MINERS RALLY LATE TO BEAT Y’ALLS 4-3

Sunday featured a number of late-inning comebacks and tight games. Catch up on anything you may have missed with our nightly recap:

The New Jersey Jackals scored four runs in the seventh inning to beat the New York Boulders 7-4 Sunday afternoon. The teams traded runs in the second inning, with New Jersey scoring on a single by Jason Agresti, and New York scoring on a solo home run by Ray Hernandez. The Jackals scored again in the third on an RBI single by Alfredo Marte and a bases loaded walk from Stanley Espinal, but the Boulders would answer right back on an RBI groundout by Zach Penprase and an RBI single by Hernandez to make it 3-3. New Jersey would send four across in the seventh, on an RBI single by Marte, an RBI double by Espinal, and a two-run RBI double by T.J. Ward making it 7-3 Jackals. Hernandez would hit a solo shot in the eighth for the Boulders, but that capped the scoring.

The Sussex County Miners beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 4-3 to sweep the weekend series. Tri-City started the first with a home run by Juan Silverio. Mike Gulino then drove in Daniel Angulo with an RBI single in the fourth, and Carson Maxwell hit a solo home run in the fifth to make it 3-0 ValleyCats. The Miners then scored three in the bottom half of the fifth to tie the game. Nilo Rijo scored on a wild pitch, Aaron Knapp plated one on a sacrifice fly, and Martin Figueroa scored one on a groundout. In the seventh inning, Knapp plated the winning run with another sac fly to give the Miners the lead that they would hold on to for the rest of the game. Gavin Sonnier earned the win in relief, and Jalen Miller Sr. earned the save.

The Lake Erie Crushers came from behind for a second straight game to defeat the Joliet Slammers 5-3. Patrick Causa knocked in a run in the fourth on a double for the Slammers after three walks in the inning. Clayton Harp followed by hitting an RBI single, and Tyler Depreta-Johnson brought home the third run on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the sixth, Lake Erie answered in a big way with back-to-back home runs—Trevor Achenbach with a two-run shot and Brody Wofford with a solo shot to tie the game at 3. The Crushers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, when a bases loaded walk to Steve Passatempo scored Achenbach. General McArthur then hit an infield single to cap the scoring for Lake Erie. J.T. Perez struck out four of the six batters he faced in relief and picked up the win.

The Windy City ThunderBolts and the Gateway Grizzlies each took a game in their doubleheader. In game one, the ThunderBolts overcame a 5-0 deficit to win 10-5. Gateway started the game by scoring five runs in the first inning. Windy City got two runs in the second inning thanks to a Jack Strunc RBI single. Zach Racusin drove one in on a single in the third inning, making it 5-3 Grizzlies. RBI singles from Peyton Isaacson and Brynn Martinez put Windy City back on top in the fifth. In the sixth, three more runs were forced in on walks from reliever Tanner Cable, adding to the ThunderBolts lead. Tyler Thornton allowed two earned runs in 5.1 innings pitched in the win. Game two started with an Eric Jones home run in the third to put Gateway up 1-0. The ThunderBolts bounced back with a Jairus Richards RBI single in the fourth to tie it. Jay Prather went on to hit an RBI double for Gateway in the fifth, which ended up being enough for the victory. Carlos Vega was the winning pitcher, pitching five innings and allowing just three hits.

The Southern Illinois Miners rallied late to beat the Florence Y’alls 4-3. The Y’alls started the scoring with a Chad Sedio RBI double that plated one in the first. Luke Mangieri tied the game up for the Miners with a solo home run in the bottom half. In the second, Andre Mercurio scored a run on a fielder’s choice in the second, and Jordan Brower added another on a fielder’s choice in the third to make it 3-1 Florence. In the seventh, Ryan Stacy connected on an RBI double for the Miners and Marshall Rich plated Stacy on a single to tie the game. Then, Yeltsin Gudiño doubled to bring home the go-ahead run for Southern Illinois and make it 4-3. Ryan Miller earned the save for the Miners after pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Evansville Otters came back and beat the Schaumburg Boomers by the score of 4-3. Starters Dalton Stambaugh and Kyle Arjona kept the game scoreless through the first four innings. Matt McGarry put the Boomers on the board first with an RBI single in the fifth, and Chase Dawson followed by scoring another on a fielder’s choice in the same inning. The Otters got on the board with a Dakota Phillips RBI double that scored three in the bottom of the sixth. J.R. Davis drove in one more for the Otters the next inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 Evansville. The Boomers plated a final run on a McGarry sac fly in the ninth, but Logan Sawyer was able to close out the rest of the final inning for the Otters victory. Dalton Stambaugh earned his second win of the season.

After overcoming a four-run deficit and scoring late in the eighth, the Washington Wild Things beat Équipe Québec by a score of 7-6. Équipe Québec scored the first four runs of the game on a groundout, a two-run triple by Jesse Hodges and a sac fly by Nick Horvath. In the fourth, Washington got four back to tie it. Two runs scored on a sacrifice bunt and throwing error, and Andrew Czech launched a two-run home run to tie the game at 4. The Wild Things added two more runs in the sixth with an RBI single from Gabe Howell and a sac fly from Grant Heyman—his first of two in the game. Québec would score a run in both the seventh and eighth innings before Heyman hit his second sacrifice fly of the game in the eighth to bring home the winning run for Washington. Zach Strecker earned his 55th career save, which moves him into a fourth-place tie with Gabe Shaw on the Career Saves list for the Frontier League.

No scheduled games on Monday, but teams will get right back at it with a full slate of games on Tuesday. Tune in at FrontierLeagueTV.com so you don’t miss a moment!

THUNDERBOLTS SCORE SEASON-HIGH FOURTEEN RUNS TO BEAT GRIZZLIES SATURDAY NIGHT

Saturday night was highlighted by a pair of extra inning finishes, and a couple of offensive outpourings. Catch up on all of it with a recap of every game here:

The Lake Erie Crushers topped the Joliet Slammers 9-3 after an eight-run eighth inning. The Slammers got on the board first, with a two-run home run from Kyle Jacobsen to make it 2-0. Braxton Davidson smacked an RBI double in the fourth, to extend Joliet’s lead to 3-0. Lake Erie would not put a score on the board until the seventh, when Joliet shortstop Tyler Depreta-Johnson made an errant throw, allowing a run to score and make it 3-1 entering the eighth. In the eighth, the Crushers loaded the bases, and with two outs, unloaded for eight runs on only three hits. Isaac Benard hit a two-run RBI single to tie the game. Two batters later, Zack Gray walked with the bases loaded to make it 4-3 Lake Erie. Steve Passatempo then cleared the bases with a three-run double, and Steven Kraft then hit a two-run double to cap the eight-run inning at 9-3. Ean Walda earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief for the Crushers.

In extra innings, the New Jersey Jackals took down the New York Boulders 3-2 in the tenth. In the second inning, Alfredo Marte gave the Jackals the lead on a home run, and the Boulders tied it in the bottom half with a single from Brandon Bingle that made it 1-1. The lead went back to New Jersey on a sacrifice fly from Santiago Chirino in the third. New York tied the game at 2 with a single by Jack Sundberg in the eighth. The game then went to the tenth inning, where Chirino drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left center to give the Jackals the 3-2 edge. In the bottom half, Milton Smith, Jr., the tying run, was thrown out at home for the final out of the game. Dylan Brammer got the win in relief, with Matt Vogel recording the save for the Jackals.

The Sussex County Miners bested the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-0 in the home run derby, after the game was still tied at 4 after ten innings. Daniel Angulo hit a two-run RBI single in the first, and Avery Tuck would later hit an inside-the-park home run to give Tri-City three runs. In the fifth, Denis Phipps singled home one final run for the ValleyCats. The Miners would score two runs on a sacrifice fly by Andrew Knapp and an RBI double by Audy Ciriaco. Later, Trey Hair tied the game for Sussex County on a home run. After ten innings, both teams were still tied at four, so it would go to a home run derby. Sussex County would prevail, hitting five home runs against Tri-City, and winning the game.

The Florence Y’alls beat the Southern Illinois Miners 6-1. Starter Kevin Hahn got his first professional win, pitching eight innings and giving up one run. Harrison DiNicola scored two on an infield hit in the first inning, and would drive in another in the sixth on a single. He later added his fourth RBI in the seventh on another RBI single. Trevor Craport and Jordan Brower also added runs for the Y’alls. The Miners one run came on an RBI single from Ian Walters in the fourth inning.

