PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR–ROUND 2 OF 3

Round 2 features the winners of the Atlantic vs Northeast Divisions and the Central vs West Divisions!

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ATLANTIC DIVISION

New York Boulders–Drew Wohl

NORTHEAST DIVISION

Washington Wild Things–Logan Douglas

CENTRAL DIVISION

Joliet Slammers–Eric McGill

WEST DIVISION

Southern Illinois Miners–Singer & Young

SILVERIO’S SINGLE IN TENTH PROPELS TRI-CITY TO 5-4 WIN OVER NEW YORK

The opening night of a big weekend in the Frontier League did not disappoint. It was highlighted by more key games, with a couple featuring late scoring that led to some important victories. Here is a recap of all of Friday’s action:

The Tri-City ValleyCats scored the go-ahead run in the tenth inning to take the lead for good and beat the New York Boulders 5-4. The ValleyCats initially took the lead with single runs in the first and third innings. Brad Zunica hit a home run in the first and Denis Phipps hit an RBI double in the third. In the sixth inning, the Boulders took the lead with a four-run frame. Kevonte Mitchell scored on a balk and Marcus Mastrobuoni followed with a three-run home run to put New York up 4-2. A two-run double by Zunica would tie the game at 4-4 in the seventh inning. The game then went to extra innings, where Juan Silverio gave Tri-City the 5-4 lead and the win with an RBI single in the top of the tenth. The win kept the ValleyCats level with Québec for first in the Atlantic Division.

The Washington Wild Things scored four late runs to win the opener of a big series with the Sussex County Miners 7-3. Bralin Jackson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first and added another in the third. Grant Heyman also singled a run home in the inning to make it 3-0. In the bottom half, Cito Culver scored on an error for Sussex County’s first run of the game. LT Struble followed in the fifth with an RBI single, and Audy Ciriaco also singled home a run in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3. The score would remain locked at 3 until the eighth inning, when Washington’s Joe Campagna broke the tie with an RBI triple to give the Wild Things the 4-3 lead. They would extend that lead in the ninth with an RBI single by Hector Roa, a run scoring on a wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly by Trevor Casanova. The win now puts the Wild Things two games clear of Sussex County in the Northeast Division.

Équipe Québec used a complete game shutout from Codie Paiva to beat the New Jersey Jackals 7-0. David Glaude opened the scoring for Québec with an RBI single in the first. L.P. Pelletier scored on an error in the third and Connor Panas singled home two more to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Glaude launched a two-run home run and Gift Ngoepe drove in one more with a single. Starter Codie Paiva went the full nine innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out three in the win.

Four home runs fueled the Southern Illinois Miners to an 8-3 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. A two-run home run by Abdiel Diaz—his first professional homer—gave Gateway a 2-0 lead in the second inning. The Miners answered with a two-run shot of their own by Jarrod Watkins in the third inning. Ariel Sandoval followed with a three-run homer later in the inning to make it 5-2, and Anthony Brocato also added a two-run home run to push the Miners’ lead to 7-2 in the third inning. The next run would come in the seventh inning, when Justin Jones hit a solo home run for the Grizzlies to make it 7-3. The next half inning, Bryant Flete got the run back for the Miners with a solo shot of his own to make it 8-3.

The Evansville Otters scored six times in the fourth inning to earn a 9-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers. Schaumburg gained a 1-0 lead in the first courtesy of a Quincy Nieporte RBI double. That lead would last for three innings until the Otters answered with nine unanswered runs. Jeffrey Baez started the fourth with a two-run home run. John Schultz then singled home a run and scored as part of a three-run home run by Justin Felix to make it 6-1. In the eighth, Felix tripled home a pair of runs and Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly brought the score to 9-1. Starter Braden Scott tossed eight innings and struck out twelve batters, allowing just the one run in the win.

The Windy City ThunderBolts took advantage of 12 walks and defeated the Lake Erie Crushers 7-4. Rob Calabrese’s groundout plated the first run of the game in the first inning. Rob Weissheier got an RBI hit to make it 2-0. The next inning, Calabrese again scored a run on a groundout. Lake Erie got on the board in the fourth when Nick Rotola homered and Javier Betancourt followed with a solo shot of his own to tie the score at 3-3. Windy City regained the lead with RBI doubles by Zac Taylor and Jack Strunc that made it 6-3. One more insurance run came in the seventh with a bases-loaded walk to Robertson. The Crushers also got one more run with a Karl Ellison RBI double that brought it to 7-4.

The Florence Y’alls took the lead early and pitched their way to a 7-1 victory over the Joliet Slammers. Trevor Craport connected on a two-run home run in the first, and the Y’alls would never look back from there. In the second, Connor Crane singled home a run and a run scored on a Jose Brizuela sacrifice fly. Joliet’s Scott Holzwasser doubled home their first and only run to make it a 4-1 game. Craport hit an RBI single to bring home two more runs in the fifth, and Connor Crane brought home Florence’s final run in the ninth with a base hit. Starter Jared Cheek pitched seven innings and struck out nine, allowing the one run on five hits and zero walks in the win.

The holiday weekend continues Saturday with another full slate of Frontier League action. You can follow it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

QUÉBEC BEATS SUSSEX COUNTY TO WIN SERIES AND MOVE INTO TIE FOR FIRST

Thursday’s action was highlighted by a number of key results—a Québec win that drew them level for first in the Atlantic, and a Washington win that put them in sole possession of first in the Northeast. Catch up on the results around the league here:

The Tri-City ValleyCats and the New Jersey Jackals each took a game from their doubleheader, with Tri-City winning the first game 5-2. The Jackals got on the board first with a solo home run by Todd Isaacs in the third inning, but the ValleyCats would respond with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. Nelson Molina hit a three-run home run, and Juan Silverio hit an RBI double to make it 4-1. Jake Barbee singled home a run in the sixth for the ValleyCats, and Stanley Espinal singled home the final run for New Jersey, bringing the game to 5-2. Tri-City’s Parker Kelly tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits in the win. In game two, the Jackals won 2-1. This time, Tri-City scored first, with Nelson Molina hitting his second home run of the day, and first of the game to make it 1-0. That was the only run for the ValleyCats in game two. The Jackals tied it in the second on a home run from Josh Rehwaldt. They then took the lead the following inning on a sacrifice fly by Justin Wylie. New Jersey’s Jared Milch pitched a complete game in the victory, striking out eight and allowing a run on four hits.

The Washington Wild Things scored two runs in the eighth inning to jump in front of the New York Boulders and grab the 8-7 win. New York’s Milton Smith, Jr. singled home the game’s first run in the first later scored on an error that allowed Ray Hernandez to reach base. In the bottom half, Washington rallied for four runs on a two-run double by Bralin Jackson and a two-run homer by Hector Roa that made it 4-2. The next inning, a run scored for the Boulders on another error that allowed Kevonte Mitchell to reach first safely. Marcus Mastrobuoni then singled home a run in the third, but Jackson also hit an RBI single for the Wild Things in the bottom half to regain the lead at 5-4. In the fifth, Phil Caulfield hit a sacrifice fly and Phil Capra hit a two-run blast that put the Boulders back ahead with a 7-5 lead. The Wild Things were not finished, however, as they would inch closer with a run in the sixth coming on a sacrifice fly by Trevor Casanova. Then, in the eighth, Washington tied it at 7-7 after Jackson scored on a wild pitch. Casanova then singled home the go-ahead run and they would hold the lead in the ninth for the win.

Équipe Québec went ahead early and held onto their lead after a solid pitching night helped them to a 6-1 win over the Sussex County Miners. Québec’s early lead came in the first as a result of a three-run home run by Jeffry Parra. Audy Ciriaco then hit a solo shot in the second for Sussex County’s only run of the game. In the bottom half, David Glaude’s sacrifice fly gave Québec another run and made it 4-1. Connor Panas’ home run in the seventh made it 5-1, and Glaude’s sacrifice fly in the eighth made it a 6-1 ballgame. Henry Omana went six innings and struck out five, giving up just the one run on three hits and two walks in the win.

