Wednesday provided a number of close games across the Frontier League. Read more about each of the eight games that took place here with our nightly recap:
The Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers split Wednesday’s doubleheader. The Wild Things took the first game 1-0 after a pitcher’s duel. The only run for Washington came in the third inning, when Andrew Sohn singled home Joe Campagna to give the Wild Things the lead for good. Starter Ben Vicini tossed six shutout innings and struck out six, allowing just two hits in the win. Lake Erie starter Jake Pilarski also had a solid outing, allowing just the one run on six hits and two walks in the loss. Game two finished as a 3-2 Crushers win. Zach Racusin led off the game with a solo home run in the first inning, and in the bottom half, Washington’s Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. In the sixth, Hector Roa singled home a run to give the Wild Things the lead. The next inning, Racusin singled home the tying run and reigning Frontier League player of the week Connor Oliver singled home the go-ahead run to make it 3-2.
The Tri-City ValleyCats got a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to come back and beat the New York Boulders 5-4. New York opened the scoring in the third with a pair of runs coming on a two-run homer by Zach Kirtley. Gian Martellini hit a solo shot in the fifth to make it 3-0 before Kevonte Mitchell made it 4-0 an inning later with one of his own. In the seventh, Tri-City scored four runs to tie the game. Brad Zunica hit an RBI double and was then singled home by Juan Silverio. Connor Lien drew a bases-loaded walk to score Silverio, and Nelson Molina then scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 4-4. Then, in the ninth, Luis Roman hit a walk-off single that allowed Molina to score the winning run from second base to secure the ValleyCats win.
The Sussex County Miners defeated the Florence Y’alls 6-4. The Miners struck first with four runs in the very first inning. Juan Kelly tripled home the game’s first run before Kaleo Johnson, Audy Ciriaco, and Cito Culver all followed with RBI singles. In the second, Harrison DiNicola’s RBI single gave Florence their first run, and they added three more to tie the game at 4-4 an inning later. Luis Pintor singled home a run and later scored on an error. In the bottom half of the inning, Ciriaco hit another RBI single to help Sussex County regain the lead 5-4. The score did not change until the eighth, when Chuck Taylor hit an RBI single to make it a 6-4 final. The Miners bullpen combined to pitch six scoreless innings to close out the game and the victory.
A late three-run home run in the ninth helped the Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-2. The ThunderBolts pulled ahead in the second inning with an RBI single from Zac Taylor to give them a 1-0 lead. Gateway erased that lead in the bottom half, when Connor Owings hit an RBI groundout and Justin Jones hit an RBI single to give them the 2-1 lead. The score remained 2-1 until the ninth, when Jace Mercer hit his first professional home run to give Windy City the 4-2 lead, which they would hold on to in the bottom half for the win. Tyler Thornton went 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and six walks, while striking out five. Gateway’s Geoff Bramblett went 7 innings, allowing one run on two hits and a walk, while striking out seven.
Équipe Québec used a pair of late three-run innings to beat the New Jersey Jackals 8-3. Justin Wylie drew a bases-loaded walk for the game’s first run in the first, and Nicco Toni later singled home two more runs to give the Jackals an early 3-0 lead. New Jersey would be unable to score any other runs from that point on. Québec responded in the fifth, when L.P. Pelletier singled home a run and another run came home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of David Glaude made it 3-2. Then, in the seventh, Québec pushed three runs across. Jeffry Parra, Raphael Gladu, and Jonathan Lacroix each singled home runs. Three more came around in the eighth after singles by Glaude and Gladu made it 8-3 Québec.
The Southern Illinois Miners shut out the Evansville Otters once again by a score of 3-0. Bryant Flete singled home the first run in the fifth inning to put the Miners up 1-0. Jared Mang then singled home two more runs in the eighth, extending the lead to 3-0. Starter Gunnar Kines allowed just two hits and four walks over five innings, while striking out four in the win. The rest of the bullpen combined for four hitless innings to secure the victory for Southern Illinois. Meanwhile, for Evansville, Polo Portela went 5.2 innings and struck out four, allowing just a run on three hits and five walks in the loss.
The Joliet Slammers shut out the Schaumburg Boomers 5-0 after a strong six-inning outing by starter Tom Walker. Walker worked the six shutout innings, giving up five hits and four walks in the win for Joliet. Offensively, the Slammers opened it up in the second when Jordan Rathbone brought it in a run thanks to a fielder’s choice. It would stay 1-0 until the seventh, when they added four more. Another fielder’s choice off the bat of Rathbone plated another run. Scott Holzwasser singled home Rathbone and Tyler Depreta-Johnson was also able to score courtesy of an error by the left fielder. Dylan Hardy capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly that plated Holzwasser to make it a 5-0 Joliet final.
