Fabulous Home Finale

Crushers Best Boomers in their 2019 Home Finale
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AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy Health, endured a back-and-forth battle with the Schaumburg Boomers on Sunday afternoon at Sprenger Stadium, as they homered three times and won their 2019 home finale in 6-4 victory over the Boomers.

The victory for the Crushers (50-40) brings their magic number down to one to win their first divisional crown since 2013. The loss for the Boomers (44-46) was their third in their last four games.

Homers from Jake Vieth, Dre Hubbard and Emmanuel Marrero paced the Crusher offense, while Augie Gallardo (5-2) was terrific in relief once again, taking the Crushers to the finish line.

Vieth launched his 16th homer of the season in the bottom of the second inning, a solo shot over the wall in right field to give the Crushers an early 1-0 lead.

Schaumburg responded quickly, as they took the lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third. Luis Roman belted a one out double, and came around to score two batters later on Quincy Nieporte’s RBI double to center. Matt Rose followed with a RBI groundout to score Jack Parenty, giving the Boomers a 2-1 lead.

Lake Erie answered in the next half inning, tying the game in the bottom of the third. Aaron Hill walked to start the inning, advanced to third on Logan Farrar‘s double to the gap in right center, and Dale Burdick brought him home on a sacrifice fly out to left.

Roman struck for the Boomers again in the top of the fourth inning to give Schaumburg a 3-2 lead. Alex Polston was on first base with two outs, when Roman smashed a double to the gap in left center. Polston scored all the way from first on the two bagger to give the Boomers the lead again. They added to that lead in the top of the fifth, when Matt Rose belted a solo homer to left, his 14th of the season.

The Crushers used another long ball to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. Zach Racusin started the inning with a single to center, and Dre Hubbard came on to pinch hit for Aaron Hill. Hubbard belted Payton Lobdell’s 1-2 pitch down the left field line and over the wall for a two run homer, his second of the year.

Another homer put the Crushers in the driver’s seat in the bottom of the seventh, this time for good. Hubbard reached on a one out single off former Crusher Connor Reed (4-8) and Emmanuel Marrero followed with a two run homer to left, his 15th of the season to give the Crushers a 6-4 advantage, and they never looked back.

Gallardo picked up the victory for the Crushers, tossing four scoreless innings of two hit relief and struck out three to pick up the victory. Reed took the loss for the Boomers after allowing two runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of work.

Four Crushers hit safely multiple times on the afternoon. Hubbard, Marrero and Farrar hit safely twice, and Vieth led the way with a three hit performance, going 3-for-4, coming a triple away from hitting for the cycle.

The Crushers are off on Monday, but will begin their final road trip of the season on Tuesday night. The trip begins with a three game series against the Southern Illinois Miners. The pitching matchup has not been announced, and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.

McAULIFFE TOSSES SHUTOUT AS MINERS BLANK WILD THINGS

Right-hander pitches five-hitter as Southern Illinois snaps four-game slide

Washington, PA (August 23, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners beat the Washington Wild Things on Friday night 5-0 thanks to a dominant performance on the mound from Ryan McAuliffe, who threw a nine-inning, five-hit shutout to help the club snap a four-game losing streak and take the opener of the road series at Wild Things Park.

After allowing a leadoff single to Ryan Cox in the first inning, McAuliffe (6-3) bore down from there, getting a double-play ground ball to shortstop off the bat of J.R. Davis to erase Cox, and start a streak of 12 straight batters retired in the game. In the meantime, after stranding runners at second and third base in each of the first two innings against Washington starter Josh Lapiana (0-4), the Miners’ offense came alive in the third inning.

Gianfranco Wawoe led off with a single and went to second base on a wild pitch, then third base on Jamey Smart’s single. After a strikeout, Taylor Sparks lifted a sacrifice fly to left-center field to make it 1-0, and after a walk extended the inning, Joe Duncan came up big with a two-out, two-run double, pushing the lead out to 3-0 for the Miners. Jarrod Watkins then smacked a single to center field to plate Duncan and make the score 4-0.