With the help of three home runs, the Gateway Grizzlies defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 10-9. Ty Moore drove in Alonzo Jones in the bottom of the first to give Gateway the 1-0 lead. They scored six more in the second inning after a two-run homer by Justin Jones, RBI singles by Ty Moore and Andres Regnault, and a two-run single by Jay Prather to make it 7-0. The next inning, The Boomers got on the board when an error allowed Chase Dawson to reach base and two runs to score. Quincy Nieporte followed with a three-run blast to cap the five-run inning and make it 7-5. Schaumburg added a run in the fifth on a groundout by Angelo Gumbs, but Gateway got two runs back in the sixth on a Connor Owings home run that made it 9-6. Jack Harris hit a solo shot in the seventh for the Grizzlies’ final run. In the ninth, Schaumburg tacked on three final runs on a home run by Braxton Davidson that brought the final score to 10-9.

The Lake Erie Crushers shut out the Joliet Slammers to take a 3-0 win in the rubber match. A sacrifice fly by Trevor Achenbach opened the scoring in the first inning for the Crushers. They would hold the 1-0 lead until the sixth, when Steve Passatempo doubled home a run, and in the seventh, Eric Callahan would plate the third and final run with another sacrifice fly. The pitching was strong for Lake Erie, as Paul Hall, Jr. tossed six shutout innings and allowed just three hits and two walks in the win.

The Florence Y’alls plated three runs in both the fourth and the fifth innings to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts by a score of 6-2. Back-to-back RBI doubles for Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport got the scoring started in the fourth. Harrison DiNicola then singled home a run to make it 3-0 Y’alls. Windy City bounced back with a Rob Weissheier RBI double and a Peyton Isaacson RBI single that cut the deficit to 3-2. Florence would once again score three in the following inning, getting RBI hits from Craport and DiNicola to extend their lead to 6-2. Johnathon Tripp gave up two runs on five hits in his six innings of work in the win.

The Evansville Otters built a lead in the first four innings and never looked back, claiming the 6-3 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners. The first run was the result of a sacrifice fly by Jeffrey Baez in the first to give the Otters the 1-0 lead. They added on with a run scoring on a wild pitch in the second and a Gary Mattis RBI double. Southern Illinois got on the board with an RBI single by Jamey Smart, but Evansville responded with a three-run fourth inning. Elijah MacNamee connected on an RBI triple before Andrew Penner singled him home and later scored on another RBI double by Gary Mattis to make it 6-1. The Miners tacked on a run in the fifth on a wild pitch and a Jamey Smart home run in the sixth made it 6-3.

Seven games to kick off the long weekend on Friday! Tune in at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR–ROUND 1 OF 3

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Round 2 will feature the winners of the Atlantic vs Northeast Divisions and the Central vs West Divisions!


ATLANTIC DIVISION

Équipe Québec–Oli Croteau

New York Boulders–Drew Wohl

Tri-City ValleyCats–Gregory Fisher

NORTHEAST DIVISION

New Jersey Jackals–Phil Hoops

Sussex County Miners–Phil Hoops

Washington Wild Things–Logan Douglas

CENTRAL DIVISION

Joliet Slammers–Eric McGill

Lake Erie Crushers–Elizabeth Agazaryan

Schaumburg Boomers–Thomas Anson

Windy City ThunderBolts–Dave Ruggles

WEST DIVISION

Evansville Otters–Nathaniel Barbee

Florence Y’alls–Ryan Kuttler

Gateway Grizzlies–Paul Baillargeon

Southern Illinois Miners–Singer & Young

4-2 WIN AND DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP PUTS WILD THINGS IN TIE FOR FIRST

Wednesday featured a big doubleheader and a few comeback wins. Read more about each of the night’s matchups with our recap on all the action:

The Washington Wild Things took both games of the doubleheader with the New York Boulders, and now sit tied for first in the Northeast Division. In game one, the Wild Things scored four times in the fifth to take the lead for good and earn the 5-3 win. A throwing error by pitcher Ryan Hennen in the third inning allowed the Boulders to score the first run of the game. Washington responded with an RBI single in the fourth by Trevor Casanova that tied it, and they went on to score four more in the fifth. Andrew Sohn singled home a run, Grant Heyman was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Casanova singled home two to make it 5-1 Wild Things. The Boulders would add a single run in both the sixth and seventh innings, coming on a Kevonte Mitchell RBI double and a Max Smith RBI groundout. Hennen tossed five innings and struck out five, allowing the one unearned run and just three hits in the win. Game two finished as a 4-2 Wild Things win. Washington plated three runs in the first inning to take an early advantage. Scotty Dubrule and Grant Heyman both hit RBI triples, and Hector Roa hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0. Tristan Peterson added a run with a sacrifice fly of his own in the second to extend it to 4-0, and that was all they would need. New York would score a run in the third on a Zach Kirtley single, and another on a Phil Capra solo home run in the sixth, but it would finish 4-2.

Équipe Québec plated five unanswered runs to defeat the Sussex County Miners 8-4. Sussex County’s Juan Kelly scored the game’s first run on an error to make it 1-0 in the first inning. Québec got on the board and took the lead in the third when Gift Ngoepe hit a solo home run and Ruben Castro singled home a pair of runs to make it 3-1. In the fifth, Sussex County got two back with an RBI double by Jackie Urbaez and an RBI groundout by Chuck Taylor to tie the game at 3-3. The following inning, Cito Culver scored a run on a fielder’s choice to give the Miners the 4-3 lead. Québec then rallied in the seventh and eighth innings. Raphael Gladu hit a two-run home run in the seventh to help them regain the lead at 5-4. In the eighth, Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly and Gladu doubled home two more to make it 8-4 Québec.

The Schaumburg Boomers homered four times to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 11-5. Alec Craig’s solo home run got the Boomers on the board in the first inning. In the second inning, Braxton Davidson hit a lead-off homer and came around on an RBI single by Brett Milazzo making it 3-0. Clint Hardy added a two-run single in the third and Nick Oddo launched a three-run homer to open the game to 8-0. Hardy doubled home another run the next inning. Gateway’s first run came in the fourth inning courtesy of a lead-off home run by Ty Moore that made it 9-1. In the sixth, an RBI groundout by Andres Regnault brought it to 9-2, and Jay Prather’s RBI single in the seventh made it 9-3. In the eighth inning, Jack Harris hit a two-run shot that closed the gap to 9-5. The next inning, Schaumburg’s Angelo Gumbs tacked on two final runs with a two-run home run to give them an 11-5 advantage.

The Joliet Slammers walked it off in the ninth to edge the Lake Erie Crushers 5-4. The Crushers got their first run in the third, when Zach Racusin singled home a run. He would add another run on a single in the fifth, and one more on a sacrifice fly in the seventh to make it 3-0 Lake Erie. Joliet would not score until the bottom of the seventh, when Lane Baremore hit an RBI single and Kyle Jacobsen plated a run on a fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to 3-2. An inning later, the Slammers added two more and took the lead after Luke Mangieri and Baremore each hit RBI singles to make it. In the ninth, Lake Erie’s Karl Ellison tied the game at 4-4 with his solo home run. Then, in the bottom of the ninth, Nick Lovullo hit a walk-off single to give the Slammers the 5-4 win.

The Florence Y’alls scored five unanswered runs to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-4. Florence scored first when a run came home on a Trevor Craport sacrifice fly. Windy City tied the score the next inning on a Rob Weissheier RBI double. Jace Mercer gave the ThunderBolts the lead with a three-run homer in the third to make it 4-1. The Y’alls came back with four runs in the top of the fourth after Harrison DiNicola’s two-run double, Andres Rios’ RBI single, and Connor Crane’s RBI double that made it a 5-4 game. They would add an insurance run in the ninth when Crane hit a run home on a sacrifice fly. Jonaiker Villalobos allowed only three hits over six innings in the win for Florence.