The Windy City ThunderBolts scored a season-high fourteen runs in their 14-7 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies. The Grizzlies started early, scoring four in the first. Jose Rosario walked with the bases loaded, Andres Regnault hit an infield single, and Justin Jones lined a two-run double to make the score 4-0. In the bottom half, Windy City struck back. Zac Taylor plated one on a sacrifice fly, and in the second, Dan Robinson walked with the bases loaded. Brynn Martinez cleared the bases on an RBI triple that put Windy City ahead 5-4. Peyton Isaacson and Jairus Richards followed in the third with RBIs of their own. The ThunderBolts later exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning, which included a pair of RBIs from Zach Racusin and Rob Calabrese. Miguel Ausua earned his first win of the year, and Aaron Ford got the loss for Gateway.

The Washington Wild Things shut out Équipe Québec 3-0. Nick Ward hit an RBI triple in the fourth to score a run, and Cody Erickson scored on a throw that bounced off his back in the fifth. The Wild Things added a run in the seventh when Bralin Jackson plated a run on a single. Ryan Hennen struck out seven hitters over six scoreless innings pitched in the win. Zach Strecker earned his 54th career save with a scoreless ninth inning. This put him into a tie with Florence’s Jorge Marban (2012-14) for fifth in league history in saves.

The Schaumburg Boomers hit four homers in their 8-6 win over the Evansville Otters. Angelo Gumbs launched a grand slam in the first inning to get the scoring started. Alec Craig hit a sacrifice fly in the second and made it 5-0. The Otters hit a home run in the bottom half to make it 5-2, but Quincy Nieporte homered in the third, making the score 6-2. Nick Ames would also connect on a home run in the sixth for the Boomers. Evansville pulled to within one in the seventh, but after a rain delay of over an hour, Ames would hit his second homer of the game in the ninth to help Schaumburg pull away. Ryan Middendorf recorded his first professional win in five innings pitched.

As always, all of Sunday’s games can be seen live on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

NEW YORK’S MITCHELL HITS GRAND SLAM IN GAME TWO, BOULDERS AND JACKALS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER

A pair of doubleheaders and pitcher’s duels highlighted Friday night’s games in the Frontier League. Read about all of them here with our nightly recap:

The New York Boulders and New Jersey Jackals split their doubleheader Friday. In game one, New Jersey had an offensive explosion, beating New York 12-1. Santiago Chirino got the Jackals on the board first with an RBI single in the first. The scoring continued in the second, with Demetrius Moorer doubling home a run, Chris Carpio scoring one on a groundout, another run scoring on an error, and Alfredo Marte plating a run on an RBI single to make it 5-0 Jackals. Chris Carpio singled home another run in the third and Russ Olive homered in the fourth. Zach Penprase homered in the fifth to give the Boulders back a run, but Marte launched a three-run home run in the sixth, followed by a Jason Agresti two-run shot to cap the scoring. Jared Milch gave up just the lone run in six innings pitched in the win. In game two, New York captured an 8-1 win to earn the split.  The Jackals scored a run in the first on an Alfredo Marte RBI single. New York scored four in the first with a Kevonte Mitchell double, an errant throw that allowed Mitchell to score, a Tucker Nathans double, and a Ray Hernandez double to give the Boulders a 4-1 lead. Mitchell then opened the game up with a grand slam in the sixth inning to make it 8-1. Nathan Alexander got the win in 1 1/3 innings of relief.

Équipe Québec beat the Washington Wild Things 3-2 in their series opener. Jesse Hodges doubled home a run early in the first. The Wild Things would tie the game in the fifth with an RBI double by Hector Roa. Joe Campagna would then hit a sacrifice fly in the next inning to take a brief lead, but Équipe Québec would take it right back in the seventh. Gift Ngoepe and Jack Barrie scored on a throwing error by third basemen Brian Sharp, giving Québec a 3-2 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.

The Florence Y’alls scored in the ninth inning to go ahead and win over the Southern Illinois Miners 3-2. Florence would take the lead on a Trevor Craport RBI double in the first, but the Miners would then take the lead in the bottom half on an RBI double by Nolan Earley and an RBI single by Ian Walters to make it 2-1. The game would then turn into a pitcher’s duel. Jonaiker Villalobos went 6 2/3 innings with four strikeouts for Florence and gave up only one run. Chase Cunningham tossed seven innings, allowed five hits, walked one and struck out five for Southern Illinois. He allowed the tying run to score in the fourth inning after a safety squeeze by Will Baker. Then, a fielder’s choice ground out by Jordan Brower in the ninth lifted the Y’alls to a 3-2 victory.

The Gateway Grizzlies edged out the Windy City ThunderBolts 2-1. Abdiel Diaz scored Justin Jones in the first on a groundout to give Gateway a 1-0 lead. Windy City answered with an RBI single by Dan Robinson that plated one and tied the game. It remained tied for most of the game until Gateway scored in the seventh. Andres Regnault plated the go-ahead run with an RBI double, giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead they would hold onto for the rest of the game. Rookie Colton Eastwood got five strikeouts and allowed one run in 5 innings pitched for the Grizzlies, but reliever Carter Hayes took home the win after two scoreless innings.

The Schaumburg Boomers came from behind and defeated the Evansville Otters 8-6. Evansville scored three runs in the first on RBI singles from Bryce Denton and Dakota Phillips, and a sac fly from Cristopher Pujols. In the second, Schaumburg’s Matt Bottcher brought the first run in on a groundout, and Gian Martellini hit an RBI single. Then, reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Quincy Nieporte unloaded a three-run home run to take the lead for the Boomers. The Otters closed the gap on an RBI double from Josh Henderson and made it 5-4 in the bottom half. They would also score one on an RBI hit from Andy DeJesus and a sac fly from Riley Krane, but the Boomers added two more in the fourth, and an insurance run in the eighth. Aaron Rozek earned the win for Schaumburg, pitching 5.2 innings and striking out seven.

The Joliet Slammers beat the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1. Joliet took the early lead with a sacrifice fly from Patrick Causa in the first making it 1-0. The Crushers answered with a sac fly of their own in the bottom half off the bat of Trevor Achenbach. In the fourth, Braxton Davidson hit a solo home run to give the Slammers a 2-1 advantage. Davidson later launched his second home run of the game in the eighth, this time a two-run shot to make it 4-1. Kip Rollings tossed seven innings, giving up just one run and three hits in the win.

The Sussex County Miners took both games of a doubleheader with the Tri-City ValleyCats. In game one, the Miners won 5-0. MLB veteran Todd Frazier made his Miners debut, but went hitless in three at-bats. Left-hander Mike Castellani threw a complete-game shutout for the Miners. He gave up just five hits and one walk, and struck out three. The Miners got one run in the first, and three in the second. They would add one more in the fourth. Three of the five runs the Miners scored were due to defensive errors by Tri-City. In game two, Sussex County won 14-8. After a three-run home run by Juan Silverio to start the game, Tri-City struggled to score runs late, picking up just two hits and zero runs in the last two and two-thirds innings.

Another action-packed day coming up Saturday, so be sure to watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

VALLEYCATS WALK IT OFF IN NINTH, OTTERS WIN HOME RUN DERBY

Lots of late scoring, including a home run derby, fueled Thursday’s Frontier League action. Read about all of it right here with our nightly recap:

The Schaumburg Boomers rallied with four in the eighth inning to capture a 6-2 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Quincy Nieporte knocked in Chase Dawson with an RBI single in the first, but Joliet tied it with a Lane Baremore sacrifice fly in the third. In the fifth, the Slammers took the lead on a groundout from Baremore, but the Boomers tied the game with a Matt Bottcher RBI single. The game stayed tied at 2 until a four-run inning by Schaumburg in the eighth. Clint Hardy was hit by a pitch to force in the go-ahead run. Another run came in on a wild pitch, and Dawson plated two more on another RBI single, making it 6-2 Schaumburg. Jake Joyce got the win, striking out all four batters he faced in relief for the Boomers.

The Lake Erie Crushers scored late to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Andres Regnault drove Ty Moore in on a groundout to make it 1-0 Grizzlies. Lake Erie struck twice in the sixth, with a Karl Ellison RBI single and a Trevor Achenbach sac fly giving them a 2-1 lead. Then in the eighth, Steven Kraft and Achenbach both added RBI singles to give the Crushers some insurance and make it 4-1. Robby Rowland pitched six innings with the lone run given up in his first win of the season for the Crushers, while Daniel Kight got the save.

