4-3 WINS HELP WASHINGTON AND FLORENCE TIE EACH SERIES AT 1-1

A pair of 4-3 contests in Wednesday’s game twos each tied their respective series at 1-1. Read more about the action in each game here before an off-day Thursday:

The Washington Wild Things tied the game in the eighth and won it in the ninth to beat Équipe Québec 4-3 and tie the series at a game apiece.  Québec started the scoring in the first inning when Jeffry Parra doubled home a run from second to make it 1-0. They would extend their lead and make it 2-0 in the fourth inning with an RBI groundout by Connor Panas. Washington would get on the board in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single by Hector Roa. Québec responded in the seventh when Gift Ngoepe homered to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Grant Heyman tied the game with one swing of the bat, hitting a two-run home run to make it 3-3 heading into the ninth. In the ninth, it was Nick Ward’s walk-off double that gave the Wild Things the win and tied the series. Washington’s starter and Frontier League Rookie of the Year Ryan Hennen went 6.1 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out six. Québec starter Codie Paiva surrendered just one earned run over six innings on just three hits and two walks. Game three will take place Friday in Québec City with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Florence Y’alls used two runs in the seventh inning to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 4-3 and tie the series 1-1. A pair of runs got things started for the Y’alls in the second, with Jordan Brower and Connor Crane each singling home a run to make it 2-0. In the bottom half, an error by catcher Trevor Craport allowed the Boomers’ Clint Hardy to score. In the fifth, they’d add two more on an RBI double by Chase Dawson and an RBI single by Quincy Nieporte to take a 3-2 lead. Florence would get the last laugh in the seventh, as Luis Pintor’s two-run double helped the Y’alls regain the lead and eventually take the win in game two. Florence’s Johnathon Tripp allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out six over five innings of work, while Schaumburg’s Geoff Bramblett gave up two runs on four hits over 5.1 innings pitched. Game three is scheduled for 7:03 p.m. ET Friday in Florence.

PITCHING LEADS THE WAY FOR QUÉBEC, SCHAUMBURG IN GAME ONE PLAYOFF VICTORIES

The Frontier League playoffs are now in full swing with both of Tuesday’s games in the books! Read more about how each game unfolded with a quick recap:

Équipe Québec shut out the Washington Wild Things 9-0 after surrendering just two hits in the first game between the teams in the Frontier League Division Series. Québec’s scoring started in the second inning when Jesse Hodges doubled home a pair of runs. Connor Panas followed with an RBI groundout in the third before three more runs crossed the plate in the fourth. L.P. Pelletier knocked one in on a fielder’s choice and David Glaude blasted a two-run home run to make it 6-0 Québec after four. In the seventh, a Jonathan Lacroix infield single along with an error by second baseman Scotty Dubrule allowed two more runs to come home. The final run would come on a Jeffry Parra solo home run in the eighth to make it a 9-0 ballgame. Québec starter Jared Mortensen tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and two walks and striking out eight batters in the game one victory. Washington starter Rob Whalen allowed six runs (five earned) over four innings in the loss. Game two is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET Wednesday in Washington.

The Schaumburg Boomers also took a 1-0 lead in their series with a 5-1 win over the Florence Y’alls. The Boomers set the tone early with a pair of runs scoring in the bottom of the first. Frontier League MVP Quincy Nieporte singled home a run and advanced to third on an error, and Braxton Davidson singled him home to make it 2-0. They made it 3-0 in the fourth when Brett Milazzo hit into a fielder’s choice that scored a run. In the sixth, Davidson scored on an error and Nick Oddo added an RBI single to make it 5-0. The Y’alls plated their only run in the seventh on a fielder’s choice by Jordan Brower that brought the final to 5-1. Kyle Arjona allowed just the one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings for Schaumburg. He struck out eight in the win. Florence’s Jared Cheek worked five innings, striking out seven but allowing three runs (two earned) in the loss. Game two will be Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

NEW JERSEY’S DALTON COMBS AND JOLIET’S TREVOR CHARPIE WIN WEEKLY AWARDS

New Jersey Jackals outfielder Dalton Combs and Joliet Slammers right-hander Trevor Charpie have won this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League.

 

Combs takes home his first Player of the Week award and New Jersey’s first weekly award this season. Combs led the league this week with fifteen hits, including two doubles and three home runs. He recorded thirteen RBIs and hit .536 over seven games this week. In the September 8 game vs Washington, he registered six RBIs and two home runs in the 21-8 win.

 

The 26-year-old joined the Frontier League in 2021 after spending time with the San Francisco Giants organization. Combs was drafted by the Giants in the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent three seasons with the organization. In 2020, he played with the Steel City Slammin’ Sammies. With New Jersey this season, he batted .295, with 104 hits and 47 RBIs in 95 games.

 

This is also Charpie’s first Pitcher of the Week award and Joliet’s first weekly honor of the year. In four appearances this week against Florence, Evansville, and Windy City, he allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings. He surrendered just one walk and recorded eight strikeouts while recording three saves for the Slammers.

 

Charpie also just spent his first season in the Frontier League. The 27-year-old spent the 2020 season with Joliet in the City of Champions Cup. From 2017-2019 he pitched in the organization of the Tampa Bay Rays. Before that, he played collegiately at the University of Nevada and the University of Tennessee. He ends his season ranked fifth in the league with 16 saves and a 3.00 ERA. He recorded 62 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched this season.

 

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QUÉBEC CLINCHES ATLANTIC DIVISION, PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN OVER SUSSEX COUNTY

The 2021 Frontier League regular season is officially in the books! Read more about how the final night of action unfolded:

Équipe Québec secured the Atlantic Division title and the fourth and final playoff spot with an 11-7 win over the Sussex County Miners. The Miners went ahead early with three runs in the first inning. Kaleo Johnson hit a two-run single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cito Culver. The next inning, Québec responded in a big way, with four runs to take the lead. Dustyn Macaluso hit a three-run home run to tie the game, and the fourth run came home on a balk by Trevin Esquerra. Jesse Hodges doubled home a run in the fourth, and three more came home in the fifth. Macaluso hit an RBI single, Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly, and Hodges doubled home a run to make it 8-3 Québec. Later in the inning, Sussex County answered with three of their own. Nick Garland doubled home two and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Ramsey Romano brought home one more to make it 8-6. A couple more would come home for Québec in the seventh on a Lacroix RBI single. Ruben Castro also hit an RBI single in the ninth. Garland tacked on one more for Sussex County in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI double to bring the final score to 11-7.

The Evansville Otters closed out their 2021 season with a 3-1 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Crushers took the 1-0 lead in the top of the first, with Zach Racusin singling home the run. In the bottom of the first, Otters Bench Coach Boots Day took an at-bat against Lake Erie manager Dan Rohn, both of whom are retiring at season’s end. Day has spent 55 years in baseball. In the third inning, Evansville’s Josh Allen doubled home two runs to give the Otters the lead for good. In the sixth, Elijah MacNamee doubled home one more to make it 3-1. Tim Holdgrafer allowed just the one run over seven innings, striking out six batters in the win.

The New Jersey Jackals routed the New York Boulders 19-2 after a 23-hit effort. The first seven runs came in a big third inning for the Jackals. Dalton Combs opened the scoring with a three-run home run. Josh Rehwaldt followed with an RBI double and Alex Kachler also doubled home a run. Demetrius Moorer capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run triple to make it 7-0 Jackals. They followed their big third inning with a five-run fourth inning. Riley Mihalik singled home a run, Kachler doubled home two, and Combs singled home two more to make it 12-0. Tucker Nathans got the Boulders on the board with an RBI groundout in the sixth and Kevonte Mitchell hit an RBI single in the seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, New Jersey continued their offensive domination. Stanley Espinal singled home a run, Kachler doubled home a run, and Nicco Toni sent him home with an RBI single to make it 15-2. Rehwaldt would add four more in the eighth, belting a grand slam to bring the final tally to 19-2.

