TRI-CITY OVERCOME SIX-RUN DEFICIT, BEAT QUÉBEC IN EXTRAS

Wednesday was highlighted by comeback wins, lots of offense, and some great pitching as well! Catch up on anything you may have missed here:

The New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals 5-4 in the early game. New Jersey got on the board first in the second inning, bringing home a run on an RBI groundout from Stanley Espinal and another on a double by Josh Rehwaldt that gave them the 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Ray Hernandez hit a solo home run, which was followed by a two-run shot by Milton Smith, Jr. to give the Boulders the 3-2 lead. In the third, the Jackals added a run on an RBI single by Jason Agresti, and in the fourth, Santiago Chirino’s sacrifice fly helped them regain the lead. The lead did not last long, as Kevonte Mitchell hit a sacrifice fly for New York in the bottom of the inning to tie it once more. An inning later, Ryan Ramiz hit a solo home run to give the Boulders the 5-4 lead that would last for the rest of the game.

The Florence Y’alls scored four unanswered runs after a four-run deficit to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 8-4. All four runs for Schaumburg came in the first inning. Angelo Gumbs hit an RBI double, Luke Becker singled Gumbs home, and Clint Hardy later hit a two-run home run to put the Boomers up 4-0 early. Florence would begin their comeback with a run in the first coming on a wild pitch. Jordan Brower followed in the third with a two-run double that cut the deficit to 4-3. Then in the fourth, the Y’alls plated five runs to take the lead and add some insurance. Connor Crane hit an RBI double to tie the game, Taylor Bryant plated another with an RBI groundout that gave them the lead, and Axel Johnson put the finishing touches on the win with a three-run home run to make it 8-4. After giving up four in the first inning, starter Casey Grimm and the Florence bullpen combined to pitch eight scoreless innings to close out the win.

The Washington Wild Things held the Sussex County Miners to one run in their 6-1 victory. The scoring for the Wild Things began in the third, when Nick Ward tripled home a run and Andrew Sohn’s sacrifice fly scored Ward for the second run. In the fourth, Sussex County plated their only run on an RBI single from Audy Ciriaco to make it 2-1. From there, it was all Washington. Ward plated a run on a sac fly in the fifth before Hector Roa scored in the seventh on an error and Ward drove in another run on a sac fly. A run was added in the ninth when Scotty Dubrule drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 6-1. Starting pitcher Steven Colon allowed the lone run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four over his five innings of work.

The Evansville Otters beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 5-2 after a twelve-strikeout performance by starter Braden Scott. The game was scoreless until the fourth, when Evansville put three runs on the board. Andretty Cordero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Andy DeJesus followed by singling home a run, and Cristopher Pujols later drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the third run for the Otters. In the bottom half, Windy City’s Jack Strunc plated their only two runs of the game with a single that cut the deficit to 3-2. In the seventh, the Otters tacked on a pair after a two-run single by Elijah MacNamee made the final score 5-2. Scott set a career high pitching eight innings in the win, allowing the two runs on just two hits and two walks, and striking out a career-high twelve batters.

The Tri-City ValleyCats overcame a six-run deficit and later needed extra innings to beat Équipe Québec 10-9. Québec went ahead in the first after a two-run home run by Gift Ngoepe and an RBI single by Ruben Castro. In the third, they scored three more after a Connor Panas two-run shot and a single by Jesse Hodges made it 6-0. The very next inning, Tri-City plated six runs to tie the game. Denis Phipps hit a three-run home run to cut the deficit in half, Nelson Molina later followed with an RBI single, and Juan Silverio capped the six-run frame with a two-run home run to tie it. An inning later, Willy Garcia gave the ValleyCats their first lead of the night with a two-run homer. The lead did not last long though, as Québec was able to match the two-run inning with two of their own. Ruben Castro hit a solo home run before L.P. Pelletier’s RBI single. Tri-City’s Chris Kwitzer hit a solo shot of his own in the sixth to regain the lead, but Castro hit an RBI single to tie the score once again. The game stayed tied at nine until it was ultimately forced to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Luis Roman connected on an RBI single to score Garcia from second as the go-ahead run for the ValleyCats. Tri-City then held Québec scoreless in the bottom of the tenth to secure the victory.

The Southern Illinois Miners routed the Gateway Grizzlies 12-0 after an offensive explosion and a dominant pitching performance by Gunnar Kines. Nolan Earley began the scoring in the first, hitting a solo home run to give the Miners a 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Luke Mangieri would hit a solo shot of his own. In the fourth, RBI hits by Jared Mang and Arturo Nieto made the score 5-0. Ariel Sandoval’s sacrifice fly made it 6-0 in the fifth, and Jarrod Watkins hit his first professional home run in the sixth to extend the lead to 8-0. The Miners added four more runs in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly by Mang and a three-run home run by Mangieri. Meanwhile, Kines took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and at one point retired twelve straight batters. He would end his night after seven innings of work, allowing just one hit and two walks, while picking up a career-high twelve strikeouts in the win.

The Joliet Slammers picked up sixteen hits and earned a big 14-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The first two runs crossed the plate for Joliet in the second after a pair of sacrifice flies by Lane Baremore and Tyler Depreta-Johnson. Two more came around in the fourth, when Depreta-Johnson hit another sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Scott Holzwasser made it 4-0. In the fifth, a two-run double by Holzwasser and a single by Baremore made it an 8-0 lead. Lake Erie chipped away in the sixth, when a two-run single by Zach Gray made it 8-2. That was all the Crushers managed to score, but Joliet was not done yet. In the seventh, a two-run homer by Brian Parreira extended their lead, and an RBI single by Brylie Ware gave the Slammers an 11-2 advantage. An inning later, Dylan Hardy hit an RBI single, Holzwasser scored on an error, and Jackson Dvorak drew a bases-loaded walk to make it 14-2. Starter Chris Roycroft allowed the two runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out two in his six-inning victory.

Tune in Thursday to see the conclusions of these mid-week series! You can follow the action at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

THUNDERBOLTS SCORE THREE UNANSWERED RUNS TO BEAT OTTERS 3-2

Tuesday’s return to action featured a number of close contests, with a couple requiring late scoring to determine the outcomes. Catch up on a great night of action with our nightly recap:

The Schaumburg Boomers gave up five runs late but held off the Florence Y’alls for the 6-5 win. Schaumburg crossed the plate first, as Brett Milazzo hit into a fielder’s choice that scored the game’s first run. Clint Hardy connected on a three-run home run in the second to make it 4-0. Nick Oddo then singled home a run in the fourth and Angelo Gumbs hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it a 6-0 ballgame. In the eighth, the Y’alls finally managed to get on the board after a sacrifice fly by Axel Johnson and a Chad Sedio double that made it 6-2. A rally in the ninth got Florence even closer. Jordan Brower hit a solo home run before Connor Crane hit an RBI triple, and Harrison DiNicola singled home the fifth run, but that was all they could muster, as Schaumburg put an end to the rally to secure the win. Starter Ryan Middendorf pitched seven shutout innings and allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out seven in the win.

The New York Boulders used two pitchers for a four-hit shutout of the New Jersey Jackals, winning 1-0. The lone run for the Boulders came in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a ball into the bleachers for a solo home run. The story of the game was the dominant pitching. Orsen Josephina started the game for New York and went the first six innings. He shutout the Jackals while allowing four hits and two walks, and striking out five. Nathan Alexander followed Josephina for the final three innings by retiring all nine batters he faced, and striking out three while earning the save. New Jersey’s Chris Tessitore took the loss after allowing the only run of the game on the home run in his four innings of work.

The Sussex County Miners took both games of their doubleheader with the Washington Wild Things. The first game ended 4-3 to the Miners. Washington scored first right away when reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Bralin Jackson doubled home the game’s first run. The Miners brought in three runs in the second. The first came in on an error by Scotty Dubrule. Daniel Herrera then plated two with an RBI single that made it 3-1. Sussex County added a run on a Cito Culver sacrifice fly in the third to make it 4-1. In the fifth, the Wild Things got two more runs after a Nick Ward single that cut into the deficit and gave us the final score of 4-3. The second game of the day finished 3-0. Chuck Taylor hit a solo home run before Audy Ciriaco hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0 after one inning. In the second, Taylor’s sac fly made it 3-0. Dwayne Marshall got the start for the Miners in game two and tossed five shutout innings. He gave up just three runs and two walks in the win.

The Tri-City ValleyCats set a season-high in hits and tied their season-high for runs in a 13-7 win over Équipe Québec. Willy Garcia started the scoring with a solo home run in the first, and Québec would respond in the bottom half with Gift Ngoepe’s sacrifice fly tying the game. Nelson Molina then gave the ValleyCats the lead that they would not give up with an RBI single in the second. Three more would score in the second, coming on a home run by Denis Phipps and Garcia’s second blast, and another RBI single by Molina. Tri-City plated a pair in the fourth on a pair of doubles by Phipps and Brad Zunica, before Québec’s Jeffry Parra blasted a two-run homer in the bottom half to make it 7-3 ValleyCats. Each team would plate four runs in their respective half of the fifth. Tri-City scored two on an Andres Sosa home run and two more on an Oscar Campos double. Meanwhile, David Glaude hit a three-run home run for Québec before Raphael Gladu hit a solo shot of his own to bring the score to 11-7. Tri-City was not done, however, plating two more runs on a two-run home run by Zunica to wrap it at 13-7.

