EVANSVILLE’S RILEY KRANE AND WINDY CITY’S TYLER THORNTON TAKE HOME WEEKLY AWARDS

Evansville Otters first basemen Riley Krane and Windy City ThunderBolts right-hander Tyler Thornton 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.

 

Krane takes home the award for the first time since he won it back in 2019 with the Joliet Slammers. In the opening game against Schaumburg, and two games against Équipe Québec on Saturday, Krane picked up six hits, scored five runs, hit two home runs, and drove in six RBI. He finished the opening weekend with a .545 batting average.

 

The 26-year old is in his fourth season in the Frontier League, and in his first season with Evansville after playing 2019 with Joliet, and 2017-18 with Windy City. Krane is currently tied for the league lead in home runs and RBI.

 

In his first start of the season, Thornton pitched seven scoreless innings, registering twelve strikeouts in the ThunderBolts’ Opening Day win against Joliet. He gave up only two walks and four hits in the start as well. Thornton has also previously won the award for Frontier League Pitcher of the Week with the ThunderBolts in 2019.

 

Tyler Thornton is in his third season in the Frontier League, having played for Windy City in 2019, and Traverse City in 2018. He is currently tied for the league lead in strikeouts and ERA through the opening week of the season.

 

Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

 

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

SUNDAY’S FRONTIER LEAGUE RECAP

A pair of games were rained out Sunday, but there were still eight teams in action Sunday. If you missed any, here is a recap of each of Sunday’s games:

The Windy City ThunderBolts took a 9-8 victory as well a series victory against the Joliet Slammers Sunday. The ThunderBolts took the lead in the first on a Rob Calabrese RBI single. Braxton Davidson hit a solo home run and tied the game, but then Windy City answered back with seven straight runs. Dan Robinson and Jamey Smart got RBI hits during a four-run second inning. Peyton Isaacson then proceeded to hit a two-run home run in the fifth, and Jairus Richards’s RBI single in the sixth made it 8-1. Joliet finally got hot in the seventh with Lane Baremore hitting a two-run single and Brylie Ware knocking a three-run home run to make it 8-6 ThunderBolts. Zac Taylor knocked in Brynn Martinez with an RBI single extend Windy City’s lead, but Joliet was not done. Brian Parreira hit a two-run double in the ninth to bring the game to 9-8, but that was all they could muster. Jake Fisher got his first start for Windy City since September 2017, and passed Dustin Williams to become the franchise’s all-time wins leader with 30.

The Washington Wild Things picked up their first win of the season Sunday afternoon against the Lake Erie Crushers 1-0. The Crushers managed only one hit the whole game in the third inning in what was a dominant performance by Washington pitchers. Keven Pimentel pitched six strong innings with ten strikeouts in the win. BJ Sabol and Jesus Balaguer also threw scoreless innings and Zach Strecker picked up his first save of the year. This was his 53rd save in his career, and puts him just one behind 5th place in Frontier League history. Bralin Jackson scored the only run for the Wild Things in the sixth on a wild pitch.

Florence won their fourth game in a row, coming from behind and beating Southern Illinois 4-3. The Y’alls started the scoring in the fifth inning with an RBI single by Will Baker. Three runs came for the Miners in the sixth—two coming on a Luke Mangieri home run, but Florence got one back in the bottom half when Chad Sedio scored on a throw down to second base. In the eighth, Harrison DiNicola hit a go-ahead two-run single with two outs to give the Y’alls the 4-3 lead. Joe Dougherty came in for the save in the ninth and secured the win for Florence.

The Schaumburg Boomers had a strong fourth inning and defeated the Gateway Grizzlies 7-2. The scoring in that strong fourth inning started with an RBI double from Chase Dawson. Luke Becker then drove two more home with a double with the bases loaded to make it 3-0. Nick Oddo singled home Willy Garcia, Alec Craig walked with the bases loaded, and Angelo Gumbs hit into a fielder’s choice to bring home the sixth run. The Grizzlies got their two runs in the top of the sixth inning, on a Chase Vallot RBI double and a Jose Reyes RBI groundout. Willy Garcia hit a home run to the scoreboard in the fifth for the seventh and final run for Schaumburg, making it 7-2. Orlando Rodriguez got the win for the Boomers, allowing two runs in 6.2 innings pitched, while Darrell Thompson and Jake Joyce closed out the win from the bullpen and added to the 13 combined strikeouts for Boomers pitching.