The Schaumburg Boomers plated runs in all but one inning to beat the Florence Y’alls 13-7. The Boomers got things started with a homer from MVP Quincy Nieporte in the first inning. Braxton Davidson also homered in the second and a run scored on an error later in the inning. Dusty Stroup homered in the third, and Davidson added his second of the game to make it 5-0. Alberto Schmidt doubled home a run in the fourth, and Matt Bottcher belted a two-run home run in the fifth to extend the lead to 8-0. The Y’alls got their first runs of the game on a pair of RBI singles by Harrison DiNicola and Jordan Brower in the bottom half, but Schaumburg continued with three runs in the sixth. Stroup’s sacrifice fly brought a run home and Davidson singled home two more to make it 11-2. In the bottom of the sixth, Ronnie Allen, Jr. homered for the Y’alls and three more came in the seventh after a bases-loaded walk and a two-run single by Taylor Bryant to make it 11-6. The Boomers responded with a solo shot by Stroup, but a single by Andres Rios made it 11-7 in the bottom of the eighth. In the ninth, Schaumburg capped the score at 13-7 with Chase Dawson’s RBI single. The two teams will meet again in game one of the Divisional Round playoffs starting Tuesday.

The Washington Wild Things won their final meeting with the Tri-City ValleyCats by a score of 10-4. They got the scoring started in the first when Bralin Jackson singled to plate a run and later scored on a double by Grant Heyman. Tri-City responded when Zach Biermann hit a two-run home run in the second. The game stayed tied until the fifth inning, when Washington scored four more after a two-run homer by Tristan Peterson and a two-run double by Scotty Dubrule. The ValleyCats scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Biermann in the sixth to make it 6-3. A solo home run by Carson McCusker made it 6-4 in the seventh, but a fielder’s choice by Dubrule made it 7-4. The Wild Things would add three more in the eighth on a double by Peterson and singles by Andrew Czech and Nick Ward.

The Southern Illinois Miners swept the Gateway Grizzlies with a 7-3 victory. Nolan Earley opened the scoring for the Miners in the first with his two-run homer. In the third, Gateway’s Jose Rosario doubled home a run, and in the bottom of the inning, Bryant Flete homered to make it 3-1 Miners. Two innings later, Gateway got a run back with a Connor Owings home run, but Jared Mang matched the run in the bottom half with his RBI single. Flete would singled home a run in the sixth, and the Miners would add two more in the eighth with Jarrod Watkins homering and Earley hitting an RBI single that made it 7-2. Rosario’s RBI single in the ninth got one final run for the Grizzlies and brought it to 7-3.

Next up: the Divisional Round of the playoffs that begins Tuesday! The two matchups feature Équipe Québec vs the Washington Wild Things and the Florence Y’alls vs the Schaumburg Boomers.

Y’ALLS CLINCH WEST DIVISION, LAST PLAYOFF BERTH TO BE DECIDED ON FINAL DAY

Saturday’s action featured a third team clinching their division and a playoff berth, and two teams setting up an epic final day of the regular season Sunday. Read more on each game here:

The Florence Y’alls struck for four runs in the second inning to set the stage for a 6-3 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers and would later clinch the West Division with an Evansville loss. Schaumburg scored first on an Angelo Gumbs RBI double in the second, but the lead did not last long. Florence scored four runs on just two hits. Three runs scored on an error and the fourth scored on an RBI hit by Jose Brizuela to make it 4-1. Gumbs doubled home another run in the fourth for Schaumburg, but in the eighth, the Y’alls tacked on two more. Harrison DiNicola singled a run home and Connor Crane hit a sacrifice fly. Gumbs would tack on one final run on a groundout in the ninth. As a result of Florence’s clinch, these two teams are now set to meet each other next week in the Frontier League Division Series.

The Lake Erie Crushers shut out the Evansville Otters 2-0 with the help of three pitchers. The first run came in the third, when Trevor Achenbach hit a solo home run to put the Crushers up 1-0. The very next inning, Javier Betancourt homered and made it a 2-0 ballgame. The Otters failed to muster any runs, after 4.2 scoreless innings from Sam Curtis, 3 scoreless innings from Aaron Glickstein, and 1.1 scoreless innings from J.T. Perez. With the loss, Evansville went to 1.5 games back from Florence, assuring the Y’alls the West Division crown and a playoff berth.

The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the Washington Wild Things 3-0, keeping them alive for a shot at the Atlantic Division title with just a game left in the regular season. Juan Silverio opened the scoring in the second with a solo home run for an early ValleyCats lead. Jake Barbeee singled home the second run in the fifth inning, and Luis Roman homered in the eighth to bring the score to 3-0. Tri-City used four pitchers to secure the shutout. Josh Hiatt went 4 shutout innings, Patrick Murphy tossed three more scoreless frames, and Francisco Jimenez and Trey Cochran-Gill each tossed a scoreless inning to close it out.

Équipe Québec’s three first-inning runs paced them to a 10-1 win over the Sussex County Miners. The first runs came on RBI doubles by Raphael Gladu and Gift Ngoepe. Sussex County responded with a run in the bottom half on a Kaleo Johnson RBI double, but Québec answered with four more in the third. Gladu and Ngoepe singled home runs, Dustyn Macaluso doubled home a run, and Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly to cap the inning and make it 7-1. Gladu added an RBI groundout the next inning and singled home two more in the sixth to make it 10-1. Miguel Cienfuegos allowed the one run in seven innings of work in the win. Québec currently leads the Atlantic Division by 1 game with a day to go.

The Southern Illinois Miners outlasted the Gateway Grizzlies in a 13-11 slugfest. The first inning brought three runs for the Miners, with Jamey Smart drawing a bases-loaded walk and Ian Walters singling home a run. Gateway’s Jose Rosario homered in the second to get them on the board, and in the third, they’d plate five more runs. Andres Regnault doubled home a run, Abdiel Diaz singled him home, and Dustin Woodcock doubled home three runs. In the bottom of the third, Anthony Brocato doubled home a run before Walters singled him home to make the score 6-5. The Miners scored a single run in the fourth with Earley’s RBI single and a sacrifice fly by Gateway’s Jay Prather got that run right back. The Miners then unloaded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth. Bryant Flete homered before Smart’s RBI single and Walters’ grand slam made it 12-7. The Grizzlies made it interesting by plating four more in the seventh. Woodcock and Justin Jones each connected on RBI singles and Connor Owings hit a two-run double. A run would score on wild pitch for the Miners later in the inning to make it 13-11.

The New York Boulders had a pair of four-run innings that allowed them to take an 11-3 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. A pair of runs coming in the fourth on a Ray Hernandez home run and a Gian Martellini RBI double opened the scoring. Tucker Nathans singled a run home in the fifth, but Stanley Espinal homered to get the Jackals on the board. The first four-run frame was in the sixth, when Kevonte Mitchell and Marcus Mastrobuoni drew bases-loaded walks, and Hernandez plated two runs on a single. The seventh saw New Jersey’s Demetrius Moorer hit an RBI single, but the Boulders got four more in the ninth. After an error plated a run, Mitchell and Mastrobuoni knocked runs home. Riley Mihalik capped the game’s scoring with an RBI double in the ninth for New Jersey.

The Joliet Slammers scored four unanswered runs in the final four innings to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 4-3. The ThunderBolts broke through in the fifth when Payton Robertson launched a three-run home run. Joliet would inch closer in the seventh when Luke Mangieri doubled home a run. Tyler Depreta-Johnson scored on a passed ball the following inning. In the eighth, Mangieri launched a two-run home run that gave the Slammers the lead for good.