The Tri-City ValleyCats walked it off in the ninth inning to beat the New York Boulders 2-1. Colton Whitehouse started the scoring for Tri-City on a sacrifice fly that brought home Denis Phipps for the first run. Zach Penprase would drive in Tucker Nathans with a sacrifice fly of his own in the fourth for New York to tie the game. The game would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth when Oscar Campos plated Brandt Broussard with a sacrifice fly to win the game for the ValleyCats. Starter Josh Hiatt pitched eight strong innings, giving up just the one run and two hits to the Boulders.

The Sussex County Miners defeated Équipe Québec 4-1. Jeffry Parra got Équipe Québec on the board in the first, driving in Elliott Curtis on a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the fourth, the Miners answered, scoring two on an error by the second basemen and on a Chuck Taylor RBI double. After four, it was 3-1 Miners. In the eighth, Cito Culver brought home Martin Figueroa with a sacrifice bunt to give the Miners an extra run in the 4-1 win. Billy Layne Jr. earned the win for Sussex County, pitching seven innings with one earned run and seven strikeouts.

The Southern Illinois Miners topped the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-0, scoring all four runs in the final two innings. Marshall Rich singled home Jared Mang in the top of the eighth. Then, in the ninth, Ryan Stacy hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Luke Mangieri, and Anthony Brocato singled home two more runs to cap the scoring at 4. Starting pitcher Kaleb Schmidt pitched seven scoreless innings for the Miners in the win.

The Evansville Otters scored three late runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings, where they prevailed in the home run derby 9-0 over the Florence Y’alls. The Y’alls Chad Sedio hit a solo home run in the first, and a bad thorw from catcher Justin Felix allowed Florence to score another run in that inning. The Otters answered with a Cristopher Pujols home run, and an Andy DeJesus RBI single would tie it up. Florence would regain the lead on a sac fly from Luis Pintor, and would extend their lead to three with a Harrison DiNicola home run and a sacrifice fly from Will Baker. Two more runs for Evansville would score in the fourth after a fielder’s choice and an infield single each scored one. After tying the game on an RBI groundout, the Otters would then give up three runs in the seventh inning. Then, in the ninth, a Pujols double brought Evansville within two. John Schultz then hit a game-tying two-run double to force extra innings. After both teams scored a run in the tenth to make it 9-9, the Otters’ beat the Y’alls in the home run derby after five home runs from Riley Krane, one from Dakota Phillips, and three from Bryce Denton.

A full weekend of baseball ahead of us! Tune in to FrontierLeagueTV.com to follow along.

WILD THINGS’ MCNORTON EARNS FIRST WIN OF YEAR IN SEVEN STRONG INNINGS

In case you missed any of Wednesday’s Frontier League games, here is a recap of how every game unfolded:

The Florence Y’alls had a couple big innings en route to a 13-6 victory over the Evansville Otters. The Y’alls scored six runs in the fifth inning, and four in the seventh. Evansville started the scoring in the first on an Andy DeJesus RBI double, which was answered by a Trevor Craport two-run home run in the bottom half. The Otters then got two runs in third and one in the fourth. Chad Sedio hit a solo homer in the fourth for the Y’alls that brought them within one. After five innings, Evansville lead 5-3. In the fifth, Joe Lytle hit a run home on a single to get things started for the Y’alls. Luis Pintor then drove in a run on an RBI double, Chad Sedio knocked a run home on a fielding error at second, and Trevor Craport hit a two-run RBI single. Harrison DiNicola proceeded to hit an RBI single to drive in the last run of the inning. In the seventh, Lytle picked up another RBI on a fielder’s choice groundout, and Pintor hit a two-run RBI single. No starters lasted more than five innings, but the Florence bullpen was strong enough to close it out for the 13-6 win.

The Washington Wild Things won their contest over the New Jersey Jackals 5-1. Derek Reddy scored the first run on a double play to make it 1-0 Wild Things. In the second inning, Washington’s Brian Sharp hit a double to score two and make it a 3-0 game. In the seventh inning, Alfredo Marte hit a solo home run for New Jersey to make it 3-1, and it would stay that way as James Meeker and Sean Kealey close the game out for Washington. Kevin McNorton pitched a strong game for the Wild Things, going seven innings and only giving up the one run in what was his first win of the year.

The New York Boulders also pitched a solid game on their way to a 7-2 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. In the first, Tri-City starter Carlos Sano walked the bases loaded, then gave up a pair of sac flies and an RBI double to give New York a 3-0 lead. Recent signee Colton Whitehouse hit a solo shot in the second for Tri-City in his professional debut to cut the lead to two. The Boulders would make it 6-1 after three innings, however, after a pair of home runs from Ryan Ramiz and Ray Hernandez. Jack Sundberg lined an RBI double in the fifth to make it 7-1 New York. The ValleyCats would get one more, but Brian Rapp was too strong for the Boulders. He gave up just one earned run and four hits, while striking out seven batters in seven innings in the win.

The Gateway Grizzlies defeated the Lake Erie Crushers 8-2 after a big first inning. They started after Chase Vallot drove in two with a double, and Jose Rosario hit a two-run home run to make it 4-0. Then, a pair of doubles by Justin Jones and Dustin Woodcock extended the lead to 6-0. The last two runs came on an Eric Jones RBI single in the second inning and an Abdiel Diaz RBI groundout in the seventh. Lake Erie was able to score one on an error in the second, and another on a Brody Wofford double in the fourth. Jorge Tavarez pitched six strong innings, striking out ten with no walks and only one earned run in the win for the Grizzlies.

The Joliet Slammers grabbed a 6-4 win against the Schaumburg Boomers. Joliet went ahead 1-0 on a sacrifice fly from Brian Parreira, but Schaumburg tied it with an RBI single from Chase Dawson. The Slammers added another run on a single from Brylie Ware in the second, and two more in the third from a groundout and a bases loaded walk to make it 4-1. Dawson singled home one more for the Boomers in the third to make it 4-2. Both teams scored two each in the eighth. Joliet’s Patrick Causa hit a two-run RBI single, and Matt Bottcher hit also hit a two-run RBI single for Schaumburg. This made it 6-4. Brad VanAsdlen earned the win in his three innings of relief for the Slammers, and Trevor Charpie got the save.

The Sussex County Miners beat Équipe Québec 8-1 after a strong outing from Max Hermann and the Miners bullpen. Trey Hair got it started with two RBI doubles in the first and third, and Martin Figueroa drove one in on a groundout. John Jones then drove in Hair on a single to make it 4-0 after three. Audy Ciriaco scored on an error in the fifth, Chuck Taylor plated one on a double in the sixth, John Jones plated another in the seventh, and Taylor launched a solo home run in the eighth to cap the scoring for Sussex County. In the ninth, Équipe Québec got its first and only run on a Jeffry Parra double to end the game at 8-1. Max Herrmann got the win in a scoreless six innings pitched, and the bullpen was able to close it out, giving up the lone run in the ninth.

The Windy City ThunderBolts came from behind and beat the Southern Illinois Miners 5-3. Zac Taylor and Rob Calabrese each doubled in the first to open the scoring for Windy City. The Miners then tied the score in the fourth on an RBI single and a two-run triple from Anthony Brocato to put them up 3-1. In the bottom half, the ThunderBolts responded after a run scored when Jose Layer reached on an error, and they tied the game again on a Jairus Richards RBI single the next inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Layer hit an RBI double and ended up scoring on a throwing error to give the Bolts a 5-3 lead. Kenny Mathews went six innings and allowed three runs in his first win of the year for Windy City.

Be sure to follow all of Thursday’s games on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

FORMER MLB VETERAN TODD FRAZIER JOINS MINERS IN PREPARATION FOR OLYMPICS

June 9, Augusta, NJ – Sussex County Miners Manager and Director of Baseball Operations Bobby Jones announced earlier on Wednesday that former Major League veteran Todd Frazier is expected to join the Miners on Friday for their doubleheader against Tri-City. The move is in preparation for Frazier’s participation for Team USA in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Tokyo, as reported by the New Jersey Herald’s Andrew Tredinnick.

