier League championship and followed it up with an astounding 68-27 (.716) record in 2011.

“I’m grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to lead the Gateway Grizzlies on the field in 2022,” Brook said. “The season cannot come soon enough! I want to thank Steve Gomric, Rich Sauget Jr. and the rest of the Grizzlies organization and community for the confidence and incredible opportunity. I look forward to an amazing year back in St. Louis.”

Brook, 40, pitched in the Frontier League from 2004 to 2007, all four seasons with the Rascals. He went 33-17 with a 4.14 earned run average across 76 appearances (64 starts). Brook compiled an especially strong rookie campaign in 2004, when he posted a 10-2 record and a 2.95 earned run average.

“The Grizzlies look forward to the Brook era for Grizzlies baseball,” Grizzlies director Rich Sauget Jr. said. “Steve looks to bring the stability and type of player that Gateway fans will be proud to watch take the field night in and night out. Our whole organization is excited to have a full season to give our fans all that they deserve.”

The Grizzlies will return to GCS Credit Union Ballpark in May 2022. Their complete schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. Season ticket packages start at $500 and 10-game plans at $100.

“The Gateway Grizzlies are thrilled to sign Steve Brook as our manager,” Grizzlies general manager Steve Gomric said. “Steve has a proven record of winning on a consistent basis.  He has a championship level of managerial experience. Steve Brook has a tremendous ability to recruit players.  When you combine his skill set with the core of young talented players returning, the 2022 Gateway Grizzlies have a bright outlook.  I haven’t been this excited for a team in almost a decade!”

TITANS APPOINT BOBBY BROWN AS FIELD MANAGER

The Ottawa Titans Baseball Club announced on Wednesday the appointment of Bobby Brown as the team’s Field Manager.

The 47-year-old brings over 20 years of professional baseball experience as a player, coach, scout, and manager to the Nation’s Capital.

Brown debuted as a coach with Allan Hancock College in 2007, before getting his first managerial job with the Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Continental Baseball League in 2010.

After a brief stop in the North American League in 2011, Brown joined the American Association, where he’d stay for nearly a decade. As the skipper of the Abilene Prairie Dogs (2012), Amarillo Sox (2013-2014), Amarillo Thunderheads (2015), and the Lincoln Saltdogs (2016 – 2019), Brown took home Manager of the Year honours in 2017. That year, he guided the Saltdogs to a 58-40 record and a Central Division championship, which was the team’s first since 2014.

“It was a pleasure to have Bobby playing with the Winnipeg Goldeyes from 2000-2002,” said Titans President, Sam Katz. “He was a valuable member of the Goldeyes family. I know he will do great things as Manager of the Ottawa Titans. We are extremely proud to introduce Bobby as Manager of the Ottawa Titans and welcome him to Canada’s Capital.”

The Van Nuys, California native parted ways with the Saltdogs organization after the 2019 season to become the Director of Baseball Operations and Hitting Coach for the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies before the pandemic cancelled 2020 season. Brown recently served as the Hitting Coach for the Pioneer League champion Missoula PaddleHeads in 2021.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to head up to Canada’s Capital in pursuit of helping the Titans organization establish deep roots in the baseball community on and off the field,” highlighted Brown. “I want to thank Sam Katz and ownership, along with the front office for entrusting me and our staff in this inaugural season. Mr. Katz always treated me like family in the three seasons I played in Winnipeg. I look forward to meeting everyone involved with the organization and working together on bringing a championship caliber team to Ottawa.”

As a player, Brown played the outfield at the University of Oklahoma, where he hit .362 in 1995 on route to a berth in the College World Series. Later that year, he signed a professional contract with the Frontier League’s Springfield Capitals. After a strong finish to the season, Brown had his contract purchased by the Kansas City Royals organization. From 1998-2005, he would go on to play for seven different teams before retiring.

He ended a very successful playing career slashing .301, with 368 RBI in 623 career games.

Brown is no stranger to baseball north of the border as he suited up for the Northern League’s Winnipeg Goldeyes (2000-2002), then the Canadian Baseball League’s Saskatoon Legends (2003).

The Ottawa Titans are scheduled to hit the field in late Spring of 2022 playing in the Frontier League, a partner league of Major League Baseball.