Join us for our LAST DAY of the regular season Sunday before the playoffs get underway! Each of the six games will be on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

WILD THINGS WALK IT OFF AGAINST VALLEYCATS

It was a busy opening day of the final weekend of the Frontier League regular season. Read more about all the action in our nightly recap:

Équipe Québec and the Sussex County Miners were able to split a doubleheader. Québec shut out Sussex County 6-0 in game one. They opened the scoring with four runs in the second inning. Gift Ngoepe singled home the first run and L.P. Pelletier hit a three-run double. The only other scoring happened an inning later, when Ruben Castro singled a run home and later scored on a wild pitch. Codie Paiva tossed a complete game by working seven shutout innings and striking out six on just five hits and two walks in the win. In game two, the Miners used a five-run fourth inning to take a 7-4 win. Their first run came in the second inning, when Jackie Urbaez singled home the run that gave them a 1-0 advantage. Québec’s Jeffry Parra tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth, but Sussex County then sent five runs home in the bottom half. Nick Garland and LT Struble both singled home runs and Chuck Taylor doubled home two more to give the Miners a 6-1 lead. Their final run crossed the plate after a sacrifice fly in the fifth by Cito Culver. Québec added three runs to trim the final deficit in the seventh. Dustyn Macaluso hit an RBI double, L.P. Pelletier brought a run with a groundout, and Raphael Gladu singled home the final run. Sussex County’s Max Herrmann allowed just a run on three hits and two walks in his five innings of work.

The Florence Y’alls picked up another big win, using three solo homers to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-2. The first Florence run came in the third inning after a single by Jose Brizuela. Schaumburg answered in the next inning with an RBI single by Quincy Nieporte and he later scored on an error to make it 2-1 Boomers. In the bottom of the inning, Andres Rios knocked a run home to tie the game at 2-2, and in the sixth, the Y’alls would add a couple more. Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport launched back-to-back homers for a 4-2 Florence lead. Luis Pintor would tack on one more in the eighth with a homer of his own. Starter Edgar Martinez allowed just one earned run, striking out seven batters over seven innings of work in the win.

The Evansville Otters mounted a rally and scored three runs in the eighth inning to grab a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The only scoring for both teams took place in the eighth inning. The Crushers struck first after a run scored on an error that allowed Trevor Achenbach to reach base. Steve Passatempo then singled home a run to make it 2-0. In the bottom of the eighth, the Otters would respond. A run scored on an error that allowed Gary Mattis to reach base. The following hitter, Josh Allen, then brought home the tying and go-ahead runs on a single that would prove to be enough for the victory. Starter Ryan O’Reilly tossed 7.2 innings and struck out seven without allowing an earned run for the Otters.

The Southern Illinois Miners used a five-run first inning to overcome a four-run deficit and beat the Gateway Grizzlies 8-4. Gateway’s scoring night started right away in the first. Jay Prather tripled home three runs to get them on the board and Dustin Woodcock hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. The Miners came right back in the bottom half. Nolan Earley doubled home the first run and Jamey Smart singled him home. Then, Jared Mang blasted a two-run shot that was followed by a Jarrod Watkins RBI single that gave the Miners the 5-4 lead. The next inning, Smart knocked in another run, and in the fourth, Earley hit a two-run homer to make it 8-4. Zac Westcott allowed two earned runs in six innings and picked up the win—setting the Miners franchise record and leading the way in the 2021 Frontier League season.

The New York Boulders held on to defeat the New Jersey Jackals by a score of 7-5. Gian Martellini opened the scoring by reaching base on a fielder’s choice in the second. A pair of runs would score on two wild pitches to make it a 3-0 game. Josh Rehwaldt got the Jackals on the board with a solo home run in the bottom of the second and in the third, Dalton Combs singled home a run to make it 3-2. In the fourth, Martellini singled home a run and Kevonte Mitchell’s sacrifice fly extended the lead to 5-2 Boulders. Santiago Chirino hit an RBI single for New Jersey in the fifth before Marcus Mastrobuoni got it back for the Boulders with a single. Nicco Toni then singled home another run for the Jackals in the sixth before Mastrobuoni once again got a run back on sacrifice fly in the eighth. Rehwaldt capped the scoring for New Jersey with a solo home run that made it 7-5.

The Windy City ThunderBolts took the lead in the third inning and held on for a 7-5 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Joliet took the lead early, with a Carson Maxwell RBI double and a Luke Mangieri RBI single in the first. Windy City’s Brynn Martinez would answer with an RBI double of his own in the bottom half. The next inning, Scott Holzwasser tripled home a run for the Slammers, but Nikola Vasic did the same for the Bolts later in the inning to make it 3-2. In the third, Windy City broke through to take the lead after a single by Rob Weissheier and a two-run home run by Jace Mercer that gave them a 5-3 lead. A single run came in the fourth for Joliet on a Brylie Ware RBI single, but the Bolts were not done either. An error allowed a run to score in the fifth, and an RBI single by Jack Strunc made it 7-4 in the sixth. Maxwell homered in the seventh to make it a 7-5 final.

After a game dominated by pitching, the Washington Wild Things beat the Tri-City ValleyCats 2-1 after a walk-off win in the ninth. The Wild Things picked up a run in the fourth after a sacrifice fly by Nick Ward. The game would stay 1-0 until the ninth, when Tri-City scored a run on an error by Washington’s Joe Campagna. With two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth, Washington’s Tristan Peterson dropped a sacrifice bunt down the third base line when an errant throw to third got by shortstop Nelson Molina and allowed Cody Young to come home with the winning run. McKenzie Mills tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out six for the Wild Things.

A seven-game slate for the second-to-last day of the 2021 Frontier League regular season. Don’t miss out on the final days of the epic push for the playoffs!

QUÉBEC RECLAIMS DIVISION LEAD AFTER WALK-OFF WIN

Thursday was another exciting day in the battle for division leads and saw another team clinch a playoff spot. Catch up on any action you may have missed before a big final weekend:

Équipe Québec scored two and won on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to take the series finale against the New York Boulders 6-5. Two runs came for Québec in the first inning, after an RBI double by Jeffry Parra and an RBI groundout by Ruben Castro. New York’s Zach Kirtley homered in the third before Parra also homered to make it 4-1. The Boulders plated two in the fifth when Kevonte Mitchell doubled home a run and Tucker Nathans hit an RBI single to cut the score to 4-3. They’d add two more in the eighth to take the lead after home runs by both Ray Hernandez and Marcus Mastrobuoni. In the bottom of the ninth, Québec would answer. Raphael Gladu singled home the tying run, and two batters later, Parra drew a bases-loaded walk that would force home the winning run.

The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners each took a game from their doubleheader, with the ValleyCats winning the continuation of Wednesday’s suspended game 13-10. Kaleo Johnson got Sussex County on the board first with an RBI single, but Brad Zunica answered with an RBI groundout in the bottom of the first. In the fourth, Juan Kelly hit a solo shot and Trevin Esquerra hit a two-run home run to give the Miners a 4-1 lead. Luis Roman singled home another run for the ValleyCats in the bottom half to close it to 4-2 before Sussex County tacked on two more in the fifth. Chuck Taylor and Johnson both homered in the inning before Tri-City unloaded for six runs to take the 8-6 lead. Denis Phipps homered, Carson McCusker drew a bases-loaded walk, Roman hit a two-run single and Connor Lien capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run double. In the seventh, Kelly hit his second home run of the game—a two-run blast to tie the game at 8-8. Lien would respond in the bottom half with a three-run blast that once again gave Tri-City the lead and Phipps followed with his second of the game. Taylor added two more in the eighth for Sussex County on a double. Sussex County took the second game by shutting out the ValleyCats 7-0. The first run did not come until the fourth inning, when Kaleo Johnson homered. Two innings later, Juan Kelly singled home a run and Trevin Esquerra hit a three-run home run to make it 5-0. Audy Ciriaco connected on a two-run home run in the seventh to bring the game to the final score of 7-0. Starter Tyler Luneke tossed the complete seven innings, allowing just four hits and striking out two in the win.