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A six-game schedule Tuesday night featured some late rallies that turned into wins and a couple of high-scoring contests as well. Read more about how each game unfolded here:
The Tri-City ValleyCats beat the New York Boulders 8-3 after a four-run inning and a pair of late runs. Brad Zunica got the scoring right away, singling home the game’s first run in the first inning for the ValleyCats. The next inning, New York’s Ryan Ramiz scored on an error by the second baseman after a single by Phil Caulfield and tied the game 1-1. In the third, Tri-City plated four runs. Denis Phipps, Oscar Campos, and Zunica each singled home runs, and Carson McCusker brought a run home with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-1 ValleyCats after three. The Boulders answered with a run the next inning on a Kevonte Mitchell home run but were unable to score any more until the eighth. Meanwhile, Tri-City scored another run in the fifth when Zunica singled home his third run of the game to make it 6-2. In the eighth, the Boulders plated their third and final run on a sacrifice fly by Ramiz, but the ValleyCats responded one final time with a pair of runs in the bottom half on a two-run home run by Connor Lien that made it 8-3. Jose Cruz earned his first win with the ValleyCats, pitching seven innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits and picking up five strikeouts.
The Sussex County Miners used two late runs against the Florence Y’alls to take their first lead of the game in the eighth inning and then held on to win 3-1. The scoring started in the third inning, when Florence’s Connor Crane advanced home on an error that allowed Luis Pintor to reach second base safely. The Miners answered in the bottom half when Juan Kelly hit an RBI single to tie the game 1-1. The game remained tied until the eighth, when Sussex County’s Audy Ciriaco hit a two-run double that gave them the lead for good. Starter Jalen Miller, Sr. tossed 6.2 strong innings and struck out seven, allowing one run (unearned) on just three hits and two walks in the no-decision.
The Southern Illinois Miners shutout the Evansville Otters 2-0 thanks to a dominant performance on the mound by Chase Cunningham. He went seven scoreless innings, struck out seven, and allowed just four hits and a walk in the win for the Miners. Arturo Nieto plated the first run for the Miners in the second inning with his RBI double. The game stayed at 1-0 until the seventh, when Jared Mang scored on an error that allowed Bryant Flete to advance to first safely. The Miners bullpen then closed out the final two scoreless innings to secure the 2-0 win.
After a five-run seventh inning, Équipe Québec held the New Jersey Jackals scoreless for the final two frames for the 8-6 victory. Josh Rehwaldt scored the first run for the Jackals with a solo home run in the second. Justin Wylie added the second with an RBI single an innng later before Jeffry Parra hit a two-run home run to tie the game for Québec. Santiago Chirino singled home a run in the fourth before Wylie and Rehwaldt connected on back-to-back homers in the fifth inning to make it 5-2 Jackals. Québec would add a run in the sixth on a groundout off the bat of Jesse Hodges that cut the deficit to 5-3. Riley Mihalik drew a bases-loaded walk that extended New Jersey’s lead in the seventh inning, but that run would not matter, as Québec plated four more runs to take the lead for good in the bottom of the seventh. Parra doubled home the first run, Raphael Gladu singled home two more, Gift Ngoepe drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run, and Connor Panas crossed the plate on a wild pitch to make it 8-6.
The Gateway Grizzlies’ bats remained hot, as they scored thirteen runs thanks to a couple of big innings in their 13-8 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts. They got it started with back-to-back RBI singles from Ty Moore and Jose Rosario in the first inning. Dan Robinson put the ThunderBolts on the board with a solo home run in the second inning and Payton Robertson tied the game with an RBI double in the third to make it 2-2. Rosario homered in the third to put Gateway back in front and they would add plenty of insurance by adding six runs in the fifth. Connor Owings and Ty Moore both hit RBI singles, Rosario plated two with an RBI double and then scored on a double by Jay Prather, and Prather scored on an error after a single by Justin Jones to cap the inning. Windy City’s Brynn Martinez homered in the sixth and then drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh. Peyton Isaacson followed with a sacrifice fly and Payton Robertson later scored on an error by the catcher to make it 9-6 Grizzlies. The Bolts would add a run on Zac Taylor’s single in the eighth before Ty Moore plated a run with an RBI groundout and Jose Rosario hit a two-run blast for the Grizzlies in the bottom half. Windy City managed to tack on one more when Martinez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth, and the score finished 13-8.