The Gateway Grizzlies plated three runs in the seventh inning to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 7-4. Southern Illinois got an early lead in the second inning after Anthony Brocato launched a two-run home run. In the bottom half, Gateway’s Justin Jones hit into a fielder’s choice that made it 2-1 and Nick Rotola lined a two-run double that gave the Grizzlies the 3-2 lead. A solo home run by Jones extended the lead to 4-2 in the fourth before the Miners tied it in the seventh. Ariel Sandoval singled with the bases loaded to score two and make it 4-4. The Grizzlies answered right back in the bottom half, scoring their final three runs. Jose Rosario and Connor Owings both drew bases-loaded walks, and Jones followed with an RBI single that made it 7-4.

The Windy City ThunderBolts scored three unanswered runs to take a 3-2 victory over the Evansville Otters. Riley Krane drove in the first run for the Otters on a fielder’s choice and later scored on an error, making it 2-0 after one. Joliet’s scoring began in the third, when Brynn Martinez singled in a run to cut it to 2-1. The next inning, Zach Racusin doubled home the tying run, and an inning after that, Payton Robertson scored on a throwing error to give Windy City the 3-2 advantage. From there, the ThunderBolts bullpen combined for three hitless frames to close out the win. Bryan Ketchie earned his first professional win, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk, and striking out six.

The Lake Erie Crushers provided a steady dose of offense to beat the Joliet Slammers 7-4. Joliet’s Scott Holzwasser came home on a wild pitch in the first, and Braxton Davidson would later score on a dropped third strike to Patrick Causa, making it 2-0 Slammers. The Crushers came back in the second, scoring one on an RBI double by Javier Betancourt, and one more on an RBI single by Steve Passatempo to tie the game at 2-2. Each team scored a run in the fourth inning, with Passatempo hitting a solo home run for the Crushers, and Jordan Rathbone hitting a solo shot of his own for the Slammers to keep the game tied. The Crushers scored two more in the fifth, with Karl Ellison hitting a two-run home run to give them a 5-3 lead. Joliet answered again with a run in the bottom of the fifth coming on a Terry Daniels solo home run. In the sixth, Lake Erie would extend their lead with Passatempo’s second home run and Steven Kraft’s solo shot bringing the score to 7-4.

Another full day of Frontier League baseball gets started early on Wednesday, with the first game an 11:00 a.m. ET start. You can follow every game live with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

WASHINGTON’S BRALIN JACKSON AND GATEWAY’S MATT MULHEARN TAKE HOME WEEKLY AWARDS

Washington Wild Things outfielder Bralin Jackson and Gateway Grizzlies right-hander Matt Mulhearn 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.

 

This is Jackson’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the second time a Washington player has won it this season, after Joe Campagna claimed the award June 28. Jackson finished the week with ten hits, including two doubles, a triple, and a home run, and led the league with twelve RBIs. He hit .435 in six games, among the best in the league this week, and helped the Wild Things roll off seven straight wins.

 

The 27-year-old is in his second season in the Frontier League, after spending the 2017 season with the Wild Things as well. Jackson most recently played the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft and played in their organization from 2012-2016. He is currently hitting .303 on the season and has registered 66 hits, 42 RBIs, 12 doubles, and 7 home runs so far.

 

Mulhearn is Gateway’s first Pitcher of the Week award winner this season and the first for the Grizzlies since Lucas Lanphere in June of 2019. He is also the second Gateway player to win a weekly award this season following Andres Regnault’s Player of the Week award July 5. In his start against Lake Erie on Thursday (7/29), Mulhearn worked seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, and recording three strikeouts in the 5-0 win over the Crushers.

 

Mulhearn is in his first season in the Frontier League, after playing collegiately at Webster University in St. Louis through the spring of this year. The 23-year-old is in his first season in professional baseball and has made just three starts to this point. He is currently 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings pitched this year and has allowed just six walks.

 

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OTTERS, WILD THINGS EXTEND WIN STREAKS TO SEVEN GAMES WITH SWEEPS

The first day of August included a home run derby, as well as the extension of a pair of win streaks after two series sweeps. Catch up on all of Sunday’s action here:

The Gateway Grizzlies cruised to a 7-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Andres Regnault got the scoring started with a two-run single in the third inning to give Gateway a 2-0 lead. An inning later, Justin Jones added an RBI single to make it 3-0. Connor Owings ripped an RBI double in the sixth and made it 4-0 Grizzlies. In the top of the eighth, they were able to add three more insurance runs. Jose Rosario scored on an error by shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson, then Jones and Chase Vallot each hit sacrifice flies to bring the score to 7-0. The Slammers attempted to rally late in the ninth. Patrick Causa and Scott Holzwasser each hit RBI singles to cut the deficit to 7-2, but that was all they could muster. Sam Gardner earned the win with 6.1 scoreless innings for the Grizzlies.

The Lake Erie Crushers set a season-high and registered 12 runs on 16 hits to beat the Florence Y’alls 12-4. The Y’alls crossed the plate first in the top of the first, when Trevor Craport hit a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run. Lake Erie then scored four times in the second inning. Javier Betancourt plated the first run with a base hit, and Shawon Dunston, Jr. later doubled home Betancourt to make it 2-1 Crushers. Steven Kraft then hit a two-run single to cap the inning at 4-1. In the third, Connor Oliver blasted a solo home run to give Lake Erie the 5-1 lead. Florence responded in the fifth, when Jordan Brower hit a two-run home run to make it 5-3. The Crushers got three more back in the bottom half. Bryan De La Rosa drew a walk with the bases loaded, Steve Passatempo added another run with a sacrifice fly, and Betancourt singled home another run to make it 8-3. The Y’alls would score their fourth and final run on a Craport double in the seventh, but Lake Erie answered with four more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Eric Callahan hit an RBI double, Betancourt scored when Steven Kraft advanced after a dropped third strike, Brody Wofford singled home Callahan, and Connor Oliver capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to make it 12-4.

The Windy City ThunderBolts got eight strong innings from Logan Wiley to hold off the Schaumburg Boomers 3-1. The ThunderBolts took an early lead, when Jairus Richards lined a two-run triple to make it 2-0 Bolts. The next inning, Jack Strunc was hit by a pitch and later scored on a wild pitch to give Windy City a 3-0 advantage. The Boomers got their lone run in the fourth after an RBI groundout by Chase Dawson made it 3-1, and that score would hold for the rest of the game. Wiley gave up just the one run on three hits and two walks over his eight innings of work.

The Washington Wild Things won their seventh straight game with a 5-2 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Washington took a two-run lead in the second inning when Trevor Casanova doubled home a run and later scored on a wild pitch. The ValleyCats tied it in the third with two of their own when Denis Phipps and Brad Zunica each hit RBI singles. In the bottom half, two runs scored after a ground ball off the bat of Grant Heyman and an error. Casanova plated the fifth and final run with an RBI single to score Heyman and make it 5-2. Daren Osby went five innings and allowed the two runs on eight hits in the win.

The Evansville Otters also won their seventh game in a row to complete the sweep over the Southern Illinois Miners 8-1. They took an early lead in the first when Riley Krane singled home the first run of the game. They added a run in the second on an Andrew Penner triple. An Elijah MacNamee single, a Dakota Phillips double, and an RBI groundout from Andretty Cordero made it 5-0 Otters. The Miners scored their only run of the game in the fifth, when a run scored on Luke Mangieri’s RBI groundout. Evansville answered with three more runs. Krane hit a solo home run, before Dakota Phillips hit one of his own to make it 7-0. Andy DeJesus singled with the bases loaded to bring the eighth and final run of the game and make the score 8-1. Ryan O’Reilly gave up just one run (unearned) on four hits and six walks, striking out four over 6.2 innings in the win for the Otters.

The Sussex County Miners got on the board early and never looked back, defeating the New Jersey Jackals 9-4. In the first, a run scored on an error by the first baseman, and Cito Culver unloaded a three-run homer to make it 4-0 early. An inning later, Chuck Taylor’s sacrifice fly made it 5-0 Miners, and in the fourth, the Miners plated three more. Taylor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Martin Figueroa’s sacrifice fly scored a run, and Kaleo Johnson singled home the eight run, making it 8-0 after four. The Jackals finally scored in the fifth, when a run scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Milton Ramos. His RBI groundout plated another run in the seventh, and Demetrius Moorer followed with a single that made it 8-3. Dalton Combs added a run with a single to cut it to 8-4. The Miners added a run in the ninth with an RBI double by Audy Ciriaco that made the final 9-4. Billy Layne Jr. gave up a run on four hits and four walks in six innings of work in the victory.