After clinching the Northeast Division with a loss by Sussex County, the Washington Wild Things scored three unanswered runs to come back and defeat the New Jersey Jackals 6-4. The Wild Things’ Bralin Jackson hit an RBI double to make it 1-0 early, but New Jersey’s Josh Rehwaldt singled home two in the bottom half to give the Jackals the 2-1 lead. In the fourth, Grant Heyman hit a sacrifice fly and Hector Roa singled home a run to help Washington regain the lead at 3-2. The Jackals would answer once again with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning coming on an RBI single by Alex Kachler that gave them a one-run lead. Washington was not done, however, as a Roa sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth. Cody Young followed with a home run that put them up by a run, and in the eighth, Heyman homered to make it 6-4.

The Schaumburg Boomers never trailed as they earned a 5-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. Braxton Davidson doubled home the first run in the first inning. In the fourth, Matt Bottcher singled home two and Matt McGarry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the fourth run. The Crushers’ lone run came in the bottom of the fourth when a run scored on a fielder’s choice that allowed Steve Passatempo to reach first. Davidson tacked on one more for Schaumburg with a solo home run in the seventh to make it 5-1. Andrew Dean struck out five and allowed the one run on five hits and three walks over his six innings of work in the win.

After a six-run first inning, the Joliet Slammers held on late to capture an 8-7 victory over the Evansville Otters. Brylie Ware doubled home the first run for Joliet in the first. Luke Mangieri would later hit a grand slam in the inning, and Dylan Hardy doubled home one more run to cap the inning. Evansville got on the board in the third after a run scored on an error that allowed Jeffrey Baez to reach base. Evansville continued to inch their way back in the fifth, when J.R. Davis plated two with a single and Dakota Phillips plated a run on a double. The next inning, Joliet’s Scott Holzwasser homered, and in the seventh, Carson Maxwell also homered to make it 8-4. In the bottom half, the Otters got a run on a wild pitch before a sacrifice fly by Davis. The following inning, Riley Krane doubled home one more to make it 8-7.

The Florence Y’alls dominated the Southern Illinois Miners 9-0 to pass Evansville and take sole possession of first place in the West Division. The scoring started in the third, when Luis Pintor and Harrison DiNicola singled home runs to make it 3-0. Pintor doubled home a run in the fourth, and Chad Sedio followed by singling him home to make it 5-0. In the sixth, Sedio singled home a run, Trevor Craport drew a bases-loaded walk, and Jordan Brower drove in a pair of runs after reaching on a fielder’s choice. Frank Valentino surrendered just two hits and three walks in his five innings of work, and the Florence bullpen combined to give up just a hit and three walks over the final four frames.

The Gateway Grizzlies fought their way to a 5-3 home run derby victory to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts after being tied at 4-4 through ten innings. Gateway’s Connor Owings opened the scoring with an RBI triple in the second. Brian Parreira doubled home two more in the inning to make it 3-0. Windy City scored their first run in the fourth on an error, but the Grizzlies got one back in the sixth on a Jay Prather RBI single 4-1. The Bolts fought back again with another run scoring on an error in the eighth, and Rob Calabrese hitting a clutch game-tying home run in the ninth inning. After a scoreless tenth, the game went to a home run derby where Gateway was led by three home runs by Parreira in the 5-3 win.

The final weekend of the regular season is upon us! Catch the last few days and the battle for the final two playoff spots on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

FRONTIER LEAGUE ANNOUNCES 2021 AWARDS

 SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League has announced its awards and post-season all-star teams for the 2021 season. This season’s awards are headlined by Schaumburg’s DH, Quincy Nieporte, who was named the Most Valuable Player. Washington starting pitcher Ryan Hennen has won the Pitcher of the Year Award as well as the Jason Simontacchi Award for Rookie of the Year. In addition, the Schaumburg Boomers have been selected the Organization of the Year with Michael Larson being recognized as the Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year.

 

The Morgan Burkhart Most Valuable Player Award goes to Quincy Nieporte of the Schaumburg Boomers. Nieporte is in his second season in the Frontier League. He joined the Boomers in 2019, following his time in the organization of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Bayville, New York native is batting .350 on the year with 91 hits and 16 home runs. Nieporte has also collected 63 runs batted in, 21 doubles and an OPS of 1.009. Nieporte was a two-time winner of the Frontier League Player of the Week award this season and is just the second player from Schaumburg to win the League’s MVP after David Harris won the award in 2017.

 

Washington pitcher Ryan Hennen has won the Brian Tollberg Award as the League’s Most Valuable Pitcher, as well as the Jason Simontacchi Rookie of the Year Award. The 23-year-old is in his first season with the Wild Things in the Frontier League after being selected second overall in the Frontier League’s Tryout Camp and Draft this past May. Hennen currently leads the league with a 2.16 ERA and has gone 11-3 in 16 starts this season. The Cold Springs, Minnesota native has just a .213 batting average against to go along with his 90 strikeouts in 104.1 innings. Hennen was also selected to the 2021 Can-Am Conference All-Star team.

 

Evansville Otters Manager Andy McCauley wins the Roger Hanners Award for Manager of the Year. He has led the Otters to a 55-37 record and they currently sit first in the West Division. This is McCauley’s third time winning the award for Manager of the Year after he won it in 1999 with the London Werewolves and in 2014 with the Otters. This year’s award comes in the season that he earned his 1000th professional managerial win. His team is among the best in team ERA at 3.70.

 

The Fran Riordan Citizenship Award goes to Nick Ward of the Washington Wild Things. Washington Wild Things General Manager Tony Buccilli expresses “His efforts have drawn great attention of the Wild Things in other markets, as well as project a very positive image of professional baseball players. We have received numerous notes, emails and social media comments about Nick and his role as a brand/league/sport ambassador while playing in Washington and on the road.” Whether through sincere interactions with fans, or serving as a positive role model, Ward has made a positive impact on the Frontier League and the game of baseball. The Fran Riordan Award is named for the Frontier League Hall of Famer that is the currently the Manager of the Oakland A’s AAA team in Las Vegas.

 

The Frontier League’s Organization of the Year Award goes to the Schaumburg Boomers as voted on by other organizations throughout the League. Boomers General Manager Michael Larson stated “Everyone spent the last two years facing unprecedented and unexpected challenges. It is truly an honor to be recognized as the Frontier League Organization of the Year; and a tip of the cap to everyone in the Frontier League on navigating through the 2021 season”. The Boomers current total attendance this year has been 157,112 with an average of 3,415 per game. This is Schaumburg’s fourth Organization of the Year award since joining the League in 2012. The others came in 2013, 2016, and 2017.

 

Michael Larson also receives his second consecutive Bob Wolfe Executive of the Year Award. As mentioned, Schaumburg currently leads the League in attendance and continues to build their brand both on the field and in the community due in part to his leadership.