A three-run seventh inning by the Evansville Otters helped them to a 6-4 win over the Southern Illinois Miners. The Miners opened the scoring in the first, with Jamey Smart singling home a run. The Otters would come right back to tie it in the second, after Elijah MacNamee brought a run home on a groundout to tie it. Jeffrey Baez hit an RBI single in the third to make it 2-1 Evansville, a lead that would hold until the sixth. In the sixth, Southern Illinois scored three runs to regain the lead at 4-2. Anthony Brocato drew a bases-loaded walk, Arturo Nieto drove a run home on a fielder’s choice, and a run came home on a wild pitch later in the inning to cap the scoring for the Miners. The Otters then got two key hits in the seventh. Baez hit an RBI triple to cut the score to 4-3, and Riley Krane followed him with an inside-the-park home run that put the Otters in front 5-4. They would add a run in the ninth on an error and it would finish 6-4.

The contest between the Tri-City ValleyCats and the New Jersey Jackals was postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 4:00 p.m. ET Thursday.

Each series will wrap on Thursday. Be sure to catch each exciting finish at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

MATHEWS’ PITCHING LEADS THUNDERBOLTS TO 3-1 WIN OVER Y’ALLS

A return to action Tuesday was highlighted by a dominant pitching performance and a doubleheader sweep that included a walk-off win. Read more about the whole night here:

Kenny Mathews carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and helped the Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Florence Y’alls 3-1. Windy City jumped out to an early lead as Dan Robinson plated a run on an RBI groundout to make it 1-0. An RBI double by Florence’s Taylor Bryant got the Y’alls on the board in the sixth and tied the game at 1-1. In the bottom of the sixth, Peyton Isaacson knocked home a run for the ThunderBolts to make it 2-1, and in the seventh, Donivan Williams added an insurance run on an RBI single that made it 3-1. Mathews struck out seven and retired the first 15 batters he faced in the win. He allowed just the one run on two hits and a walk over seven innings.

The Tri-City ValleyCats took both games of a doubleheader with the New Jersey Jackals. Game one finished 9-3 thanks to an eight-run third inning. The Jackals took the lead first with Justin Wylie scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning. Then, in the third, Tri-City’s offense came to life. Juan Silverio doubled home a pair of runs, Luis Roman scored on a wild pitch, and Zach Biermann doubled home a run. Jake Barbee later singled home a run, Connor Lien launched a two-run blast, and Roman singled home one more run to make it 8-1 ValleyCats after three. In the fourth, New Jersey’s Stanley Espinal singled home the second run for the Jackals, and in the fifth, Riley Mihalik hit a solo home run to make it 8-3. Denis Phipps tacked on a run on a solo shot in the bottom of the fifth to bring the score to 9-3. In game two, the ValleyCats plated five runs in the seventh inning to win it 12-9 in walk-off fashion. The Jackals once again scored first when Justin Wylie hit a two-run homer to open the game. In the bottom half, Juan Silverio hit a grand slam to get the lead right back for Tri-City. In the fourth, Connor Lien and Denis Phipps each singled home runs to extend it to 6-2. The next inning, New Jersey had five runs cross the plate. Santiago Chirino and Jason Agresti each hit RBI singles, Dalton Combs hit an RBI double, and Todd Isaacs capped the scoring with an RBI single of his own to give the Jackals a 7-6 lead. Jake Barbee knocked a run home in the bottom half to tie the game at 7-7. Two more came around for New Jersey in the sixth after RBI hits from Chirino and Isaacs. Then, in the seventh, Tri-City rallied once more. Barbee doubled home a run to draw them within one. Connor Lien then singled home Barbee to tie the game at 9-9. Then, with one swing of the bat, Nelson Molina sent the fans home happy with a three-run walk-off home run to give the ValleyCats the 12-9 win and the doubleheader sweep.

The Southern Illinois Miners recorded their ninth straight home win, beating the Evansville Otters 7-0. Anthony Brocato hit an RBI double to make it 1-0. Arturo Nieto followed with a two-run single that made it 3-0, and Nolan Earley later hit an RBI single for a 4-0 lead. In the fifth, Ian Walter launched a two-run home run to make it 6-0, and Earley would add one final run in the sixth on another RBI single to bring the score to 7-0. Zac Westcott went seven shutout innings, striking out nine batters and allowing just four hits in the win.

A five-run fourth inning led the Lake Erie Crushers to a 5-1 victory over the Joliet Slammers. In the fourth, Steve Passatempo hit a two-run homer to give the Crushers the lead. Later in the inning, Nick Rotola launched a three-run shot to make it 5-0. The only run for Joliet came in the seventh, when Kyle Jacobsen hit an RBI groundout to bring it to 5-1. Ryan Feierabend earned the win for the Crushers after pitching six scoreless innings with ten strikeouts and allowing just three hits.

A pair of big innings and some solid pitching fueled the Schaumburg Boomers to a 12-3 win over the Gateway Grizzlies. A Clint Hardy RBI single started the scoring for the Boomers in the first and was followed by a three-run home run by Braxton Davidson to make it 4-0 early. Another run came on an RBI single by Davidson to make it 5-0 Boomers. Gateway got on the board with a solo home run by Alonzo Jones in the fifth inning. Davidson hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his second of the game, to make it 7-1 Schaumburg. The Grizzlies were able to get two runs back in the bottom of the seventh when Jack Harris hit an RBI double to make it 7-3. A five-run ninth inning gave Schaumburg some insurance and made it 12-3. Hardy scored on a wild pitch, Nick Oddo drew a bases-loaded walk, Luke Becker doubled home a pair of runs, and Matt McGarry capped the scoring with an RBI single for the Boomers. Geoff Bramblett allowed one run over six innings of work, striking out six in the win.

A steady offensive night by the Sussex County Miners led them to an 8-5 victory over Équipe Québec. Sussex County’s first run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Kaleo Johnson. Nick Garland then hit a solo home run in the second to make it 2-0. Québec answered with three coming on a three-run home run by Gift Ngoepe to give them the 3-2 lead. The next inning, Johnson homered to help Sussex County tie it at 3-3 before Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom half that made it 4-3 Québec. In the fourth, Johnson singled home two runs for the Miners, and Trevin Esquerra also singled home a run to make it 6-4. David Glaude hit a sacrifice fly for Québec in the bottom half to cut it to 6-5. In the fifth, Cito Culver scored on a wild pitch, and in the sixth, Esquerra’s sacrifice fly added some insurance and made it 8-5.

Game one of the series between the Washington Wild Things and the New York Boulders was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. ET Thursday.

Eight games on the way for Wednesday! Follow along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

EVANSVILLE’S JEFFREY BAEZ AND SCHAUMBURG’S RYAN MIDDENDORF CLAIM WEEKLY AWARDS

Evansville Otters outfielder Jeffrey Baez and Schaumburg Boomers right-hander Ryan Middendorf 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.

 

Baez takes home his first Player of the Week award and Evansville’s third weekly award this season, after Riley Krane won Player of the Week and Braden Scott won Pitcher of the Week earlier in the season. Baez led the league this week with six home runs as part of thirteen hits. He recorded ten RBIs and hit .464 over six games this week.

 

The 27-year-old was a midseason acquisition for the Otters and is in his first season in the Frontier League. He was acquired in a trade with the Kane County Cougars of the American Association. Before that, he spent eight years in the Chicago Cubs organization from 2011-2018 and spent the 2019 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his nine games with Evansville since being acquired, he has batted .400 with sixteen hits, including two doubles and six homers, and has picked up eleven RBIs.

 

This is Middendorf’s first Pitcher of the Week award, and fourth weekly award for the Boomers this season after Quincy Nieporte won the Player of the Week award twice, and Kyle Arjona took home the Pitcher of the Week award. In Middendorf’s start against Gateway on Thursday (8/26), he tossed a complete game shutout in the seven-inning contest. He allowed just four hits and one walk and recorded four strikeouts in the 2-0 win over the Grizzlies.

 

Middendorf is in his first professional season with Schaumburg in the Frontier League. The 23-year-old played Lake Erie College and spent time in the Northwoods League. He currently ranks third in the league with a 2.96 ERA and second in the league with 10 wins. He has recorded 73 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched this season and has allowed just 17 walks in his rookie season.