Both games of the Tri-City vs Sussex County doubleheader were again postponed and the two teams will play a doubleheader starting tomorrow at 2 p.m.

New York vs New Jersey was also postponed again, and the two teams will also play a doubleheader starting tomorrow at 2 p.m.

Twelve teams are in action on Memorial Day, with a couple doubleheaders on the schedule. Monday is the last day to watch every game on FrontierLeagueTV.com using the free trial! Don’t miss out!

Y’ALLS BEAT MINERS IN 10 INNINGS, LAKE ERIE DEFEATS WASHINGTON FOR FIRST WIN OF SEASON

Saturday night saw another game end in extra innings, and a couple teams pick up their first win of the season. Here is a recap of all that went down:

The Florence Y’alls came back and won in the tenth inning 5-4 against Southern Illinois. Luke Mangieri opened up the scoring in the third with a three-run homer to put Southern Illinois in front 3-0. Florence would battle right back and get two runs in the bottom half of the inning on a two-run home run by Harrison DiNicola. The score stayed 3-2 for a few innings until Jarrod Watkins delivered an RBI single in the sixth inning to make it 4-2 Miners. The Y’alls would again strike back and get two runs in the bottom half of that inning with a two-run home run off the bat of Trevor Craport tying the game at four. The game stayed tied until Chad Sedio brought the winning run home in the bottom of the tenth with a sacrifice fly to end the game.

The Lake Erie Crushers defeated the Washington Wild Things 5-3 for their first win of the season in the opener of a three-game series. Connor Oliver hit a two-run single to center in the third inning, with an error bringing home a third run on the play, making it 3-0 Lake Erie. The Wild Things got a run back in the fifth inning on a Joe Campagna groundout, but in the sixth, Lake Erie scored two more runs on a Steve Passatempo RBI single and an opposite field single by Shawon Dunston Jr. to make it a 5-0 game. Washington would score a couple in the ninth off of a wild pitch, and a groundout by Trevor Casanova, but were closed out by Lake Erie pitcher JT Perez, who registered the save. Robby Rowland got the win for the Crushers, while Kevin McNorton took the loss for the Wild Things.

The Windy City ThunderBolts got a 3-1 win over Joliet thanks to six shutout innings and a career-high eight strikeouts from pitcher Cole Bellair. In the first, Dan Robinson scored the first run of the night after Rob Calabrese reached base on an error. Windy City added another run in the second inning with an RBI double from Dan Robinson that brought home Jairus Richards, making it 2-0. Later, in the sixth, Peyton Isaacson hit an RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0. The Slammers finally got on the board with an RBI triple by Sean Green in the seventh, but were unable to score any more. Bellair got the win for Windy City, while Cam Aufderheide gave up two runs in five innings in the loss for Joliet.

In Schaumburg, the Boomers beat the Gateway Grizzlies 7-0 on Saturday night for their first win of the season. Schaumburg scored three in the first, with Quincy Nieporte delivering a base-loaded two-run double. Nick Oddo was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the fourth, Angelo Gumbs singled home Matt McGarry, in the fifth, Nick Oddo doubled home a run, and in the sixth, Alec Craig hit a two-run triple to make it 7-0. Starter Andrew Dean pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits, one walk, and registering five strikeouts.

Équipe Québec and the Evansville Otters split their doubleheader Saturday, with Équipe Québec taking game one 3-2, and Evansville taking game two 6-3. In game one, Evansville starter Tyler Vail went six innings, giving up three runs. The only offense from Evansville came on a two-run double by Trent Nash in the fourth inning that tied the game. Équipe Québec regained the lead after a solo home run by Elliot Curtis in the fifth. Evansville fared much better in game two. After falling behind 2-0 in the first, the Otters’ Riley Krane hit a three-run inside-the-park home run in the bottom half of the inning. The score was 3-2 until David Glaude tied the game in the third with a solo home run. In the bottom half of the third, Riley Krane launched a two-run home run to put the Otters up 5-3. From there, the Otters bullpen took over and did not give up another run to Québec, with the score finishing 6-3.