The Miners’ final run came home off the bat of Kyle Davis, who blasted an RBI double to center field to plate Smart all the way from first base with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, but the game was in hand by then thanks to McAuliffe, as he allowed just five hits- all singles- with no walks and a pair of strikeouts in the contest, completing his shutout on 117 pitches. It is the second complete game of any kind by a Miners pitcher this season, and the first nine-inning shutout by an individual Miners hurler since June 5, 2016, when Rick Teasley blanked the Lake Erie Crushers at Rent One Park, also coincidentally on five hits in a 5-0 Southern Illinois victory.

The Miners will go for back-to-back wins in Washington on Saturday, August 24, in the middle game of the three-game series and look to clinch a winning record for the 2019 campaign. Frank Moscatiellowill pitch in the penultimate road contest of the regular season for the Miners against Washington right-hander Michael Austin, with first pitch slated for 6:05 p.m.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

WOODCOCK WALK-OFF HOMER GIVES WARREN 600TH WIN

SAUGET, Ill. — Dustin Woodcock hammered a two-run, walk-off home run deep over the center-field fence to cap off four unanswered runs for the Gateway Grizzlies in a 5-3 win Thursday night over the Schaumburg Boomers at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Woodcock’s blast was his 11th of the year in only 50 professional games. He trails Luke Lowery by only one big fly for the team lead.

After the Grizzlies (34-53) fell behind 3-1 in the seventh inning, they scratched out a run on a Woodcock RBI single. Shawon Dunston Jr. brought the Grizzlies within one on a solo home run to lead off the eighth on the first pitch from Boomers closer Connor Eller, who had not been scored upon since July 3.

Woodcock’s two-run shot came on the first pitch of his two-out at-bat against Eller in the ninth. The rookie outfielder out of SIUE went 3-for-5 with four RBIs.

Schaumburg (43-44) dropped to five games back of Lake Erie in the East Division, meaning the Boomers would need to sweep the Crushers this weekend and get help next week to hold onto their playoff hopes.

Jordan Barrett tossed seven innings and allowed only three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts. Grant Blackfollowed with a scoreless eighth inning and Geoff Bramblett (3-3) fired a perfect ninth inning and earned the win.

Dunston Jr. added a multi-hit game of his own with a single and a pair of runs to go with his solo dinger. Brent Sakurai collected a pair of singles of his own.

Gateway will open a three-game series at home against the River City Rascals with a 7:05 p.m. CDT first pitch Thursday.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 10 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.

Lohr RBI Single, Strong Pitching Net Wild Things an Eleven Inning Victory Thursday

FLORENCE, Ky. (August 22) – A two-out, two-strike RBI single by Stephen Lohr in the 11th and a staff-wide strong pitching performance throughout the night netted the Wild Things a series split at Florence, as the Wild Things took the finale Thursday in 11, 3-2.
Former Wild Things’ shortstop turned third-year Freedom Austin Wobrock started the scoring for the second-straight night with a two-out RBI single in the second, which scored Isaac Benard, who had been hit by a John Havird pitch earlier in the frame.
It didn’t take long for Washington answer, as in the top of the third Drew Bene would lift a sac fly to plate Blake Adams, who had walked to lead the third off against Zak Spivy, Florence’s starter.
The scoring would halt until the top of the fifth, when Washington’s JR Davis drove home Terrence Pinkston with a single to left field.
John Havird ended up tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball before being relieved by Jesus Balaguer, who recorded the final two outs of the sixth and stranded the would-be tying run at third in the inning. Spivy ended up yielding the two runs over 6.2 innings in his ninth start of the season.
Florence tied the game with a suicide squeeze bunt by Jackson Pritchard in the eighth before stranding the bases loaded.
It would take extras to find a winner, and Washington scored on a single by Lohr with two outs in the 11th and the international tie-breaker rule in effect, taking a 3-2 lead. Florence loaded the bases in the home half, but was unable to score, and the Wild Things hung on.
Zach Strecker, with three scoreless, picked up the win. Karl Cragie took the loss.
The Wild Things now return home for the final homestand and series of the 2019 season. They’ll host the Southern Illinois Miners with a continued opportunity to effect the playoff race in the Frontier League. First pitch against the Miners Friday is slated for 7:05 p.m.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