The New York Boulders used a home run derby to beat Équipe Québec after a 6-6 tie. Québec’s David Glaude hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give them the early advantage. Zach Kirtley’s solo shot in the fourth tied the game for the Boulders, but Québec fought right back in the bottom half with an RBI single by Jesse Hodges to regain the lead 2-1. Glaude hit his second sac fly in the fifth to make it 3-1, before New York answered with three in the sixth inning. Ryan Ramiz hit a two-run home run and Ray Hernandez hit a solo shot of his own to make it 4-3 Boulders. A sacrifice fly by Kirtley made it 5-3 before Glaude singled two runs home in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings. In the tenth, a Zach Kirtley single brought home the runner from second for New York, and a single by Connor Panas tied the game for Québec. The game then headed to the home run derby tiebreaker, where New York beat Québec by a 5-1 tally. Hernandez and Nathans each hit two, while Kirtley hit one in the final round for the Boulders.

Monday is an off-day, but you can use that time to catch up on any of the week’s recaps you may have missed on FrontierLeague.com or catch up on any games you may have missed on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

LAKE ERIE TAKES NO-HITTER INTO SEVENTH INNING, BEATS FLORENCE

Saturday saw a couple of comeback wins, some great pitching performances, and a home run derby finish as well. Catch up on all the action here with our nightly recap:

The Lake Erie Crushers took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and beat the Florence Y’alls 7-2. The Crushers took the lead in the bottom of the first, when Trevor Achenbach hit a two-run home run. In the second, Eric Callahan brought home a run on a groundout. Steven Kraft followed with an RBI double that made it 4-0 Lake Erie. Isaac Benard then hit an RBI ground rule double to make it 5-0 after two innings. In the fifth, Karl Ellison’s solo home run made it 6-0 Crushers, and in the sixth, Callahan hit a solo shot of his own to make it 7-0. Florence broke through in the seventh with two runs. Harrison DiNicola hit a sacrifice fly for their first run, and Jordan Brower singled home the second run to make it 7-2. Sam Curtis tossed six hitless innings and gave up just one walk, while striking out six in the win. He was replaced in the seventh by Taylor Sugg, who allowed the two runs on three hits over the final three innings.

The Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-1 after a twelve-hit ballgame. The game started as a pitcher’s duel, as both teams were scoreless until the fifth inning. Windy City then broke the tie when Jairus Richards hit a solo home run to make it 1-0. The Boomers responded right away with a Chase Dawson two-run home run that gave them the lead for good. They added a run in the seventh after Brett Milazzo singled and scored on an error. In the eighth, Angelo Gumbs singled home the fourth and final run to make it 4-1. Andrew Dean allowed the one run in six innings, and struck out four in the win for the Boomers.

The Gateway Grizzlies used a five-run sixth inning to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-3. Joliet scored early, with Braxton Davidson singling home the first run in the bottom of the first. Brylie Ware followed with an RBI double in the third inning. The Slammers scored their third and final run in the fourth, when Patrick Causa hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. Gateway answered in the fifth, when Connor Owings led off the inning with a solo home run to make it 3-1. Then, in the sixth, the Grizzlies took the lead and added insurance with five runs. Abdiel Diaz lined a two-run double to tie the game at 3-3. Two batters later, a throwing error from Joliet catcher Brian Parreira allowed Diaz to score and make it 4-3 Grizzlies. Justin Jones added an RBI double and Alonzo Jones added an RBI single to make the game 6-3. Gateway pitcher Jorge Tavarez gave up a run over six innings, striking out six batters in the win after Geoff Bramblett opened the game with two runs over three innings.

The Washington Wild Things used a four-run eighth inning to defeat the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-2. The ValleyCats struck first in the second inning, when Juan Silverio tripled home a run and Luis Roman brought home another run on a groundout. The Wild Things got on the board in the third, when Andrew Czech hit a solo home run to make it a 2-1 game. In the seventh, Grant Heyman homered to tie the game before four more runs in the eighth. Bralin Jackson’s two-run triple gave Washington a 4-2 lead, Grant Heyman singled home Jackson, and Trevor Casanova capped the scoring by singling home Heyman for the sixth and final run of the game.

The New York Boulders scored early and never looked back in their 4-2 victory over Équipe Québec. Dan Wirchansky pitched into the seventh inning and allowed only two runs and seven hits in the win. Zach Schneider closed out the game with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief and the save. Miguel Cienfuegos took the loss for Québec. The win was the Boulders’ 500th regular season win in the tenth year of play for the franchise.

The New Jersey Jackals staved off a late comeback and earned the win over the Sussex County Miners 5-3. The Miners scored first in the second, with Trevin Esquerra doubling home the first run. The Jackals answered with two runs in the third, coming off of a single by Dalton Combs and a sacrifice fly by Jason Agresti. They would add three in the sixth, when Josh Rehwaldt hit an RBI double and Alex Kachler singled home two more to make it 5-1. Chuck Taylor’s RBI groundout in the seventh gave the Miners another run, and Cito Culver singled home the game’s final run to make it 5-3. Jason Zgardowski allowed just one run on four hits and three walks over six innings of work in the win.

The Evansville Otters took both games of their doubleheader with the Southern Illinois Miners, with the second coming in a home run derby. In game one, the Otters edged out the Miners 2-1. The first run came in the second, when Andrew Penner hit an RBI single for Evansville. Riley Krane added another run with a single in the third, and Yeltsin Gudiño plated the only Miners run in the fourth on a solo home run to make it 2-1. Polo Portela went the full seven innings and allowed only one run on two hits and a walk in the win for the Otters. In the second game, Evansville used a home run derby to beat Southern Illinois following a 3-3 game after eight innings. Ariel Sandoval scored on an error by the catcher for the first run for the Miners in the second. Evansville plated two in the fourth after an RBI double by Andretty Cordero and a sacrifice fly by Dakota Phillips making it 2-1. In the sixth, Ian Walters tripled home a run for the Miners to tie the game at 2-2. The game was then forced into extra innings, where each team scored a run. A Nolan Earley sac fly gave the Miners their third run, and Evansville scored on a J.R. Davis double. Then, in the home run derby, the Otters edged out the Miners with a 6-5 derby win to take the game and the doubleheader.

More action to come on Sunday! Follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or with our live scoreboard on FrontierLeague.com!

QUÉBEC USES SEVEN-RUN EIGHTH TO BEAT BOULDERS IN RETURN TO CANADA

Friday night featured a return to Canada for Québec, as well as some late-inning scoring that led to wins for some teams across the league. Read more about all the action that took place with a recap of every game:

In their first game back in Canada, Équipe Québec used a seven-run eighth inning to beat the New York Boulders 10-8. David Glaude got things started for Québec with a two-run home run in the first inning, and Connor Panas followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 after one inning. New York got on the board in the fourth after Zach Kirtley hit a solo home run and Ray Hernandez connected on a two-run shot that tied the game at 3-3. The Boulders used that momentum to score two more runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth. In the fifth, Kevonte Mitchell singled home a run and Kirtley doubled him home. Milton Smith, Jr. singled home a run in the sixth to make it 6-3 Boulders. Then in the eighth, Québec’s offense exploded for seven runs. Raphael Gladu plated the first run after a fielder’s choice. Jonathan Lacroix followed with an RBI single, and Jesse Hodges hit a two-run double to help Québec regain the lead at 7-6. Gunner Rainey followed that by launching a two-run home run, and Gift Ngoepe doubled home the tenth and final run for Québec. New York tacked on two runs in the ninth with a Tucker Nathans sac fly and a double by Gian Martellini, but their rally fell short.

The Evansville Otters came back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 4-3. In the second inning, Luke Mangieri hit a sacrifice fly after an error put runners at second and third, and Jared Mang hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0. Elijah MacNamee then hit a solo home run for the Otters in the bottom half to make it 3-1. An RBI double by J.R. Davis made the score 3-2, and in the seventh, Evansville rallied for two more runs to take the lead. Miles Gordon hit an RBI double to tie the score, and Davis reached on an infield single to plate the eventual winning run.

The Florence Y’alls took an early lead in the first inning and shutout the Lake Erie Crushers 5-0 in the series opener. Harrison DiNicola hit a two-run double in the first to open the scoring. An RBI sacrifice fly from Jordan Brower and an RBI single from Andres Rios extended the lead to 4-0. The fifth and final run came in the seventh inning after an RBI double from Trevor Craport. Starter Frank Valentino took the win after striking out five in five innings of work.

After another strong performance from Kyle Arjona, the Schaumburg Boomers beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-2. Angelo Gumbs came through with a two-run single in the first and Matt Bottcher followed with an RBI triple to put the Boomers up 3-0 early. In the third, Schaumburg extended their lead by three more runs. Chase Dawson plated a run on a base hit and Luke Becker’s two-run triple made it 6-0. The ThunderBolts got on the board in the fifth with an RBI groundout by Brynn Martinez. In the ninth, after three walks, the Bolts were able to plate one more run to make it 6-2. Arjona picked up a league-high seventh win with eight strong innings, allowing just a run while walking one and striking out nine.