Both games of the Tri-City at Sussex County doubleheader were postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a doubleheader Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

Free trials of FrontierLeagueTV.com are still available through Monday. Don’t miss another game!

GRIZZLIES MAKE HISTORY WITH FIRST EVER HOME RUN DERBY VICTORY

Despite the weather having an effect on four games, there was still plenty of action to be had Friday night, including some Frontier League history being made. Here is a recap of all the games that took place:

On a historic night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark, the Gateway Grizzlies split a doubleheader with Équipe Québec. In the first game, Équipe Québec won a tight game 10-9 in seven innings. Both teams kept it close early on, scoring in each of the first three innings. Québec scored a run in the top of the second, then Gateway scored five in the bottom half. The Grizzlies kept this lead for most of the game, but Québec took the lead after a four-run fifth inning to make it 10-9. Jeffry Parra hit two home runs in the game, and Marshall Shill earned the win for Québec. Andrew Case took the save, while reliever Cody Thompson took the loss for the Grizzlies. In game two, each team scored one run each in the second, third, and sixth innings. Gateway scored all three runs on solo home runs by Chase Vallot, Jay Prather, and Nick Rotola (his second). Still tied after eight innings of play, the game went to the first ever Home Run Derby in Frontier League history. Chase Vallot hit five home runs on eight pitches in the first of three rounds, leading the Grizzlies to a thrilling 8-4 victory in the derby.

After an hour and a half delay in Florence, the Florence Y’alls took the second and final game against the Washington Wild Things 3-1 to sweep the two-game series. Jose Brizuela scored on a single by Harrison DiNicola due to an error in right field in the second inning for the Y’alls. Connor Crane then hit an RBI triple to left-center to put the Y’alls up 2-0, and two batters later, the fielder’s choice off the bat of Will Baker scored another run to extend the lead to three. Washington would score once in the third off a sacrifice fly from Joe Campagna, but Florence’s pitching was too strong and did not give up another run. Edgar Martinez picked up the win after allowing just one earned run and three hits over five innings of work.

In Joliet, the Slammers bested the Windy City ThunderBolts 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel at DuPage Medical Group Field. Brian Parreira drove in the game’s first run with a single in the bottom of the fourth, and Lane Baremore’s RBI groundout later that inning gave Joliet a 2-0 lead. An error in the fifth brought home Alonzo Jones and the Slammers extended their lead to 3-0. The ThunderBolts gained a run back in the seventh with a sacrifice fly by Jake Hirabayashi, but then the Slammers bullpen shut the door to make it a 3-1 final. Bobby Milacki pitched five shutout innings in his Frontier League debut and first win, while Kenny Mathews struck out five and gave up three unearned runs in five innings of work.

The Evansville vs Schaumburg matchup scheduled for Friday night was postponed and rescheduled for June 6 at 5 p.m., as the first game of a doubleheader that day.

New Jersey at New York was also postponed and rescheduled as part of a single admission doubleheader on June 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.

Southern Illinois at Lake Erie was postponed due to weather as well, and will be made up on June 15 as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. that day in Avon, Ohio.

Tri-City vs Sussex County was the last of four games to be postponed due to inclement weather on Friday, with the game being pushed back as part of a doubleheader Saturday starting at 2 p.m.

The games continue Saturday! You can watch all of them on FrontierLeagueTV.com with a free trial through May 31st.

SHOW SUPPORT FOR ÉQUIPE QUÉBEC!

Get the 40-plus Package and support the Trois-Rivières Aigles and the Québec Capitales in their adventure traveling the Frontier League.  For $40, you’ll receive:

  1. An Équipe Québec t-shirt
  2. The priority of purchase for Équipe Québec tickets at Stade Quillorama or State Canac
  3. $10 off at Baseball 360
  4. $5 off at Normandin

 

In addition, you have the chance to win a pair of season tickets for the Aigles or Capitales 2022 season.  By your purchase, you encourage Quebec professional baseball in times of pandemic.