Rascals Complete Sweep of Slammers

O’FALLON, Mo. — The River City Rascals defeated the Joliet Slammers 3-2 at CarShield Field on Thursday night, winning the series finale for their second series sweep of the season. The victory gave the Rascals their fourth consecutive win overall.

The Rascals scored two in the second, on an RBI single from Zach Lavy and an RBI double from Nick Anderson. Former Slammer LJ Kalawaia made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the fourth. The Slammers got on the board in the fifth, on an RBI single from Jimmy Roche. They made it 3-2 on an RBI single off the wall in right field from Harrison Bragg in the eighth, but left runners stranded at the corners to end the frame.

Rascals starter Taylor Purus worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, while Travis McQueen (5-2) earned the win, pitching 2 2/3 innings and allowing a run. Jason Zgardowski picked up his 12th save of the season by striking out the side in order in the ninth. Slammers starter Tyler Jones (2-3) threw a complete game, allowing three runs over eight innings in a losing effort.

The Rascals (52-36) travel across the Mississippi River to Sauget, Ill. for a three-game set against the Gateway Grizzlies beginning tomorrow night. First pitch for the series opener is set for 7:05 p.m. CDT from GCS Ballpark. Taylor Ahearn is expected to make the mound.

Otters battle back to sweep Miners

MARION, Ill. – The Evansville Otters put together another comeback win Thursday, battling back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 4-3 and complete the three-game sweep on the road.

The Otters fell behind early as the Miners jumped out in front in the bottom of the first inning when Kyle Davis smashed a two-run home run and put the Miners ahead 2-0.

Evansville cut the deficit in half in the top of the third as Rob Calabrese hit a sac fly to left field, scoring Jack Meggs, and making the score 2-1.

The Miners increased their advantage back to two in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Joe Duncan that scored Jamey Smart. Southern Illinois led 3-1 after three.

Otters starter Brandyn Sittinger settled in after the third, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits and six walks while striking out six. He would earn a no-decision.

Miners starter Marty Anderson was cruising through five, only allowing a run on two hits, but he would run into trouble in the sixth.

Calabrese led off with a solo home run, his ninth of the season, cutting the Miners’ lead to 3-2.

David Cronin followed with a single, Keith Grieshaber moved Cronin to third on a double, and Ryan Long walked to load the bases with no outs.

Elijah MacNamee scored Cronin on a sac fly to tie the game at three.

Anderson was pulled in the middle of the inning, finishing with three runs-two earned-allowed off five hits and two walks. He struck out five in 5.2 innings pitched, taking a no-decision.

From there, it was a battle of the bullpens as Cam Opp pitched two scoreless frames for the Otters and Heath Renz, Nick Durazo, and Will Headean did not allow a run for the Miners.

Southern Illinois turned to Gabe Gentner in the top of the ninth.

Tanner Wetrich led off with a single and moved over to second on a sac bunt by Meggs.

With one out, Wetrich stole third base, but the throw from Miners catcher Arturo Nieto sailed into the outfield, allowing Wetrich to score the go-ahead run for the Otters.

Otters closer Taylor Wright came on in the bottom of the ninth with a 4-3 edge, pitched a clean ninth inning, and ended the game on a strikeout to Davis. He earned his 16th save of the season, his third in three games.

Opp earned the win, improving his record to 4-1.

Gentner was given the loss, dropping his record to 2-4.

Calabrese had two RBIs in the game while Grieshaber and Wetrich each had two-hit games.