The 35-year-old Frazier is no stranger to International competition, having first come on to the baseball scene as a major part of the 1998 Toms River East Little League team that won the World Championship over Kashima, Japan. Frazier went 4-for-4 in that World Championship Game, with a leadoff home run. Todd was also the winning pitcher in that thrilling title game, won by Toms River East 12-9.

Frazier would then star at Rutgers for 3 years, hitting .347 with 42 HRs and 152 RBIs for the Scarlet Knights. Drafted by Cincinnati 34th overall in the 2007 MLB Draft, Frazier would then go on to play 5 seasons for the Reds, in which he hit .257 with 108 HRs and 324 RBIs.

Following 2 seasons with the Chicago White Sox, the man called the ToddFather would join the New York Yankees in a trade in July of 2017. After the 2017 season, Frazier would then join the New York Mets on a free agent deal, where he would play for two seasons. Frazier would also play for the Texas Rangers and, most recently, for the Pittsburgh Pirates. All told, in his 11 Major League seasons, Todd is a .241 career hitter, with 218 HRs and 640 career RBIs.

Frazier is expected to join the Miners on Friday night, when the Miners play a doubleheader against the Tri-City ValleyCats. Tickets for upcoming and all Miners home games can be purchased at SCMiners.com

ARJONA PITCHES FIRST COMPLETE GAME SHUTOUT FOR BOOMERS IN WIN

After a day off, the Frontier League picked up right where we left off, with six games Tuesday. Here is a recap of the action:

The New Jersey Jackals edged out the Washington Wild Things 3-2. Nick Ward hit an early home run in the first to give the Wild Things a 1-0 lead. In the second, the Jackals responded with a Stanley Espinal home run to tie it, and another run scoring on a two-base error. Washington’s Andrew Czech would tie it in the bottom half after a solo home run of his own, making it 2-2. Then in the fourth, New Jersey took the lead 3-2 with an Espinal base hit. Spencer Hereford got the win, giving up two runs in five innings pitched for the Jackals, and Dylan Brammer shut the door in the ninth for the save.

The Schaumburg Boomers, with the help of starter Kyle Arjona, blanked the Joliet Slammers 8-0. Arjona only allowed three hits and struck out four in the first complete game shutout of the year. Angelo Gumbs led off the fourth inning with a home run to get Schaumburg on the board. Matt Bottcher hit a two-run single to make it 3-0 in his pro debut. Alec Craig drove in a run on a single in the seventh, and the Boomers would score four in the eighth. Luke Becker, Chase Dawson, and Gumbs all drove in runs, and one more scored on a wild pitch in the inning to make it 8-0. This was only the fourth career start for Arjona.

The Evansville Otters topped the Florence Y’alls 11-7. Florence scored first with a Taylor Bryant home run making it 1-0 after one. Riley Krane of the Otters hit a home run to respond and tie the game at one. Then Harrison DiNicola hit a home run for Florence in second, and the Y’alls scored three more runs on two bases hits. Evansville’s J.R. Davis then proceeded to hit his own home run, driving in two to cut the lead in half. Krane hit a double in the fifth, and then Davis tied the game with an RBI single. In the sixth, Elijah MacNamee walked with the bases loaded to give Evansville the lead. They would extend that lead with a Dakota Phillips two-run shot, an RBI groundout from Josh Henderson, and a sac fly off the bat of Miles Gordon. Their last run was scored on another bases loaded walk in the eighth to make it 11-7. Dalton Stambaugh pitched 5.2 innings in the win, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks, and picking up seven strikeouts.

The Southern Illinois Miners defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts 3-2. The Miners took the lead on a bases-loaded walk, followed by a hit-by-pitch of Ian Walters. Then Jared Mang beat a double play out to make it 3-0 Miners. The ThunderBolts scored on an RBI triple by Rob Calabrese in the third, and a Calabrese single in the fifth, making it 3-2 Miners. The score would stay that way for the rest of the game, as Southern Illinois starter Zac Westcott pitched eight innings, with five strikeouts and just two walks. Joey Pulido got the save after pitching a scoreless ninth.

The Lake Erie Crushers beat the Gateway Grizzlies 11-6 after seven runs in the seventh inning. Jay Prather started things off for Gateway with a solo home run in the first. Steven Kraft hit an RBI single in the third to tie it, and then Axel Johnson also hit an RBI single in the top of the third making it 2-1 Grizzlies. Lake Erie proceeded to score three on RBI doubles from Shawon Dunston Jr. and Connor Oliver, and an RBI single from Brody Wofford. The Grizzlies got two back in the bottom half, and then got RBI singles from Abdiel Diaz and Ty Moore to go ahead 6-4. The Crushers would explode for seven runs in the seventh and would capitalize on three Gateway errors. Taylor Sugg got the win for the Crushers, pitching two innings in relief.

Équipe Québec defeated the Sussex County Miners 14-9. The Miners got two on the board in the bottom of the first with an Audy Ciriaco RBI triple and a Trey Hair sacrifice fly. Équipe Québec answered with four in the second on an error the first basemen, a bases-loaded walk to Elliott Curtis, and an RBI single from Gift Ngoepe. Sussex County got one back from a Daniel Herrera ground rule double, but Équipe Québec then erupted for five in the fourth inning. Ngoepe knocked in another on an RBI double, David Glaude drove in one on an RBI single, and Jeffry Parra hit a three-run home run to extend the lead to 9-3. In the fifth, Québec would score a couple more on a fielder’s choice and a sac fly, but the Miners would answer with three in the bottom half. After seven innings, the score was 11-7, but Équipe Québec added three in eighth on a Riley Pittman double and a Jonathan Lacroix single. The Miners would respond in the bottom half with a Chuck Taylor RBI single and a run scoring on a passed ball, but Équipe Québec would close out the game and win 14-9. David Gauthier picked up the win in 2.2 innings of relief.

New York vs Tri-City was postponed due to weather and will be made up July 7 as part of a doubleheader.

More games coming up Wednesday. As always, you can watch them all live on FrontierLeagueTV.com.

SCHAUMBURG’S QUINCY NIEPORTE AND QUÉBEC’S MIGUEL CIENFUEGOS WIN WEEKLY AWARDS

Schaumburg Boomers infielder Quincy Nieporte and Équipe Québec left-hander Miguel Cienfuegos 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.

 

Nieporte takes home the award for the first time since winning it with Schaumburg in 2019. He finished the week with ten hits, including a double, two home runs, and nine RBIs. He also led the league in batting average this week, hitting .455.

 

The 26-year old is in his second season in the Frontier League, after spending the 2019 season with the Boomers as well. Nieporte currently ranks third in the Frontier League this season with a .412 batting average and is second in the league with eleven RBIs. He is also tied for second in hits with fourteen.

 

In two appearances and one start this week, Cienfuegos pitched ten innings and picked up five strikeouts. He has yet to give up a run this season and surrendered only five hits this week. He also walked only two batters. In his start against Washington on Sunday, he pitched eight scoreless innings and earned his first win of the year.

 

The 24-year old is in his first season in the Frontier League, after playing at Northwest Florida State College, and participating in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He is currently tied for the league lead in ERA through the opening two weeks of the season.

 

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NICK ODDO HITS WALK-OFF HOME RUN TO HELP SCHAUMBURG SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH EVANSVILLE

Sunday’s Frontier League games brought us a few pitcher’s duels, and a few late-inning wins as well. If you missed any of it, this recap should help get you caught up:

The Windy City ThunderBolts scored five in the seventh inning and overcame the Joliet Slammers 8-4. Peyton Isaacson’s RBI single in the second gave the Bolts an early lead. Sean Green brought home a run on his sacrifice fly in the third, tying the game at 1. In the seventh, Windy City exploded for five runs to take a 6-1 lead. Jamey Smart drove in one on an RBI single, then with the bases loaded, Zac Taylor launched a grand slam, opening the game up for the ThunderBolts. In the bottom half, Joliet closed the gap. Tyler Depreta-Johnson brought home two on an RBI double, and Lane Baremore brought Depreta-Johnson home on a single, making it 6-4. Jairus Richards proceeded to hit a two-run home run in the ninth to give Windy City some insurance, and the game finished 8-4 after Justin Miller got the save.

Équipe Québec edged out the Washington Wild Things 1-0 in the rubber game to take the weekend series. The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Jorge Gutierrez singled home a runner from third in what was the only run of the game. Miguel Cienfuegos pitched eight scoreless innings for Québec, allowing just four hits and one walk. He struck out two on the day. Wild Things starter Michael Austin also had a solid outing, pitching six scoreless innings in the loss. Andrew Case got the save for Équipe Québec after coming on in the ninth.