CLICK HERE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ÉQUIPE QUÉBEC

 

Thursday Night’s Frontier League Recap

The Frontier League’s 28th season got underway on Thursday night. Here is a recap of the night’s action:

 

The Tri-City ValleyCats earned a 2-1 comeback victory over the Sussex County Miners at Skylands Stadium. There were only two hits allowed in the game, and it went scoreless into the bottom of the sixth after the Miners scored once following an error. Tri-City then came back in the final inning, with a game-tying triple by shortstop Carson Maxwell. Maxwell then scored on a go-ahead RBI single by right-fielder Avery Tuck, and Trey Cochran-Gill collected the save in the ninth. ValleyCats right-hander Carlos Sano struck out seven and allowed only two hits in five and two thirds innings. Meanwhile, Sussex County’s Tyler Alexander recorded a single game franchise record 12 strikeouts in the loss.

 

The Florence Y’alls went on a back-and-forth race with the Washington Wild Things and won 10-9. Florence scored on a base hit by Chad Sedlo in the first, before Washington hit two home runs in the fourth, taking a 3-1 lead. The Y’alls soon retook the lead on a home run by Trevor Craport and a double by Harrison DiNicola. Washington got the lead back after a groundout by Grant Heyman scored a run and an infield single and error off Hector Roa’s bat scored two more. Florence scored seven times in the fifth, making it 10-6 until back-to-back homers by Washington in the ninth closed the gap to 10-9.

 

The Southern Illinois Miners scored four runs to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the fourth inning, and added insurance to the lead in the later innings as they beat the Lake Erie Crushers 8-5. In the first inning, Nolan Earley brought Craig Massey home with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 Miners lead. Lake Erie tied it up in the bottom of the second thanks to a fielder’s choice and an error, but in the fourth, the Miners batted around and scored four times to knock Lake Erie’s starter Ryan Feierabend out of the game. Lake Erie got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth, but Southern Illinois would later pad their lead with a home run from Gianfranco Wawoe in the seventh, and a two-run single by Nolan Earley in the eighth to give them an 8-3 lead. The Crushers battled back and scored two more in the eighth, but the lead was too much to overcome, as Kyle Hinton earned the save in the ninth to close it out.

 

The New Jersey Jackals picked up a close one-run win over the New York Boulders 4-3. The Boulders initially took the lead in the third on a hit-and-run grounder by Ryan Ramiz.  New Jersey came back and took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning when Alfredo Marte lined a three-run double off of reliever Zach Schneider, who took over for starter Dan Wirchansky. New York tied the game with a two-run bases loaded infield hit in the sixth inning, but Jason Agresti drove in the go-ahead run for the Jackals on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.

 

The Evansville Otters routed the Schaumburg Boomers 15-2 at Wintrust Field in Schaumburg. The Otters got on the board in the first with an RBI single from Riley Krane, and never looked back. Two more runs scored on wild pitches that inning, and three more came from a Bryce Denton home run in the third inning. Otters all-time hits and RBI leader John Schultz extended his record totals with a two-run triple in the sixth. J.R. Davis, Schultz, and Cristopher Pujols all drove in multiple runs, while starter Dalton Stambaugh gave up two runs over 4.1 innings. Tyler Spring came on in the fifth and pitched a scoreless 1.2 innings for the win.

 

Windy City beat Joliet 7-1 at Ozinga Field. The ThunderBolts took the lead in the second on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Jairus Richards. They never looked back from there, scoring four more runs in the fifth on a couple of RBI singles by Jose Layer and Rob Calabrese, and a double by Jack Strunc. They picked up two more in the seventh on a single by Jairus Richards. Starting pitcher Tyler Thornton went seven scoreless innings with twelve strikeouts. The only run of the game for Joliet came on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning by Lane Baremore.

Stay tuned for more action tomorrow night! Watch all the games on FrontierLeagueTV.com with a free trial through May 31st.

FRONTIER LEAGUE OPENS SEASON TONIGHT

Frontier League to Begin Long-Awaited Return with Season Opener Tonight

(May 27, 2021, Sauget, IL) – The Frontier League of Professional Baseball opens its 28th season today as all 14 teams compete across much of the US from the suburbs of Chicago to the suburbs of New York City.  After an entire season lost to the global pandemic, the 2021 Frontier League season marks a celebratory return with the added excitement of playing its first season as an official Partner League of Major League Baseball.