The Schaumburg Boomers rallied from a five-run deficit to get the 13-7 win over the Joliet Slammers. Lane Baremore launched a grand slam to put the Slammers up 4-0 early in the first inning. In the bottom half, Quincy Nieporte singled home a run to make it 4-1. The Slammers added a couple runs in the third inning, after a pair of RBI singles by Kyle Jacobsen and Jackson Dvorak. Schaumburg would answer with two of their own in the fourth, when Matt Bottcher hit a sacrifice fly and Braxton Davidson doubled to cut it to 6-3. The rally continued in the fifth, as they scored four runs to take the lead. Chase Dawson tripled home two runs and then scored on a double from Nieporte, and Clint Hardy knocked a run home on a base hit to make it 7-6 Boomers. From there, Schaumburg added insurance. Nick Oddo hit an RBI single in the seventh. In the eighth, Carson Maxwell singled home one final run for Joliet in the top half before the Boomers added five more in the bottom half. Dawson, Bottcher, and Davidson all singled home runs. Bottcher and Davidson later scored on wild pitches to make it a 13-7 final.
Wednesday will feature a full slate of eight games. As always, each one can be watched live at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!
Lake Erie Crushers outfielder Connor Oliver and Florence Y’alls right-hander Johnathon Tripp 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 Oliver’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the first weekly honor for Lake Erie this season. Oliver was among the league’s best this week with eleven hits, including four doubles, a triple, and a home run, and he picked up a league-leading eight RBIs. He hit .500 over six games this week and has now registered a hit in each of his last thirteen games.
The 27-year-old is in his fifth season in the Frontier League, and his third season with the Lake Erie Crushers. He was drafted by the Braves in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent three seasons in the organization before briefly playing in the Yankees organization, and then joining the Frontier League in 2016. He played for the Crushers in 2016 and 2017 before spending time in Traverse City, River City, and Schaumburg over the following two seasons. He is currently hitting .273 on the season and has registered 60 hits, 33 RBIs, 19 doubles (tied for second in the Frontier League), 5 triples, and 7 home runs so far.
This is Tripp’s first Pitcher of the Week award of this season and of his career, and the second for the Y’alls this season after Kevin Hahn earned the award July 5. In Tripp’s start against Washington on Saturday (8/14), he worked a complete game shutout over the seven-inning game one of the doubleheader between the teams. He allowed just three hits and zero walks and recorded six strikeouts in the 6-0 win over the Wild Things.
Tripp is in his third season with Florence in the Frontier League. The 27-year-old played in both the Pecos League and the Frontier League before a brief stint with the Cincinnati Reds in 2019. He later returned to Florence in 2019. He is currently 6-1 with a 4.02 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 60.1 innings pitched this season. He has allowed just 11 walks on the season.
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Sunday provided a thrilling finish to the week’s Frontier League action, with two extra-innings finishes, and a home run derby win as well. Read more about all of Sunday’s series finales here:
The Evansville Otters took the lead with four runs in the fourth inning and held on for the 8-6 win and the series win over the Lake Erie Crushers. Both teams matched each other’s scoring over the first three frames. In the first inning, Trevor Achenbach grounded into a double play to bring home the Crushers’ first run. In the bottom half of the first, Andy DeJesus reached third and stole home to tie the game at 1-1, beating the tag after Paul Hall, Jr.’s pitch home. Lake Erie went back in front in the third after an Achenbach double and he later scored on a wild pitch from Tim Holdgrafer. In that bottom half inning, Evansville would respond with two more of their own to tie the game at 3-3. Riley Krane connected on an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Andretty Cordero tied it. An inning later, the Otters would take their first lead with a four-run fourth. A Gary Mattis triple, a double from Elijah MacNamee, and a J.R. Davis home run made it 7-3. The Crushers chipped away at the four-run lead with two runs in the sixth inning. Karl Ellison homered and Connor Oliver knocked an RBI single to make it 7-5. Evansville added one run in the seventh on a Miles Gordon single and Lake Erie also added one in the eighth on a single by Oliver to make it 8-6.
The Joliet Slammers used a home-run derby victory to outlast the Southern Illinois Miners following a 1-1 tie after ten innings. The game was a pitcher’s duel, as Michael Austin pitched six shutout innings for the Miners, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out a season-high eight batters. Meanwhile, Joliet’s Logan Lyle blanked Southern Illinois over six innings with six strikeouts and three walks. The game finished tied at 0-0 after nine innings. In the tenth, the Miners’ Ariel Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to bring home the game’s first run and make it 1-0. The Slammers answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the tenth off the bat of Jackson Dvorak to tie it at 1-1 and send the game to the home run derby. In the derby, Earley and Flete hit one a piece for the Miners, while the Slammers’ Brylie Ware and Carson Maxwell combined for five to give Joliet the 5-2 derby win.
Équipe Québec scored two runs in the ninth inning to force extra innings and scored four more in the tenth to take the 8-4 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts. Payton Robertson opened the scoring with an RBI single in the third inning to make it 1-0 Windy City. It stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Gift Ngoepe doubled home a run for Québec and later came home after a single by L.P. Pelletier and an error by the third baseman. The Québec was lead was brief, as the ThunderBolts responded with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Donivan Williams singled home a run and Anthony Rios followed him with a two-run single that made it 4-2 Windy City. Pelletier hit a two-run single in the ninth to tie the game and send it to extras. In the tenth, Québec plated four runs to put the game away. Jeffry Parra led off with an RBI double and they tacked on three more with RBI hits by Jonathan Lacroix and Jesse Hodges to make it 8-4 before they closed it out in the bottom half.