The Tri-City ValleyCats earned a win against the New Jersey Jackals 4-2 to cap their weekend series. Denis Phipps launched a two-run home run in the first inning for the ValleyCats, giving them an early 2-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, New Jersey’s Alfredo Marte hit a two-run home run of his own, tying the game at two a piece. But in the bottom half of the fourth, Francis Martinez put Tri-City back in front with an RBI single. They would later add an insurance run in the fifth on an RBI single from Oscar Campos to make it 4-2. Starter Parker Kelly pitched five innings in the win, picking up three strikeouts and giving up only one earned run on two hits on the day. Trey Cochran-Gill pitched the final two innings and collected his second save of the season.

The Sussex County Miners beat the New York Boulders 4-3, sweeping their three-game series. New York’s Austin Dennis hit a solo home run in the first to give the Boulders an early lead. They’d add to this lead with a pair of RBI singles by Tucker Nathans Kevonte Mitchell coming in the third inning. Sussex County would respond with two of their own in the bottom half. Nilo Rijo lined an RBI double to score one, and would later score on an error by pitcher Danny Wirchansky, making it 3-2 Boulders after three. The Miners would take the lead for good in the fifth, when Trey Hair launched a two-run home run to put them in front 4-3. Mike Castellani got the win in six innings pitched for Sussex County.

The Florence Y’alls scored the one and only run of the game in the ninth inning, and beat the Gateway Grizzlies 1-0. It was a pitchers duel through eight, as Kevin Hahn started for Florence and got through 5 1/3 innings, and Aaron Ford lasted six for Gateway. Ford did not allow a hit until the fifth inning. Each team’s bullpen held each other scoreless until the ninth. It was Harrison DiNicola who broke the scoreless tie on an RBI single that allowed Trevor Craport to score the winning run for the Y’alls. Johnathon Tripp earned his fourth save of the season for Florence.

The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Southern Illinois Miners by a score of 8-7. The Miners carried a 2-0 lead after a Luke Mangieri double plated one run, and an error by Steve Passatempo allowed Mangieri to score later in the first. The Crushers responded quickly with a three-run second inning. Trevor Achenbach scored on a wild pitch by Miners starter Tyler Brown. Passatempo then tied the game on an RBI single, and General McArthur added the third with another single to give Lake Erie a 3-2 lead. Southern Illinois would tie the game in the fourth after Jarrod Watkins singled home Ryan Stacy. The Crushers scored three more in the fifth on an RBI single from Steven Kraft, an RBI single from Brody Wofford, and a sacrifice fly from Bryan De La Rosa that made it 6-3. But the Miners would answer again with a three-run inning of their own. Ian Walters scored a run with a triple, and then Nick Neville hit a two-run homer to tie the game at 6. De La Rosa broke the tie with a two-run single for the Crushers in the seventh, but the Miners were able to get one back on a double play in the eighth. However, the Miners could not score any more after that, and Daniel Kight came on in the ninth to close the game for Lake Erie and earn the save.

The Evansville Otters and Schaumburg Boomers split a doubleheader Sunday. In game one, the Boomers prevailed 2-1. It was another pitchers duel as Evansville’s Marty Anderson pitched six scoreless innings, and Schaumburg’s Ryan Middendorf pitched 5.2 scoreless innings in the seven-inning game. In the top of the seventh, Dakota Phillips broke the scoreless tie with a solo home run to put Evansville up 1-0. But Schaumburg would respond with two in the bottom half. Nick Oddo crushed a two-run walk-off home run for the Boomers win. Schaumburg started the scoring in game two with an RBI single from Quincy Nieporte in the first inning. Evansville responded in the second with a J.R. Davis home run to tie the game. Schaumburg scored two more in the second, but that was followed by a five-run third inning for Evansville. Riley Krane doubled home a run, Bryce Denton singled home another, and Dakota Phillips hit an RBI double to give the Otters a 3-2 lead. Davis then hit an RBI single. The Otters would score two more on an RBI double from Riley Krane in the sixth, and a run in the top of the seventh on an RBI double from Miles Gordon. The game would finish 9-6 Evansville. Tyler Spring earned the win out of the bullpen for the Otters.

All teams have Monday off, but we’ll be back with more baseball on Tuesday! You can watch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com.

JOLIET HOMERS FIVE TIMES, FOUR TEAMS RALLY LATE ON SATURDAY

In case you missed any part of a busy Saturday in the Frontier League, here is a recap to get you all caught up:

The Schaumburg Boomers got a season-high sixteen hits in a 13-2 win over the Evansville Otters. Luke Becker hit a solo home run in the second, then Chase Dawson hit a three-run homer in the third to make it 4-0. In the fifth, Quincy Nieporte hit a homer as well as part of a five-run fifth that made it 9-0 Boomers. Evansville scored two on a Bryce Denton single in the sixth and a sac fly from J.R. Davis in the eighth. Schaumburg’s Angelo Gumbs doubled home two in the bottom of the eighth before Becker hit his second home run of the night, this time a two-run shot. Lefty Aaron Rozek allowed only one unearned run in seven innings pitched with eight strikeouts in the blowout win.

The Joliet Slammers secured another win against the Windy City ThunderBolts 10-4. In the first, Brylie Ware blasted a two-run home run to make it 2-0 early. Dan Robinson tied the game for Windy City on an RBI single in the second. In the bottom of the second, after Patrick Causa hit a solo home run, Brylie Ware hit another home run, this time a three-run shot. Ware hit two of Joliet’s five homers in the game. The others in the game came from Braxton Davidson in the third, and Kyle Jacobsen in the fifth—both solo shots. In the eighth, Patrick Causa walked, and Tyler Blaum was hit by a pitch, both with the bases loaded, to bring home two runs, and bringing Joliet’s run total to 10. Keaton Sullivan earned the win in four scoreless innings for the Slammers.

The Florence Y’alls came back against the Gateway Grizzlies, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth to win the game 6-4. The Y’alls got an RBI double from Chad Sedio in the first and got a pair of home runs in the second from Taylor Bryant and Jackson Pritchard. Gateway got three runs in the fifth on a two-run RBI triple by Abdiel Diaz and an RBI double from Nick Rotola that made it 4-3. Axel Johnson then hit a game-tying home run in the sixth. In the ninth, a run scored on a passed ball, and the last run scored on a Luis Pintor grounder to short after the throw was just late to home plate. Joe Dougherty got credited with the win after his scoreless eighth inning, and Johnathon Tripp earned his third save of the season.

Équipe Québec won a close game against the Washington Wild Things 3-2 after scoring a run in the ninth inning. Bralin Jackson got the scoring started on an RBI single in the third to give Washington a 1-0 lead. Grant Heyman scored a run on an RBI double in the fifth to extend the lead to 2-0. Équipe Québec would tie the game up on a two-run RBI single by Jack Barrie in the seventh, and then in the ninth, L.P. Pelletier drove in the go-ahead run on a groundout. The Wild Things were unable to score any in the bottom half, sealing the win for Québec.

The New Jersey Jackals beat the Tri-City ValleyCats for the second night in a row with a 7-5 victory. Tri-City started hot with back-to-back home runs to give them an early 2-0 lead. The Jackals would score four runs in the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. One came on a Jason Agresti RBI single, two more scored on a single from Demetrius Moorer, and the last one came on a sacrifice fly from Santiago Chirino. Tri-City’s Denis Phipps then tied the game with a two-run RBI single in the bottom half of the fifth to even it back up, but the Jackals responded again in the seventh, scoring three. They came on a sacrifice fly from Espinal, a double from Dalton Combs, and a single from T.J. Ward. The ValleyCats got one back on a Denis Phipps solo home run in the eighth, but New Jersey’s lead was too much to overcome. New Jersey’s Jared Milch struck out six in four and two-thirds innings pitched in his professional debut.

The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Southern Illinois Miners in the second straight game settled in extra innings between the teams, 5-4. Trevor Achenbach scored the first run on a wild pitch from the Miners’ starter Chase Cunningham. The Miners would take the lead after an Ian Walters two-run RBI double. The Crushers would respond in the sixth inning with a Brody Wofford single bringing another run home, tying the game at 2. Walters drove in another run on a ground-rule double, and Nick Neville drove in one more on a sacrifice fly for the Miners in the sixth. Lake Erie rallied in the eighth on a Bryan De La Rosa RBI triple and a sacrifice fly from Wofford that would allow the tying run to score. In the tenth, it was Connor Oliver who drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI triple. Paul Perez closed out the game in the tenth and earned the win in his first appearance for the Crushers.