The league has sold the contracts of over 1,000 professional players total to all 30 Major League teams since its inception, including nearly 20 contracts during spring training before the first pitch of the 2021 season.  Last week former Windy City ThunderBolts player Tommy Nance made his Major League debut with the Chicago Cubs.

The Frontier League is the largest of the four MLB Partner Leagues featuring teams spanning the Midwestern and Northeastern United States plus Eastern Canada.

Jon Danos, CEO of the Frontier League, said: “Our communities are bursting with excitement to finally return to our ballparks and enjoy the unique experiences offered by our players and staffs on and off the fields.  In fact, despite some ongoing restrictions and distancing protocols, I would say the enthusiasm is palpable with all the fun and possibilities that come with Opening Day and a return to life as we know it.  Play ball.”

The 96-game regular season ends on September 12 shortly before the playoffs begin featuring the winners of the four divisions who will compete for the Frontier League Championship.  The league will also play with a new twist on its tie-breaking rules.  If the score remains tied following the International Tiebreaker in the 10th inning, a home run derby shall be conducted to end the game in dramatic fashion.

For the first time, the Frontier League will livestream all 672 games during the 2021 season through FrontierLeagueTV.com and through the new Frontier League app for Apple and Android devices.   The streaming initiative comes as demand for Frontier League content escalates throughout the league’s wide footprint and beyond and as, together with MLB, the league extends its reach to more and more fans in North America.

Games begin at 6:34pm EST when the Florence Y’alls host the Washington Wild Things.  Other games feature New Jersey Jackals at New York Boulders, Tri-City ValleyCats at Sussex County Miners, Équipe Québec at Gateway Grizzlies, Southern Illinois Miners at Lake Erie Crushers, Evansville Otters at Schaumburg Boomers, and Joliet Slammers at Windy City ThunderBolts.

For more information on the Frontier League, visit www.frontierleague.com.

FRONTIER LEAGUE TO LIVESTREAM ALL 2021 GAMES

The Frontier League of Professional Baseball announced that it has reached an agreement with Vimeo to livestream all 2021 regular season and playoff games.  Live and archived games will be available through www.frontierleaguetv.com and through the new Frontier League app for Apple and Android devices.

“Providing a centralized streaming platform for fans was a priority for our league,” said deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler.  “We intend to create more and more compelling content among our teams moving forward as a Major League Baseball Partner League to enable our growing number of fans to engage with the Frontier League.  As the largest of the Partner Leagues, we want all fans across our wide geographical footprint to have access.”

All 672 regular season games plus all Frontier League playoff games will be livestreamed, beginning with the Opening Day broadcasts on Thursday, May 27 featuring Équipe Québec at Gateway; Evansville at Schaumburg, Washington at Florence, New Jersey at New York, Southern Illinois at Lake Erie, Joliet at Windy City, and Tri-City at Sussex County.

Fans can enjoy a free trial of the service through May 31.  Beginning with games on Tuesday, June 1, season-long subscriptions enabling subscribers to view all games, will be available for $49.99 with monthly subscriptions available for $24.99.

All broadcasts will feature high-quality cameras and unique graphics packages.

Leading up to the regular season, select Frontier League exhibition games will be broadcast as well.  Exhibition games currently scheduled for broadcast include Équipe Québec at Gateway on Friday morning; Southern Illinois at Evansville and the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League at Florence on Friday evening; and Lake Erie at Washington at Lake Erie on Saturday evening.

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

FORMER THUNDERBOLT TOMMY NANCE MAKES MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE CHICAGO CUBS

On Monday, former Windy City ThunderBolt Tommy Nance made his Major League debut for the Chicago Cubs, throwing a perfect ninth inning to wrap up a 7-3 win over the Washington Nationals. He became the fourth player in franchise history to play in the big leagues.