The Joliet Slammers downed the Gateway Grizzlies 9-3 after a six-run fifth inning. Gateway scored first when Jose Rosario hit an RBI single to make it 1-0. In the bottom half, Braxton Davidson and Brylie Ware hit RBI singles to put Joliet up 2-1. An inning later, Brian Parreira connected on a solo home run to make it 3-1. The Grizzlies tied it in the top of the fourth, when Connor Owings and Ty Moore each hit RBI doubles, but Gateway would fail to score the rest of the way. Ware plated a run with an RBI single, Lane Baremore drove in a run, and Jordan Rathbone scored a run on a sacrifice fly. Then, Tyler Depreta-Johnson hit an RBI single, and two more runs scored on an error by the third baseman to extend the lead to 9-3 for good.

The Washington Wild Things defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 9-2 after plenty of offense and solid pitching. They scored in the first inning after Bralin Jackson doubled a run home to make it 1-0. The Wild Things plated two more in the second inning when Andrew Czech hit a sacrifice fly and Cam Phelts was walked with the bases loaded to make it 3-0. They added on in the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Jackson, a double by Grant Heyman, and a single by Hector Roa that made it 6-0. Phelts singled home a run in the fifth to make it 7-0 before Tri-City got on the board in the seventh. Nelson Molina hit a two-run home run that made it 7-2. In response, Jackson singled home another run in the bottom half, and Czech drove in the final run with a groundout in the eighth to make it 9-2. Ryan Hennen earned the win with 6.1 innings of two-run ball and struck out nine.

The Sussex County Miners scored a pair of runs in the eighth inning to go in front and beat the New Jersey Jackals 7-5. The Miners opened the scoring in the second with a home run by Kaleo Johnson. New Jersey answered right away with a run scoring on an error, and another run scoring on a single by Josh Rehwaldt to make it 2-1 Jackals. Each team plated three runs in the third inning. For the Miners, Audy Ciriaco singled home a run, Johnson doubled him home and then scored on a wild pitch. For the Jackals, Dalton Combs drove in a run with a groundout, and Justin Wylie hit a two-run shot to make it 5-4 Jackals. That was all the scoring for New Jersey on the night, as Sussex County would later tie the game with a run in the seventh on another Johnson double. They then took the lead in the eighth with a two-run single by Martin Figueroa giving them the 7-5 advantage.

The action continues Saturday with eight more games on the schedule! Follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com, the Frontier League app, or with the Pointstreak live scoreboard.

2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES : COREY MORRIS

Despite being limited to only one season due to playing rules at the time, former Ohio Valley Redcoats Outfielder Corey Morris made the most of his time in the Frontier League. He started by playing high school baseball in West Virginia and later made his way to West Virginia State University.

“I really didn’t expect to play at the next level. I really just thought I’d play in college and leave it at that,” said Morris.

Sure enough, scouts began attending games and expressed interest in him during his junior and senior years. Despite the interest, Morris went undrafted, but was soon contacted by several independent leagues, including the Frontier League. It was then that he was approached by manager of the Ohio Valley Redcoats, Greg LeMaster, about the opportunity to join them for the 1994 season.

“I was really blessed that the league gave me a chance to play another year,” expressed Morris.

Corey got off to a slow start initially, until LeMaster helped him simplify his approach to the game and helped him spike his confidence.

“I really liked the atmosphere in Parkersburg. It was a smaller community and not a huge field, but the fans were loyal, and it was a very welcoming community.”

His college teammate, Mike Allen, who was also invited to join the team, took him in. He and his family served as Morris’ host family during his time in Parkersburg.

Although the season lasted just 68 games, Morris had a great year. He registered a .394 avg, with 19 home runs, 63 RBI, 67 runs scored, 22 doubles, 47 walks, and a 1.252 OPS. He led the Frontier League in home runs, RBI, runs, doubles, and walks, and was second in average. He was ultimately named the 1994 Frontier League Most Valuable Player, and his OPS is still the second highest in league history.

Morris remembers hitting a home run in his last at-bat against Erie in the postseason that year.

“I remember thinking at the time that that could very well be my last season in baseball. In my last at-bat in the playoffs, I recall one of my teammates telling me to end my career in style.”

Morris went on to play one more season professionally with the Winnipeg Goldeyes in the Northern League, but still remembers a lot about his time in the Frontier League.

“That was my first real experience playing with guys from all over the country. It was a year that helped me grow up a little bit, expand my horizons and get out of West Virginia for a while and get to see other parts of the country that I hadn’t seen.”

After his baseball career, Morris went back home and worked at a Dow Chemical plant as a chemical operator for eight years. He then spent three years with the United State Secret Service in Washington D.C. as part of their Uniformed Division on the Emergency Response Team. For the last fifteen years, Morris, his wife and kids have lived in South Carolina, where he works security as part of the Special Response Team for the Savannah River Site nuclear energy facility for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Despite being away from baseball for a number of years now, Morris has learned a lot from the game that has stuck with him to this day.

“It taught me a lot of discipline. I felt like I lacked discipline in a number of areas of my life, but it helped keep me focused and probably helped prepare me a bit for my future career in law enforcement. I also started weight training and paying more attention to fitness for baseball, and those are now passions of mine and things that have carried on for me in my life.”

“I am very thankful. I got to meet a lot of cool guys, see new parts of the country. It really went by so fast. When I found out I was being inducted, I just thought ‘Wow, they really must have thought a lot of me in that one season to include me with some of the other greats that have come through the league’. It is a true honor.”

You can watch Corey Morris and other inductees give their Hall of Fame speeches at the ceremony in Washington right here: https://frontierleague.vhx.tv/videos/flhofceremony

 

EVANSVILLE SWEEPS FLORENCE, TAKES OVER FIRST PLACE IN WEST

Thursday night secured series-clinching wins for many teams, some of which were series sweeps. Read more about the night’s action with our league-wide recap:

The Tri-City ValleyCats used three home runs in the early game to beat the New York Boulders 8-6 and sweep their midweek series. New York got on the board first on an RBI single by Milton Smith, Jr. in the third. An inning later, Gian Martellini hit a two-run home run that made it 3-0. In the bottom half of the fourth, the ValleyCats got on the board. Luis Roman singled home a run, Chris Kwitzer doubled home two more, and Carson Maxwell hit a two-run shot to score the fourth and fifth runs and give Tri-City the 5-3 lead. In the fifth, Juan Silverio hit a sacrifice fly to add the sixth run, and in the sixth, Chris Kwitzer hit a solo home run that made it 7-3. The Boulders got a run back in the eighth, on a Tucker Nathans solo home run, but Andres Sosa got the run right back in the bottom half to keep the four-run lead. In the top of the ninth, New York’s Phil Capra hit a solo shot and Smith, Jr. hit an RBI groundout that closed the gap to 8-6, but that was as close as they got to the ValleyCats.

The Gateway Grizzlies shut out the Lake Erie Crushers 5-0 in what started as a pitcher’s duel for both teams. The game was scoreless on both sides until the sixth, when Gateway’s Chase Vallot hit a sacrifice fly to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead. An inning later in the seventh, Connor Owings hit a two-run home run to put the Grizzlies up 3-0. Jose Rosario’s two-run ground rule double in the ninth made it 5-0. Gateway starter Matt Mulhearn tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three in the win.

The Evansville Otters beat the Florence Y’alls 10-6 to sweep their series and move into first place in the West Division standings. The Otters first run came in the first, when Gary Mattis singled home the game’s first run. Elijah MacNamee followed with an RBI single of his own that made it 2-0. In the third, Evansville’s Andretty Cordero hit an RBI single of his own, and Andy DeJesus hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. Miles Gordon then singled home Cordero and one more run scored on an error by the catcher that made it 6-0. The Y’alls got their first run of the game in the fifth when Connor Crane brought home a run on a sacrifice fly. They would add five more runs in the seventh. Connor Perry brought one home on an RBI groundout, Chad Sedio doubled home three runs, and Trevor Craport doubled home Sedio to briefly tie the game at 6-6 before Evansville scored four more in the bottom half of the inning. J.R. Davis scored on a wild pitch before Cordero singled a run home. Then, MacNamee scored on a wild pitch and Michael Gangwish plated one more with a sacrifice fly that made it a 10-6 ballgame.

The Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Joliet Slammers 9-1 to clinch the series victory. The game was scoreless until the seventh, when Windy plated three runs to take the lead. Three wild pitches allowed John Sechen, Brynn Martinez, and Zach Racusin to score. In the eighth, three more came around. Jack Strunc hit an RBI double, John Sechen hit a sacrifice fly, and Payton Robertson hit a single to make it 6-0 ThunderBolts. In the bottom half, Dylan Hardy scored on an error by the catcher to give the Slammers their lone run of the game. Windy City tacked on three more insurance runs in the ninth on a pair of RBI singles by Sechen and Martinez, and a run scoring on a double play ball off the bat of Robertson that made it 9-1. Miguel Ausua pitched six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and four walks, and striking out three in the victory.