The Sussex County Miners scored three runs late to beat the New York Boulders 7-6. In the first, New York took the early lead, with an error by the catcher allowing Milton Smith Jr. to score the game’s first run. Sussex County tied the game on a Cito Culver RBI single in the second, but New York came back with two more in the fourth. Ryan Ramiz and Ray Hernandez each drove home a run on a pair of doubles in the inning. The Boulders extended their lead on a sac fly from Jack Sundberg and RBI single from Austin Dennis to make it 5-1. After a Zach Penprase groundout scored one more for New York in the seventh, the Miners responded with two consecutive strong innings. Trey Hair knocked in three on a home run in the seventh, and in the eighth, a passed ball and a Martin Figueroa single brought home three more to give the Miners a 7-6 lead, and enough for the win.

Be sure to catch all of Sunday’s action on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

GATEWAY, JOLIET, AND SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ALL USE LATE RALLIES TO EARN WINS FRIDAY NIGHT

In case you missed any of Friday’s Frontier League action, here is a recap to get you all caught up:

The Washington Wild Things were able to pull away from Équipe Québec, winning 7-3. Grant Heyman started off the first with an RBI single, and the next hitter Hector Roa tripled home two more runs, making it 3-0 Wild Things. David Glaude then hit a two-run home run for Équipe Québec in the third inning, but Hector Roa got his second RBI hit of the night in the bottom half for Washington. Québec scored again in the fifth, but Washington was not done. Three runs scored on an error after a base hit by Joe Campagna, making it 7-3, and closing the scoring. Keven Pimentel picked up his second win on the mound this season, and the Washington bullpen combined to pitch four scoreless innings to secure the win for the Wild Things.

The Gateway Grizzlies scored three runs in the eighth inning and beat the Florence Y’alls 5-2. Florence scored the first two runs on a pair of RBI singles by Mitch Piatnik in the third, and Luis Pintor in the fifth, respectively. Gateway would answer with a Justin Jones RBI triple and Jay Prather sac fly in the bottom of the fifth. Then in the eighth, Axel Johnson launched a three-run home run to give the Grizzlies 5-2 lead. Jack Jett threw three scoreless innings to earn the win in relief for Gateway.

The Evansville Otters topped the Schaumburg Boomers 6-2. The Boomers scored in the first on a Quincy Nieporte two-run home run. Evansville proceeded to score four runs in the fourth inning, on a two-run single by J.R. Davis tying the game, a wild pitch scoring Bryce Denton, and a single by Christopher Pujols. The lead was extended on a two-run home run by Justin Felix in the sixth to make it 6-2. Polo Portela earned the win for the Otters in six innings pitched with eight strikeouts, and Justin Lewis and Reid Bukowski came in from the bullpen and helped close it out.

The Sussex County Miners put up twelve runs defeated the New York Boulders 12-2. Audy Ciriaco hit one in on a groundout in the first to open the scoring for the Miners. The Boulders got one back on an RBI single by Jack Sundberg, but the Miners also scored in the second. Chuck Taylor scored three on an RBI double, then scored on an error by the catcher, and then later in the inning, Trey Hair stole home to make it 6-1 Miners. They would tack on three more in the third, on an error by the catcher, an RBI single by Taylor, and an RBI double by Trey Hair. Ryan Ramiz hit one more in for the Boulders in the fourth on an RBI single, but it would not be enough to keep pace. In the seventh, the Miners added three more on a groundout from Trey Hair, a double by Martin Figueroa, and a single by Daniel Herrera. Tyler Alexander tossed six innings with seven strikeouts, and giving up just two runs—one unearned—in the win for Sussex County.

The Joliet Slammers came from behind and scored four runs in the eighth to defeat the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-4. Joliet got their first two runs on a two-run homer by Brian Parreira in the first. The ThunderBolts answered in the fifth with a Rob Calabrese groundout and Jose Layer single each driving in one run a piece. The next inning, Windy City took the lead on a Zac Taylor RBI double, but it was soon tied again after Joliet’s Braxton Davidson hit a solo home run. Windy City’s Jack Strunc would score on an infield hit by Zac Taylor in the top of the eighth to make it 4-3 ThunderBolts. The Slammers then unloaded for four runs in the bottom half, as they loaded the bases and allowed Patrick Causa to drive in two of those runs on an RBI single. Three errors by Windy City allowed the Slammers to score two more runs in the inning and put the game away. Gerald Bautista got the win in relief for the Slammers, allowing one run in 2.1 innings.

The New Jersey Jackals routed the Tri-City ValleyCats 17-2 Friday night. The game was close until the Jackals unloaded for nine runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Jackals began the scoring with a Justin Wylie single in the third, and got another in the fifth with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Demetrius Moorer.  Tri-City responded with an RBI double from Avery Tuck in the bottom half, and a Juan Silverio solo home run in the sixth. Santiago Chirino drove in two on an RBI single in the seventh before the Jackals’ bats got hot in the eighth. Demetrius Moorer and Justin Wylie both drove in runs on a pair of RBI singles. Russ Olive then got a run home on a fielder’s choice. Riley Mihalik plated another on a double, and T.J. Ward plated two on an RBI single. To cap off the scoring in the eighth, Dalton Combs scored on a passed ball. The Jackals scored four more in the ninth on a pair of home runs from Russ Olive and Riley Mihalik to put an end to the offensive outpouring for New Jersey.

The Southern Illinois Miners came back from a 4-1 deficit, beating the Lake Erie Crushers in a home run derby 4-2. The Miners took an early lead on a Nolan Earley double scoring one run in the first. Gunnar Kines hit Lake Erie’s Steve Passatempo with a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing home a run for the Crushers in the second. They would add to that lead after another pair of hit batters in the fourth, followed by two errors by the Southern Illinois defense. Steven Kraft would then hit an RBI infield single to make it 4-1 Crushers.  However, the Miners would strike back on an RBI single by Anthony Brocato and a sacrifice fly from Ian Walters cutting it to 4-3 in the seventh. In the eighth, Yeltsin Gudiño hit an RBI double to tie the game at 4, and eventually send it to extra innings. Lake Erie scored two in the tenth on an RBI single by Brody Wofford and a sacrifice fly by Shawon Dunston, Jr. giving them a 6-4 lead. The Miners would come back again, loading the bases, drawing a walk, and then scoring the tying run on a Nolan Earley RBI single that would send the game to a home run derby. The Miners won the derby 4-2 to end the four-hour-plus game.

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OTTERS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER, AS BOTH GAMES ARE DECIDED IN EXTRA INNINGS

In case you missed any of the action Thursday night, here is a recap of all the games that took place:

The Washington Wild Things took the series finale against the Florence Y’alls 8-2 Thursday night. Bralin Jackson hit a solo home run in the first to make it 1-0 Washington. Then, Hector Roa hit one in the second to make it 2-0. In the sixth, Brian Sharp added to the tally with a solo home run of his own, and then John Sansone hit an RBI single to make it 4-0 after six. Florence fought back with a two-run home run by Chad Sedio in the same inning, but the Wild Things got two right back on singles by Sharp and Jackson. Then in the eighth, Sharp and Jackson were both walked with the bases loaded to give Washington eight runs and close out the scoring. Darren Osby completed five scoreless innings for the Wild Things in the win. Hector Roa’s two hits on the night moved him into second all-time in hits in Washington franchise history.

The Gateway Grizzlies earned an 8-4 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Windy City struck first, with an RBI single that brought home Zac Taylor. Then Jamey Smart hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Dan Robinson to make it 2-0 ThunderBolts. But in the bottom half, Gateway’s offense started rolling. After a single and a double, Ty Moore hit the first run home with a sacrifice fly. The next two plays were a Nick Rotola RBI double and a Justin Jones RBI single. Dustin Woodcock would cap off the inning with a two-run double to end the first inning at 5-2 Grizzlies. Gateway kept the lead for the rest of the game, with Jorge Tavarez pitching 5.2 innings and earning the win. Nick Rotola went 4-4 on the night, and finished just a triple shy of the cycle.