 

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EVANSVILLE HITS SIX HOME RUNS ON WAY TO 15-1 WIN OVER GATEWAY

Sunday saw a lot of scoring, with all but two games featuring at least one team with double digit scoring! Read about all the runs scored in each game with our nightly recap here:

The Southern Illinois Miners picked up a season-high eighteen hits in a big 11-5 win over the Florence Y’alls. The first inning began with five runs for the Miners. An RBI single by Nolan Earley made it 1-0. Jamey Smart knocked in a run with a single of his own before Jared Mang hit an RBI double for the 3-0 lead. Ian Walters’ RBI groundout made it 4-0 and Anthony Brocato capped the inning and made it 5-0 with an RBI single. The next inning, Smart hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 7-0, and an RBI double by Brocato brought it to 8-0. Florence got two runs back in the bottom of the second, with Axel Johnson singling and Luis Pintor hitting a sacrifice fly, but Southern Illinois would get them both back in the third inning on a two-run blast by Earley. That blast helped Earley set a new franchise record for RBIs for the Miners, passing the previous record of 208 set by Joey Metropoulos. The Y’alls scored three more runs in the sixth. Johnson, Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport each singled home runs to make it 10-5. The last run for the Miners came in the ninth, when Brocato came home on a wild pitch to bring it to 11-5.

Thanks to an early run and a three-run inning, the New Jersey Jackals edged past the New York Boulders 4-3. Nicco Toni sent the first run home on a sacrifice fly in the second inning to put the Jackals up 1-0. In the fourth, Toni singled home a run and Santiago Chirino doubled home a pair of runs to make it 4-0. That was all New Jersey would need, as they would manage to hold the Boulders to just three runs over the final four innings. Those runs would come in the sixth inning. Jack Sundberg hit a sacrifice fly, Phil Capra scored on a passed ball, and Zach Kirtley drove in a run on a groundout to bring it to 4-3. Ronald Herrera allowed two earned runs in his seven innings of work, surrendering just five hits and a walk in the win.

The Washington Wild Things earned a win over Équipe Québec 7-1 courtesy of a solid start from Daren Osby and a constant flow of offense. The Wild Things struck first in the first inning on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Grant Heyman. Québec tied it the third inning after a single by Raphael Gladu and an error, but Washington would regain the lead in the bottom half after Scotty Dubrule singled home a run and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1. The Wild Things pulled away with a four-run inning in the fifth. Heyman connected on a two-run home run and a two-run double by Andrew Czech made it 7-1. Osby allowed just one unearned run in his six innings of work in the win.

The Joliet Slammers swept the Windy City ThunderBolts with a pair of wins, including a 10-5 late comeback win in game one. The Slammers established an early lead in that first game, with a Scott Holzwasser home run giving them a 1-0 advantage. The next inning, Lane Baremore hit one of his own to make it 2-0 before Windy City scored two to tie it up. John Sechen hit an RBI single and Jace Mercer drew a bases-loaded walk. Jack Strunc then singled home a run in the third and Brynn Martinez plated two with a single in the fifth to stretch it to 5-2 ThunderBolts. Joliet rallied in the final two innings of the seven-inning game. Nick Lovullo homered in the sixth before a run scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Baremore closed the gap to 5-4. Then in the top of the seventh, the Slammers plated six more runs to make it 10-5. Lovullo, Brylie Ware, and Carson Maxwell each singled home runs before Luke Mangieri doubled home Ware and Dylan Hardy doubled home Maxwell and Mangieri to give Joliet the lead for good. In game two, Joliet ran away with it in the third inning and ended up winning 14-6. The first run once again came on another Holzwasser home run in the first inning. Tyler Depreta-Johnson singled home a run in the second before Windy City had a four-run inning. Donivan Williams hit a sacrifice fly, Nikola Vasic singled home a run, Jace Mercer drew a bases-loaded walk, and Payton Robertson capped the inning with a sacrifice fly that made it 4-2 Bolts. The lead didn’t last long, as Joliet answered with six runs in the third. Luke Mangieri singled home two runs before Lane Baremore tripled home a pair. Kyle Jacobsen followed with an RBI triple of his own that plated Baremore. Jordan Rathbone then doubled home Jacobsen for an 8-4 lead. Four more came around in the fifth after Nick Lovullo hit a three-run double and Carson Maxwell brought him home on a sacrifice fly. In the sixth, both teams plated a couple more runs each. Depreta-Johnson singled and Holzwasser drove in a run with a sacrifice fly that made it 14-4. The score became 14-6 after Payton Robertson tripled home a run and Rob Weissheier singled home Robertson.

The Evansville Otters earned a commanding 15-1 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies. Josh Allen connected on a two-run home run in the first inning to make it 2-0 Evansville. They scored another in the second with an RBI single from Miles Gordon. Jack Harris then homered in the third inning to get the Grizzlies on the board and make it 3-1. Three home runs from DeJesus, Jeffrey Baez, and Riley Krane extended the lead to 6-1 in the fifth. The Otters then scored five more in the seventh after a homer from Baez, a double by Dakota Phillips, and a pair of RBI groundouts from Gary Mattis and Andrew Penner. The scoring was capped in the ninth after a grand slam by John Schultz. Starter Polo Portela tossed seven innings of one-run ball, surrendering just five hits and a walk while striking out four in the blowout win.

The Sussex County Miners took the final game of the series against the Tri-City ValleyCats 11-9 after a seven-run third inning. Denis Phipps became the single-season and all-time home run leader for the ValleyCats with a solo shot in the first. The next inning, Sussex County’s Cito Culver hit an RBI double that made it 1-1 before a big third inning. Chuck Taylor and Kaleo Johnson both singled home runs before Trevin Esquerra doubled home a run. Audy Ciriaco followed that with a two-run home run and Jackie Urbaez later singled home a pair to make the score 8-1. Luis Roman hit an RBI single in the bottom half and Zach Biermann also singled home a run in the fourth inning to make it 8-3. In the fifth, Ciriaco homered, but Jake Barbee hit an RBI single to match it. Ciriaco singled home a run in the following inning, and Urbaez did the same in the seventh. A Nelson Molina RBI groundout got a run back for Tri-City before Phipps hit his second home run of the game—a grand slam in the eighth that made it 11-9.

The Lake Erie Crushers tallied multiple runs in three different innings to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 10-5. Lake Erie opened the scoring with Steve Passatempo’s two-run blast in the second inning. The Boomers’ Alec Craig scored a run on a groundout in the third. In the fifth, the Crushers plated four more after an RBI triple by Shawon Dunston Jr., an RBI double by Steven Kraft, and a two-run homer by Trevor Achenbach that extended the lead to 6-1. Schaumburg got three of those runs back right away. Craig doubled home a run and later scored on a passed ball, and Chase Dawson hit a home run to make it 6-4. Lake Erie capped their scoring with another four-run inning in the seventh. Eric Callahan scored on a wild pitch and Zach Racusin hit an RBI single. Then, Passatempo hit his second two-run home run of the game. An RBI groundout in the eighth by Angelo Gumbs made the game 10-5.

An off day on Monday before we head into the stretch run! Get caught up on past nightly recaps on FrontierLeague.com and make sure you don’t miss a moment with FrontierLeagueTV.com!

KEY HOMERS LEAD Y’ALLS TO ANOTHER IMPORTANT WIN OVER MINERS

A Saturday night with a number of close games saw four contests finish with a final margin of a run or less! Catch up on any of the action you may have missed here with our nightly recap:

A 6-6 deadlock after ten innings led to a home run derby tiebreaker in which the Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the Sussex County Miners 6-2. The six Tri-City runs all came in the third inning. Jhon Nunez started the scoring with an RBI double. It was followed by a sacrifice fly by Carson McCusker, RBI singles by Chris Kwitzer and Connor Lien, and a two-run home run by Denis Phipps. Sussex County started to inch their way back in the fifth, when Audy Ciriaco connected on a solo shot. The next inning, Juan Kelly hit a two-run homer to make it 6-3, and in the eighth, Ciriaco hit his second home run of the game—a three-run game-tying blast the made it 6-6 and eventually forced extra innings. After neither team scored in the tenth, the game went to a home run derby. The ValleyCats emerged victorious after three homers from both Denis Phipps and Brad Zunica fueled them to a 6-2 victory.