Nance was signed by the ThunderBolts as a rookie out of Santa Clara in 2015 and his professional career got off to a shaky start. His ERA was nearing seven in early July before he turned his season around. Over his final 19 appearances, he posted a 3.47 ERA and his last six outings were all scoreless. During that 19-game stretch, he had 28 strikeouts and only five walks. By the end of the year, he had worked his way into the closer’s role, saving three games over the season’s final ten days. That January, his contract was purchased by the Chicago Cubs.

Nance also had a rocky road through the Cubs’ system. He had to fight his way through injuries that cost him his entire 2017 season and parts of 2018 and 2019. He also sat out all of 2020 when the Minor League campaign was canceled.

When he was able to get on the mound, though, he was always effective. In 71 career games with Cubs affiliates, he has a 3.33 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 113.2 innings. He pitched in three games at Triple-A prior to his call up this year and allowed just two base runners while striking out ten over six innings.

Nance is the first former ThunderBolt to make a Major League roster since Ryan Bollinger was briefly with the New York Yankees in 2018. The last ex-Bolt to make his big league debut had been Andrew Werner, who started eight games for the San Diego Padres in 2012. Nance is the fourth player in franchise history to appear in a Major League game after Chris Oxspring, Dylan Axelrod and Werner.

CRUSHERS ANNOUNCE FULL CAPACITY FOR MERCY HEALTH STADIUM

The Lake Erie Crushers, who are presented by Akron Children’s Hospital, have announced that Mercy Health Stadium will return to full capacity for all home games effective June 2nd. The announcement follows Ohio Governor Mike Dewine’s announcement that the State of Ohio will lift its COVID-19 health restrictions on June 2nd. The Crushers open their regular season on Thursday, May 27th, at home with a 5-game series over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Seating will be socially distanced for the first 5-games. However, the Crushers are allowing selected sections of the ballpark to exceed the current State of Ohio social distancing requirements during these first 5-games if the fans within these areas can show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Mercy Health Stadium will return to full capacity Friday, June 11th, when the Crushers return from a 9-game road trip. Masks will no longer be required in the ballpark as of this date. “We cannot wait to welcome all of our Crushers fans back to Mercy Health Stadium this summer,” stated Crushers Co-Owner Tom Kramig. “The Governor’s lifting of the social distancing and mask-wearing health orders is another step back towards normal, and nothing is more normal than watching baseball in the summertime.”

OTTERS REVEAL NEW UNIFORMS FOR 2021

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters unveiled their new, rebranded uniforms for the 2021 season at Bosse Field on Monday afternoon.

 

The revealing of the new uniforms follows the franchise’s logo rebrand in March.

 

Otters’ players modeled the new look for the media and for fans watching on Facebook Live.

 

The new home white set features the blue, script ‘Otters’ wordmark across the front, pairing with a new white hat with a blue script ‘E’ insignia on the front and blue on the sides and bill. The set also included white pants with blue belts and socks.

 

The road gray set signified the return of ‘Evansville’ across the chest, as the preceding jersey combinations all had ‘Otters’ across the front. The script ‘Evansville’ wordmark will allow opposing teams to know where the Otters are from when the teams travel around the Frontier League.

 

The alternate blue set, which can be utilized both home and road, has a creamy white ‘Otters’ script wordmark across the front.

 

The strong presence of blue by the Otters’ new logo and uniforms is in tribute to when the Evansville Triplets arrived in Evansville and the colors they initially wore. The Triplets also had a long stint and baseball history in Evansville.

 

The colors and classic, scripted wordmarks are deeply rooted to the tradition of common baseball typefaces.

 

However, the Otters will continue to wear their previous uniforms for the duration of Spring Training, as the new on-field uniforms will not officially debut until the start of the 2021 Frontier League regular season.

 

The color scheme also gives the team a brighter, more eye-popping presence on the field.

 

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

 

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

BOOMERS EXHIBITION GAME FOR ST. JUDE

The Schaumburg Boomers are excited to announce an exhibition game vs. the Midwest Suburban League All-Stars on Wednesday, May 19. All tickets are $5 and the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Hospital.

First Pitch: 7:00pm
Gates Open: 5:00pm
TICKETS

The Boomers 2021 season begins at Wintrust Field on Thursday, May 27 vs Evansville Otters. Single-game tickets are on sale now. Season ticket packages and group and hospitality offerings for the 2021 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695 or emailing info@boomersbaseball.com.