Bobby Brown Managerial History

2010 Las Cruces Vaqueros (Continental Baseball League) – 32-15 (.681)

2012 Abilene Prairie Dogs (North American League) – 36-53 (.404)

2013 Amarillo Sox (American Association) – 52-48 (.520)

2014 Amarillo Sox (American Association) – 37-62 (.374)

2015 Amarillo Thunderheads (American Association) – 45-55 (.450)

2016 Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) – 52-48 (.520)

2017 Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) – 58-41 (.586)

2018 Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) – 51-48 (.515)

2019 Lincoln Saltdogs (American Association) – 40-59 (.404)

Career: 403-429 (.843)

SLAMMERS ANNOUNCE FRONT OFFICE CHANGES

The Joliet Slammers are excited to announce several front office changes as they close out the 2021 season and begin preparations for 2022.

Heather Mills, who has been with the team since 2013 and who has been General Manager since 2016 will become the Chief Financial Officer overseeing all budgeting and financial aspects of the organization.  Her responsibilities will also include ticketing operations, merchandising, and overseeing our Food and Beverage operations.

John Wilson, who was hired as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing in the fall of 2018, will become the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations/Chief Revenue Officer.  He will oversee all revenue generation activities, as well as both baseball and stadium operations.

Lauren Rhodes, who most recently served as Director of Ticket Sales, and who has been with the team since 2016 will become the Assistant General Manager.  She will oversee all stadium rentals, ticket sales, and ticket sales staff.

Tom Fremarek, who has been the Director of Food & Beverage since 2014, retired at the end of the 2021 season.  Replacing him will be Doug Clements who most recently served as Director of Food & Beverage for the Kane County Cougars and has previous experience at Arlington International Racecourse and in the NFL.

“Heather and John have been extremely important leaders for the ballclub and I am happy to recognize their many contributions to the Slammers both on and off the field” said majority owner Nick Semaca.  “We thank Tom for eight great years and wish him the best in his retirement, and we are excited to have landed a terrific new head of Food and Beverage in Doug Clements”.

Season tickets are currently on sale for the 2022 season.  Season ticket packages start at just $250 until January 1, 2022.   Call 815-651-2041 for more information.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 30th season of play in 2022.  It is the largest MLB Partner League with 16 teams spanning from the Mississippi River to the East Coast.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

VALLEYCATS FALL FESTIVAL OCTOBER 15-16

The Tri-City ValleyCats are SO EXCITED for the return of the ValleyCats Fall Festival, presented by Highmark Blue Shield of Northeastern New York , Capital District Transportation Authority – CDTA , and the Rensselaer County Industrial Development Agency!

Join us at #theJoe on October 15th and 16th for movies on the field, trick-or-treating, and more fall festivities! October 15th will feature Hocus Pocus, and the 16th will feature Hotel Transylvania. Click here to register!

General Rules

-All attendees must preregister for the movie night(s) of their choice as well as a Trick or Treating wave.
-The gates will open at 4:45pm both days
-Trick or Treating waves will begin at 5:00pm and continue every 15 minutes with the last wave starting at 7pm.
-The movie will begin at 7:30pm on both evenings
-Movie-goers will be allowed to either sit on the field with their own blanket or folding chairs, or sit in the seating bowl to enjoy the movie.
-When your Trick or Treating wave is called, please meet by the 3rd base concession stand for further instructions.
-Bathrooms and concessions will be open on the 1st base side of the concourse.
-No outside food & beverage
-Concessions will be available in the stadium. If you pre-ordered a concessions package please pick it up at the concession stand inside the stadium by 7:15pm.
-Anyone not adhering to the rules will be asked to leave.

 

To Register:

-Click on the date(s) of your choice below.

-First, register for the Fall Fest Ticket for the number of people attending the event. Once your tickets are in your cart hit continue.

-On the next page will be a link to go back to the event and choose your Trick or Treating Wave.

-Select your Trick or Treating Wave and select the number of seats for how many guests will participate in Trick or Treating. Seating is only used to designate Trick or Treating Waves. These are NOT your seats for the movie. Guests may sit on the field or in any part of the seating bowl for the movie.

CAM ROTH TO RETURN AS CRUSHERS MANAGER

The Lake Erie Crushers, who are presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, announced today that Cam Roth will be returning to the organization as
Manager for the 2022 Baseball season.

“We are thrilled to welcome back Cam Roth to Mercy Health Stadium”, stated Crushers Co-Owner Tom Kramig. “Cam had a lot of success here in Lake Erie, and we believe he can help us capture a Frontier League Championship in the very near future.”

“I am very excited to be returning to Lake Erie next season”, Roth said. “We had a lot of success there but didn’t achieve our goal of a Frontier League title, so the job is far from finished.”