The New York Boulders took an early lead over the New Jersey Jackals and never looked back, winning 9-0. They started the night with two runs in the first inning. Zach Kirtley hit an RBI groundout and Marcus Mastrobuoni singled home a run. Kirtley singled home a run in the second and Tucker Nathans doubled home a run later in the inning to make it 4-0 Boulders. In the fourth, the Boulders plated five more runs to bring the score to 9-0. Kirtley drew a bases-loaded walk before Nathans singled home a run, Mastrobuoni singled home two, and Phil Caulfield drove in a run on a fielder’s choice to cap the scoring. Starter Danny Wirchansky worked seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven in the win.

A couple of key home runs and a passed ball led the Florence Y’alls to a 5-4 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners. The Y’alls took their first lead in the third inning, when Andres Rios hit a solo home run and Luis Pintor hit a sacrifice fly that made it 2-0. In the fourth, the Miners’ Jamey Smart singled home a run and another run came in on an error that tied the game 2-2. The next inning, Pintor regained the lead for Florence when he connected on a two-run blast that made it 4-2. Jared Mang tied the game for the Miners again in the sixth on a two-run double that brought it to 4-4. In the bottom half, the Y’alls scored the winning run when Harrison DiNicola scored on a passed ball off the glove of Cody Erickson to make it 5-4.

The Gateway Grizzlies snapped their six-game losing streak with a 7-6 win over the Evansville Otters. Evansville scored three unearned runs in the second inning after a lead-off error that allowed J.R. Davis to reach base. Davis, John Schultz, Andy DeJesus, and Justin Felix all scored with Felix, Miles Gordon, Elijah MacNamee, and Josh Allen recording RBIs to make it 4-0. Gateway answered with two runs in the bottom of the second after an error allowed Justin Jones to reach base and a fielder’s choice off the bat of Connor Owings. In the fourth, Jones hit a three-run homer to give the Grizzlies the 5-4 lead, and Jack Harris also homered in the inning, making it 6-4. The Otters got a run back in the seventh when Jeffrey Baez hit an RBI single, but Andres Regnault hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh for the Grizzlies to make it 7-5. Evansville would plate one more the next inning when Josh Allen singled home a run to bring the score to 7-6.

Équipe Québec held off a late rally by the Washington Wild Things to secure an 8-5 victory. Québec plated three runs in the first inning after Raphael Gladu doubled home two runs to open the scoring and Connor Panas hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0 early. Three more were added in the bottom of the third on a three-run shot by Ruben Castro to make it a 6-0 ballgame. David Glaude added a solo homer in the fourth and scored on a Castro RBI single in the fifth that made it 8-0. Washington got on the board late and scored five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. A sacrifice fly from Andrew Czech, an RBI single by Cody Young, an RBI double by Nick Ward and RBI hits by Scotty Dubrule and Bralin Jackson brought it to 8-5, but the comeback would fall short. Québec starter Henry Omana took a no-hitter through 6.1 innings and finished his outing with seven shutout innings and nine strikeouts in his first Frontier League victory.

The Joliet Slammers established an early 6-0 lead and held on for an 8-7 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. The Slammers scored two runs in each of the first three innings. Carson Maxwell hit a two-run home run in the first. In the second, Kyle Jacobsen and Scott Holzwasser each singled home runs, and in the third, Jacobsen hit another RBI single to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the third, Dan Robinson and Payton Robertson each connected on RBI singles to cut the deficit to 6-2. The next half inning, Brylie Ware hit an RBI double to make it 7-2, but Windy City’s Nikola Vasic singled home a run the following inning to keep it a four-run difference. In the sixth, Rob Weissheier scored on a wild pitch and Jack Strunc scored on a passed ball that brought it to 7-4. In the ninth, Maxwell hit an RBI single for Joliet, and Payton Robertson closed the scoring for the ThunderBolts with a two-run homer that made it 8-7.

In a back-and-forth shootout, the Lake Erie Crushers outlasted the Schaumburg Boomers 10-8. The Crushers struck first when Eric Callahan singled home the game’s first run in the second inning. Steve Passatempo then knocked in a run in the third to give the Crushers a 2-0 lead. In the third, Schaumburg’s Chase Dawson hit an RBI double and later scored on an error to make it 2-2. Clint Hardy then hit a two-run double that made it 4-2 Boomers. Lake Erie would respond with a four-run inning of their own in the fourth inning. Callahan plated Nick Rotola with a single, Shawon Dunston Jr. plated Callahan with a double, and Trevor Achenbach and Passatempo each hit RBI singles to establish a 6-4 lead for the Crushers. The next inning, an error allowed two Lake Erie runs to score to make it 8-4, but the bottom half of the fifth saw a Braxton Davidson solo home run make it 8-5. Two innings later, Davidson launched a three-run home run that tied it at 8-8 in the seventh. In the ninth, Lake Erie provided the final punch—a two-run blast by Achenbach that led them to a 10-8 victory.

An eight-game schedule Sunday will wrap up the week in the Frontier League. Catch the series finales on FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

TRI-CITY OVERCOMES 11-3 DEFICIT IN WIN OVER SUSSEX COUNTY

Friday night’s action was fueled by an impressive ten-run comeback and a home run derby victory. Read more about every game here:

The Tri-City ValleyCats came back from an 11-3 deficit to beat the Sussex County Miners 13-12 after a nine-run seventh inning. Sussex County took a 4-0 advantage in the third inning, with Martin Figueroa hitting a two-run double, Juan Kelly hitting a sacrifice fly, and Kaleo Johnson doubling home a run as well. Tri-City’s Denis Phipps hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to make it 4-3. From there, Sussex County started to pull away. Figueroa doubled home two in the fourth, Chuck Taylor hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and the Miners scored three in the seventh courtesy of RBI singles by Nick Garland and Martin Figueroa. That made the score 11-3. Then, the ValleyCats mounted an impressive rally. Carson McCusker got the scoring started with an RBI single. Denis Phipps then singled home two and Luis Roman hit a sacrifice fly. Brad Zunica followed later with an RBI single before McCusker came to the plate again and doubled home three runs to tie the score at 11-11. Jhon Nunez then gave Tri-City the lead with an RBI single that made it 12-11 after seven innings. Willy Garcia added one more the following inning with an RBI single of his own. Cito Culver hit a solo home run for the Miners in the ninth to make it a one-run game, but the ValleyCats were able to hold off Sussex County and secure the one-run win.

After a pitcher’s duel and a 1-1 tie, the Joliet Slammers used a 5-4 home run derby victory to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts. The only run for the Slammers came in the fifth, when Kyle Jacobsen hit an RBI single. Two innings later, Nikola Vasic doubled home the only run for the ThunderBolts to tie it at 1-1. The game was otherwise dominated by pitching. Joliet’s Cam Cameron allowed the run on five hits and three walks, striking out four over 6.1 innings of work.  Windy City’s Bryan Ketchie tossed seven innings and allowed the run on four hits and a walk, while striking out ten. A tie game after ten innings, the game went to a home run derby to decide a winner. In the derby, Brylie Ware hit three homers, and Carson Maxwell and Luke Mangieri each hit one for Joliet. Meanwhile, Windy City got two from both Zac Taylor and Dan Robinson in the loss.

The Washington Wild Things ended Équipe Québec’s eleven-game win streak with an 8-3 victory. The Wild Things took the lead first in the second inning, when Joe Campagna doubled home the first run. Québec’s L.P. Pelletier hit an RBI single in the third to tie the game before the Wild Things added three more in the bottom half. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly, Hector Roa doubled home a run, and Tristan Peterson singled home Roa to make it a 4-1 ballgame. A Jesse Hodges home run got a run back for Québec in the fourth, but Roa would hit a three-run shot in the bottom of the fifth to extend the Washington lead. A Scotty Dubrule RBI groundout tacked on one more run for the Wild Things in the sixth. In the eighth, Jonathan Lacroix hit a sacrifice fly to make the final score 8-3.