The New York Boulders used a solid start from Andrew Hammond to defeat the New Jersey Jackals 9-2. Milton Smith, Jr. doubled home a run in the second for New York’s first run. Kevonte Mitchell’s sacrifice fly in the third inning made it 2-0 Boulders. Zach Kirtley connected on a three-run home run in the fourth to make it 5-0 before the Boulders added four in the seventh inning. Tucker Nathans hit a three-run blast and Mitchell later scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 9-0. The Jackals were able to score two in the eighth on a double by Santiago Chirino but could not close the gap any further. Hammond allowed the two runs on five hits over eight innings of work in the win.
The Tri-City ValleyCats allowed just a run in each of the first two innings before shutting out the Sussex County Miners over the final seven innings for the 8-2 victory. Chuck Taylor put the Miners up 1-0 with his home run in the first inning. Brad Zunica tied it for the ValleyCats with an RBI triple in the bottom half. Daniel Herrera’s sacrifice fly in the second gave the Miners their second and final run of the contest. Willy Garcia launched a two-run homer in the third to put Tri-City ahead for good. Three more came around in the fifth after a single by Carson McCusker and a two-run double by Connor Lien. Zunica tacked on two more with a two-run blast in the eighth to make the final score 8-2 ValleyCats. Josh Hiatt allowed the two runs on six hits over five innings, and Jake Dexter tossed the last four shutout innings, giving up just two hits.
After losing a lead they held for most of the game in the top of the eighth, the Washington Wild Things added a late run in the bottom of the eighth to beat the Florence Y’alls 6-5. The Wild Things crossed the plate first in the bottom of the first inning on a Hector Roa RBI single. Roa followed that up with another RBI single in the third inning which was then followed by a single from Andrew Czech to make it 3-0. Luis Pintor singled home a run in the fifth to get the Y’alls on the board, but the Wild Things got two right back in the bottom half. Czech and Joe Campagna each hit RBI singles to make it 5-1 Washington. Florence was able to tie the game at 5-5 in the eighth after an RBI single by Joe Lytle and a three-run home run by Harrison DiNicola. Scotty Dubrule plated the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single, and Zach Strecker held on for the save in the ninth. Starter Steven Colon allowed just one run on six hits and a walk over his six innings of work. He also struck out five in the win for the Wild Things.
The Gateway Grizzlies tied the game in the ninth and used a game-winning walk-off single to take the rubber match with the Schaumburg Boomers 10-9. Gateway started the scoring in the first with a two-run double from Andres Regnault. Dusty Stroup and Alberto Schmidt answered with RBI singles in the second to tie the game at two. In the third, Jose Rosario added an RBI single to make it 3-2 Grizzlies before Schaumburg scored four in the fourth inning. A leadoff home run from Stroup and a three-run home run from Alec Craig gave the Boomers a 6-3 lead. Gateway cut into the deficit with back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth inning from Justin Jones and Abdiel Diaz that made it 6-5. An RBI single from Luke Becker in the fifth made it 7-5 Schaumburg and Chase Dawson’s two-run homer in the sixth extended the lead to 9-5. The Grizzlies would mount a comeback, however, with the first run coming in the sixth on a single by Diaz. They scored two more in the seventh with a two-run shot by Ty Moore that made it 9-8. In the ninth, Connor Owings brought the tying run home from third when he hit a sacrifice fly that forced the game into extra innings. After holding the Boomers scoreless in the top of the tenth, Gateway loaded the bases in the bottom half. Then, Jay Prather walked it off with a game-winning RBI single to give the Grizzlies the 10-9 victory.
Monday is another off-day in the Frontier League. Be sure to catch up on any highlights you may have missed over the last week with previous game recaps, or use FrontierLeagueTV.com to catch up on past games.
A busy Saturday in the Frontier League featured a pair of doubleheaders and plenty of close contests! Read more about all the action across the league Saturday night here:
The New York Boulders rallied with four runs in the eighth inning to earn the 7-4 victory over the New Jersey Jackals. The Boulders took the lead on a second inning solo home run by Kevonte Mitchell. Dalton Combs scored for the Jackals in the fifth on an error that allowed Justin Wylie to reach first safely. Josh Rehwaldt then singled home Wylie to give New Jersey the 2-1 lead. In the seventh, Jason Agresti tripled home a run and scored on a sacrifice fly from Wylie to make it 4-1. Then, the Boulders scored six unanswered runs. In the bottom half of the seventh, Phil Caulfield hit a two-run home run to cut the deficit to 4-3, and in the eighth, New York plated four runs. Caulfield and Phil Capra both drew bases-loaded walks that forced runs home. Jack Sundberg followed with a two-run RBI single that brought it to 7-4.