Completing their fifth sweep of the season, the Otters improved to 52-35 on the season and surpassed last season’s win total of 51 wins with nine games remaining on the schedule.

The single-season win record for the Otters is 57 after going 57-37 in the 2014 season.

Evansville’s magic number to clinch a postseason berth is at five.

The Otters will head back to Bosse Field on five-game win streak as they begin a six-game homestand with a three-game series against the Florence Freedom. Evansville’s last regular season homestand will conclude with a series against the Gateway Grizzlies.

First pitch for Friday’s series opener will be at 6:35 p.m.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org or streamed on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

This coming weekend Aug. 23-25 features Swat Pest Night on Friday, Star Wars Night on Saturday, and Sunday’s game is presented by Parenting Time Center. For Star Wars Night, the Otters will be wearing themed-jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds benefiting the Arc of Evansville. There will also be fan-favorite characters in attendance for fans to interact with.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Early offense gives Welch, Otters win

MARION, Ill. – After scoring four unanswered runs in the last two innings on Tuesday, the Evansville Otters scored four runs after the first two innings on Wednesday, going on to win 5-2 on the road against the Southern Illinois Miners.

With the win, the Otters clinched a series win to set up an opportunity for a road sweep Thursday.

Evansville scored their first tally in the top of the first inning, getting a single by Keith Grieshaber, who would come around to score two batters later off an RBI double by Elijah MacNamee.

In the top of the second inning, the Otters struck for three runs against Miners starter Andrew Bernstein.

Mike Rizzitello got into scoring position with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on an RBI single by Tanner Wetrich.

A single from David Cronin put runners on the corners. Wetrich scored from third on an RBI single from Grieshaber.

Ryan Long followed with a consecutive single to score Cronin and put the Otters ahead 4-0.

Otters starter Jake Welch had the run support he needed, retiring nine of his first 11 batters.

Welch faced a little adversity in the fourth as the Miners forced the bases loaded with two outs. A walk to Joe Duncan scored Jamey Smart, but Welch stopped the bleeding there with a strikeout to strand the bases loaded.

Bernstein would pitch six innings, allowing four runs-three earned-on 10 hits and three walks with five strikeouts. He was handed the loss, dropping his record to 2-2.

The Otters added another run in the top of the seventh, as Taylor Lane scored on a pass ball, making the score 5-1 Otters.

Welch looked strong after six innings and headed out to the mound in the seventh inning.

Joe Duncan led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and later scored on an RBI single from Yeltsin Gudino, cutting the Otters lead to 5-2.

Otters reliever Drew Beyer entered to take the baseball from Welch to finish off the seventh.

Welch went 6.2 innings, surrendering two runs on six hits while striking out nine. Welch would earn the win, improving his record to 7-5.

Beyer pitched a clean eighth inning as well, getting another strikeout before giving way to closer Taylor Wright in the ninth.

Wright retired the Miners in order to earn back-to-back saves in the series and his 15th of the season.

Offensively, Cronin and Rizzitello each finished with two hits apiece, and Grieshaber logged three hits Wednesday.

Evansville will seek a road sweep in the series finale Thursday with first pitch at 6:35 p.m. from Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

The Otters will return home to Bosse Field for their final regular season homestand Aug. 23-29 against the Florence Freedom and the Gateway Grizzlies.

This coming weekend Aug. 23-25 features Swat Pest Night on Friday, Star Wars Night on Saturday, and Sunday’s game is presented by Parenting Time Center. For Star Wars Night, the Otters will be wearing themed-jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds benefiting the Arc of Evansville. There will also be fan-favorite characters in attendance for fans to interact with.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

Rascals Sweep Slammers in Twin Bill

O’FALLON, Mo. — The River City Rascals swept their doubleheader over the Joliet Slammers on Wednesday night, winning the opener 6-1 and the nightcap 3-1 at CarShield Field. Nolan Meadows had three hits in Game 1, a homer and two doubles, while Zach Lavy drove in three total runs on the night, including the go-ahead RBIs in Game 2.

