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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A pair of 4-3 contests in Wednesday’s game twos each tied their respective series at 1-1. Read more about the action in each game here before an off-day Thursday:
The Washington Wild Things tied the game in the eighth and won it in the ninth to beat Équipe Québec 4-3 and tie the series at a game apiece. Québec started the scoring in the first inning when Jeffry Parra doubled home a run from second to make it 1-0. They would extend their lead and make it 2-0 in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout by Connor Panas. Washington would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single by Hector Roa. Québec responded in the seventh when Gift Ngoepe homered to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Grant Heyman tied the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a two-run home run to make it 3-3 heading into the ninth. In the ninth, it was Nick Ward’s walk-off double that gave the Wild Things the win and tied the series. Washington’s starter and Frontier League Rookie of the Year Ryan Hennen went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out six. Québec starter Codie Paiva surrendered just one earned run over six innings on just three hits and two walks. Game three will take place Friday in Québec City with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
The Florence Y’alls used two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 4-3 and tie the series 1-1. A pair of runs got things started for the Y’alls in the second, with Jordan Brower and Connor Crane each singling home a run to make it 2-0. In the bottom half, an error by catcher Trevor Craport allowed the Boomers’ Clint Hardy to score. In the fifth, they’d add two more on an RBI double by Chase Dawson and an RBI single by Quincy Nieporte to take a 3-2 lead. Florence would get the last laugh in the seventh, as Luis Pintor’s two-run double helped the Y’alls regain the lead and eventually take the win in game two. Florence’s Johnathon Tripp allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out six over five innings of work, while Schaumburg’s Geoff Bramblett gave up two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Game three is scheduled for 7:03 p.m. ET Friday in Florence.
The Frontier League playoffs are now in full swing with both of Tuesday’s games in the books! Read more about how each game unfolded with a quick recap:
Équipe Québec shut out the Washington Wild Things 9-0 after surrendering just two hits in the first game between the teams in the Frontier League Division Series. Québec’s scoring started in the second inning when Jesse Hodges doubled home a pair of runs. Connor Panas followed with an RBI groundout in the third before three more runs crossed the plate in the fourth. L.P. Pelletier knocked one in on a fielder’s choice and David Glaude blasted a two-run home run to make it 6-0 Québec after four. In the seventh, a Jonathan Lacroix infield single along with an error by second baseman Scotty Dubrule allowed two more runs to come home. The final run would come on a Jeffry Parra solo home run in the eighth to make it a 9-0 ballgame. Québec starter Jared Mortensen tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks and striking out eight batters in the game one victory. Washington starter Rob Whalen allowed six runs (five earned) over four innings in the loss. Game two is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday in Washington.
The Schaumburg Boomers also took a 1-0 lead in their series with a 5-1 win over the Florence Y’alls. The Boomers set the tone early with a pair of runs scoring in the bottom of the first. Frontier League MVP Quincy Nieporte singled home a run and advanced to third on an error, and Braxton Davidson singled him home to make it 2-0. They made it 3-0 in the fourth when Brett Milazzo hit into a fielder’s choice that scored a run. In the sixth, Davidson scored on an error and Nick Oddo added an RBI single to make it 5-0. The Y’alls plated their only run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice by Jordan Brower that brought the final to 5-1. Kyle Arjona allowed just the one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings for Schaumburg. He struck out eight in the win. Florence’s Jared Cheek worked five innings, striking out seven but allowing three runs (two earned) in the loss. Game two will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT.
New Jersey Jackals outfielder Dalton Combs and Joliet Slammers right-hander Trevor Charpie have won this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League.
Combs takes home his first Player of the Week award and New Jersey’s first weekly award this season. Combs led the league this week with fifteen hits, including two doubles and three home runs. He recorded thirteen RBIs and hit .536 over seven games this week. In the September 8 game vs Washington, he registered six RBIs and two home runs in the 21-8 win.
The 26-year-old joined the Frontier League in 2021 after spending time with the San Francisco Giants organization. Combs was drafted by the Giants in the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent three seasons with the organization. In 2020, he played with the Steel City Slammin’ Sammies. With New Jersey this season, he batted .295, with 104 hits and 47 RBIs in 95 games.