The Schaumburg Boomers and the Gateway Grizzlies combined to hit eight home runs on the night, with Schaumburg recording the 7-5 win. Chase Dawson started the scoring with a lead-off home run in the second that made it 1-0 Boomers. Matt Bottcher added an RBI single in the second to make it 2-0. Dusty Stroup hit his first home run of the year with a two-run shot in the fourth to extend their lead to 4-0. Gateway tied it up in the fourth with solo shots from Alonzo Jones and Jose Rosario, and a two-run homer from Chase Vallot. The next inning, Matt McGarry blasted a solo shot to help the Boomers regain the lead at 5-4. The Grizzlies answered right back in the bottom half with a solo home run from Nick Rotola that tied the game at 5-5. Dusty Stroup then got the Boomers back in front in the seventh with another blast to make it 6-5. An error in the eighth allowed Clint Hardy to score and make it a 7-5 Schaumburg final.
The Lake Erie Crushers used a three-run sixth inning to defeat the Evansville Otters 3-1. Dakota Phillips opened the scoring for the Otters with a home run in the second inning. Lake Erie broke through in the sixth inning when RBI triples from both Trevor Achenbach and Connor Oliver made it 2-1 Crushers. Bryan De La Rosa capped the scoring with an RBI single plating Oliver and making it 3-1. Starter Ryan Feierabend lasted seven innings, striking out nine and allowing just two hits in the win.
The Joliet Slammers beat the Southern Illinois Miners 4-1 after a solid pitching night from starter Cam Cameron. Cameron went 6.2 innings and allowed just one run on two hits and four walks, striking out six batters in the win. Patrick Causa scored the first run for the Slammers on an error that allowed Jackson Dvorak to reach base safely. The next run came in the sixth, when Lane Baremore doubled home a pair of runs to make it 3-0. Jared Mang doubled home the lone run for the Miners in the seventh, and Lane Baremore singled home the fourth and final run of the game for Joliet. Miners starter Jake Fisher struck out six batters in the loss to pass former Gateway Grizzlies right-hander JaVaun West and move into second place all-time in Frontier League history with 469 career strikeouts.
The Windy City ThunderBolts took the lead in the fourth inning and never looked back, beating Équipe Québec 6-3. Raphael Gladu drove in Québec’s first run on an RBI groundout in the first. In the fourth, Rob Weissheier doubled home two runs to give Windy City the lead that they would not give up for the rest of the game. An inning later, Payton Robertson’s sacrifice fly made it 3-1. Connor Panas hit an RBI single to bring in Québec’s second run in the sixth, but Peyton Isaacson singled home two more for the Bolts to make it a 5-2 ballgame. Donivan Williams singled home the sixth and final run for Windy City in the eighth, and Québec drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to bring the final score to 6-3.
The Florence Y’alls took both games from their doubleheader with the Washington Wild Things. In game one, a complete game shutout from starter Johnathon Tripp fueled them to a 6-0 victory over seven innings. Harrison DiNicola doubled to start the scoring in the third inning and later scored on a home run by Chad Sedio. Axel Johnson knocked in a run with a single in the third and Jordan Brower then scored on a failed pickoff throw and an error by Keven Pimentel to make it 5-0. Sedio’s second homer of the game made it 6-0. Tripp struck out six Wild Things in the shutout victory. Game two saw Florence use a two-run fifth inning to sweep the Wild Things with a 2-1 victory. Washington scored first with Scotty Dubrule coming home on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the fifth, the Y’alls brought both runs home on a two-run single by Luis Pintor, and that is how the game would finish.
The Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners split their doubleheader. Sussex County took the first game 4-1, scoring all four runs in the first two innings. Martin Figueroa hit a two-run single in the first and Chuck Taylor hit a two-run home run in the second. The only ValleyCats run came in the fourth inning, when Oscar Campos singled home a run. Miners starter Dwayne Marshall allowed just that run as part of four hits and struck out three batters over six innings of work in the win. Game two was won 9-6 by Tri-City after scoring five unanswered runs. Sussex County struck early with five runs in the first. Kaleo Johnson hit an RBI single to get things started. Cito Culver then doubled home two runs, Audy Ciriaco doubled home Culver, and Ronnie Allen, Jr. singled home Ciriaco to make it 5-0. In the second, the ValleyCats answered with four runs. Juan Silverio hit an RBI single, Carson McCusker doubled home Silverio, and Connor Lien launched a two-run homer to bring the score to 5-4. The next inning, Kaleo Johnson hit a two-run shot for the Miners, but Carson McCusker hit a three-run blast in the bottom half to 7-6 ValleyCats. Tri-City tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth after a Denis Phipps double and a Willy Garcia single that made it 9-6.