The New York Boulders won their final game against the Tri-City ValleyCats, and swept the series with a 9-3 win. The ValleyCats got off to a good start, with Steven Figueroa hitting a solo home run to make it 1-0 in the first. The Boulders would strike back with three runs in the bottom half coming on a pair of RBI singles from Ryan Ramiz and Zach Penprase. Avery Tuck would bring a run home in the second for Tri-City on an RBI single, but that was matched by an RBI single from Zach Kirtley of the Boulders in the bottom half. New York would take a 5-2 lead with a Phil Capra RBI single in the third, and Tri-City would inch closer on a Denis Phipps double, making it 5-3. New York would tack on four more runs in the seventh and eighth—on a sac fly from Phil Capra, a groundout off the bat of Milton Smith Jr., a Ryan Ramiz single, and a groundout from Zach Penprase. Brian Rapp got the start for the Boulders and went four innings, but Zach Schneider earned the win in his four innings of relief for the Boulders.

The Joliet Slammers defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 9-6, winning the final game of the series between the two teams. The Slammers put three on the board in the first inning, on a pair of RBI singles from Kyle Jacobsen and Braxton Davidson. Two more came in the second on an RBI double from Brylie Ware. The Boomers got runs back in the third and fourth on sac flies from Chase Dawson and Nick Oddo, but in the sixth, Brian Parreira launched a two-run home run before Patrick Causa hit an RBI single to extend the Slammers’ lead to 9-2. Schaumburg would proceed to score two on RBI singles by Angelo Gumbs and Luke Becker in the seventh, and two more on a Chase Dawson single in eighth to give them six runs. It was not enough though, as Trevor Charpie closed out the game in the ninth for Joliet to give them the series win.

In a doubleheader Thursday night, Équipe Québec and the Southern Illinois Miners each took a game a piece. The Miners took game one 4-3. Équipe Québec opened up the scoring in the fourth with a two-run home run from Riley Pittman. Gift Ngoepe then tripled and scored on an error to put Québec up 3-0. In the bottom of the fifth, the Miners scored on a Tyler Sandoval RBI single, and then in the sixth, they tied the game with a two-run home run from Nolan Earley. At last, in the seventh, Southern Illinois walked it off on an RBI single from Jarrod Watkins to win them game one. In game two, the Miners scored first—in the first on an RBI groundout from Luke Mangieri to go up 1-0. That was the score until Riley Pittman hit a two-run single in the fifth to make it 2-1 Équipe Québec. The game would be tied after a bases loaded walk in the bottom half, but Québec would go back ahead on a Jeffry Parra solo home run in the sixth. They would add one more on a home run by David Glaude in the seventh. Mangieri responded with his own solo home run in the bottom of the seventh for Southern Illinois, but Équipe Québec would hold on to win 4-3.

In the second doubleheader of the day, Evansville took both games from Lake Erie in extra innings. Game one ended 2-1. It started with Lake Erie’s Trevor Achenbach hitting a solo home run off of Dalton Stambaugh. Christopher Pujols would respond with an RBI single in the second to tie it. From there, Stambaugh pitched a solid game, going six innings and striking out six, while only giving up that one run. In extra innings, the Otters held the Crushers scoreless and set up Elijah MacNamee to win the game on a bases loaded RBI single. In game two, MacNamee got it started with an RBI sac fly in the first. Lake Erie tied it with a sacrifice fly of their own in the third, but soon after, Andy DeJesus doubled home a run for the Otters. In the fifth, the Crushers scored three to make it 4-2, but Evansville would tie it up in the bottom of the seventh on a fielder’s choice scoring Trent Nash, and a safety squeeze by Josh Henderson scoring J.R. Davis. The Crushers were again held scoreless in extra innings after stranding a pair of base runners, and Evansville was also unable to score any in the eighth, so the game went to a home run derby to break the tie—the first for either team. The Otters would win the home run derby 4-2 after Riley Krane and Dakota Phillips hit two each to break the tie and sweep the series for Evansville.

Sussex County and New Jersey were postponed Thursday night, with the game rescheduled to be part of a doubleheader on July 3.

All fourteen teams are in action Friday night. Be sure to follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com!

ÉQUIPE QUÉBEC BEATS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS IN HOME RUN DERBY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

Here is a recap of all the games you may have missed on Wednesday night:

The New York Boulders scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to walk it off and beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 6-5 on Wednesday. In the first, Tri-City grabbed the lead after an RBI groundout by Juan Silverio after a Steve Figueroa triple. The Boulders then scored four in the bottom half, with two coming on a single by Jack Sundberg, and two coming on a double by Zach Penprase. Tri-City fought right back with a three-run home run by Keaton Weisz in the second to tie the game at four. In the fourth, the ValleyCats took a 5-4 lead on an RBI single by Figueroa, but then in the seventh, New York tied the game with a sacrifice fly by Tucker Nathans. Then in the bottom of the ninth, Zach Kirtley hit an RBI single to drive in Austin Dennis to win the game for the Boulders.

The Windy City ThunderBolts won the opener in Gateway with a 2-1 win over the Grizzlies. Gateway scored first in the bottom of the second on a Justin Jones sacrifice fly. The ThunderBolts then went on to score their two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Dan Robinson. From there, Windy City pitching was able to close the game out. Miguel Ausua came on and got the final nine outs for his first professional save. Reigning Frontier League Pitcher of the Week Tyler Thornton got his second win of the season, while giving up just one unearned run and two hits over six innings.

The Schaumburg Boomers came from behind and beat the Joliet Slammers 5-1. Joliet scored first in the bottom of the first inning, but were unable to push any more runs across against starter Kyle Arjona. Chase Dawson hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game for the Boomers, and Clint Hardy put them in front on a two-run single in the fourth inning. Hardy would score later in the inning, and brought the fifth and final run home in the fifth on an RBI triple. Arjona got the win with just one run allowed and six strikeouts in six innings pitched. Stephen Chamblee and Darrell Thompson closed out the rest of the game without allowing any more runs.

The Florence Y’alls took both games of a doubleheader from the Washington Wild Things despite a delay in the start times due to weather. In the first game, Florence topped the Wild Things 4-1. Taylor Bryant hit an RBI single in the bottom of the second to open the scoring, and one inning later Luis Pintor scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Chad Sedio. Florence extended their lead to 3-0 on a Jordan Brower infield single in the fourth. Pintor hit a home run in the fifth to put a cap on their scoring. Grant Heyman got the Wild Things on the board in the sixth with an RBI double, but that was all they got. Starter Jared Cheek racked up 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts and earned the win. In game two, the Y’alls bested the Wild Things 2-0. Florence plated one in the first with a fielder’s choice by Trevor Craport. Later, in the fourth, Harrison DiNicola drove in Jose Brizuela on an RBI single to make it 2-0. Washington was unable to score off of starting pitcher Edgar Martinez in his five innings pitched. He struck out six in the win, and Johnathon Tripp got his second save of the season.

Équipe Québec and the Southern Illinois Miners went to a home run derby to break the 5-5 tie, and it was Équipe Québec who prevailed 3-0. Québec scored first in the third inning on a throwing error by Miners second basemen Craig Massey. One batter later, Elliott Curtis singled home another run making it 2-0. Southern Illinois responded in the same inning, when Anthony Brocato scored on an error by the third basemen Curtis, making it 2-1. Équipe Québec would score on a solo home run by Riley Pittman in the fourth, making it 3-1, until the ninth inning when Spencer Henn knocked an RBI single and Jarrod Watkins drove in another run on a weak grounder to second. The game then went to extra innings, where Équipe Québec scored twice on a single by Curtis, and a sac fly from Jeffry Parra. The Miners came right back and tied it again, with a Luke Mangieri RBI single and a dropped third strike allowing Massey to score and tie the game. But in the home run derby, it was Équipe Québec, with all three players hitting one home run, who were able to outlast the Miners.

Evansville defeated Lake Erie 10-6 at Bosse Field Wednesday night. Bryce Denton got things started, knocking in Andy DeJesus on and RBI groundout in the first. Karl Ellison of the Crushers responded by hitting a grand slam in the second, making it 4-1. The Otters would climb right back and score one run on an RBI single by DeJesus in the third, and another on a Riley Krane sac fly. Evansville would then tie the game on a Dakota Phillips RBI single, and go in front with a Miles Gordon sacrifice fly. The lead was extended with another DeJesus RBI in the sixth, but Lake Erie scored two more in the seventh off of a bases loaded walk and a sac fly by Dylan Jones to tie the game. In the bottom of the seventh, the Otters went back in front on a Dakota Phillips RBI single, and the lead was cushioned by RBIs on a sac fly by Christopher Pujols, an RBI double by Gordon, and  a two-out RBI single. Dakota Phillips went 4-5 with 3 RBIs on the night in the victory for the Otters.