This is also Charpie’s first Pitcher of the Week award and Joliet’s first weekly honor of the year. In four appearances this week against Florence, Evansville, and Windy City, he allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings. He surrendered just one walk and recorded eight strikeouts while recording three saves for the Slammers.
Charpie also just spent his first season in the Frontier League. The 27-year-old spent the 2020 season with Joliet in the City of Champions Cup. From 2017-2019 he pitched in the organization of the Tampa Bay Rays. Before that, he played collegiately at the University of Nevada and the University of Tennessee. He ends his season ranked fifth in the league with 16 saves and a 3.00 ERA. He recorded 62 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched this season.
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The 2021 Frontier League regular season is officially in the books! Read more about how the final night of action unfolded:
Équipe Québec secured the Atlantic Division title and the fourth and final playoff spot with an 11-7 win over the Sussex County Miners. The Miners went ahead early with three runs in the first inning. Kaleo Johnson hit a two-run single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cito Culver. The next inning, Québec responded in a big way, with four runs to take the lead. Dustyn Macaluso hit a three-run home run to tie the game, and the fourth run came home on a balk by Trevin Esquerra. Jesse Hodges doubled home a run in the fourth, and three more came home in the fifth. Macaluso hit an RBI single, Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly, and Hodges doubled home a run to make it 8-3 Québec. Later in the inning, Sussex County answered with three of their own. Nick Garland doubled home two and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ramsey Romano brought home one more to make it 8-6. A couple more would come home for Québec in the seventh on a Lacroix RBI single. Ruben Castro also hit an RBI single in the ninth. Garland tacked on one more for Sussex County in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double to bring the final score to 11-7.
The Evansville Otters closed out their 2021 season with a 3-1 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Crushers took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with Zach Racusin singling home the run. In the bottom of the first, Otters Bench Coach Boots Day took an at-bat against Lake Erie manager Dan Rohn, both of whom are retiring at season’s end. Day has spent 55 years in baseball. In the third inning, Evansville’s Josh Allen doubled home two runs to give the Otters the lead for good. In the sixth, Elijah MacNamee doubled home one more to make it 3-1. Tim Holdgrafer allowed just the one run over seven innings, striking out six batters in the win.
The New Jersey Jackals routed the New York Boulders 19-2 after a 23-hit effort. The first seven runs came in a big third inning for the Jackals. Dalton Combs opened the scoring with a three-run home run. Josh Rehwaldt followed with an RBI double and Alex Kachler also doubled home a run. Demetrius Moorer capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run triple to make it 7-0 Jackals. They followed their big third inning with a five-run fourth inning. Riley Mihalik singled home a run, Kachler doubled home two, and Combs singled home two more to make it 12-0. Tucker Nathans got the Boulders on the board with an RBI groundout in the sixth and Kevonte Mitchell hit an RBI single in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, New Jersey continued their offensive domination. Stanley Espinal singled home a run, Kachler doubled home a run, and Nicco Toni sent him home with an RBI single to make it 15-2. Rehwaldt would add four more in the eighth, belting a grand slam to bring the final tally to 19-2.
The Schaumburg Boomers plated runs in all but one inning to beat the Florence Y’alls 13-7. The Boomers got things started with a homer from MVP Quincy Nieporte in the first inning. Braxton Davidson also homered in the second and a run scored on an error later in the inning. Dusty Stroup homered in the third, and Davidson added his second of the game to make it 5-0. Alberto Schmidt doubled home a run in the fourth, and Matt Bottcher belted a two-run home run in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-0. The Y’alls got their first runs of the game on a pair of RBI singles by Harrison DiNicola and Jordan Brower in the bottom half, but Schaumburg continued with three runs in the sixth. Stroup’s sacrifice fly brought a run home and Davidson singled home two more to make it 11-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Ronnie Allen, Jr. homered for the Y’alls and three more came in the seventh after a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single by Taylor Bryant to make it 11-6. The Boomers responded with a solo shot by Stroup, but a single by Andres Rios made it 11-7 in the bottom of the eighth. In the ninth, Schaumburg capped the score at 13-7 with Chase Dawson’s RBI single. The two teams will meet again in game one of the Divisional Round playoffs starting Tuesday.