 

Here is a full list of the Award Winners for this season:

 

Most Valuable Player (Morgan Burkhart Award)—Quincy Nieporte, Schaumburg Boomers

Pitcher of the Year (Brian Tollberg Award)—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things

Rookie of the Year (Jason Simontacchi Award)—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things

Citizen of the Year (Fran Riordan Award)—Nick Ward, Washington Wild Things

Manager of the Year (Roger Hanners Award)—Andy McCauley, Evansville Otters

Coach of the Year (Darren Bush Award)—Alex Boshers, Washington Wild Things

 

Can-Am Conference All-Star Team:

 

1B—Brad Zunica, Tri-City ValleyCats

2B—David Glaude, Équipe Québec

3B—Juan Silverio, Tri-City ValleyCats

SS—Cito Culver, Sussex County Miners

C—Jeffry Parra, Équipe Québec

DH—Denis Phipps, Tri-City ValleyCats

OF—L.P. Pelletier, Équipe Québec

OF—Martin Figueroa, Sussex County Miners

OF—Chuck Taylor, Sussex County Miners

SP—Ryan Hennen, Washington Wild Things

RP—Trey Cochran-Gill, Tri-City ValleyCats

 

Midwestern Conference All-Star Team:

 

1B—Riley Krane, Evansville Otters

2B—J.R. Davis—Evansville Otters

3B—Brylie Ware, Joliet Slammers

SS—Luis Pintor, Florence Y’alls

C—Trevor Craport, Florence Y’alls

DH—Quincy Nieporte, Schaumburg Boomers

OF—Chad Sedio, Florence Y’alls

OF—Chase Dawson, Schaumburg Boomers

OF—Nolan Earley, Southern Illinois Miners

SP—Zac Westcott, Southern Illinois Miners

RP—Logan Sawyer, Evansville Otters

 

Organization of the Year—Schaumburg Boomers

Executive of the Year (Bob Wolfe Award)—Michael Larson, Schaumburg Boomers

Trainer of the Year—Rylee Shimmin, Washington Wild Things

Writer of the Year—Mark Singelais, Albany Times Union

Broadcaster of the Year (Robert Ford Award)—Kyle Dawson, Washington Wild Things

Clubbie of the Year (Sam Hartsfield Award)—Kee Stewart, Florence Y’alls

Field of the Year—Todd Vanostrand, Tri-City ValleyCats

Umpire of the Year—Mel Chettum

Photographer of the Year—Logan Douglas, Washington Wild Things

 

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SITTINGER MAKES MLB DEBUT WITH DIAMONDBACKS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks called up former Evansville Otters pitcher Brandyn Sittinger to the major league level.

 

Sittinger was added to Arizona’s MLB parent club roster heading into Wednesday, where he pitched a scoreless seventh inning of relief in his MLB debut against the Texas Rangers. Sittinger induced two groundouts, including a 4-3 double-play off the bat of Adolis Garcia.

 

Sittinger signed with the Diamondbacks organization out of Evansville in late 2019.

 

“We couldn’t be happier for Brandyn here at the Otters,” Otters manager Andy McCauley said.

 

“He was a great pitcher for us but an even better person. We wish him the best of luck.”

 

The former Otter joins Brad Ziegler, Justin James, R.J. Swindle, and Travis Schlichting on a list of players that Andy McCauley managed and later made it to the big leagues.

 

Sittinger, from LaGrange, Ohio, signed and joined the Otters midway through the 2019 regular season after a stint with the Detroit Tigers organization.

 

The right-hander was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Ashland University, reaching as high as Double-A with the Erie SeaWolves.

 

“Brandyn was one of the hardest working and most competitive guys I’ve ever seen,” Otters pitching coach Max Peterson said.

 

“He was always trying to get better, asked a lot of questions on pitch calling and setting up hitters. He is a true student of the game and a great person. We couldn’t be happier for him and his family.”

 

In consecutive starts in early August of 2019 against the Southern Illinois Miners and the Washington Wild Things, Sittinger combined to go 12 innings pitched, allowing no earned runs, and struck out 21 batters.

 

Overall, Sittinger went 2-2 with a 1.42 ERA and 52 strikeouts in 38 innings pitched and seven appearances with the Otters.

 

The 27-year-old made his Major League debut after five Minor League seasons from 2016-19 and 2021 and 112 career relief appearances.

 

This season at Double-A Amarillo in 12 games and Triple-A Reno in 21 games, he made 33 relief appearances and went 1-2 with five saves, a 4.03 ERA (17 ER in 38.0 IP), a .204 opponent average, 17 walks and 51 strikeouts.

 

Sittinger joins two other former Otters to get the call-up to The Show, joining pitchers George Sherrill and Andrew Werner.

 

Sherrill went on to a lengthy MLB career from 2004-12 for four franchises and an All-Star selection in 2008. Werner pitched for the San Diego Padres in 2012 and then later moved on to become a baseball pitching coach after his stint in MLB.

Y’ALLS SCORE LATE RUN TO BEAT MINERS, KEEP PACE IN WEST

Wednesday featured plenty of offense and a pair of close games. Read more about all of it here:

In the early game, the Evansville Otters defeated the Joliet Slammers 13-2. The Otters struck for three runs in the first inning, getting RBI singles from J.R. Davis, Andrew Penner, and Andy DeJesus. Joliet’s Kyle Jacobsen hit a two-run home run in the third to make it 3-2 Otters. Evansville answered with five runs to take an 8-2 lead in the fourth. A two-RBI single by Davis and a three-run double by Penner gave them the advantage. The Otters kept adding in the sixth when DeJesus belted a three-run homer to make it 11-2, and they tacked on a two-run single by John Schultz in the eighth to make it a 13-2 final.

The Schaumburg Boomers scored five runs in the eighth inning to take a 6-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. Quincy Nieporte homered in the fourth inning to make it 1-0 Boomers. Lake Erie answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half coming on a Javier Betancourt RBI single that included an errant throw that scored the second run. A single by Angelo Gumbs in the eighth tied the game and Luke Becker followed with an RBI groundout. Matt Bottcher then hit an RBI single and Alberto Schmidt hit a two-run double to cap the inning and the night.

The New Jersey Jackals clobbered the Washington Wild Things 21-8. The Jackals scored a pair of runs in the first two frames after a single by Dalton Combs, a sac fly by Josh Rehwaldt, and a two-run homer by Alex Kachler. Four more came in the third, when Combs homered, Nicco Toni hit a sac fly, and Alex Kachler hit a two-run shot. Justin Wylie singled home a run in the fourth before Washington had a seven-run inning in the fifth. Tristan Peterson homered, Scotty Dubrule drew a bases-loaded walk, Bralin Jackson hit a two-run single, and both Trevor Casanova and Cam Phelts forced in runs with bases-loaded walks as well. In the sixth, Combs homered again and New Jersey scored six more in the seventh on a double by Kachler, a walk to Chirino, a sac fly by Combs and a homer by Wylie. The eighth saw four more Jackals runs on a double by Toni, a sac fly by Isaacs, a walk to Combs, and a sac fly by Wylie. Peterson got one more for the Wild Things in the ninth on a groundout.

Miguel Ausua threw a complete game to lead the Windy City ThunderBolts over the Gateway Grizzlies 12-3. Jace Mercer got the offense going with an RBI groundout in the first for the Bolts. They batted around in the third thanks to two walks, a hit batter and three Gateway errors. Jack Strunc and Donivan Williams both earned RBIs to extend the lead to 7-0. Jose Rosario singled home a run in the fourth to get Gateway on the board, but the Bolts had another big inning in the fifth. Rob Calabrese hit a three-run double and Rob Weissheier followed with a two-run homer. The Grizzlies tacked on two runs late but Ausua was too strong, allowing three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts in the win.

The Florence Y’alls scored the winning run in the ninth inning to edge out the Southern Illinois Miners 5-4. Florence’s first two runs came on a Luis Pintor two-run home run in the first inning. The Y’alls got another run on an RBI single by Chad Sedio, but the Miners got on the board with a double by Jamey Smart that made it 3-1. In the fourth, Yeltsin Gudiño tied the game on a double that made it 3-3.  Florence would answer in the sixth when Harrison DiNicola hit an RBI single, but the Miners got the run back on a fielder’s choice by Jared Mang in the eighth that tied the game at 4-4. In the ninth, the Y’alls plated the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Brizuela that made it 5-4. Florence is still just .5 games out of first in the West Division.