In Game 1, Lavy got the Rascals on the board in the second with a run-scoring double. Meadows made it 3-0 with a two-run blast in the third. The Rascals then scored three more in the fifth, on a sacrifice fly from Braxton Martinez and a two-run shot from Kameron Esthay. The Slammers scored their lone run in the sixth, an RBI single from Harrison Bragg.

Brendan Feldmann (6-1) pitched his fourth complete game of the season, allowing one run over seven innings. He struck out eight without issuing a walk. Keegan Long (3-10) took the loss, allowing six runs over 4 1/3 innings.

In Game 2, neither team scored until the fourth, when Jacob Crum put the Slammers on the board with an RBI fielder’s choice. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Rascals responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the frame, all with two outs. Zach Lavy hit a two-run single and Alvin Swoope drew a bases-loaded walk. Rascals reliever Andrew Vernon worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth, while closer Jason Zgardowski pitched a scoreless seventh to earn his 11th save of the season.

Rascals starter Austin Dubsky took a no-decision, allowing one run over four innings with five strikeouts. Anthony Herrera (3-2) earned the win, pitching a clean seventh inning. Wes Albert (1-2) took the loss, allowing three runs over 3 2/3 innings.

The Rascals (51-36) will look for the series sweep over the Slammers (38-48) in tomorrow night’s finale. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. CDT.

BIG FIFTH CARRIES FLORENCE TO VICTORY

Freedom bat around, belt two-blasts in six-run fifth inning

FLORENCE, Ky– In the opener of a two-game mid-week series, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, combined tremendous pitching with one big inning on offense in a, 6-2, victory over the Washington Wild Things on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium.

Lefty, Mike Castellani (8-2) was marvelous on the mound for the Freedom (51-36), surrendering one unearned run en route to a quality-start victory. Washington (34-53) opened the scoring in their side of the second, one-batter after Florence short-stop, Austin Wobrock made an error that could have ended the frame. Drew Bene made the miscue hurt, rolling a base-hit to right that plated Brett Marr and gave the Wild Things an early, 1-0, edge.

Dueling left-hander, Nick Wegmann (6-7) faced one over the minimum through his first four innings, but saw the Freedom break through with a six-run fifth. Isaac Benard led-off by lining a sharp single to right-center, becoming the first of two-runners to score on an Austin Wobrock one-out, two-run double three batters later. Taylor Bryant also touched home, working a walk to reach base as the Freedom stormed in front, 2-1. Connor Crane followed the two-bagger with his tenth homer of the year, a missile that sailed into the home bullpen in right making the score, 4-1. Not the only homer in the flurry, Ricky Ramirez Jr. added a two-run shot two batters later, the score moving to, 6-1, Florence. Joining Ramirez in crossing home-plate was Luis Pintor, who doubled in the inning and finished the night, 4-4 with a pair of two-baggers and one-run scored. Florence sent all nine batters to the dish in the only run-scoring inning they would need in the contest.

Replacing Wegmann in the sixth would be right-hander, James Meeker, who tossed a pair of shut-out innings before southpaw, Zach Reid did the same in the eighth.

Florence starter, Castellani stepped aside after seven one-run innings, notching his ninth quality-start and eighth victory in the effort. The crafty-lefty did not allow an earned run, scattered eight hits and fanned three.

Following a clean inning of work by right-handed reliever, Jared Cheek, in the eighth, Sean Hughes took the ball in search of the final three-outs in the ninth. Stephen Lohr touched Hughes for a solo-homer, but the right-hander battled back to seal a four-run, 6-2, victory in game one with Washington.

These two teams will collide in the finale on Thursday, Florence sending right-handed pitcher, Zak Spivy (1-5, 2.50) to the hill opposite lefty, John Havird (5-7, 3.52) of the Things. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

The Florence Freedom are members of the Independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.