We conclude a round of weekend series with seven games on Sunday! Watch every game with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!
WASHINGTON, Pa. (August 14) – Big news has become official for the Washington Wild Things as they’ve had a player’s contract purchased for the 43rd time in franchise history and the third time in 2021. James Meeker, a right-handed pitcher, has been signed by the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization.
He becomes the third Wild Thing and third Pittsburgh native to be picked up this year. The North Allegheny product joins LHP Austin Kitchen (Mt. Lebanon, Colorado Rockies) and LHP Sean Kealey (Baldwin, St. Louis Cardinals) as Next Level Things this season. Meeker is also the fourth Wild Thing to have his contract purchased by the Brewers in team history.
James leaves the Wild Things after an extraordinary start to the season. In 30 games, Meeker had worked 31.2 innings without giving up a run, had given up only 17 hits and walked 10 while fanning 43 batters. The 31.2 scoreless innings this season added to 2.1 innings to end 2019 scoreless, giving Meeker the franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
Now he’s off to the Brewers’ farm system.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone involved with the Wild Things organization, top to bottom, for an unbelievable experience the last few years,” said Meeker. “I’m beyond excited to join the Brewers’ organization and take the next step in my baseball career.”
Meeker touted a highly-successful career at North Allegheny High School, where he became the first freshman pitcher to pitch in a varsity game in program history, threw the school’s first perfect game as a senior and helped the team to a WPIAL baseball championship the same season, before entering the college ranks. He played at Akron with former Wild Things Dom Iero and Josh Lapiana, Trinity HS product Joey Havrilak and current Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitcher JT Brubaker before the school folded the baseball program. James transferred to Delaware, where he finished his collegiate career with three seasons with the Blue Hens. As a senior, he was 4-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 26 games (1 start).
He then came to the Wild Things, where he pitched in 19 regular-season games on the team’s journey to the Frontier League playoffs and championship series appearance in 2018. That year, he posted a 3.94 ERA in 19 games across 29.2 innings of work. In 2019, Meeker pitched in 40 games and in 54 innings punched out 57 and posted a 3.17 ERA.
In 2020 during the COVID pod at Wild Things Park, Meeker didn’t allow a run over 7.2 innings with 12 strikeouts in eight appearances for the Slammin’ Sammies.
Then 2021 began.
For Wild Things’ team president and general manager Tony Buccilli, the journey has been a fun one to watch for Meeker.
“[Meeker’s] journey has been rooted in hard work and patience. He approached every season as an opportunity to better himself and contribute to the team,” said Buccilli. “We are so happy that a club like Milwaukee values his abilities. Hosting Meeker and his family over the years has been special and it’s so rewarding to see another WPIAL athlete and Pittsburgh native chase his dream.”
Tom Vaeth said the baseball player and person will be missed, but that he and the club are excited for what’s next for Meeker.
“We are very happy and excited that Meeker has finally gotten this opportunity to continue his career with the Milwaukee Brewers. Although he will be extremely missed by myself and everyone else in our clubhouse, we cannot wait to see what lies ahead for James,” said Vaeth. “He did a great job for us coming out of our bullpen but the thing I most admire is the type of person he is. He was a quality person first and foremost and was such a great teammate and positive influence to everyone with the Wild Things.”
Meeker has been assigned to Low-A Carolina, where he hopes to progress in his first taste of affiliated ball. The Wild Things wish him the best in the continued pursuit of his dream.
Despite a couple of rainouts, Friday’s Frontier League action still had plenty to offer, including some excellent pitching performances. Catch up on anything you may have missed around the league here:
The New Jersey Jackals swept their doubleheader with the New York Boulders. The first game finished 8-1 Jackals. New Jersey jumped out front with four runs in the third inning. Santiago Chirino singled home two runs, Dalton Combs followed with another RBI on a single. Chirino then scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Agresti to make it 4-0. In the bottom half, Ryan Ramiz singled home a run for New York to make it 4-1. Chirino singled home another run for the Jackals in the fifth, and in the sixth, Todd Isaacs doubled home two more. Combs capped the scoring with a solo home run in the seventh that made it 8-1 Jackals. Pitcher Ricky Knapp went six strong innings, giving up just the one run on eight hits and a walk and striking out six in the win. In game two, the Jackals won 4-2. This time, they got on the board first with a three-run second inning. Stanley Espinal hit an RBI double and Todd Isaacs tripled home two more. In the fourth, Chirino plated a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. New York scored their lone runs in the seventh on a two-run blast by Phil Capra.
After a one-run pitcher’s duel, the Windy City ThunderBolts defeated Équipe Québec 1-0. The only run scored came on a solo home run by Payton Robertson in the sixth inning. The real story of the game was the pitching. Both starters lasted at least seven innings. Windy City starting pitcher Logan Wiley tossed eight scoreless innings, allowing nine hits and two walks while striking out three in the win. Québec starter Nick Horvath gave up just two hits—one being the home run—and two walks, while striking out seven in the loss.