The New York Boulders used a home-run derby victory to outlast Équipe Québec after a 9-9 tie. Ray Hernandez homered in the second for the first two Boulders runs, and his groundout in the third plated one more. Québec got their scoring started in the fifth. David Glaude and Gift Ngoepe both hit RBI singles and Connor Panas hit a sacrifice fly to tie it at 3-3. New York’s Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a home run in the sixth, Phil Capra scored on a wild pitch, Kevonte Mitchell singled home a run, and Zach Kirtley plated two with a double. Québec plated two more on a single by Jeffry Parra in the bottom of the inning. In the seventh, Ruben Castro doubled home a run to make it 8-6 Boulders. Mastrobuoni singled home the ninth run for the Boulders, but Québec came back with a run on a Raphael Gladu single and a pair of runs on a double by Parra. Neither team scored in the tenth, but New York was able to win the home run derby.

The game between the Sussex County Miners and the Tri-City ValleyCats was suspended due to weather and will continue Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

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JACKALS BEAT WILD THINGS WITH PAIR OF HOMERS IN NINTH

Tuesday night was highlighted by a walk-off win in New Jersey and some results that helped close the gap at the top of the West Division. Read more about the night here:

The New Jersey Jackals scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth to overcome a three-run deficit and earn a 9-7 walk-off win over the Washington Wild Things. Justin Wylie gave the Jackals an early 1-0 lead in the first on his RBI single. Washington’s Andrew Czech answered with an RBI single in the second to tie it, and the Wild Things put up five runs in the third. Bralin Jackson and Grant Heyman each hit RBI singles before a Trevor Casanova sacrifice fly added another run. Hector Roa scored on a wild pitch to cap the five-run inning. Wylie singled home two more runs for New Jersey to make it 6-3 after three. He came through again in the eighth inning with a solo home run to make it 6-4. Andrew Sohn hit a home run to help Washington extend the lead to 7-4 headed into the bottom of the ninth. In the bottom half, Todd Isaacs hit a clutch three-run home run to tie the game at 7-7. Later in the inning, Josh Rehwaldt delivered a two-run walk-off homer to give the Jackals the 9-7 win, and prevent the Wild Things from clinching the Northeast Division for at least one more day.

The Florence Y’alls plated four runs over the final two innings to take an 8-5 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners. Chad Sedio hit a solo home run in the first and Andres Rios hit a sacrifice fly in the second to open up a 2-0 lead for the Y’alls. The Miners would get on the board in the bottom half with an RBI single by Arturo Nieto that made it 2-1. After a Luis Pintor sacrifice fly made it 3-1 in the fifth, Southern Illinois would take the lead on a three-run blast from Nolan Earley that made it 4-3 Miners. Florence would tie the score at 4-4 in the next inning on a Harrison DiNicola RBI single, and it would stay tied until the eighth. In the eighth, the Y’alls took the lead for good after an RBI single by Rios and a two-run single by Connor Crane gave them a 7-4 lead. A Trevor Craport RBI single and an RBI double by Bryant Flete in the ninth made the final score 8-5.

The Joliet Slammers used three runs in the eighth and a run in the ninth to take a 7-4 win over the Evansville Otters. The first couple came in the third inning, when a fielder’s choice let Scott Holzwasser reach base safely and a single by Brylie Ware sent him home for the 2-0 lead. Jeffrey Baez plated the Otters’ first run in the fourth on a groundout. In the sixth, Carson Maxwell homered to make it 3-1 before J.R. Davis homered in the bottom half to keep it a one-run difference. Three runs came across in the eighth for Joliet. Lane Baremore started the scoring with an RBI single and Tyler Depreta-Johnson followed with a two-run double that made it 6-2. Davis and Dakota Phillips each drew bases-loaded walks for the Otters in the bottom of the inning to close the gap a bit more, but the Slammers added one final run in the ninth on a single by Dylan Hardy. Joliet’s Cam Cameron allowed two runs on three hits over six innings of work in the win.

The Schaumburg Boomers shut out the Lake Erie Crushers 6-0 after allowing just three hits and three walks on the night. Braxton Davidson broke the scoreless tie in the second when he hit an RBI double. The next inning, Matt Bottcher singled home a run, and in the fifth, Clint Hardy knocked a two-run home run to put the Boomers up 4-0. Schaumburg would add two single runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Hardy delivered an RBI single in the seventh and Dusty Stroup doubled home the sixth and final run. Starter Erik Martinez worked six innings, surrendering just three hits and two walks while striking out six in the win.

Two seventh inning runs pushed the Tri-City ValleyCats ahead of the Sussex County Miners for good and led them to a 6-4 victory. Tri-City’s Nelson Molina and Denis Phipps each homered in the bottom of the first to give them the early 2-0 advantage. In the third, Jhon Nunez homered as well to make it 3-0. Sussex County got on the board in the fourth when Audy Ciriaco singled home two runs, and in the fifth, Trevin Esquerra hit a solo home run to tie the game at 3-3. Ciriaco would double home one more run for the Miners in the sixth, but Juan Silverio’s solo shot in the bottom of the inning tied it back up at 4-4. Then, in the seventh, Brad Zunica’s sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run and Zach Biermann’s single gave the ValleyCats a bit of insurance to make it a 6-4 ballgame.

The Gateway Grizzlies came back from a first-inning deficit to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 7-4. An error in the first initially put the Grizzlies ahead 1-0, but Windy City responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Dan Robinson singled home the first run. Rob Weissheier grounded out but brought home the second run and Peyton Isaacson singled home the third run to make it 3-1 Bolts. Gateway’s Dustin Woodcock hit a solo home run in the second and Alonzo Jones hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game at 3-3. Windy City’s Jace Mercer would homer and help them regain the lead in the bottom of the third. In the fifth, the Grizzlies got another run on an error and one more on a sacrifice fly by Brian Parreira to take a 5-4 lead. Their final two runs came in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Justin Jones and a wild pitch later in the inning.

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BOOMERS PUNCH FIRST TICKET TO 2021 PLAYOFFS

A pair of walk-off wins, a doubleheader sweep, and the first clinch of a playoff spot were the highlights from Monday’s Labor Day slate. Get caught up on a jam-packed day:

After a walk-off single to defeat the Evansville Otters 5-4 and a loss by second-place Windy City, the Schaumburg Boomers clinched the Central Division title to secure a return to the playoffs. Evansville opened a 2-0 lead in the second after an RBI double by Elijah MacNamee and a wild pitch that later scored him. Schaumburg’s Luke Becker scored on a wild pitch in the bottom half to make it 2-1. The next inning, Chase Dawson hit a groundout that scored a run to tie it at 2-2. In the sixth, Angelo Gumbs singled home a run for the 3-2 lead, and in the seventh, Quincy Nieporte hit an RBI single to make it 4-2 Boomers. Evansville’s Josh Allen hit a two-run blast in the eighth to tie it once more and force extras. Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Luke Becker singled home the winning run to give the Boomers the victory.

Despite trailing three times in the game, the Joliet Slammers got a 6-5 walk-off win over the Florence Y’alls. The Y’alls struck first with two runs in the first inning. Chad Sedio doubled home a run and Harrison DiNicola grounded out and scored a run. The next inning, Joliet answered by plating three runs and taking the lead. Dylan Hardy plated a run on a fielder’s choice, Jordan Rathbone singled home a run, and Hardy later scored. The game was tied at 3-3 after Connor Crane singled home a run in the fourth for Florence. Trevor Craport added another on a solo home run in the fifth, but Nick Lovullo’s sacrifice fly tied it at 4-4. Florence’s Jose Brizuela hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, but Joliet’s Carson Maxwell drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh to tie the game once again at 5-5. In the tenth, Lane Baremore hit a sacrifice fly that brought home the winning run for the Slammers.