NIEPORTE’S RECORD NIGHT LIFTS BOOMERS

SAUGET, IL — Quincy Nieporte set a Frontier League record by becoming the first player in league history to notch double-digit RBIs, driving home 10 as the Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, ran past the Gateway Grizzlies 13-8 in a rain-shortened affair on Wednesday.

Nieporte connected on a three-run homer in the top of the first to set the tone. Gateway scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame before Nieporte notched a three-run double with two outs in the second. Holding a 7-3 lead entering the third, Nieporte drilled his second homer of the game, a grand slam to hand the Boomers an 11-3 advantage. Nieporte finished the game with four hits. The game came to an abrupt end in the top of the ninth when thunderstorms erupted. Nieporte would have been the fifth batter of the ninth. Nieporte moved from seventh to fourth in the league in RBIs, upping his season total to 60, becoming just the second player in team history to drive home 60 in a campaign. The two homers give the first-year Boomer 11, notching the 14th double-digit homer season in team history.

Jumpei Akanuma gathered the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings in place of starter Aaron Rozek. Five players notched multiple hits for the Boomers including Nieporte. Nick Oddo tallied three while Luis Roman and Jack Parenty both scored three times along with Nieporte.

The Boomers (43-43) conclude the first series of a nine-game trip on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. with RHP Matt Miller (3-5, 5.10) on the mound against LHP Jordan Barrett (4-5, 4.50). Just three home games remain on the schedule this season. Visit boomersbaseball.com for tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.

BOOMERS HOMER TO WIN IN ROADTRIP OPENER

SAUGET, IL — The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, hit four homers to win the opener of a three-game series against the Gateway Grizzlies by a 7-2 score in the kick-off of a nine-game roadtrip on Tuesday night.

The Boomers took the lead three batters into the contest. Luis Roman led off the game with a double and Jack Parenty followed with a walk. Clint Hardy singled up the middle to hand Schaumburg a 1-0 lead. Gateway’s Andrew Daniel hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the hosts ahead. Hardy hit a three-run homer with one out in the fifth to put Schaumburg ahead for good. Matt Rose added his 13th homer later in the inning as the Boomers scored four runs to open a 5-2 lead. Jimmy Galusky and Roman hit solo homers in the sixth and eighth to account for the final.

Payton Lobdell worked six innings to earn the win, striking out seven. Darrell Thompson, Dylan Stutsman and Connor Eller spun blank innings to close out the victory. Roman notched four hits against his former team out of the leadoff slot. Nick Oddo added three as the Boomers finished with 11 in the win. Hardy finished with four RBIs. The four homers marked a season high total.

The Boomers (42-43) continue the roadtrip on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. with the middle game. LHP Aaron Rozek (5-5, 3.21) will make the start for the Boomers opposite RHP Chris Carden (7-3, 3.73). Just three home games remain on the schedule this season. Visit boomersbaseball.comfor tickets and information or call 847-461-3695.

Otters’ late rally leads to 50th win

MARION, Ill. – Trailing 4-2 heading into the eighth inning Tuesday, the Evansville Otters rallied with four unanswered runs in the last two innings to earn a 6-4 win against the Southern Illinois Miners, leading to the Otters’ 50th win of the season.

With the win, the Otters moved a half game ahead of the Florence Freedom, who were idle Tuesday, in the Frontier League West Division standings.

In the series opener, the Miners struck first with a run in the bottom of the first inning when Taylor Sparks hit an RBI double to score Jamey Smart, who had reached on an error.

Otters starter Tyler Beardsley pitched two scoreless innings following that, seeing his offensive support tie the game at one in the fourth inning.

After Ryan Long walked and then advanced to third base on a single by Elijah MacNamee, first baseman Dakota Phillips delivered with the first of his three hits and his two RBIs on the night.

The Otters jumped ahead 2-1 in the top of the sixth on Long’s 14th home run of the season and added a league-leading 74th RBI.

Beardsley had done his part on the mound to keep the Otters in the game, retiring 11 straight batters until Yeltsin Gudino broke up the streak with a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth.