The Schaumburg Boomers used a four-run fourth inning against the Lake Erie Crushers to give them the lead and they would hold on for the 6-4 win. In the fourth, Chase Dawson crossed the plate first on a wild pitch to give the Boomers the lead. Clint Hardy and Brett Milazzo both followed with RBI singles, and Milazzo scored on an error that allowed Alec Craig to reach base. The Crushers’ first run came in the seventh on a solo home run by Karl Ellison, but Schaumburg answered with two more in the bottom of the seventh. Braxton Davidson doubled home a run and Hardy drove in a run when he reached on an error to make it 6-1. Lake Erie would add three more in the eighth. Zach Racusin hit an RBI single before Steven Kraft connected on a two-run double that brought the score to 6-4.

The New Jersey Jackals ran away with a 12-3 victory over the New York Boulders. Josh Rehwaldt gave the Jackals the lead in the second when he singled home two runs. Santiago Chirino also singled home a pair of runs later in the inning. New York got on the board with a two-run single in the third inning by Marcus Mastrobuoni. Nicco Toni hit a sacrifice fly for New Jersey in the sixth inning and Todd Isaacs hit a two-run homer in the seventh to bring it to 7-2 Jackals. In the eighth, the Jackals scored five runs after RBI singles by Chirino and Combs, and a three-run blast by Rehwaldt. New York’s Phil Caulfield hit an RBI double in the ninth to make it a 12-3 final. New Jersey starter Jared Milch gave up two runs and struck out eight over seven innings of work in the win.

The Evansville Otters edged out the Gateway Grizzlies, winning 8-7 in a close contest. Riley Krane put the Otters up in the first inning with a sacrifice fly. Andy DeJesus followed with a two-run single that made it 3-0. The Grizzlies responded in the bottom half with four runs to take the lead. Jose Rosario doubled home a run, Dustin Woodcock singled home two and Justin Jones also knocked home a run. In the third, Jay Prather added to that lead with an RBI double that made it 5-3. Evansville would answer in the fifth, with Jeffrey Baez hitting a two-run home run and Justin Felix drawing a bases-loaded walk to regain the lead from Gateway at 6-5. Both teams matched each other with two-run innings in the sixth. Krane hit a two-run double for the Otters, while Chase Vallot hit a two-run homer for the Grizzlies, but Gateway could not muster another run and fell by a run.

The Florence Y’alls’ bats came to life in the middle innings, leading them to a 13-5 win over the Southern Illinois Miners. The Miners took the lead early with a two-run shot by Ariel Sandoval in the first. In the bottom of the first, Florence’s Axel Johnson connected on a solo shot that cut it to 2-1. Anthony Brocato also hit a home run in the second, making it 3-1 Miners. In the fifth, the Y’alls’ offense really came to life. Connor Crane tripled home a run, Johnson singled home Crane, and Chad Sedio singled home two more to give them the 5-3 lead. Florence followed the four-run inning with five in the sixth inning. Luis Pintor singled home a pair, Sedio tripled home two more, and Trevor Craport’s sacrifice fly brought home another run to make it 10-3. Three more came around in the seventh to cap the scoring for the Y’alls. Crane hit an RBI single and Pintor plated two with a double. The Miners would bring home two more runs in the eighth to make it 13-5. The runs came on a groundout by Ian Walters and a wild pitch that scored Sandoval.

The action continues Saturday with another standard seven-game slate. Watch along at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the app!

2021 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES : RICH SAUGET, SR.

After six seasons of professional baseball spent in the organizations of Atlanta and San Francisco, Rich Sauget went on to watch his son have a successful playing career of his own. His son, Rich Sauget, Jr., spent two seasons in the Frontier League—1997 with Johnstown, and 1998 with Springfield. One night at his son’s Frontier League game, Rich Sr. had a conversation with Commissioner Bill Lee about getting involved in the league. A few short years later, Rich joined the league in 1999 and is still owner of the Gateway Grizzlies today.

From 2003 to 2020, Rich, Sr. served as the President of the League Board of Directors. During his tenure, he worked with fellow owners to further the brand and image of the League. The League experienced tremendous growth as a result. Six new stadiums were built, and the League as a whole moved towards bigger, metropolitan areas in both Canada and the East Coast of the United States. Sauget also oversaw the expansion of the league after the 2019 season, when teams from the Can-Am League were admitted.

“We were really able to grow the league, grow our markets, and go from playing in the smaller venues we had back then to some of the major venues that we have today,” said Rich.

Rich emphasized that without a doubt, what stood out most to him in his time with the Frontier League, was the ability to work with young people and watch them reach their full potential both on and off the field. He strived to provide players, coaches, and staff members with the opportunity to advance their careers.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made as a league, and part of that is being able to see the number of players signed to Major League organizations increase over the years,” noted Sauget.

Another part of that progress was the naming of the Frontier League as a Partner League of Major League Baseball, a distinction that was achieved largely due to the contributions of Sauget and many others.

One of his favorite memories of his time in the league was when MLB Hall of Famer Stan Musial was the Guest of Honor at the 2003 Frontier League All-Star Game at Gateway. Sauget got to catch the first pitch that Musial threw out that night. He called Musial “a wonderful individual with great character on and off the field,” and noted how much he enjoyed having him around players and coaches.

Outside of baseball, Sauget is the founder and president of East County Enterprises, Inc., a real estate management company that has been in business in the East County Area of the St. Louis Region area development for the past 35 years. He also helped to expand healthcare services to low-income families in Southwestern Illinois due to his involvement on the board of Touchette Regional Hospital and Kenneth Hall Regional Hospital. He is currently the Chairman of the St. Clair County Building Commission and is a member of the Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business Council, and Lambert Airport Board. He has enjoyed getting to know and work with people who shared the goal of being helpful in their community.

“Being inducted into the Frontier League Hall of Fame is an accumulation of a lot of hard work and working with others to try and become an integral part of professional baseball. There was a lot of cooperation and a lot of great people involved along the way.”

After twenty-two years in the Frontier League, it is clear Rich Sauget has and will continue to impact the league and the people who work in and around it.

You can watch Rich Sauget, Sr.’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony here: https://frontierleague.vhx.tv/gateway-grizzlies/season:3/videos/rich-sauget-hall-of-fame-induction

SCHAUMBURG SWEEPS DOUBLEHEADER AFTER TWO COMPLETE GAMES

Thursday’s highlights included a doubleheader with a pair of complete games on the mound, and a walk-off win.  Catch up on all the league’s action here:

The Schaumburg Boomers swept their doubleheader with the Gateway Grizzlies thanks to a pair of complete games by their starting pitchers. Game one finished 5-1. The Boomers got on the board in the second when Matt Bottcher singled home a run and Dusty Stroup hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. The following inning, Quincy Nieporte hit an RBI single to make it 3-0. In the fourth, Ty Moore scored Gateway’s only run after an error by the catcher, and in the fifth, Matt McGarry hit a solo home run and Bottcher doubled home the fifth and final run for Schaumburg. Geoff Bramblett tossed the full seven innings and allowed zero earned runs, surrendering six hits and two walks while striking out four in the win. Game two was a 2-0 Boomers win. Braxton Davidson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth inning. Brett Milazzo added an RBI single later in the inning that made it 2-0 Ryan Middendorf also tossed a complete game for the Boomers in the win. He worked the full seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four.

The Florence Y’alls walked it off in the ninth with a wild pitch to beat the Joliet Slammers 6-5. The Slammers took the early lead after a Brylie Ware sacrifice fly in the first inning. In the third, Florence’s Connor Crane tied the game with an RBI double, and Axel Johnson sent him home with an RBI double of his own to make it 2-1 Y’alls. Chad Sedio also plated a run on a fielder’s choice in the inning to make it 3-1. The next inning, A Carson Maxwell home run and a Dylan Hardy RBI single tied the game at 3-3 for the Slammers. In the eighth, Joliet broke the tie thanks to an RBI single by Tyler Depreta-Johnson. Scott Holzwasser then knocked in a run to make it 5-3 Slammers. In the bottom half, Luis Pintor got a run back for the Y’alls on an RBI double. Then, in the ninth, Connor Crane’s safety squeeze tied the game at 5-5. The next at-bat, a wild pitch allowed Rodney Tennie to scamper home and score the winning run for the Y’alls.