After both teams matched each other in the first two frames, the Washington Wild Things edged out the New Jersey Jackals 4-3 with a run in the seventh. Each team scored a run each in the first. Josh Rehwaldt drove in a run for New Jersey on an RBI groundout and Bralin Jackson singled home a run for Washington in the bottom half. New Jersey got two more in the second on a double by Stanley Espinal and an RBI single by Todd Isaacs that gave them the 3-1 lead. In the bottom half, Scotty Dubrule tied the game again with a two-run single that leveled it at 3. The score stayed 3-3 until the seventh, when Andrew Sohn drove in a run on a single that gave Washington a one-run lead they would not give up. From there, the Wild Things bullpen shut the door and secure the 4-3 victory.

The Southern Illinois Miners used a six-run inning to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 8-2. The scoring got underway in the fourth, as Schaumburg’s Angelo Gumbs singled home the game’s first run. The Miners answered in the bottom half when Anthony Brocato hit a two-run home run to give them the lead. Then in the bottom of the fifth, the Miners unloaded for six more runs. Yeltsin Gudiño hit a sacrifice fly to kick things off. Ariel Sandoval singled home a run, Brocato singled home two more, and Luke Mangieri capped the Miners scoring with a two-run triple to make it 8-1. The Boomers tacked on one more run in the seventh on a Clint Hardy fielder’s choice. Miners starter Michael Austin worked six innings, surrendering just a run on four hits and three walks, and striking out five in the win.

The game between the Sussex County Miners and Équipe Québec was postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 10 at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Friday brings us the start of several new series as we make our way into the month of August. The playoff race is heating up! Catch every moment with FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app!

SILVERIO’S WALK-OFF SINGLE HELPS TRI-CITY SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER

Four doubleheaders in the Frontier League Wednesday night meant there was a LOT of action to cover. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap to get you caught up:

The Tri-City ValleyCats swept their doubleheader with the New York Boulders, taking game one by a score of 8-7, and winning game two with a walk-off single. They got on the board in game one in the second when Zach Biermann tripled home a run and Chris Kwitzer singled home Biermann to make it 2-0 ValleyCats. Oscar Campos’ three-run home run in the fourth made it 5-0. The Boulders scored their first runs of the game in the sixth. Ryan Ramiz singled home a run, Tucker Nathans hit an RBI double, Ramiz scored on a wild pitch, and Ray Hernandez plated a run with a sacrifice fly to bring the game to within a run at 5-4. The ValleyCats would get three in the bottom of the inning, however, on a two-run double by Biermann and a single by Kwitzer that made it 8-4. New York closed the gap to a run once more in the seventh with Kevonte Mitchell’s three-run home run that made it 8-7. Closer Trey Cochran-Gill earned his league-leading 15th save of the season, and set single-season franchise records (previously 14 saves by Blake Ford in 2012). In game two, the ValleyCats used a walk-off single by Juan Silverio to win it in the bottom of the seventh. To begin the scoring, Willy Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the first to put Tri-City up 1-0. Three more came in the third, when Garcia singled home two more runs, and Nelson Molina sent him home on a sacrifice fly that made it 4-0. New York rallied with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. Hernandez singled home two runs, Gian Martellini doubled home the third run, and Tucker Nathans scored the fourth run on a passed ball that tied the game. The tie would not last long, though, as Denis Phipps’ RBI single in the bottom half gave the ValleyCats a 5-4 lead. The Boulders fought back once more in the seventh, tying the game on a Ramiz sacrifice fly. Then Silverio delivered the game-winning base hit that plated Garcia with the winning run.

The Sussex County Miners took both games of their doubleheader with Équipe Québec. The Miners won the first game by a 5-1 margin. Their first run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Daniel Herrera. Québec tied it the following inning with an RBI triple by David Glaude. Trevin Esquerra helped the Miners regain the lead in the fourth with an RBI groundout and Kaleo Johnson singled home a run in the fifth to make it 3-1. The final two runs came on an RBI single in the sixth by Martin Figueroa. Game two saw the Miners edge out Québec 3-2 with the winning run coming in extra innings. Québec scored first with a pair of RBI singles by Gift Ngoepe and Jonathan Lacroix coming in the second inning. The game remained 2-0 until the seventh inning, when Sussex County responded with two of their own. Audy Ciriaco plated a run on a groundout and Martin Figueroa scored the tying run on a passed ball to send the game to extra innings. Then, after holding Québec scoreless in the top of the eighth, Joey Rose brought home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth to win the game for the Miners.

The Evansville Otters took the early lead and never looked back against the Florence Y’alls, winning 3-1. Evansville’s three runs all came in the second inning. Jose Pujols doubled home a run before Gary Mattis doubled home a pair to make it 3-0. The score remained 3-0 for the majority of the game thanks to seven shutout innings by Otters’ starter Tim Holdgrafer. He gave up just four hits and zero walks while striking out seven in the win. The Y’alls lone run came in the ninth on a Chad Sedio RBI double that made the final score 3-1.

The Lake Erie Crushers beat the Gateway Grizzlies in walk-off fashion for the second straight night with a 4-3 victory. Lake Erie’s Steven Kraft hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to give them a 1-0 lead. The game stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Trevor Achenbach and Bryan De La Rosa both drew walks with the bases loaded to make it 3-0 Crushers. In the ninth, the Grizzlies finally got on the board and tied the game at 3-3 after a Connor Owings bases-clearing double with the bases loaded. The game went to the bottom of the ninth, where Connor Oliver hit a game-winning RBI double to send the Crushers home with the 4-3 victory. Lake Erie starter Ryan Feierabend tossed six scoreless innings and struck out five while earning the no-decision.

The Washington Wild Things routed the New Jersey Jackals 14-4 after a pair of four-run innings that helped them pull away. New Jersey crossed the plate first in the second inning, when Josh Rehwaldt tripled home a run and then scored on an error by the second baseman. Nicco Toni later hit a solo home run to make it 3-0 Jackals. In the bottom half of the second, Washington’s Joe Campagna tied it with one swing of the bat on a solo home run that evened the game. In the fourth inning, after Andrew Czech scored on a wild pitch for the Wild Things, Bralin Jackson singled home two more runs. Hector Roa then singled home Jackson to make it 7-3. An inning later, Trevor Casanova hit a solo home run, Scotty Dubrule plated a run on a sacrifice fly, and Jackson plated two more with a double to make it 11-3. Campagna added a run in the sixth with his second home run of the game before New Jersey’s Milton Ramos scored the Jackals final run on an error in the seventh. In the eighth, Washington tacked on one two more runs with a two-run home run by Cody Young to cap the scoring.

The Windy City ThunderBolts and the Joliet Slammers each won a game of their two-game set Wednesday. In game one of the doubleheader, the ThunderBolts won 2-0 in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. The first scoring for Windy City came in the fourth inning on a Jack Strunc RBI double that gave them a 1-0 advantage. An inning later, Zach Racusin plated the second and final run with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The score would remain 2-0 after the Windy City bullpen silenced the Slammers’ bats, surrendering zero hits over the final four innings. In his three innings of work, starter Jake Fisher allowed just one hit. In game two, Joliet earned the 7-4 win. Their first three runs came in the first inning following an error by the third baseman that allowed Alonzo Jones to score and a two-run single by Patrick Causa. Windy City answered in the second, with two runs scoring on a Brynn Martinez triple, and a two more coming across on a single by Jairus Richards that gave them a 4-3 lead. The Slammers came back with two runs in the fourth, with one scoring on a single by Dave Matthews, and the other scoring on a bases-loaded walk to Braxton Davidson. In the fifth, Joliet added two more runs and capped the scoring with an RBI single by Tyler Depreta-Johnson and an RBI groundout by Dave Matthews that made it 7-4.

The Schaumburg Boomers and Southern Illinois Miners also ended the day with a doubleheader split. Southern Illinois won game one 6-4. They would strike first after an RBI single by Ariel Sandoval made it 1-0 after the first inning. Another run scored on a throwing error and a bases-loaded double play groundout by Ian Walters to make it 3-0. In the top of the fourth, two errors by Southern Illinois allowed Schaumburg to score three runs to tie the game at 3-3. In the sixth, Nolan Earley drew a bases-loaded walk to force home the go-ahead run and make it 4-3 Miners. Walters drove in two more with a double to make it 6-3. The Boomers added one in the seventh on a single by Chase Dawson, but that was all they could manage, as the game finished 6-4. Game two was a pitcher’s duel that the Boomers won 2-0. A pair of solo home runs was the difference—one in the fourth by Matt McGarry, and the other in the sixth by Alec Craig to put the Boomers up 2-0. Starter Ryan Middendorf pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks in the win. The Miners’ Chase Cunningham struck out seven and allowed the two runs on four hits and a walk over six innings of work.