The Gateway Grizzlies used a five-run second inning to fuel their 9-6 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers. In that second inning, Chase Vallot started the scoring with a solo home run. Abdiel Diaz followed with an RBI double, Alonzo Jones followed him with a two-run double, and Andres Regnault singled home Jones for the fifth run for Gateway. Vallot hit his second home run the very next inning, driving in two to make it a 7-0 game. Nick Oddo got the Boomers on the board in the fourth with a solo home run, but Regnault matched it with one of his own in the bottom half. In the fifth, a fielder’s choice from Abdiel Diaz drove in another run for the Grizzlies. Schaumburg rallied for four runs in the sixth inning. Oddo hit a sacrifice fly, Luke Becker advanced home on a double steal, Matt Bottcher hit a sacrifice fly as well, and Braxton Davidson drew a bases-loaded walk to make 9-5 Grizzlies. The Boomers added one run in the ninth, with Alec Craig singling home the sixth run to bring the final score to 9-6.
After a complete game by Zac Westcott, the Southern Illinois Miners routed the Joliet Slammers 12-3. It did not take long for the Miners to score, as Nolan Earley launched a solo home run in the first inning to give them a lead they would not lose. Ian Walters hit a two-run homer in the second and Jared Mang followed with a solo shot to make it 4-0. Yeltsin Gudiño capped the inning with an RBI single as well. In the third, Mang singled home a run before the Miners struck for three more in the fourth. Earley doubled home a pair and Ariel Sandoval singled home Earley. In the bottom half, Brian Parreira brought a run home for the Slammers on an RBI groundout. The next Joliet run came in the sixth, when Brylie Ware hit an RBI double. The Miners scored one more in the eighth before adding two runs in the ninth on Mang’s two-run blast. Brylie Ware’s RBI groundout brought home the final run for the Slammers to make it 12-3. Meanwhile, Zac Westcott allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in his second straight complete game. He struck out a season-high nine batters in the victory.
A grand slam by Riley Krane was the difference for the Evansville Otters in the 10-6 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. The Crushers scored two runs in the first inning after Karl Ellison plated two on a double. Evansville responded in the second inning. J.R. Davis smacked an RBI double and later in the inning, Michael Gangwish hit a bases-clearing double with the bases loaded to make it 4-2 Otters. The Otters added two in the fifth, with Andretty Cordero and Jose Pujols ripping RBI hits to extend the lead to 6-2. Lake Erie was able to cut into the deficit in the sixth, when Connor Oliver lined a two-run double to bring them within two. Then in the sixth, Riley Krane blasted a grand slam to make it 10-4. In the seventh, the Crushers attempted a comeback with a solo home run from Javier Betancourt and an RBI single from Isaac Benard that made it 10-6, but they could not add any more and Evansville held on for the win.
The game between the Tri-City ValleyCats and the Sussex County Miners was postponed due to inclement weather and will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader at 4:30 p.m. ET.
The contest between the Washington Wild Things and the Florence Y’alls was also postponed due to weather and will be made up as part of a doubleheader starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
The pair of doubleheaders Saturday means we have nine games scheduled! Follow every moment live with FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!
Mike Torres started his six-year career in the Frontier League after playing collegiately for the University of Texas. He was contacted by coach Ron Biga, who was with the Southern Illinois Miners at the time. Although initially hesitant, Torres agreed to join the league. Before he even had a chance to play a game for the Miners, he was traded to the Windy City ThunderBolts. Torres played under Frontier League Hall of Famer Morgan Burkhart and was later joined by Biga, who came over from Joliet to replace Burkhart in 2012.
“It was great learning from both of those guys,” said Torres. “I feel like I learned more fundamentally from the Frontier League then I did in college. I learned how to better make adjustments on the fly, which is really important in baseball.”
He went on to play six seasons for the ThunderBolts, rarely missing a game. He set the league record for most consecutive games played with 339 from 6/1/11 to 7/29/14 and was a fixture in the Windy City lineup for his six years there. He ended his career with a .294 batting average, 207 RBIs, and 153 stolen bases over 565 career games. He was named an All-Star as a second baseman in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
“I was proud of those things and the fact that I was able to keep myself healthy,” said Torres.
Torres best remembers the guys that he met in the Frontier League, many of whom he still keeps in touch with today. He also recalls his team’s 20-game home winning streak in his first season.
“I remember a teammate telling us to treat our time in the Frontier League like it was the big leagues, and I think that really influenced us as a team.”
Since his playing days in the Frontier League, Torres has focused on coaching and has since opened a baseball academy for young players in Southern California. Some have even gone on to sign professional contracts.