The Washington Wild Things won their final meeting with the Tri-City ValleyCats by a score of 10-4. They got the scoring started in the first when Bralin Jackson singled to plate a run and later scored on a double by Grant Heyman. Tri-City responded when Zach Biermann hit a two-run home run in the second. The game stayed tied until the fifth inning, when Washington scored four more after a two-run homer by Tristan Peterson and a two-run double by Scotty Dubrule. The ValleyCats scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Biermann in the sixth to make it 6-3. A solo home run by Carson McCusker made it 6-4 in the seventh, but a fielder’s choice by Dubrule made it 7-4. The Wild Things would add three more in the eighth on a double by Peterson and singles by Andrew Czech and Nick Ward.
The Southern Illinois Miners swept the Gateway Grizzlies with a 7-3 victory. Nolan Earley opened the scoring for the Miners in the first with his two-run homer. In the third, Gateway’s Jose Rosario doubled home a run, and in the bottom of the inning, Bryant Flete homered to make it 3-1 Miners. Two innings later, Gateway got a run back with a Connor Owings home run, but Jared Mang matched the run in the bottom half with his RBI single. Flete would singled home a run in the sixth, and the Miners would add two more in the eighth with Jarrod Watkins homering and Earley hitting an RBI single that made it 7-2. Rosario’s RBI single in the ninth got one final run for the Grizzlies and brought it to 7-3.
Next up: the Divisional Round of the playoffs that begins Tuesday! The two matchups feature Équipe Québec vs the Washington Wild Things and the Florence Y’alls vs the Schaumburg Boomers.
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.
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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.
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Équipe Québec scored two and won on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the series finale against the New York Boulders 6-5. Two runs came for Québec in the first inning, after an RBI double by Jeffry Parra and an RBI groundout by Ruben Castro. New York’s Zach Kirtley homered in the third before Parra also homered to make it 4-1. The Boulders plated two in the fifth when Kevonte Mitchell doubled home a run and Tucker Nathans hit an RBI single to cut the score to 4-3. They’d add two more in the eighth to take the lead after home runs by both Ray Hernandez and Marcus Mastrobuoni. In the bottom of the ninth, Québec would answer. Raphael Gladu singled home the tying run, and two batters later, Parra drew a bases-loaded walk that would force home the winning run.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners each took a game from their doubleheader, with the ValleyCats winning the continuation of Wednesday’s suspended game 13-10. Kaleo Johnson got Sussex County on the board first with an RBI single, but Brad Zunica answered with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the first. In the fourth, Juan Kelly hit a solo shot and Trevin Esquerra hit a two-run home run to give the Miners a 4-1 lead. Luis Roman singled home another run for the ValleyCats in the bottom half to close it to 4-2 before Sussex County tacked on two more in the fifth. Chuck Taylor and Johnson both homered in the inning before Tri-City unloaded for six runs to take the 8-6 lead. Denis Phipps homered, Carson McCusker drew a bases-loaded walk, Roman hit a two-run single and Connor Lien capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run double. In the seventh, Kelly hit his second home run of the game—a two-run blast to tie the game at 8-8. Lien would respond in the bottom half with a three-run blast that once again gave Tri-City the lead and Phipps followed with his second of the game. Taylor added two more in the eighth for Sussex County on a double. Sussex County took the second game by shutting out the ValleyCats 7-0. The first run did not come until the fourth inning, when Kaleo Johnson homered. Two innings later, Juan Kelly singled home a run and Trevin Esquerra hit a three-run home run to make it 5-0. Audy Ciriaco connected on a two-run home run in the seventh to bring the game to the final score of 7-0. Starter Tyler Luneke tossed the complete seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two in the win.
After clinching the Northeast Division with a loss by Sussex County, the Washington Wild Things scored three unanswered runs to come back and defeat the New Jersey Jackals 6-4. The Wild Things’ Bralin Jackson hit an RBI double to make it 1-0 early, but New Jersey’s Josh Rehwaldt singled home two in the bottom half to give the Jackals the 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Grant Heyman hit a sacrifice fly and Hector Roa singled home a run to help Washington regain the lead at 3-2. The Jackals would answer once again with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning coming on an RBI single by Alex Kachler that gave them a one-run lead. Washington was not done, however, as a Roa sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth. Cody Young followed with a home run that put them up by a run, and in the eighth, Heyman homered to make it 6-4.