The Southern Illinois Miners split Thursday’s doubleheader with the Lake Erie Crushers, winning the first game 2-0. The only scoring came in the second when Anthony Brocato launched a two-run home run. The rest of the game was a pitcher’s duel between starters Zac Westcott and Ryan Feierabend. Westcott allowed just four hits over 6.1 shutout innings in the win, while Feierabend allowed the two runs on eight hits over five innings in the loss. The Crushers took game two by a score of 2-1 in another contest dominated by pitching. Southern Illinois scored their only run in the second when Bryant Flete hit an RBI double to give them the 1-0 lead. Lake Erie responded with both of their runs in the fourth inning. Steven Kraft’s RBI triple tied the game and Bryan De La Rosa brought him home with a sacrifice fly. Sam Curtis allowed just a run on four hits over five innings pitched in the win for Lake Erie. Michael Austin allowed the two runs on five hits over 5.1 innings in the loss for the Miners.

An offensive explosion with 19 hits by the Washington Wild Things led them to a 12-5 victory over the Tri-City ValleyCats. Washington opened the game with a seven-run first inning. Grant Heyman singled home a run to make it 1-0 before Hector Roa’s fielder’s choice made it 2-0. Trevor Casanova then hit a two-run single before Tristan Peterson doubled home two more to make it 6-0. Andrew Czech followed by doubling home Peterson for the seventh run. Tri-City got one back in the second with a Luis Roman home run, but the Wild Things added two more on a Hector Roa two-run blast that made it 9-1. Czech’s second RBI double made it 10-1 in the fourth before a Brad Zunica home run for the ValleyCats brought it to 10-2 in the fifth. Peterson hit a sac fly in the sixth before Tri-City added two in the seventh on a Chris Kwitzer single and a Jhon Nunez sac fly. Nick Ward tacked on a run for the Wild Things with his RBI single in the eighth, and Kwitzer added one more for the ValleyCats in the ninth with an RBI single of his own.

Équipe Québec extended their win streak to 11 games with an 11-6 win over the New York Boulders. The Boulders went ahead first in the second inning after Milton Smith Jr. singled home the first run. The next inning, Québec’s David Glaude hit a two-run home run to give them the 2-1 lead. Ray Hernandez hit an RBI single to help New York tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom half. In the fourth, Marcus Mastrobuoni drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Boulders the lead before Jeffry Parra singled home two runs in the fifth to regain the lead for Québec at 4-3. Smith Jr. connected on a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth before Québec unloaded for seven runs in the sixth inning. Ruben Castro scored on a wild pitch, Parra and Raphael Gladu each hit RBI singles, Connor Panas and Jesse Hodges each drew bases-loaded walks, and Castro capped the scoring with a two-run single.

The Windy City ThunderBolts avoided the sweep against the Evansville Otters with a 9-5 win. Evansville struck first after Josh Allen’s solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Rob Weissheier answered with a solo shot in the second, and John Sechen’s two-run homer in the third made it 3-1. Weissheier later singled home a run to make it 4-1. Allen hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third and scored on a Riley Krane sacrifice fly, but Windy City added four runs in the fourth. Nikola Vasic and Payton Robertson each had RBI singles in the inning. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run for the Otters to make it 8-4, but Brynn Martinez scored on an error for the Bolts. In the ninth, Evansville’s Andrew Penner singled home a run to make it 9-5.

The Sussex County Miners came back from a six-run deficit to defeat the New Jersey Jackals 8-7. Todd Isaacs opened the scoring for New Jersey with an RBI groundout in the second. Josh Rehwaldt followed him by also knocking in a run on a groundout to make it 2-0 after two. Rehwaldt’s sacrifice fly in the fourth made it 3-0 before Riley Mihalik singled home two runs and Santiago Chirino singled home a run as well to make it 6-0. In the bottom of the fourth, Sussex County got on the board when Nick Garland plated two with an RBI single and Chuck Taylor singled him home. Cito Culver homered in the fifth. Stanley Espinal doubled home the Jackals’ final run in the sixth before Audy Ciriaco hit a three-run double in the bottom half that tied the game at 7-7. In the seventh, Juan Kelly’s RBI single plated the go-ahead run for Sussex County and made it 8-7.

The weekend’s action features a full slate that gets underway Friday at 7:00 p.m. ET. Catch all the action at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!

QUÉBEC EXTENDS WIN STREAK TO TEN GAMES WITH 8-2 WIN OVER NEW YORK

Despite two rainouts, there were still seven games and plenty of action to follow Wednesday night. Read more about the night in the Frontier League here:

The Schaumburg Boomers completed their suspended game with the Gateway Grizzlies, winning 4-3 in what was scheduled to be the first game of a doubleheader. Before Tuesday’s rain, Gateway held a 2-1 lead thanks to an Andres Regnault RBI single in the first and a sacrifice fly by him in the top of the third. Schaumburg’s run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Braxton Davidson. When the game resumed Wednesday, the Boomers quickly took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Nick Oddo doubled home a run and Chase Dawson sent him home with an RBI triple. In the fifth, Regnault drove in a run with a fielder’s choice for Gateway, but Dawson doubled home a run in the bottom half to give Schaumburg the 4-3 lead for good. The second game between the Boomers and Grizzlies was postponed and will now be part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Équipe Québec won their tenth straight game, beating the New York Boulders by a final score of 8-2. A Jeffry Parra single gave Québec a 1-0 lead in the first. Gift Ngoepe’s RBI single made it 2-0 in the second and Québec scored twice in the third to make it 4-0 after an RBI triple from Connor Panas and a sacrifice fly by Jonathan Lacroix. The Boulders’ first run came in the third on an RBI double by Kevonte Mitchell. Ngoepe then hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for Québec to make it 5-1. Three more runs came around in the eighth on an RBI single by David Glaude and a two-run single by Raphael Gladu that extended their lead to 8-1. In the bottom half, Mitchell hit a sacrifice fly to bring the final score to 8-2. Miguel Cienfuegos earned the win for Québec, going seven innings and allowing only one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters.

For the second consecutive night, the Evansville Otters beat the Windy City ThunderBolts by a score of 6-2. Windy City took an early lead on a Rob Weissheier sacrifice fly in the first inning, but Evansville would respond with three runs in the bottom of the first. Dakota Phillips picked up an RBI single and Jeffrey Baez hit a two-run homer to make it 3-1 Otters. The ThunderBolts cut the deficit to one run after a Donivan Williams RBI double in the fourth inning, but the Otters pulled away in the later innings. Josh Allen hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh. In the eighth, Gary Mattis hit an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-2. Otters’ starter Ryan O’Reilly allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over seven innings of work. He struck out five batters in the win.

In a pure pitcher’s duel, the Tri-City ValleyCats edged out the Washington Wild Things 1-0 after a first-inning run. The run came on an RBI single from Brad Zunica. The rest of the game was dominated by pitching on both sides. Washington starter Ryan Hennen pitched seven innings of one-run ball in the loss, striking out six and allowing five hits and three walks. Tri-City’s Bryan Valdez went six innings in the win, surrendering just three hits and three walks before the ValleyCats’ bullpen closed out the final three innings.

A five-run eighth inning fueled the Sussex County Miners to a 9-3 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. LT Struble opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, putting the Miners up 1-0. They added two more in the fifth with Juan Kelly hitting an RBI single and later scoring on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. The Jackals got on the board in the sixth, when Todd Isaacs reached on an error and later scored. Martin Figueroa answered with an RBI triple for Sussex County in the bottom of the sixth that made it 4-1 before the Miners added five in the eighth inning. Kelly, Kaleo Johnson, and Jackie Urbaez all hit RBI doubles, and Audy Ciriaco plated Urbaez with a sacrifice fly that put them up 9-1. New Jersey tacked on two in the ninth after an RBI single by Josh Rehwaldt and a bases-loaded walk to Demetrius Moorer that brought the score to 9-3. Sussex County’s Max Herrmann allowed just one run over six innings of work in the win.