Back to a normal schedule Thursday, as the first of seven games gets underway at 11:00 a.m. ET. Follow every game live at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

OSBY’S ONE-HIT SHUTOUT LEADS WILD THINGS TO WIN

Dominant pitching, a home run derby, and a walk-off win highlighted Tuesday night’s return to Frontier League action. Catch up on all of the game’s highlights with our nightly recap:

Équipe Québec defeated the Sussex County Miners 7-4 after seven innings of what was supposed to be game one of a doubleheader between the teams. Jeffry Parra singled home the game’s first run for Québec in the first. In the second, Jonathan Lacroix singled home a run, but Sussex County took a one-run lead after a three-run home run by Kaleo Johnson in the fourth inning. Québec responded with five runs in the fifth. Kevin Whatley scored on a wild pitch, Connor Panas and Jesse Hodges each singled home runs, and Lacroix doubled them both home to regain the lead and make it 7-3. The Miners added one more run in the seventh on an RBI single by Daniel Herrera that made it 7-4. Game two of the doubleheader was suspended due to inclement weather with the score 1-1 in the fourth inning. It will be resumed tomorrow as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.

The Tri-City ValleyCats dominated the New York Boulders 12-1 in what was also supposed to be the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. After a weather delay to begin the game, the ValleyCats started the scoring in the first when Willy Garcia hit an RBI single. The ValleyCats then scored five runs in the second inning, coming on an Andres Sosa RBI single, an error by the third baseman that allowed Oscar Campos to reach base safely, and a three-run home run by Denis Phipps that made it 6-0. In the fourth, Brad Zunica singled home another run and Carson Maxwell followed with a three-run blast that made it 10-0. The Boulders got their lone run in the fifth on an RBI groundout by Phil Caulfield, but Tri-City tacked on two more in the sixth with Maxwell’s second home run of the game that made it a 12-4 final. Starter Parker Kelly went five innings and struck out four, allowing only one run on one hit and three walks in the win. Game two was postponed due to weather and will be played as part of a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Washington Wild Things shutout the New Jersey Jackals 8-0 after a complete-game one-hit shutout by pitcher Daren Osby. The only hit Osby surrendered was a triple in the first inning to Dalton Combs. It is the third career complete game and the first career shutout for Osby. Washington’s offense came to life in the second inning, when Hector Roa led off with a solo home run and Joe Campagna hit a two-run home run to make it 3-0. Bralin Jackson hit a two-run shot in the third to make it 5-0, and in the fourth, an Andrew Sohn double gave the Wild Things their sixth run. Andrew Czech’s solo shot in the sixth extended the lead to 7-0 and the final run came later in the inning on a Scotty Dubrule RBI single.

The Evansville Otters beat the Florence Y’alls 4-1 after a dominant pitching performance by Ryan O’Reilly. Miles Gordon’s RBI groundout gave the Otters an early advantage, followed by Elijah MacNamee’s sacrifice fly that made it 2-0. In the fifth, Gordon hit a sacrifice fly and Gary Mattis scored on a passed ball that made it 4-0. Florence scored their lone run in the eighth when Jordan Brower hit a solo home run. Ryan O’Reilly gave up just one run on three hits and a walk over his 7.2 innings. He also struck out seven in the Otters win.

The Gateway Grizzlies and the Lake Erie Crushers each took a game from their doubleheader Tuesday, with late drama in both games. Game one was decided by a home run derby, which Gateway won. Lake Erie drew first blood in the first inning, with Isaac Benard launching a two-run home run to make it 2-0. In the third, Steven Kraft hit an RBI single that made it 3-0. In the fourth, the Grizzlies got on the board with an RBI double by Jose Rosario, and Justin Jones brought him home with a base hit that cut it to 3-2. Rosario delivered another RBI double the following inning to tie the game 3-3. The game remained tied and eventually went to extra innings, where neither team could score. Then, in the home run derby tiebreaker, the Grizzlies came out with the 5-1 victory. In game two, the Crushers came out on top 4-3. Gateway struck first after Rosario was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the bottom of the inning, Lake Erie answered quickly with an RBI double from Trevor Achenbach that gave the Crushers a 2-1 lead. Another Grizzlies batter—Dustin Woodcock—was hit with the bases loaded and tied the game at 2-2 in the third. They took the lead in the fifth, when Andres Regnault hit a solo home run to put them up 3-2. Then in the bottom of the seventh, the Crushers rallied. A wild pitch brought Connor Oliver home to tie the game, then Shawon Dunston, Jr. ended the game with a walk-off RBI single that gave Lake Erie the 4-3 win.

The Windy City ThunderBolts won a 7-2 contest over the Joliet Slammers after a complete game by starter Logan Wiley. This is Wiley’s first professional complete game. The Slammers took the lead in the fourth when Terry Daniels hit an RBI double. The sixth inning brought six runs for the ThunderBolts. Brynn Martinez hit a two-run single to give them the lead, Payton Robertson added an RBI single, and Hunter Wells cleared the bases with a double to make it 6-1. Daniels drove in another run for Joliet with the fielder’s choice in the sixth,  and the Bolts added one more with an RBI single for Payton Robertson to make it 7-2. Wiley struck out four in the full nine innings, allowing two runs on twelve hits and four walks in the win for Windy City.

Another full day of Frontier League action on Wednesday, with four doubleheaders and eleven games on the schedule. Watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

SUSSEX COUNTY’S JUAN KELLY AND EVANSVILLE’S BRADEN SCOTT TAKE HOME WEEKLY AWARDS

Sussex County Miners infielder Juan Kelly and Evansville Otters left-hander Braden Scott 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.

 

This is Kelly’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the second award in consecutive weeks for Sussex County, after Chuck Taylor claimed the award last week. Kelly finished the week with seven hits, including a double, a home run, and eight RBIs. He hit .500 in five games, which was tied for best in the league this week, and he drew six walks. His OPS of 1.422 was also among the best in the league.

 

The 27-year-old is in his first season in the Frontier League, after spending the 2020 season with Trois-Rivières in the Can-Am League. He played in the Toronto Blue Jays organization from the 2012-2018 seasons, and then spent time in winter leagues in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic over the following two years. He is currently hitting .322 on the season and has registered 28 hits and 29 RBIs so far.

 

Scott is Evansville’s first Pitcher of the Week award winner this season and the first for the Otters since Tyler Beardsley in July of 2019. He is also the second Evansville player to win a weekly award this season following Riley Krane’s Player of the Week award after the first week of the 2021 campaign. In his start against Gateway on Saturday (7/24), Scott worked 7.2 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, two walks, and striking out seven batters in the 3-1 win against the Grizzlies.

 

Scott is also in his first season in the Frontier League, after playing collegiately at Indiana University through the spring of this year. The 23-year-old is in his first season in professional baseball and was signed in mid-June. He is currently 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched this year in the Frontier League. He has also allowed just eleven walks in his six starts this season.

 

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Photo credit: Phil Hoops (Juan Kelly), Evansville Otters (Braden Scott)

MINERS USE EIGHT-RUN FIRST TO DOWN THUNDERBOLTS

A couple of strong offensive showings and some key rubber matches highlighted Sunday’s Frontier League action. Read more about every game with our brief nightly recap:

The Schaumburg Boomers defeated the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1 Sunday to complete a series sweep and extend their division lead to 5.5 games. The Boomers were held hitless until the fifth. Later in the fifth, Alec Craig reached on an error to drive home the first run and Chase Dawson hit an RBI single to make it 2-0.  Lake Erie answered an inning later when Connor Oliver’s sacrifice fly made it a 2-1 game. Schaumburg added a run in the seventh with Chase Dawson’s sacrifice fly, and one in the eighth on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Luke Becker to make it 4-1. Andrew Dean struck out four in his 5.2 innings of work and allowed only one run on five hits and two walks in the win for the Boomers.

The Florence Y’alls earned a 5-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers after a solid seven innings by starter Jonaiker Villalobos. After two hitless innings by both teams, Florence got on the board with five runs in the third inning. Connor Crane, Axel Johnson, and Chad Sedio each recorded RBI singles and Joe Lytle also hit a two-run single to make it 5-0. Joliet cut into the five-run deficit in the fourth after a Dave Matthews RBI single. They would score again in the eighth on a fielder’s choice by Jackson Dvorak but would fall short 5-2. Villalobos allowed just one run on three hits across his seven innings and struck out seven batters in the win.

The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 8-2 after scoring all eight runs in the first inning. Jared Mang knocked an RBI single to open the scoring and make it 1-0 before Anthony Brocato launched a three-run home run to make it 4-0 Miners. Carson Bartels later followed in the inning with a grand slam, his second of the season, to make it 8-0. The ThunderBolts got a run back in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Dan Robinson, and in the eighth on a single by Zach Racusin, but the Miners’ lead was far too much to overcome. Zac Westcott went seven innings, struck out four, and gave up just one run on three hits and a walk.