Roth managed the Crushers from June of 2016 through the end of the 2019 season, when the Crushers won the Frontier League Eastern Division title and Roth was named Manager of the Year. He was hired by the Detroit Tigers organization but was released when COVID and minor
league contraction led to the shutdown of the 2020 season and elimination of the Tigers minor league affiliate in Connecticut.

Roth Managed the Gateway Grizzlies in 2021, compiling a record of the 38 and 57. Roth will serve as the Director of Baseball Operations & Field Manager. His coaching staff will be announced at a later date.

The Lake Erie Crushers are located in Avon, Ohio and play in the Frontier League an Official Partner League of Major League Baseball. For more information, you can contact the Crushers at 440-934-3636, visit our website at www.lakeeriecrushers.com, or email info@lakeeriecrushers.com

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball is an official Partner League of Major League Baseball and the largest of its kind in professional baseball. The Frontier League features 16 teams and has moved over 1,000 players to MLB Teams in its 29-year history. Please visit www.frontierleague.com.

WILD THINGS ACQUIRE FOX CHAPEL PRODUCT JAKE PILARSKI

The Washington Wild Things have completed a trade with the Lake Erie Crushers and have acquired Fox Chapel High School product and right hander Jake Pilarski in exchange for right-handed pitcher Steven Colon.

Pilarski got his first taste of pro ball in the 2021 Frontier League campaign with the Lake Erie Crushers after pitching his final collegiate season at The Citadel. He was 3-4 in 15 games (14 starts) with 66 innings pitched and 66 strikeouts. He made three quality starts.

“Jake is a young man that I was very impressed with every time he pitched against us,” said manager Tom Vaeth. “[I] really like the way he competed on the mound and how he attacked hitters. I’m looking forward to Jake being a big part of our pitching staff going forward.”

Pilarski fanned 93 batters in 87 innings at The Citadel in 2021 after pitching four seasons at Virginia Wesleyan, where he amassed 22 wins and got tagged with only six losses. He logged 91 or more innings twice.

He was a three-time first-team all-conference selection for the Foxes in high school, garnering recognition as an outfielder his senior season after being recognized as a junior at designated hitter and as a pitcher as a sophomore.

“Professional baseball was very competitive and required a lot of hard work. Lake Erie is a wonderful organization. Manager Dan Rohn along with my coaches Greg Cadaret and Ryan Powell taught me so much. I can’t thank them and teammates enough for the direction they gave me it was a true growing experience,” said Pilarski. “I wish them the very best next season and to their future endeavors. I know the season didn’t go the way we wanted it to but I made several good friends and teammates that I will never forget.”

On coming to Washington, Pilarski said it’s something he thought about when he was young.

“As a kid I remember my parents taking me to a Washington Wild Things game and thinking it’s be amazing to play their one day. Then my first professional appearance came at Wild Thing Park and I thought it was funny how that’s where my first ever pro start would be and now I’ve gone full circle playing for my hometown team,” said Pilarski. “I’m excited to be closer to my family and have the opportunity to work hard for the ball club that’s part of my community. It going to be great playing at home. I cannot wait for the 2022 season.”

To complete the trade, Washington sent right hander Steven Colon to Lake Erie. Colon finished the season on the injured list for the Wild Things but was 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 games (six starts) in 36.2 innings during his rookie campaign.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League, partner league of Major League Baseball, that plays in Washington, PA. Since their inception in 2002, the Wild Things have won six division titles and earned numerous playoff appearances. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media platforms and website, washingtonwildthings.com. For other inquiries, call the front office at 724-250-9555.

 

SCHAUMBURG BOOMERS WIN FOURTH FRONTIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Schaumburg Boomers earned a 10-4 win over the Washington Wild Things in game five of the FLCS to claim the 2021 Frontier League Championship! Schaumburg got on the board early against Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Hennen. Matt Bottcher hit a three-run home run in the first inning to make it 3-0 Boomers. Washington’s Scotty Dubrule hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the first to make it 3-1. The next inning, Schaumburg added to their lead with Alec Craig’s sacrifice fly, and in the fourth, four more runs came home. Nick Oddo homered, Quincy Nieporte blasted a two-run shot, and Braxton Davidson followed with a solo home run right after him to break the game open at 8-1. A Nieporte sacrifice fly in the eighth brought home two more to make it 10-1. The Wild Things would tack on a few more in the bottom of the ninth, but the lead was too much to overcome. A run scored on a sacrifice fly by Grant Heyman, an RBI single by Andrew Sohn, and an error by pitcher Kyle Arjona to bring the final score to 10-4.