The Joliet Slammers and the Florence Y’alls each earned a victory from their scheduled doubleheader, with Joliet taking the first game 9-2. The Slammers took the lead right away with an RBI single by Carson Maxwell in the first inning. They followed that with a seven-run second inning. Dave Matthews hit an RBI double and scored on an error that allowed Scott Holzwasser to reach first. Then, Maxwell blasted a grand slam to open it up. Lane Baremore capped their second inning scoring with an RBI single that made it 8-0. The Y’alls got a run back in the second with an RBI double by Jordan Brower. In the fourth, Matthews singled home one more run for Joliet, and Jose Brizuela brought home one more for Florence on a groundout. In game two, the Y’alls used a four-run second inning to beat the Slammers 7-4. Brylie Ware hit an RBI groundout in the first inning to put Joliet up 1-0 early, but then Florence’s offense came to life. Harrison DiNicola walked and later came home on a wild pitch to tie the game. Taylor Bryant then came home on an error that allowed Jackson Owens to reach base safely. Axel Johnson followed with an RBI single and Owens later scored on another error to make it 4-1 Y’alls. In the third, Owens hit a sacrifice fly that increased the lead to 5-1, but Joliet made it interesting with a three-run fourth. Dylan Hardy tripled home a pair of runs for the Slammers in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch. The Y’alls followed in the bottom of the fourth with two insurance runs. Trevor Craport singled home a run and DiNicola singled him home to make it 7-4.

The game between the Southern Illinois Miners and the Lake Erie Crushers was postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.

Weather permitting, we should have nine games on Thursday’s schedule. Be sure to tune in at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app to watch the action unfold.

STRECKER BECOMES FRONTIER LEAGUE ALL-TIME SAVES LEADER

Tuesday’s Frontier League action was highlighted by a historic save and the extension of a win streak. Catch up on anything you missed here:

With three runs in the seventh inning, the Washington Wild Things defeated the Tri-City ValleyCats 5-2. In the win, Washington’s Zach Strecker earned his 19th save of the season and the 71st of his career, breaking the tie with Eric Massingham achieved Sunday and making him the new Frontier League saves leader. The ValleyCats scored first in the game when Connor Lien hit an RBI triple in the third inning. Daniel Kreuzer later hit an RBI groundout in the inning to make it 2-0. Washington plated a run in the third with an RBI groundout by Grant Heyman to make it 2-1. The Wild Things tied the game in the sixth inning when Trevor Casanova hit an RBI double. A three-run home run in the seventh inning from Heyman gave the Wild Things the lead for good, and Strecker earned the historic save in the ninth to close it out.

The Southern Illinois Miners won their seventh game in a row with a 10-7 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Miners struck first with three runs in the second inning. Arturo Nieto brought in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. Jarrod Watkins then singled home two runs to make it 3-0 Miners. Lake Erie rallied with a four-run bottom half. A solo home run by Bryan De La Rosa and back-to-back RBI singles by Zach Racusin and Steven Kraft gave them a 4-3 lead. In the third, the Miners answered with a four-run inning of their own. An RBI single by Jamey Smart tied the game at 4-4. Jared Mang then hit a two-run home run to make it 6-4 before Watkins later tripled in a run to make it 7-4. The Crushers once again rallied in the fourth. Kraft hit an RBI single and they tied it at 7-7 with an infield single by Trevor Achenbach and a fielder’s choice from Karl Ellison that plated a run. The Miners would take the lead for good in the seventh. Nieto’s go-ahead RBI single made it 8-7. They would add two insurance runs in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Mang and a wild pitch. Stevie Ledesma pitched 4.2 scoreless innings and struck out nine batters in relief for the Miners win.

The Evansville Otters scored six unanswered runs to beat the Windy City ThunderBolts 6-2. Windy City’s Rob Weissheier provided the only scoring for the ThunderBolts in the second inning when he hit a two-run home run that gave them a brief lead. Evansville would answer in the second. Jeffrey Baez hit a solo home run, Andy DeJesus hit an RBI groundout to tie it at 2-2, and Miles Gordon put the Otters up for good with a sacrifice fly. In the third, Dakota Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2. DeJesus homered in the seventh and Phillips added one more run on a single in the eighth, making it 6-2.

The Sussex County Miners established an early lead and kept it in their 7-1 win over the New Jersey Jackals. Juan Kelly opened the scoring in the first with an RBI single. In the second, Audy Ciriaco tripled home a run and Cito Culver singled him home to make it 3-0. The Jackals got their only run in the fourth when Jason Agresti doubled home a run. Sussex County responded with three more in the bottom of the fourth. LT Struble hit a sacrifice fly before Martin Figueroa and Juan Kelly each hit RBI singles. Kelly capped off his big night with an RBI single in the sixth inning for the Miners seventh and final run. Jalen Miller Sr. worked seven innings, allowing the one run and striking out eight batters in the win.

Équipe Québec got off to a fast start and unloaded for 17 runs on 20 hits in their 17-6 rout of the New York Boulders. Québec opened the game with a four-run first inning. Jeffry Parra singled home a run and Jonathan Lacroix doubled home three to make it 4-0 early. Five more came in the second for Québec. Parra launched a two-run blast before Jesse Hodges doubled home a pair and Ruben Castro singled home Hodges. New York got on the board in the bottom of the second when Tucker Nathans hit a two-run home run and Jack Sundberg doubled home two more to make it 9-4. Connor Panas doubled home a pair of runs in the third for Québec before they added four more in the fourth. Parra drew a bases-loaded walk and Raphael Gladu hit a three-run double. In the bottom half, Sundberg singled home a run. Québec brought home their final two runs in the sixth, when Lacroix singled home a run and Hodges was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the eighth, Ray Hernandez brought home one final run for the Boulders on a groundout.

Tuesday’s game between the Schaumburg Boomers and the Gateway Grizzlies was suspended in the top of the third inning with Gateway holding a 2-1 lead. It will resume Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. CT. and will be followed by a seven-inning contest afterwards.

Come back Wednesday for a full slate of Frontier League action! Catch it all on FrontierLeagueTV.com!

QUÉBEC’S L.P. PELLETIER AND WASHINGTON’S RYAN HENNEN EARN WEEKLY AWARDS

Équipe Québec outfielder L.P. Pelletier and Washington Wild Things left-hander Ryan Hennen have won this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League.

 

This is Pelletier’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the second weekly award for Québec this season, after Miguel Cienfuegos won Pitcher of the Week in the second week of the season. Pelletier led the league this week with thirteen hits, including four doubles, a triple, and three home runs, and he also recorded seven RBIs. He hit .481 over six games this week and came around to score a league-best twelve times.

 

The 25-year-old is in his first season in the Frontier League. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft and the Houston Astros in the 2016 Draft. He spent one season in the Astros organization before joining the Frontier League in 2021. Before that, Pelletier attended Cegep de Maisonneuve in Montreal and Seminole State College. He is currently sixth in the league with a .327 batting average and leads the league with 97 hits and 64 runs. He also has 27 RBIs, 19 doubles, 7 triples, and 7 home runs so far.

 

This is Hennen’s first Pitcher of the Week award, and third weekly award for the Wild Things this season after Joe Campagna and Bralin Jackson won the Player of the Week award earlier in the campaign. In Hennen’s start against Lake Erie on Friday (8/20), he tossed a complete game shutout. He allowed just two hits and zero walks and recorded eight strikeouts in the 1-0 win over the Crushers.

 

Hennen is in his first season with Washington in the Frontier League. The 23-year-old attended Century College in Minnesota and UNC Greensboro before spending a short time in the Northwoods League. He was selected by the Wild Things at the Frontier League’s Tryout Camp and Draft this past May. He currently ranks second in the league with a 2.29 ERA and 9 wins. He has recorded 74 strikeouts in 86.1 innings pitched this season and has allowed just 14 walks in his rookie season.

 

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

 

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