The Washington Wild Things swept their doubleheader and the series with the Sussex County Miners to extend their lead at the top of the Northeast Division. In game one, the Wild Things had consistent offensive output and won 10-2. Bralin Jackson’s sacrifice fly in the first made it 1-0, but Juan Kelly singled home a run to help Sussex County tie it. In the second, Andrew Czech hit a two-run home run, and in the third, Grant Heyman and Tristan Peterson hit a pair of RBI singles that made it 6-1. Two more came in the fourth with singles from Jackson and Hector Roa, and Sussex County added their second and final run in the bottom half with an RBI double from Nick Garland. In the seventh, Nick Ward doubled home a run and Andrew Sohn hit a sacrifice fly to bring the final tally to 10-2. Game two finished 5-1. The Wild Things got things started in the third when Nick Ward doubled home two runs and Andrew Sohn singled him home. They added two more in the sixth after Grant Heyman singled home a run and Hector Roa hit a sacrifice fly to make it 5-0. In the bottom of the sixth, Sussex County scored their only run of the game on a Kaleo Johnson home run. Washington’s Rob Whalen tossed a complete seven-inning game, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven in the win.

Kevonte Mitchell hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the eighth inning to life the New York Boulders to a 6-4 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. New York jumped ahead in the second inning. Tucker Nathans scored on an error and Phil Capra singled home a run to make it 2-0. In the third, a run scored on a double play ball that made it 3-0. Juan Silverio’s two-run home run cut the deficit to 3-2 for Tri-City in the sixth. Carlos Machado then singled in a run and a wild pitch by Dylan Smith gave the ValleyCats the 4-3 lead in the seventh. Then, in the eighth, Mitchell gave the Boulders the lead and eventually the win with one swing of the bat on his three-run blast.

The Lake Erie Crushers avoided the sweep with a 7-5 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Lake Erie took the lead in the first and never trailed during the game. Trevor Achenbach bounced into a double play to score the first run. Achenbach was then ejected from the game after arguing the out at first, and was replaced by Karl Ellison. Ellison drove in the next two runs with a two-run single in the third inning that made it 3-0. Windy City responded with a pair of runs in the fourth. John Sechen hit a two-run single to make it 3-2. A Zach Racusin two-run homer in the sixth made it a 5-2 Crushers lead before the ThunderBolts added a run in the seventh and eighth innings. Rob Weissheier singled home a run in the seventh, and in the eighth, Jace Mercer singled home a run to make it 5-4. In the bottom of the eighth, Lake Erie added two runs on an error by Strunc at third and a throwing error by Mercer. The Bolts scored one more run on a wild pitch to bring the final score to 7-5.

Équipe Québec used a pair of late seven-run innings to overwhelm the New Jersey Jackals 16-5. The opening run for the Jackals came in the fifth inning, when Dalton Combs drew a bases-loaded walk. The next inning, Québec answered with a pair of runs on a double by Ruben Castro and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Connor Panas that gave them the 2-1 lead. Justin Wylie launched a grand slam for New Jersey in the top of the seventh to make it 5-2 Jackals. Then Québec unloaded for their first of two consecutive seven-run innings. David Glaude kicked it off with a two-run double. A fielder’s choice from Panas brought home another run before a double play ball off the bat of Jonathan Lacroix scored the fourth run to give Québec the 6-5 lead. Jesse Hodges, L.P. Pelletier, and Raphael Gladu each followed with RBI singles to cap the inning at 9-5. Then in the bottom of the eighth, Québec added seven more insurance runs. Lacroix doubled home two, Pelletier doubled home three before scoring on a wild pitch, and Castro singled home the sixteenth and final run.

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SCHAUMBURG’S BRAXTON DAVIDSON AND QUÉBEC’S CODIE PAIVA TAKE HOME WEEKLY AWARDS

Schaumburg Boomers first baseman Braxton Davidson and Équipe Québec right-hander Codie Paiva 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.

 

Davidson claims his first Player of the Week award and Schaumburg’s fifth weekly award this season. Davidson led the league this week with thirteen hits, including three doubles and four home runs. He recorded eleven RBIs and hit .591 over six games this week.

 

The 25-year-old joined the Boomers after being traded from the Joliet Slammers on August 10. He is still in his first season in the Frontier League. Davidson was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent five years in their organization. With both Joliet and Schaumburg this season, he has batted .276, with 71 hits and 52 RBIs. His 19 home runs rank second in the league.

 

This is Paiva’s first Pitcher of the Week award, and the third weekly award for Québec this season after L.P. Pelletier won Player of the Week two weeks ago, and Miguel Cienfuegos took home the Pitcher of the Week award earlier in the season. In Paiva’s start against New Jersey on Friday (9/3), he tossed a complete game shutout. He allowed just four hits and one walk and recorded three strikeouts in the 7-0 win over the Jackals.

 

Paiva is also in his first season in the Frontier League. The 24-year-old was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent the 2019 season in their organization. Before that, he played collegiately at Loyola Marymount University. He is currently 6-5 with a 4.70 ERA on the season. He has recorded 75 strikeouts in 111 innings pitched this season and has allowed just 23 walks.

 

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MINERS, BOOMERS BOTH WIN WITH HOME RUN DERBY

A wild Sunday night saw TWO home run derbies and a late comeback take place! Read more about each game here:

The Schaumburg Boomers used a 6-5 home run derby victory to outlast the Evansville Otters after a 3-3 tie. Evansville opened the scoring in the third with a single by Josh Allen and a double by Jeffrey Baez both plating runs. Schaumburg matched those runs with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Clint Hardy hit an RBI single and a run scored on a fielder’s choice from Chase Dawson. The Otters regained the lead in the fifth after a Baez RBI single, but in the eighth, the Boomers tied it on an RBI double from Quincy Nieporte to make it 3-3. After a scoreless ninth, the game went to the tenth, where teams again failed to score and set up a home run derby tiebreaker. In the derby, Braxton Davidson stepped up to the plate with Schaumburg trailing 5-4 in the third and final round and won them the game with his two home runs.

The Southern Illinois Miners swept the doubleheader with the Gateway Grizzlies. In game one, the Miners built a lead with a few three-run homers and held off the Grizzlies late for a 10-8 win. The scoring began in the first with a three-run home run by Anthony Brocato to break it open for the Miners. Jack Harris responded with a solo shot for Gateway in the bottom half, but the Miners would tack on four more in the third. Jared Mang hit an RBI single and Jarrod Watkins connected on a three-run home run that made it 7-1. The next inning, Ian Walters launched a three-run homer to make it 10-1. In the bottom of the fourth, Harris hit his second home run of the game, and Dustin Woodcock hit a two-run shot to make it 10-4. The Grizzlies tried to mount a comeback and were able to score four more in the sixth inning. The first run came on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Justin Jones. Ty Moore and Jack Harris were both hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the second and third runs. Jose Rosario singled home the fourth run of the inning and brought the score to 10-8. Southern Illinois’ Zac Westcott picked up his 13th win of the season and became the first Frontier League pitcher to earn 13 wins in a season since the 2013 campaign. The Miners took game two after a 4-3 home run derby victory. The game finished tied at 7-7 after eight innings played. The Miners once again took the first lead, with Bryant Flete hitting a solo home run in the first. Jose Rosario hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first for Gateway, and Alonzo Jones doubled home a run to make it 3-1 Grizzlies. Connor Owings added a run on a homer in the second, and Abdiel Diaz doubled home a run in the fourth to make it 5-1. Southern Illinois then proceeded to score six runs in the fifth inning to take the 7-5 lead. Flete doubled home three runs, Jared Mang hit a two-run home run, and Jamey Smart hit an RBI double as well for the Miners. Gateway responded an inning later with a two-run home run from Owings that tied it at 7-7. The game went to an extra eighth inning where neither team scored, so it was left to a home run derby. In the derby, three home runs by Nolan Earley and a homer by Flete fueled the Miners to a 4-3 victory.