The Schaumburg Boomers never trailed as they earned a 5-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. Braxton Davidson doubled home the first run in the first inning. In the fourth, Matt Bottcher singled home two and Matt McGarry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the fourth run. The Crushers’ lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when a run scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Steve Passatempo to reach first. Davidson tacked on one more for Schaumburg with a solo home run in the seventh to make it 5-1. Andrew Dean struck out five and allowed the one run on five hits and three walks over his six innings of work in the win.
After a six-run first inning, the Joliet Slammers held on late to capture an 8-7 victory over the Evansville Otters. Brylie Ware doubled home the first run for Joliet in the first. Luke Mangieri would later hit a grand slam in the inning, and Dylan Hardy doubled home one more run to cap the inning. Evansville got on the board in the third after a run scored on an error that allowed Jeffrey Baez to reach base. Evansville continued to inch their way back in the fifth, when J.R. Davis plated two with a single and Dakota Phillips plated a run on a double. The next inning, Joliet’s Scott Holzwasser homered, and in the seventh, Carson Maxwell also homered to make it 8-4. In the bottom half, the Otters got a run on a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly by Davis. The following inning, Riley Krane doubled home one more to make it 8-7.
The Florence Y’alls dominated the Southern Illinois Miners 9-0 to pass Evansville and take sole possession of first place in the West Division. The scoring started in the third, when Luis Pintor and Harrison DiNicola singled home runs to make it 3-0. Pintor doubled home a run in the fourth, and Chad Sedio followed by singling him home to make it 5-0. In the sixth, Sedio singled home a run, Trevor Craport drew a bases-loaded walk, and Jordan Brower drove in a pair of runs after reaching on a fielder’s choice. Frank Valentino surrendered just two hits and three walks in his five innings of work, and the Florence bullpen combined to give up just a hit and three walks over the final four frames.
The Gateway Grizzlies fought their way to a 5-3 home run derby victory to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts after being tied at 4-4 through ten innings. Gateway’s Connor Owings opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the second. Brian Parreira doubled home two more in the inning to make it 3-0. Windy City scored their first run in the fourth on an error, but the Grizzlies got one back in the sixth on a Jay Prather RBI single 4-1. The Bolts fought back again with another run scoring on an error in the eighth, and Rob Calabrese hitting a clutch game-tying home run in the ninth inning. After a scoreless tenth, the game went to a home run derby where Gateway was led by three home runs by Parreira in the 5-3 win.
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SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League has announced its awards and post-season all-star teams for the 2021 season. This season’s awards are headlined by Schaumburg’s DH, Quincy Nieporte, who was named the Most Valuable Player. Washington starting pitcher Ryan Hennen has won the Pitcher of the Year Award as well as the Jason Simontacchi Award for Rookie of the Year. In addition, the Schaumburg Boomers have been selected the Organization of the Year with Michael Larson being recognized as the Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year.
The Morgan Burkhart Most Valuable Player Award goes to Quincy Nieporte of the Schaumburg Boomers. Nieporte is in his second season in the Frontier League. He joined the Boomers in 2019, following his time in the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Bayville, New York native is batting .350 on the year with 91 hits and 16 home runs. Nieporte has also collected 63 runs batted in, 21 doubles and an OPS of 1.009. Nieporte was a two-time winner of the Frontier League Player of the Week award this season and is just the second player from Schaumburg to win the League’s MVP after David Harris won the award in 2017.
Washington pitcher Ryan Hennen has won the Brian Tollberg Award as the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, as well as the Jason Simontacchi Rookie of the Year Award. The 23-year-old is in his first season with the Wild Things in the Frontier League after being selected second overall in the Frontier League’s Tryout Camp and Draft this past May. Hennen currently leads the league with a 2.16 ERA and has gone 11-3 in 16 starts this season. The Cold Springs, Minnesota native has just a .213 batting average against to go along with his 90 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. Hennen was also selected to the 2021 Can-Am Conference All-Star team.