Then the Miners responded with two runs to retake the lead. With runners on first and second, Kyle Davis doubled to score Gudino, but then the Otters’ second error of the night allowed Smart to score from first base.

Southern Illinois starter Chase Cunningham would exit the game after the top of the seventh, allowing only two runs on seven hits while tossing five strikeouts. He would end up with a no-decision.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Miners received a sac fly by Jarrod Watkins to double the Otters’ run total with a 4-2 advantage.

Beardsley also finished his night on the bump after seven innings, surrendering four runs – three earned – with no walks and seven strikeouts. He also took a no-decision.

The Otters then made their late statement in the last two innings.

Evansville brought the game back within one in the top of the eighth when Taylor Lane came through with a ground rule double to score Long.

Otters reliever Drew Beyer conquered his task of keeping the Otters within one run by pitching a scoreless eighth inning.

Down 4-3 to begin the ninth, the top three batters in the Otters’ lineup in David Cronin, Keith Grieshaber, and Long all walked to load the bases with no outs.

After a pitching change by the Miners, MacNamee also walked to score Cronin, tie the game at four, and advance the other runners to keep the bases loaded.

The next batter was Phillips, who tallied his second RBI on a sac fly to score Grieshaber as the go-ahead run and giving the Otters a 5-4 lead.

Then Lane recorded his second RBI on a single that scored Long and provided the Otters a little breathing room with a 6-4 lead going to the bottom of the ninth.

Taylor Wright closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win for the Otters, picking up his 14th save of the season.

Evansville’s Beyer was credited with the win, and Southern Illinois’ Heath Renz was dealt the loss after blowing the save opportunity in the ninth.

In five plate appearances, Long was 1-2 with a home run, three walks, and four runs scored.

MacNamee, Phillips, and Lane all had multi-hit games, each earning at least one RBI.

MacNamee went 3-4 with three singles and an RBI walk, Phillips was 3-4 with two singles, a double, and two RBIs, and Lane followed with a single, double, and two RBIs.

Tuesday was the Otters’ first win of the season when trailing after eight innings.

Game two of the road series for the Otters will be Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. from Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or WUEV.org with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

The Otters will return home to Bosse Field for their final regular season homestand Aug. 23-29 against the Florence Freedom and the Gateway Grizzlies.

This coming weekend Aug. 23-25 features Swat Pest Night on Friday, Star Wars Night on Saturday, and Sunday’s game is presented by Parenting Time Center. For Star Wars Night, the Otters will be wearing themed-jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game with proceeds benefiting the Arc of Evansville. There will also be fan-favorite characters in attendance for fans to interact with.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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.

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JOLIET’S RILEY KRANE AND WINDY CITY’S TYLER THORNTON EARN WEEKLY AWARDS

Joliet Slammers utility fielder Riley Krane and Windy City ThunderBolts right-hander Tyler Thornton have won 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 and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

Krane’s win is Joliet’s fist of Player of the Week award for 2019. He managed to hit .500 with 12 hits, three of which were home runs. He drove in four, and scored 5 runs helping him to a 1.455 OPS and 11.846 runs created. Krane hit safely in five of the teams six games this week, and homered in the last three.

The 25- year old is in his first season with the Slammers, after spending two seasons with the Windy City ThunderBolts. Krane leads the Slammers in just about every offensive category with a .262 batting average, 85 hits, 46 runs, 12 doubles, 8 home runs, and 29 runs batted in on the season. He helped the Slammers go 5-1 on the week, including a sweep of the Washington Wild Things.

Thornton earned his second Pitcher of the Week award of 2019. He pitched a complete game two hit shutout, as the ThunderBolts defeated the Schaumburg Boomers. In Thornton’s nine innings of work he struck out 10, while only walking two, giving him a .44 WHIP. His nine innings pitched and zero runs this week gives him three straight games of pitching at least seven innings and giving up two or fewer runs.