The Gateway Grizzlies took the rubber match against the Evansville Otters, winning by a score of 5-3. Riley Krane opened the scoring for the Otters with a solo home run in the fourth and the lead grew to 2-0 an inning later after three wild pitches allowed Andrew Penner to advance home. The Grizzlies responded and took the lead in the bottom of the fifth after a three-run double by Jose Rosario made it 3-2. Ty Moore added a solo home run to make it 4-2. The Otters came back with one more in the seventh when Elijah MacNamee hit an RBI single to make it 4-3, but in the eighth, Jay Prather provided Gateway with some insurance after a solo home run that gave us the final score of 5-3. Jorge Tavarez earned the win after five innings of work in which he struck out five and allowed two runs on three hits.

The Washington Wild Things held off a comeback effort from the New York Boulders to win 11-9. New York scored first in the first inning when Ryan Ramiz hit a two-run single and Kevonte Mitchell also hit an RBI single. In the third inning, Washington answered with four runs. Nick Ward tripled home a run, Grant Heyman doubled home the second, and Bralin Jackson and Hector Roa each added RBI singles to give the Wild Things the 4-3 lead. Another run came in the fourth on a solo home run by Andrew Czech, and they added to their lead with four more runs in the fifth inning. RBI singles from Heyman, Trevor Casanova, and Czech as well as a sacrifice fly by Roa helped them extend their lead to 9-3. An RBI single in the sixth from Roa made it 10-3. In the bottom of the sixth, the Boulders inched closer with a three-run home run by Phil Capra to make it 10-6. In the seventh, the Boulders closed the gap to 10-8 after a double by Gian Martellini and an RBI groundout by Capra. The Wild Things added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI double by Ward, and Phil Caufield’s RBI groundout for New York made it an 11-9 final score.

Équipe Québec defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-2 to take the rubber match of a five-game weekend series. Québec got on the board first with four runs in the fourth inning. Ruben Castro hit a solo home run and Jonathan Lacroix followed with a three-run shot to make it 4-0. In the sixth, Tri-City’s Willy Garcia singled home a run to make it 4-1, but Québec added a run in both the seventh and eighth on a Gunnar Rainey single and a Ruben Castro sacrifice fly. The ValleyCats capped the scoring in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single by Nelson Molina. Québec starting pitcher Miguel Cienfuegos allowed just one run on five hits over seven innings of work, striking out two in the win for Équipe Québec.

The New Jersey Jackals scored runs in all but three innings to defeat the Sussex County Miners 9-1. Jason Agresti’s RBI groundout opened the scoring in the first for the Jackals, and Dalton Combs followed in the second with a two-run single to make it 3-0. Agresti brought home another run in the third with his solo home run, and followed in the fifth with an RBI ground rule double. Stanley Espinal doubled him home later in the inning and Nicco Toni’s sacrifice fly plated Espinal to make it 7-0 Jackals. Sussex County got their lone run in the sixth when Trevin Esquerra singled home a run, but New Jersey was able to add two more in the seventh and eighth. Toni singled home a run in the seventh and Justin Wylie hit a solo home run to cap the scoring in the eighth at 9-1. Dakota Freese allowed the lone run for the Miners, pitching four innings and allowing just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts in the victory in relief for the Jackals.

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CRAPORT GIVES Y’ALLS WALK-OFF WIN WITH TWO-RUN HOMER

Saturday night’s Frontier League action was highlighted by a walk-off home run, a home run derby, and a pair of late rallies. Catch up on anything you may have missed here with our recap of it all:

The New York Boulders rallied late for a 6-5 win over the Washington Wild Things. New York plated four runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Milton Smith, Jr. hit his first professional home run before Ray Hernandez hit a two-run single and Gian Martellini hit another RBI single. The Wild Things got a solo home run from Andrew Czech in the third inning and another from Grant Heyman in the fourth to inch their way back. An RBI double from Nick Ward cut the deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, and in the sixth, a bases-loaded walk tied the game 4-4. Washington grabbed the lead on a Scotty Dubrule double in the seventh. The Boulders answered in the bottom half of the inning, when Smith, Jr. hit into a double play and tied the game at 5-5. Hernandez then singled home his third RBI of the night to give the Boulders a 6-5 advantage. James Mulry got the win in relief.

The Florence Y’alls walked it off in the tenth inning on a two-run homer to beat the Joliet Slammers 10-8. The first two innings were full of offense. Joliet scored four in the first inning with a Dylan Hardy sacrifice fly, a Dave Matthews RBI single, and a Lane Baremore two-run double. Florence got two back in the home half with a Trevor Craport double and a Joe Lytle single. In the second, the Slammers added two on RBI singles from Alonzo Jones and Hardy. The Y’alls then had a four-run inning of their own. Connor Crane hit a two-run home run, Chad Sedio hit an RBI double, and Lytle singled home Sedio to make it a tie game at 6-6 after two. The Slammers scored their final two runs in the fourth, with Hardy singling home a run, and Baremore hitting a sacrifice fly to put Joliet up two runs. The Y’alls then scored the final four runs of the game. Sedio scored on a wild pitch in the seventh and Rodney Tennie hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth to tie it at 8-8. Then after a scoreless top of the tenth inning, Trevor Craport hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the tenth to send Florence home happy.

The Schaumburg Boomers used their strong pitching to hold their early lead and defeat the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1. Chase Dawson scored in the first on an error to give the Boomers a 1-0 lead. Luke Becker’s groundout in the second inning scored the second run, and a groundout from Angelo Gumbs in the third scored the third. Clint Hardy’s RBI single gave the Boomers a 4-0 lead before Lake Erie scored their lone run of the game on a single by Steve Passatempo in the fourth. Kyle Arjona allowed just one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts in his seven innings of work.

The Evansville Otters held the Gateway Grizzlies to just three hits to earn the 3-1 win. Evansville plated the first run with a bases-loaded walk to Andrew Penner in the second inning. Penner delivered the second run with an RBI double in the fourth to make it 2-0 Otters. In the sixth, Andretty Cordero hit a solo home run to make it 3-0. Gateway’s lone run of the game came on a Jay Prather solo home run in the bottom of the ninth. Braden Scott earned the win for the Otters after working 7.2 scoreless innings and allowing just three hits.

The Southern Illinois Miners scored three late runs in the eighth inning to stun the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-2. In the third inning, Windy City jumped in front after an RBI triple from Payton Robertson and a sacrifice fly from Zach Racusin to make it 2-0. The Miners got on the board in the fifth when Jarrod Watkins hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 2-1. The score remained the same until the eighth, when Ian Walters grounded an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2. Jared Mang then scored on a passed ball and Brocato hit another RBI single to make it 4-2 Miners. The score would hold as Joey Pulido earned the save. Starter Michael Austin tossed six innings and struck out six after allowing two runs on four hits. Windy City starter Tyler Thornton also had a solid game, allowing just a run, a walk, and four hits while striking out four over seven innings.

The New Jersey Jackals used a home run derby to beat the Sussex County Miners after ten innings was not enough to break a 3-3 tie. The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when a single by Sussex County’s Kaleo Johnson plated the game’s first run. In the seventh, Daniel Herrera advanced to first base on an error by the shortstop that allowed Audy Ciriaco to score. Heading into the ninth, the Miners led 2-0, but in the top of the ninth, Justin Wylie delivered a two-run game-tying home run that sent the game to extra innings. In the top of the tenth, Demetrius Moorer drove in a run with a groundout, and in the bottom half, Chuck Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game up once again and force a home run derby. The Jackals went on to win the derby 2-0.

The Tri-City ValleyCats and Équipe Québec each took a game from their second doubleheader in consecutive days. Tri-City won comfortably in game one 13-6. Québec struck first in game one, with L.P. Pelletier hitting an early home run. Willy Garcia helped the ValleyCats answer in the bottom half with an RBI single that tied it at 1-1. The ValleyCats then had five runs cross the plate in the second inning. On a ball off the bat of Juan Silverio, a fielder’s choice followed by a throwing error allowed a run to score. Denis Phipps followed with an RBI single, Brad Zunica walked home a run with the bases loaded, and Willy Garcia singled home two more to make it 6-1. Silverio hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Denis Phipps hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 8-1. Québec came back with five runs in the fifth. Jonathan Lacroix doubled home a run, Pelletier singled home Lacroix, and David Glaude launched a three-run home run. Tri-City’s Nelson Molina hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to make it 10-6 Tri-City before they added three more in the sixth. Luis Roman hit an RBI single, Zach Biermann singled him home, and Molina capped the scoring with another single. In game two, Québec edged out the ValleyCats 2-1 in a low-scoring pitcher’s duel. Tri-City went up 1-0 after a Denis Phipps sacrifice fly in the first inning. Then in the sixth, David Glaude singled home two runs for Québec to give them all they would need for the victory. David Gauthier allowed just three hits in 3.2 innings of work for the win.