Evansville Otters Manager Andy McCauley wins the Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year. He has led the Otters to a 55-37 record and they currently sit first in the West Division. This is McCauley’s third time winning the award for Manager of the Year after he won it in 1999 with the London Werewolves and in 2014 with the Otters. This year’s award comes in the season that he earned his 1000th professional managerial win. His team is among the best in team ERA at 3.70.
The Fran Riordan Citizenship Award goes to Nick Ward of the Washington Wild Things. Washington Wild Things General Manager Tony Buccilli expresses “His efforts have drawn great attention of the Wild Things in other markets, as well as project a very positive image of professional baseball players. We have received numerous notes, emails and social media comments about Nick and his role as a brand/league/sport ambassador while playing in Washington and on the road.” Whether through sincere interactions with fans, or serving as a positive role model, Ward has made a positive impact on the Frontier League and the game of baseball. The Fran Riordan Award is named for the Frontier League Hall of Famer that is the currently the Manager of the Oakland A’s AAA team in Las Vegas.
The Frontier League’s Organization of the Year Award goes to the Schaumburg Boomers as voted on by other organizations throughout the League. Boomers General Manager Michael Larson stated “Everyone spent the last two years facing unprecedented and unexpected challenges. It is truly an honor to be recognized as the Frontier League Organization of the Year; and a tip of the cap to everyone in the Frontier League on navigating through the 2021 season”. The Boomers current total attendance this year has been 157,112 with an average of 3,415 per game. This is Schaumburg’s fourth Organization of the Year award since joining the League in 2012. The others came in 2013, 2016, and 2017.
Michael Larson also receives his second consecutive Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year Award. As mentioned, Schaumburg currently leads the League in attendance and continues to build their brand both on the field and in the community due in part to his leadership.
Here is a full list of the Award Winners for this season:
Most Valuable Player (Morgan Burkhart Award)—Quincy Nieporte, Schaumburg Boomers
Pitcher of the Year (Brian Tollberg Award)—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things
Rookie of the Year (Jason Simontacchi Award)—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things
Citizen of the Year (Fran Riordan Award)—Nick Ward, Washington Wild Things
Manager of the Year (Roger Hanners Award)—Andy McCauley, Evansville Otters
Coach of the Year (Darren Bush Award)—Alex Boshers, Washington Wild Things
Can-Am Conference All-Star Team:
1B—Brad Zunica, Tri-City ValleyCats
2B—David Glaude, Équipe Québec
3B—Juan Silverio, Tri-City ValleyCats
SS—Cito Culver, Sussex County Miners
C—Jeffry Parra, Équipe Québec
DH—Denis Phipps, Tri-City ValleyCats
OF—L.P. Pelletier, Équipe Québec
OF—Martin Figueroa, Sussex County Miners
OF—Chuck Taylor, Sussex County Miners
SP—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things
RP—Trey Cochran-Gill, Tri-City ValleyCats
Midwestern Conference All-Star Team:
1B—Riley Krane, Evansville Otters
2B—J.R. Davis—Evansville Otters
3B—Brylie Ware, Joliet Slammers
SS—Luis Pintor, Florence Y’alls
C—Trevor Craport, Florence Y’alls
DH—Quincy Nieporte, Schaumburg Boomers
OF—Chad Sedio, Florence Y’alls
OF—Chase Dawson, Schaumburg Boomers
OF—Nolan Earley, Southern Illinois Miners
SP—Zac Westcott, Southern Illinois Miners
RP—Logan Sawyer, Evansville Otters
Organization of the Year—Schaumburg Boomers
Executive of the Year (Bob Wolfe Award)—Michael Larson, Schaumburg Boomers
Trainer of the Year—Rylee Shimmin, Washington Wild Things
Writer of the Year—Mark Singelais, Albany Times Union
Broadcaster of the Year (Robert Ford Award)—Kyle Dawson, Washington Wild Things
Clubbie of the Year (Sam Hartsfield Award)—Kee Stewart, Florence Y’alls
Field of the Year—Todd Vanostrand, Tri-City ValleyCats
Umpire of the Year—Mel Chettum
Photographer of the Year—Logan Douglas, Washington Wild Things
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