The 25-year old Frontier League All-Star has recorded a 6-2 record with a 2.57 ERA on the season, which are 4th and 6th best in the league respectively. He also ranks 4th in the league in WHIP at 1.06 and 6th in the league in batting average against at 2.18, among qualified starting pitchers. Thornton has won four of his last five decisions and has seen his team win eight of his last ten starts.

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 is in its 27th season in 2019 and features ten teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 37 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

Rascals Roll in Finale

FLORENCE, Ky. — The River City Rascals defeated the Florence Freedom in blowout fashion on Sunday afternoon at UC Health Stadium, winning the series finale 11-4. The win gave the team the season series victory, which would give them the tiebreaker should the teams finish the regular season tied in the standings. Nolan Meadows had four hits on the game, including a pair of doubles and two runs driven in.

The Rascals got on the board in the fourth, scoring on a Freedom throwing error at the plate and a three-run homer from Tanner Murphy. Kameron Esthay made it 6-0 with a two-run shot in the fifth. After Caleb Lopes put the Freedom on the board with an RBI single in the sixth, Braxton Martinez got the run back with an RBI single of his own in the seventh.

The Rascals then scored four more runs in the eighth, on a two-run double from Meadows and a two-run single from LJ Kalawaia. The Freedom scored three in the bottom of the ninth, on an RBI double from Ricky Ramirez and a two-run homer from Caleb Lopes.

Rascals starter Keenan Bartlett (2-1) earned the win, allowing just a single run over five innings while pitching on three days rest. Freedom starter George Faue (2-3) took the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, over five innings.

The Rascals (49-36) are off Monday and Tuesday, and return to CarShield Field for a doubleheader against the Joliet Slammers on Wednesday night, with first pitch for the opener set for 5:05 p.m. CDT.

SLAMMERS WALK-OFF TO BEAT MINERS 10-9

The Slammers were able to load the bases before recording an out in the bottom of the 1st inning but could only come up with 1 run. Harrison Bragg hit into a double play that brought home Clayton Harp, who singled to open up the inning.

Southern Illinois opened the game up in the top of the 2nd inning. Taylor Sparks hit a 2-run homerun to dead center, and the hitting didn’t stop there. The Miners scored another 3 runs in the inning making. The Slammers were able to get one of those runs back, however. Jacob Crum came around to score on a single by Jimmy Roche. The score was 5-2 after 2 innings.

For the second time in this game the Slammers loaded the bases before recording an out, and this time they made it count. Clayton Harp hit a slow roller up the middle that found its way to center field—that brought home Tommy LaCongo and Jimmy Roche. The hitting didn’t stop there for the Slammers. Harrison Bragg roped a double to center—that brought home Harp. And for the 3rd time in 3 games, Riley Krane hit another homerun to complete the 6-run inning for the Slammers. Slammers led 8-5 after 4 innings.

The Miners took the lead in top half of the 6th inning after putting up 3 runs, with the big hit being an RBI double from Kyle Davis. Miners led 9-8 after 6 innings.

The Slammers were able to tie the game up in 8thinning thanks to a 2-out RBI single from Dash Winningham. Clayton Harp, who led off the inning with a single, was the one who scored the run.

Clayton Harp had himself a day. He went 4-6, with his 4th hit being the biggest of them all. With bases loaded and 2-outs in the 9th, Harp ripped a single up the middle to give the Slammers a walk-off win.

Daren Osby didn’t get the outing he was hoping for, but he did manage to keep the Slammers within striking distance. He pitched 4 innings, gave up 5 runs on 5 hits, struck out 4 while allowing 5 walks. Osby would get a no decision in the game.

For the Miners, Ryan McAuliffe came out of the gate hot, then was roughed up in the 4th inning. Through his 4 innings, McAuliffe gave up 8 runs on 12 hits, and didn’t tally a strikeout. McAuliffe would also get a no decision in today’s game.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is:Clayton Harp: (4-6, 3 RBI).

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammersor follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

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