Arjona was named the series MVP, winning game one and game five and allowing just three earned runs. In the Championship-clinching win, he went the full nine innings, allowing four runs (three earned), and struck out three batters. Over the series, he tossed 16.2 innings, striking out eleven and allowing just those three earned runs.

The Boomers won two straight games facing elimination in the series. They finished as Central Division Champions and went 6-3 in the playoffs to clinch their fourth Frontier League title (2013, 2014, 2017, 2021) since joining the league in 2012. That number is the most league history. Each time they have reached the postseason they have won the Frontier League Championship. Manager Jamie Bennett joins Mal Fichmann as the only two managers to win four titles in league history.

BOOMERS FORCE GAME FIVE FOR FRONTIER LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

The Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Washington Wild Things 3-1 in game four in the Frontier League Championship Series to force a decisive fifth game on Sunday. They jumped out to an early lead in the third when Quincy Nieporte hit a two-run single to make it 2-0. In the fifth, Angelo Gumbs connected on an RBI double to make it 3-0 Boomers. The Wild Things scored their lone run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Nick Ward to bring the final score to 3-1. Schaumburg starter Erik Martinez allowed just one run in seven innings of work, striking out eight in the Boomers win. Darrell Thompson earned his first save of the playoffs. Meanwhile, for the Wild Things, Rob Whalen allowed the three runs over seven innings but struck out nine in the loss.

With the Boomers win, the Frontier League Championship is tied at 2-2 and will now be decided by a winner-take-all game five starting at 5:35 p.m. ET Sunday in Washington. This exciting conclusion to the Frontier League season can be viewed on FrontierLeagueTV.com.

HEYMAN’S GAME THREE WALK-OFF SINGLE PUTS WILD THINGS ONE WIN AWAY FROM TITLE

The Washington Wild Things used a walk-off single by Grant Heyman in the tenth inning to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 3-2 and take a 2-1 series lead in the Frontier League Championship Series. The game was a true pitcher’s duel, with neither team allowing a run until the seventh inning. That was when Schaumburg’s Matt Bottcher singled home a run to give the Boomers the 1-0 lead. The next inning, Joe Campagna scored on a wild pitch to tie the game for Washington, but in the ninth, Bottcher scored on an error that allowed Chase Dawson to reach first safely and make it a 2-1 game. The Wild Things fought right back in the bottom of the ninth when Tristan Peterson brought home Trevor Casanova to tie it and send the game to extra innings. One inning later, Heyman singled home the winning run to give the Wild Things the 3-2 win and put them one win away from the Frontier League title. Both starting pitchers had solid outings, with Schaumburg’s Ryan Middendorf lasting seven innings and allowing just one run (unearned) on four hits, and Washington’s Alex Boshers also lasting seven innings and striking out five while allowing just one earned run.

Game four is scheduled for Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET in Washington. Erik Martinez will pitch for the Boomers and Rob Whalen will make the start for the Wild Things as they look to close out the series and end their season as Frontier League Champions.

CZECH’S NINTH-INNING HOMER LIFTS WASHINGTON TO GAME TWO VICTORY

A late ninth-inning two-run homer by Andrew Czech led the Washington Wild Things to a 6-5 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in game two of the Frontier League Championship Series. Washington came out swinging with three runs in the top of the first inning. Scotty Dubrule opened the scoring with a solo home run while Hector Roa and Trevor Casanova added RBI singles. In the bottom of the inning, Schaumburg answered right back. With two on base, Braxton Davidson launched a three-run home run to tie the game at 3-3. They took the lead in the second when Clint Hardy was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Casanova tied the game for the Wild Things in the third when he knocked an RBI single, but the Boomers once again regained the lead when Alec Craig was hit by a pitch with the bases full in the bottom of the inning. Neither team would score again until the ninth, when Czech connected on the clutch two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning. After a rough outing from Daren Osby in the start, Washington’s bullpen kept them in the game, with Dylan Beasley, BJ Sabol, and Zach Strecker combining to allow just one run over the final seven innings. Strecker earned the save in the ninth.