To stay up to date with all things Boomers baseball, follow the Boomers on social media and on www.boomersbaseball.com.

NEW JERSEY JACKALS UNVEIL 2021 ROSTER

LITTLE FALLS, NJ – May 6, 2021 – The New Jersey Jackals, a professional baseball team that plays in the Frontier League, a partner of Major League Baseball, today announced their roster for the 2021 season. The Jackals will kick-off their season on May 27 with a visit to Palisades Credit Union Park to face the New York Boulders, followed by their home opener on May 29 at Yogi Berra Stadium which will feature a Memorial Day Weekend beer festival. You can find the Jackals’ full schedule here.

The 2021 roster features a former Jackal and league MVP all-star, returning star players, and a new bench coach.

“This year’s roster is well-positioned to produce a successful season and put Ws on the scorecard,” said Gil Addeo, General Manager of the New Jersey Jackals. “We’re excited to kickoff our season that includes a roster of heavy-hitters, giving us a great opportunity to become back-to-back champions.”

Ahead of the season, Jackals’ manager, Brooks Carey, spotlighted four key players that will play a large role for the Jackals’ 2021 season:

Alfredo Marte – Outfielder

“The New Jersey Jackals are thrilled to welcome Alfredo and his family back this season. His MVP of the league tells you all you need to know about his many talents. He’s a class act and a great teammate that all his teammates Look up to.”

Dylan Brammer – Closing Pitcher

“His move to the bullpen and eventually the closer role was obviously a key to us winning the championship. During a playoff run you need certain guys to step and welcome the challenge. And that’s what he did. We simply don’t win without him.“

Reece Karalus – Pitcher

“His performance in Game 5 of the first round of playoffs was as good as you’ll see. 4 innings, 0 hits, 0 BB and 9 SO against a great lineup. Anything less and we don’t see the finals. He and Brammer at the back end of the bullpen gives our team a lot of confidence.“

Santiago Chirino – Infielder

“Chi-Chi is a model of consistency. Having missed every trip to Canada and still put up the numbers he did is remarkable. He’s been an all-star every year and we’re confident he will be again.

The Jackals are also excited to welcome Jared Lemieux as its new hitting/bench coach. Jared had a long and successful baseball career playing for teams in the Canadian-American Association and American Association independent leagues, as well as a coach and manager on the other side of the ball. Jared’s expertise as a player and coach will be an invaluable asset to the team.

Due to a compressed schedule and logistics involved in staging the event, the Frontier League will not have an All-Star Game in 2021. The playoffs will begin on Tuesday, September 14th  with the four division winners qualifying.

 

About The New Jersey Jackals

The New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team plays at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ on Montclair State University’s campus. The Jackals play a 96-game schedule in the Frontier League from May through September. Yogi Berra Stadium is centrally located near the intersection of Route 3 and Route 46 and is easily accessible by car or via local commuter trains, which offer stops on the university’s campus.

 

The Jackals have a wealth of fan-friendly amenities to enhance everybody’s experience when visiting “The House That Yogi Built”. Everyone can enjoy watching exciting highlights and engaging videos on Yogi Berra Stadium’s first-ever HD video scoreboard. Fans can kick back and enjoy tasty food and drinks in the Fork in the Road craft beer pub and children can enjoy the fun-filled kid zone. Open since 1998, Yogi Berra Stadium’s seating capacity exceeds 5,000, including fixed seats, lawn seating, an open-air picnic area for birthday parties and special events, and a general admission lawn seating section. For group and season tickets, call 973-746-7434 or email contact@jackals.com

 

About The Frontier League

Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest of the Major League Baseball Partner Leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to  the St. Lawrence Seaway. More information and the complete 2021 schedule can be found at  www.frontierleague.com.

OTTERS RETURN TO BOSSE FIELD THIS WEEKEND

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After more than 600 days since their last game in September 2019, the Evansville Otters will be back in action Friday at Bosse Field in an exhibition game against the Black Sox.

 

Friday’s game is one of three this weekend at Bosse Field as part of the Otters’ Spring Training preseason schedule.