The Sussex County Miners got another win against the New Jersey Jackals 7-4. The Miners got one in the first on a sac fly from Martin Figueroa and added another on an RBI single by Nilo Rijo in the second. Audy Ciriaco launched a solo home run in the third to make it 3-0 Miners until the fifth inning. In the fifth, the Miners tacked on more with a Trey Hair double plating one, a John Jones single plating two, and a Daniel Herrera double adding one more to make it 7-0. New Jersey would score four in the bottom half on a two-run Jason Agresti RBI double, a Demetrius Moorer sac fly, and a Justin Wylie RBI single closing the scoring at 7-4. Max Herrmann pitched five innings and gave up four runs in the win, while John Hayes gave up seven in 4.2 innings in the loss.

Every team in action Thursday, with two doubleheaders on the schedule. You can watch all of them on FrontierLeagueTV.com.

SUSSEX COUNTY SETS OR TIES FOUR FRANCHISE RECORDS IN WIN VS NEW JERSEY

If you missed any of Tuesday’s games, here is a recap of the three games that took place:

The New York Boulders beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 7-2 at Palisades Credit Union Park. Lefthander Dan Wirchansky pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, and striking out twelve—tying the franchise record last held by Justin Brantley in 2018 against Trois-Rivières in the Can-Am League.  The Boulders started the scoring right away in the first, with a two-run single by Kevonte Mitchell. They stretched the lead to 3-0 in the sixth with an RBI single from Ray Hernandez. Then Zach Kirtley drove in four with a grand slam in the seventh inning to open the game up to a 7-0 Boulders lead. The ValleyCats scored two on a two-run home run in the ninth to make the final score 7-2.

In Joliet, the Slammers blanked the Schaumburg Boomers 2-0. The only runs came on a two-run homer from Brian Parreira in the bottom of the sixth inning. While the Boomers came close, stranding seven in scoring position throughout the game, they could not push any runs across. Kipp Rollings earned the win and notched four strikeouts in his 2.2 innings of work, while Ryan Middendorf threw seven strong innings in the loss for the Boomers.

The Sussex County Miners beat the New Jersey Jackals 17-7, and set or tied four team records. Trey Hair led the offensive attack with three home runs—becoming the first time a player has hit that many in Miners history, and tying a Frontier League Record for most home runs in a game. The last player to hit three in a game was Paul Kronenfeld of the River City Rascals in in 2018. Hair also had seven RBI in the game, which breaks the team record of 6 in a game set by Daniel Mateo in 2018. Other Miners also had big nights, including Nilo Rijo (4 for 6 with a triple and two runs scored), Daniel Herrera (4 for 6 with a HR and 3 RBI), and Cito Culver (3 hits), as Sussex County set a franchise record with 21 hits in the game. Tyler Luneke provided 3 1/3 innings of pitching relief and got the win.

The opening game of the series between the Lake Erie Crushers and the Evansville Otters was postponed due to weather, and will be a part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m.

The opening contest between Équipe Québec and the Southern Illinois Miners was also postponed and will be a part of a doubleheader at the same time Thursday.

Watch all eight of Wednesday’s games on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

JACKALS, Y’ALLS WALK IT OFF ON A BUSY MONDAY

It was a busy Memorial Day that was full of baseball, including two doubleheaders. Here is a recap of how every game unfolded:

Washington picked up a series win against the Lake Erie Crushers with a 7-1 win in Avon. It was the first professional start for Ryan Hennen, and he threw five innings while giving up just one run and one hit. He also struck out eight batters in the start. The one hit he did allow was a solo home run to Bryan De La Rosa in the second inning. The Wild Things began the scoring in the first with a Bralin Jackson RBI single and a John Sansone sacrifice fly. In the second, Jackson brought home another run with an RBI single, and Grant Heyman hit a single to bring home a fourth run. Heyman had three hits including a triple. Sansone added a run with a single in the fifth, Hector Roa doubled home a run in the seventh, and Trevor Casanova drove him in with an RBI single to round out the scoring.

The Gateway Grizzlies overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 6-5 in ten innings. Schaumburg spent most of the game on top. Gian Martellini hit a two-run single in the second inning, and Quincy Nieporte did the same in the third. DH Andres Regnault hit a solo homer for the Grizzlies in the seventh to get them on the board and make it 4-1. It was 5-2 after eight, but Abdiel Diaz and Jose Rosario hit back-to-back RBI groundouts to make it 5-4 in the ninth. With runners on first and second, Schaumburg SS Matt McGarry tried to barehand a ball hit off the pitcher, but threw it into the stand, allowing a run to score to tie the game. The game was tied after nine. In the tenth, Connor Owins hit a game-winning RBI double to bring home Justin Jones from second, and win the game for Gateway.

Florence and Southern Illinois went to extra innings, and the Y’alls won yet again 5-4, improving to 5-0 on the season. The scoring started for Florence when Harrison DiNicola cracked a two-run single in the second. The Miners responded by scoring four times in the top of the fourth. Nolan Earley launched a solo home run, Jarrod Watkins made it 2-2 on an RBI single, a wild pitch allowed Luke Mangieri to score from third base and let the Miners take the 3-2 lead, and Spencer Henn hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 Miners at the end of the half inning. Florence would respond in the eighth with a Trevor Craport solo home run to make it 4-3. DiNicola would later score on a fielder’s choice by Will Baker to tie the game at 4. In the bottom of the tenth, Chad Sedio won the game for the Y’alls with a walk-off single—their second walk-off win of the series—to sweep the Miners.

The Sussex County Miners and Tri-City ValleyCats played a doubleheader Monday, with the Miners taking both games. In the first game, Billy Layne, Jr. got five innings of pitching work, striking out six and not allowing a run. Meanwhile, the Miners bats gave him the support he needed. Trey Hair scored on a double steal from third, and Cito Culver delivered an RBI single in the fourth, providing enough offense for the Miners to earn the win. In the second game, it was Alexander Vargas who powered the Miners pitching with five innings and only two hits and one run allowed. Cito Culver scored Martin Figueroa on a sacrifice fly in the fifth, then Daniel Herrera would get on base and score on a pair of wild pitches. In the sixth, Trey Hair would score after Culver reached base on a fielding error, and the score would finish at 3-1.

The New York Boulders and New Jersey Jackals also played a doubleheader Monday, with the Jackals taking both games. In the first, New Jersey won 4-3. New Jersey scored first in the bottom of the second, Alfredo Marte scoring on a double by Stanley Espinal and later, Espinal scoring on a fielder’s choice off the bat of T.J. Ward, making it 2-0 Jackals. The Boulders scored four in the fourth. Ryan Ramiz scored on a bases-loaded walk. Milton Smith hit an RBI single, scoring Jack Sundberg and Ray Hernandez and making it 3-2 Boulders. Tucker Nathans also notched an RBI single to drive home Phil Capra and make it 4-2 New York after four. But in the fifth, New Jersey would take the lead right back with a Dalton Combs RBI single, and a two-run RBI single by Jason Agresti. This would put the Jackals ahead for good, with their bullpen closing the rest of the seven-inning game out. In game two, the Jackals went ahead on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Nicco Toni in the second. Austin Denis would deliver an RBI single for the Boulders in the seventh, tying the game at one and sending it to extra innings. After New York scored in the top half of the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Kevonte Mitchell, New Jersey came back and scored two, capped off with a walk-off single by Dalton Combs.

The Evansville Otters beat Équipe Québec 5-2 Monday, taking the rubber match and improving to 3-1. In the second, Dakota Phillips hit a two-run double to open it up 2-0. Bryce Denton doubled home Miles Gordon in the third, and Miles Gordon and Andy DeJesus both notched RBI singles to make it 5-0. Québec scored both runs in the eighth, with Jeffry Parra singling home two runs. Marty Anderson earned the win for the Otters, going five innings and allowing three hits, two walks and no runs. Abraham Almonte and Logan Sawyer helped close out the game, with Sawyer earning his second save of the season.

Ten teams in action Tuesday, as the calendar turns to June and the season gets into full swing. Remember, you can watch every game at FrontierLeagueTV.com.

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