Équipe Québec built a commanding 10-1 lead over the New Jersey Jackals before the game was called due to weather. Their first run came in the second inning on a single by Connor Panas. Panas also hit a sacrifice fly the following inning, which was followed by a two-run home run by Jonathan Lacroix that made it 4-0. Panas continued his big night with an RBI double in the fifth inning. Kevin Whatley doubled home a pair of runs later in the inning to make it 7-0 Québec. The lone run for New Jersey came in the sixth, when Justin Wylie singled home a run. Québec would answer with three more in the seventh before weather cut the rest of the game short. Raphael Gladu singled home a run and David Glaude doubled home a pair to make it 10-1. Starter Jared Mortensen allowed the one run on just one hit and three walks, striking out six in six innings of work in the win.

A three-run rally in the top of the ninth inning led the Windy City ThunderBolts to a 6-5 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The ThunderBolts scored first in the back-and-forth contest, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Rob Calabrese in the first inning. Lake Erie tied it in the second on a bases-loaded double play off the bat of Eric Callahan. The next inning, Nikola Vasic scored on a balk to put Windy City back on top, but in the fourth, Lake Erie’s Karl Ellison hit a solo home run to tie it once again at 2-2. Steven Kraft would give the Crushers the lead for the first time in the fifth on an RBI single, and in the sixth, Javier Betancourt’s sacrifice fly made it 4-2 Crushers. In the eighth, Windy City’s Zac Taylor also hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3, but Ellison singled home another run in the bottom half of the inning to make it 5-3. Down two at the start of the ninth inning, Windy City mounted a rally that put them ahead for good. Payton Robertson started the scoring in the ninth with an RBI single that brought them within a run. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Rob Weissheier delivered a two-run single that scored the tying and go-ahead runs and ultimately led the ThunderBolts to a 6-5 victory.

The Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the New York Boulders 6-3 after a balanced attack that keeps them tied with Québec for first in the Atlantic Division. Zach Biermann got them on the board with a two-run home run in the second, while Luis Roman hit a solo shot in the fifth to make it 3-0. New York answered in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Jack Sundberg. The ValleyCats kept their attack rolling in the seventh, with Carson McCusker singling home a run before he was sent home on a two-run home run by Connor Lien that made it 6-1. The Boulders added two late runs in the ninth on a Phil Caulfield RBI single and an RBI groundout by Sundberg. Tri-City’s Jose Cruz pitched 5.2 innings and allowed only one run on six hits and a walk while striking out five in the win.

The Florence Y’alls scored three runs in the first three frames and two late runs to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-3. A bases-loaded walk to Trevor Craport in the first inning gave the Y’alls the early lead. Jose Brizuela doubled home a run in the second to make it 2-0, and Taylor Bryant’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0 after three innings. Joliet tied the game with one swing of the bat when Scott Holzwasser launched a three-run homer in the fourth inning. Those were the only runs the Slammers could produce, however. Craport singled home a run in the seventh and singled home two more in the ninth to seal the win for Florence. Edgar Martinez allowed the three runs and struck out eight over his six innings of work in the start.

Sunday’s contest between the Washington Wild Things and the Sussex County Miners was postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Monday at 2:05 p.m. ET.

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OTTERS EXTEND LEAD IN WEST WITH WIN OVER BOOMERS

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The Evansville Otters held off a late rally by the Schaumburg Boomers for a 7-4 win. The Boomers got on the board first with an RBI single by Braxton Davidson in the first. Evansville responded in the third, with both Jeffrey Baez and Elijah MacNamee singling home runs for the 2-1 advantage. Gary Mattis tripled home a run in the fourth, and a Justin Felix sacrifice fly extended the lead to 5-1 Otters. In the bottom of the fifth, Chase Dawson hit a solo home run to cut the deficit to 5-2, and in the seventh, Clint Hardy singled home Dawson to make it 4-3. In the eighth, Baez hit a two-run double for the Otters to make it 7-3, and Brett Milazzo’s fielder’s choice in the ninth made it a 7-4 final score.

The Washington Wild Things led from the first inning on as they beat the Sussex County Miners 7-3 in the second game of their four-game set. Bralin Jackson tripled a run home and later scored on an RBI single by Grant Heyman. The next inning, Joe Campagna hit a two-run blast to make it 4-0. In the sixth, Sussex County broke through for three runs. One came on a base hit by Audy Ciriaco and the other two came on an RBI single by Trevin Esquerra. The Wild Things responded in the seventh by scoring on a wild pitch. In the eighth, Hector Roa singled home a run to make it 6-3. Jackson added another RBI in the ninth on a base hit that made it 7-3.

The New Jersey Jackals took a 5-2 win from Équipe Québec after a four-run fifth inning and solid pitching. That four-run fifth also opened the scoring for the Jackals. Justin Wylie and Josh Rehwaldt each doubled home runs and Nicco Toni singled home Rehwaldt to make it a 4-0 game. Québec scored their two runs in the eighth, with Jeffry Parra hitting an RBI single and a run scoring on a wild pitch in the next at-bat. In the ninth, New Jersey’s Dalton Combs added an RBI single to bring the final score to 5-2. Ronald Herrera allowed the two runs on just three hits over 7.1 innings of work for the Jackals. He struck out eight batters in the win.

A seven-run fourth inning led the Joliet Slammers to a 9-4 victory over the Florence Y’alls. Chad Sedio initially put the Y’alls ahead in the first inning with a two-run homer. Connor Crane followed with a sacrifice fly in the second to make it 3-0, but Joliet’s offense came to life in the fourth. Kyle Jacobsen started the seven-run inning with a sacrifice fly. Dylan Hardy then drove in a run on a fielder’s choice and Scott Holzwasser doubled him home to tie the game. Carson Maxwell broke the tie with a grand slam to make it 7-3 Slammers. Florence would add a run in the fifth on a Trevor Craport groundout but could not bring another run home the rest of the night. Meanwhile, Joliet tacked on two insurance runs in the eighth after an error and closed out the game for a 9-4 win.

Zach Kirtley drove in four runs and scored three times to pace the New York Boulders to a 13-7 win over the Tri-City ValleyCats. The Boulders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning after an error and a Ray Hernandez RBI single. Tri-City answered with a solo home run in the second inning by Jhon Nunez, then added four in the third inning on a three-run home run by Brad Zunica and a sacrifice fly by Luis Roman to make it 5-2. In the third, Kirtley’s RBI groundout made it a 5-3 game and two innings later, the Boulders tied it at 5-5 after doubles by Kevonte Mitchell and Kirtley and a single by Tucker Nathans. Max Smith then drew a bases-loaded walk and Phil Caulfield drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to make it 7-5 New York. The next inning, Kirtley and Nathans both homered to make it 9-5. In the eighth, the Boulders tacked on four more runs after an RBI double by Kirtley, RBI singles by Nathans and Smith, and a bases-loaded walk to Caulfield. Tri-City added two runs in the ninth on a groundout by Carlos Machado and an RBI double by Zunica that brought it to 13-7.

The Windy City ThunderBolts added four runs in the final two frames to take the lead and earn the 7-4 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The ThunderBolts took the early lead with a pair of runs in the second. Brynn Martinez scored the first on an error and Payton Robertson plated the second with a base hit. Peyton Isaacson also scored on an error the following inning to make it 3-0. In the bottom half, Steve Passatempo drove in Lake Erie’s first run with a single. In the fifth, Nick Rotola added another on a single, and in the sixth two more came around to give the Crushers the 4-3 lead. Javier Betancourt homered and Shawon Dunston, Jr. scored on a passed ball. The lead would hold for a couple innings until Windy City rallied. Jack Strunc singled home a run to tie it and Donivan Williams hit a ground rule double that gave them the lead. Robertson’s sacrifice fly brought home Strunc to cap the inning. In the ninth, Brynn Martinez tacked on a run with an RBI single to make it 7-4.

The game between the Southern Illinois Miners and the Gateway Grizzlies was postponed due to weather and will now be part of a doubleheader Sunday at 3:00 p.m. CT.

An eight-game slate on the schedule for Sunday. As always, you can tune in on FrontierLeagueTV.com or using the Frontier League app!

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