 

First pitch Friday is at 6:35 p.m. with tickets still available online at evansvilleotters.com or by calling (812) 435-8686.

 

“After everything that has happened in the last year, and not having Otters baseball, it’s real special to be back and see familiar faces again,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said to the media Thursday.

 

“It’s great to get back to competition, trying to advance players to the next level, and going out to win ballgames.”

 

The weekend exhibition series will be fans’ first real chance to come back to Bosse Field and cheer on their hometown team, while also getting a significant glimpse at the new renovations and upgrades at the ballpark. Most notably, there is a new LED videoboard in left center field and new LED field lights around the playing area.

 

“It all looks great, as it’s still the same old ballpark but with a modern feel to it,” pitcher Tyler Vail said Thursday during the team’s first workout. “It’s nice you won’t hear the humming from the old lights anymore.”

 

On the field, the Otters will have just a handful of familiar names. Those returning include Vail and fellow pitcher Anthony Arias, as well as position players Elijah MacNamee and Dakota Phillips.

 

“It’s a blessing to get back here at Bosse Field, and we’re ready to play,” MacNamee said. “I’ve got butterflies, because it feels like it’s been five years and not just one since we were last here.”

 

Evansville’s all-time hits and RBIs leader John Schultz makes his return to Bosse Field for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.

 

“It’s been a long time coming since we’ve been able to see the fans, so to have fans in the stands, for them to get out and get some resemblance of normal again, that’s huge,” Schultz said. “It’s going to be exciting to have the fans back, pack the stands, and make some noise again.”

 

There will a lot of new faces and talent coming to Evansville this year, both out of the collegiate level and professional level.

 

For those wondering, Evansville’s opposition, the Black Sox, are a traveling professional baseball team.

 

For the 2021 season at Bosse Field, fans are highly encouraged to wear masks when up and walking around the concourse areas. Fans are also highly recommended to self-socially distance when choosing their seats in the General Admission grandstand. Sanitation stations will be located throughout the ballpark.

 

The return of Evansville Otters baseball at Bosse Field starts this weekend, as the Otters host the Black Sox for three exhibition games. The Friday and Saturday games start at 6:35 p.m., and Sunday’s first pitch is at 12:35 p.m.

 

Fans will enjoy new sights, sounds and smells in coming back to the ballpark this year.

 

The Otters’ home opener will be Saturday, May 29 at 6:35 p.m. against Equipe Quebec, a Canadian-based team with players from the different provinces of Canada.

 

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

 

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.

POLLYANNA BREWING COMPANY INTRODUCES BOOMERS BEER FOR BOOMERS 2021 SEASON

The successful collaboration between Pollyana Brewing Company and the Schaumburg Boomers, which began in 2018, is expanding this year. The popular Pollyana Cabana beer garden, which can be found at the end of the concourse along the first base side, will now feature a crisp German-style Kölsch developed just for the ballpark.

“Pollyanna Brewing is thrilled to be partnering with the Boomers once again for the upcoming 2021 season,” said Ryan Weidner, Co-Founder, President & CEO of Pollyanna Brewing Company. “We thoroughly enjoyed working with the Boomers on crafting the Boomers Kölsch collaboration and are optimistic that baseball fans will enjoy this unique summertime offering.”

Pollyanna beers, which can be purchased at both the Cabana and other locations throughout the stadium, will also include Summerly Raspberry Wheat Ale, Lite Thinking American-style Lager/Pilsner, Lexical Gap India Pale Ale, and the Full Lemonty Golden Ale, among others.

Light in color and malt character, as is typical of this brewing style, the Boomers Kölsch rounds out the lineup, says Weidner. “Boomers Kölsch is an easy drinking, crisp German Ale brewed for refreshment and fun at the ballpark.”

Pollyanna’s award-winning craft beers are brewed right down the street in Roselle, where it is already proving popular among visitors to the local taproom. “”Boomers Kölsch can be found on tap and in 4-packs to-go right down the street at Pollyanna’s Roselle taproom,” said Weidner.

 

To stay up to date with all things Boomers baseball, follow the Boomers on social media and on www.boomersbaseball.com.

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