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JACKALS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER WITH MINERS

It was a very busy Friday night in the Frontier League, as three doubleheaders took place and ten total games were played. Catch up on all the action you may have missed across the league:

The Tri-City ValleyCats split their doubleheader with Équipe Québec. In game one, a continuation of the suspended game from Sunday, July 18, the ValleyCats secured the 3-1 win. Luis Roman hit a two-run home run in the second. A Jesse Hodges solo home run for the visitors made it 2-1 before Tri-City’s Chris Kwitzer added a solo shot to make the final score 3-1. Parker Kelly allowed just one earned run on three hits for the win. Trey Cochran-Gill earned his 14th save to tie the club’s single season and all-time record for saves set by Blake Ford in 2014. In game two, Québec took the 5-3 win. The scoring began in the first on an RBI single from Connor Panas that scored two. After an L.P. Pelletier solo home run in the third, Willy Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half to get Tri-City on the board. Jeffry Parra hit a two-run home run for Québec in the sixth, but Juan Silverio singled home a run, keeping it a three-run deficit at 5-2. The ValleyCats added one more in the seventh after Brad Zunica scored on an error.

The New York Boulders and Washington Wild Things also split their doubleheader. The Wild Things took the opening game 6-3. New York took an early 2-0 lead after a first inning home run by Zach Kirtley. Washington responded with a solo home run by Joe Campagna in the third and a double from Andrew Czech to take the 3-2 lead. The Boulders tied it up in the bottom half when Kevonte Mitchell walked with the bases loaded. In the sixth, Hector Roa broke the tie with a two-run home run, and an insurance run scored in the seventh on a double steal that plated Czech for the 6-3 win. The Boulders took game two by a 2-1 final score. Washington scored first in the first inning when Scotty Dubrule plated a run with a groundout. In the sixth, the Boulders tied it when Phil Caulfield scored on a wild pick off attempt. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Ray Hernandez lined his 15th home run of the year to give the Boulders the 2-1 win and the split. Danny Wirchansky struck out six over 6.2 innings and allowed zero earned runs despite receiving the no-decision.

In the third doubleheader of the day the New Jersey Jackals took both games from the Sussex County Miners. Game one finished 6-1 Jackals. They scored first in the third when a two-run single by Santiago Chirino made it 2-0, and a Russ Olive single scored Chirino to make it 3-0. Stanley Espinal followed in the fourth by doubling home a run and Riley Mihalik single him home to extend the lead to five. Chuck Taylor plated the lone run for the Miners in the eighth on an RBI groundout. Russ Olive doubled home the sixth and final run for the Jackals in the ninth. Dylan Brammer earned the win with five scoreless innings of relief and allowed just one hit. Game two finished 7-5 New Jersey. The Miners scored the first runs in the bottom of the first, with a Juan Kelly sacrifice fly and wild pitch scoring Chuck Taylor. In the second, Stanley Espinal hit an RBI double for the Jackals before Josh Rehwaldt hit a three-run home run to give them the 4-2 lead. The Miners answered in the bottom of the second and took a one-run lead after a pair of bases-loaded walks and a sacrifice fly from Kaleo Johnson. The Jackals fought back in front in the third after Russ Olive’s two-run home run and Milton Ramos’ sacrifice fly. Both teams were held scoreless after the third and Sussex County was held to just one hit despite scoring five runs in the game.

The Schaumburg Boomers beat the Lake Erie Crushers 8-2. The Crushers took the early lead when Connor Oliver blasted a home run in the third to put them ahead. Javier Betancourt added an RBI to make it 2-0 and put a cap on the Crushers scoring. It was all Boomers from there. In the fifth inning, Matt McGarry’s RBI double got Schaumburg on the board and Matt Bottcher’s solo home run tied the game. Alberto Schmidt gave them the lead with an RBI single before Clint Hardy knocked in a run in the seventh and Alec Craig launched a three-run home run. Chase Dawson’s RBI double in the eighth concluded the scoring for the Boomers. Ryan Middendorf struck out five and allowed two runs in seven innings for the win.

The Gateway Grizzlies tallied nine runs exclusively from home runs to beat the Evansville Otters 9-7. The Otters went ahead in the second on a Jose Pujols sacrifice fly, but the Grizzlies answered quickly with a Jordan Rathbone three-run home run—his first professional home run. In the third, Evansville gained the lead once again after Riley Krane hit a grand slam and made it 5-3. In the bottom half, Jose Rosario connected on a three-run home run that made it 6-5 Grizzlies. Then in the fourth, Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run shot that made it 8-5 Gateway. Evansville chipped away at the lead, with Elijah MacNamee scoring on a double play, and Andrew Penner scoring on an error in the sixth to make it 8-7. Woodcock hit a solo shot—his second home run of the game—in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach and secure the 9-7 win for the Grizzlies.

In the opener of their three-game set, the Florence Y’alls defeated the Joliet Slammers 4-2. Florence scored in the first on an RBI single by Trevor Craport before Joliet tied it in the third on an RBI hit by J.P. Fullerton—his first professional hit. Chad Sedio broke the tie in the bottom of the third with an RBI groundout to make it 2-1, but the Slammers tied it again in the fifth when Braxton Davidson drew a bases-loaded walk. Rodney Tennie gave the Y’alls the lead for good in the sixth inning, picking up an RBI on a fielder’s choice and later hitting an RBI single in the eighth to give the Y’alls the 4-2 victory. Johnathon Tripp struck out eight in six innings, allowing just two earned runs in the win.

The Windy City ThunderBolts held the Southern Illinois Miners to just three hits in a 4-0 victory for Windy City. They opened the scoring in the first inning on a solo home run by Rob Calabrese to take a 1-0 advantage. Runs scored in the fourth and fifth on an error by Anthony Brocato and an RBI single by Brynn Martinez that made it 3-0. The last insurance run came in the seventh on an RBI single by Zac Taylor. Starter Miguel Ausua struck out seven over six shutout innings in the win.

A bit of a slow-down on Saturday, as just eight games will be played with one doubleheader. You can watch every game LIVE at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app! For two more days, you can use the promo code “July2021” to receive 50% off your first month of a new monthly subscription!

2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES : JOSH LOGGINS

Josh Loggins enjoyed a seven-year professional playing career, spending two seasons in the Frontier League. He was drafted in the 1998 MLB June Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, after attending and playing for the University of Kentucky. After three to four years in the organizations of the Padres and the Yankees, he was released. He was good friends with Jeff Isom, who was then the manager of the Washington Wild Things at that time. He said that, combined with his desire to keep playing helped him decide to join the Frontier League and sign with Washington for the 2002 season.

He had a great 2002 season with the Wild Things. He hit .347, which ranked fourth in the league that year. Towards the end of another outstanding season in 2003, one where he ranked third in the league in average (.331), first in home runs (24), and fourth in RBI (72), he was signed by the Colorado Rockies organization. Despite signing with the Rockies, he went on to win the Frontier League MVP Award that year. Loggins went on to play two more years professionally. During his two-year tenure in the Frontier League, Loggins finished with a .339 average, 31 doubles, 29 home runs, and 117 RBI.

“It was a great experience for me. There were a lot of good guys and the fans were great in Washington,” said Loggins.

“There was a lot of stress in affiliated baseball, but playing in the Frontier League helped make baseball fun again for me. It wasn’t about it being my job, but just about playing ball again.”

Despite his accolades, including his 2003 Frontier League MVP Award, he is most proud of the great teams that he was a part of in his two years.

“It was an honor to be named MVP of the league, but I think the main thing was we wanted to win, and I was fortunate enough to be a part of some good teams.”

While discussing some of the role models and mentors that he had coming up in baseball, Josh mentioned his college coach Keith Madison, whom he played for at the University of Kentucky. Loggins also got to spend some time around Tony Gwynn when with the Padres, and had the same agent as Jim Thome, who he was able to spend some time with some winters.

“He’s a really humble guy. He helped show me how to act as a person and how to go about my business,” said Loggins about Thome.

After his playing days, Loggins took a job with Theo Epstein and the Boston Red Sox as a scout, where he got to be a part of their 2007 World Series run. He then went back to school to finish his degree at Purdue University and is now a financial advisor. He’s been able to apply a lot of what he learned from the game to his career today.

“A lot of principles are the same in baseball as they are in business. Get work in, stay committed, manage your time, be dedicated to your craft, and just keep working to get better.”

When asked what the induction into the Frontier League Hall of Fame means to him, Loggins said this:

“It’s a real honor. I think it has just as much value as the Hall of Fame in Major League Baseball because it demonstrates all the hard work and commitment that was put into the game. It is something that will live on well past me. My kids will be able to Google my name!”

You can watch Josh Loggins and other inductees give their Hall of Fame speeches at the ceremony in Washington right here: https://frontierleague.vhx.tv/videos/flhofceremony

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