The series now heads back to Washington tied at 1-1 and becomes a best-of-three for the Frontier League crown. Game three is scheduled for Friday at 7:05 p.m. ET and can be viewed at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

SCHAUMBURG SHUTS OUT WASHINGTON IN GAME ONE OF FLCS

The Schaumburg Boomers shut out the Washington Wild Things 4-0 in game one of the Frontier League Championship Series. The game started as a pitcher’s duel, as neither starter allowed a run until the fifth. In the fifth, Schaumburg finally got to Washington starter and Frontier League Pitcher of the Year Ryan Hennen. Clint Hardy led off with a home run before Angelo Gumbs hit an inside-the-park home run after lining a ball to right that got past a diving Bralin Jackson. The next pair of runs came in the seventh, when Chase Dawson launched a two-run shot that made it 4-0 and added some insurance for the Boomers. Meanwhile, Schaumburg starter Kyle Arjona stood out on the mound, tossing 7.2 shutout innings and striking out eight in the win. Thomas Nicoll struck out the side to close it out in the ninth. For the Wild Things, Hennen lasted six innings after allowing three runs on seven hits and five walks in the game one loss.

Schaumburg will look to take a 2-0 series lead in game two, which is scheduled for Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. CT. The Boomers will start RHP Geoff Bramblett while Washington will go with RHP Daren Osby. Both team broadcasts can be viewed on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

FLCS PREVIEW: SCHAUMBURG VS WASHINGTON

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.

WASHINGTON SHUTS OUT QUÉBEC, WILL MEET SCHAUMBURG TUESDAY IN FLCS

The Washington Wild Things shut out Équipe Québec 4-0 in game five of the FLDS to advance to the Frontier League Championship Series, where they will play the Schaumburg Boomers. Washington’s Rob Whalen dominated on the mound, tossing eight scoreless innings and striking out eleven while surrendering just five hits in the win. Each of the Wild Things’ four runs came in the fourth inning. Bralin Jackson opened the scoring with a two-run single. That was followed by an RBI single by Grant Heyman and an error by third baseman Jesse Hodges that allowed a run to score and Hector Roa to reach first safely. From there, Whalen helped Washington hold the lead, and BJ Sabol pitched a scoreless ninth to help close it out.

Game one of the Frontier League Championship Series is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. CT in Schaumburg. Game two is set for the same time the following night, with the last three games to be played in Washington (if necessary) starting Friday night.

BOOMERS ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES, WILD THINGS SURVIVE

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.

SCHAUMBURG AND QUÉBEC EACH WIN TO COME WITHIN ONE OF CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Friday night’s playoff results now have two teams on the brink of clinching a spot in the Championship Series! Read details on each game here:

Équipe Québec came back from a two-run deficit with runs in consecutive innings to beat the Washington Wild Things 3-2 in game four of the Frontier League Division Series. Washington plated the first two runs in the fourth, when Grant Heyman singled home a run and a Hector Roa double play ball gave them a 2-0 lead. The lead would only last for about an inning, however, as Québec’s Jesse Hodges drove in two runs on his RBI single that tied the game at 2-2. Then, in the sixth, Jeffry Parra broke the 2-2 tie with an RBI single that proved to be the difference in the game. Québec starter Miguel Cienfuegos allowed the two runs on just four hits and two walks over seven innings of work in the win. Washington’s Daren Osby pitched 7.1 innings, surrendering three runs but striking out eight in the loss. Québec can now clinch a spot in the Frontier League Championship Series with a win. Game four on Saturday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. ET at Stade Quillorama in Trois-Rivières.

The Schaumburg Boomers never looked back after a four-run second inning and defeated the Florence Y’alls 12-2. The Boomers would finish with 16 hits in the game. The four-run second was fueled by a two-run single by Luke Becker and a two-run homer by Nick Oddo. The next inning, Angelo Gumbs hit a two-run shot as well, and in the fifth, Matt Bottcher doubled home a pair before scoring on an error by shortstop Luis Pintor. The Y’alls would get their first run in the bottom of the inning, when Jordan Brower hit a solo home run. Schaumburg answered right back in the sixth with a Quincy Nieporte homer and would add two more in the seventh. An error by second baseman Andres Rios plated a run and Oddo singled home the twelfth and final run for the Boomers. In the ninth, Rios knocked in Florence’s second and final run with a single. Schaumburg starter Ryan Middendorf tossed a complete game in the win, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven. Florence starter Edgar Martinez lasted just three innings after surrendering six runs on eight hits and a walk. Game four is scheduled for 7:03 p.m. ET in Florence, with Schaumburg one game away from clinching a spot in the Championship Series.

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