“I am able to use a lot of the lessons that I learned playing in the Frontier League to teach players in my academy today.”
“Some guys in independent ball get embarrassed when people ask them ‘Who are you playing for?’, but you have to remind yourself that you still get to do what you love, so you just have to enjoy it and make the most of it.”
When asked what he thought of the honor of being named a Frontier League Hall of Famer, Torres said:
“Initially, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. After getting a call from Bill Lee, it sunk in a bit more and I realized how big of a deal it was. As a player, your ultimate goal is to reach the Major Leagues, but to say that you were able to reach the highest level of distinction in the league that you played in is really cool too.”
Torres’ induction ceremony will take place in Crestwood, Illinois on August 28.
Thursday was highlighted by a pair of doubleheaders and an extra innings win. Read more about all of it here:
The Windy City ThunderBolts beat the Florence Y’alls 6-3 thanks to five combined RBIs and seven combined hits for Brynn Martinez and Rob Weissheier. In the first, Weissheier singled home Martinez with a base hit. Martinez then hit an RBI double in the third, Weissheier hit his second RBI single, and Zach Racusin recorded a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0 Bolts. Florence then scored three unanswered runs to trim the lead. In the fourth, Joe Lytle hit an RBI groundout. An inning later, Harrison DiNicola plated two more with a base hit. That was all Florence could muster. Martinez doubled home two more in the sixth to bring the score to 6-3 and that is how it finished.
The New York Boulders swept their doubleheader with the Sussex County Miners. Game one resumed in the second inning from Wednesday’s start and finished 5-1 Boulders. A Phil Caulfield single and a sacrifice fly by Zach Kirtley broke the tie in the second inning. Three more came around in the third, with a Ray Hernandez home run, and a pair of singles by Marcus Mastrobuoni and Gian Martellini. Caulfield then hit an RBI double which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Milton Smith, Jr. that made it 5-0 Boulders. The lone run for Sussex County came on a ninth inning home run by Kaleo Johnson. Game two finished 2-1. The Miners’ Chuck Taylor scored on a wild pitch in the third. Marcus Mastrobuoni tied the game with a home run in the third and later came through in the seventh with a walk-off bases-loaded single in the seventh to give the Boulders a 2-1 win.
The Lake Erie Crushers and the Washington Wild Things each took a game from their doubleheader. Lake Erie took game one by a 5-1 score. They opened the scoring in the second inning after a Steve Passatempo solo home run. Eric Callahan followed by singling home a run to make it 2-0. In the third, Connor Oliver hit a solo home run and Brody Wofford hit a two-run shot to make it a 5-0 game. In the sixth, Nick Ward hit a home run to give the Wild Things their only run of the game. Lake Erie’s Jake Pilarski allowed a run on just three hits and a walk over a solid six innings of work. He struck out seven in the win for the Crushers. In game two, Washington beat Lake Erie 6-1. The Crushers scored first once again with an RBI double by Karl Ellison in the first. That was all they could push across as the Wild Things scored six unanswered runs. Grant Heyman hit a solo home run in the second, Cody Young followed with a solo shot in the third, and they scored four more in the sixth inning. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly, Hector Roa followed with an RBI single, and Young singled home Roa with the sixth and final run.
Équipe Québec established a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-4 win against the Schaumburg Boomers. Québec struck first in the fourth after Connor Panas doubled home a run. Jonathan Lacroix later followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Raphael Gladu singled home another run and Jesse Hodges brought a run home with a sacrifice fly. Schaumburg plated all four runs on one swing in the eighth, with Matt McGarry launching a grand slam to cut it to 5-4. The Boomers could not add any more, however, and fell 5-4.
The Southern Illinois Miners and Evansville Otters went to extra innings for the second straight night and the Miners scored three runs in the top of the tenth to win 6-4. The Miners’ Ian Walters scored in the second on a wild pitch and Arturo Nieto later singled home a run. In the fourth, Evansville’s Dakota Phillips hit a solo home run to cut it to 2-1, but the Miners got the run back in the sixth on a solo shot by Anthony Brocato. The Otters responded with two runs in the eight to tie it after Andretty Cordero’s two-run home run made it 3-3. The game went to the tenth inning, where the Miners plated three runs in the top half after another home run by Anthony Brocato and an RBI single by Luke Mangieri. In the bottom half, Miles Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to score a run, but that was it, as the score finished 6-4.
After rain delayed game one by about three hours and postponed game two of the doubleheader, the Tri-City ValleyCats’ offensive explosion helped them beat the New Jersey Jackals 15-3. The ValleyCats unloaded for eight runs in the very first inning. Zach Biermann got things started with a two-run home run, Juan Silverio plated a run on an RBI single, Nelson Molina plated a run on a sacrifice fly, Oscar Campos hit a two-run homer, and Denis Phipps capped the first inning scoring with a two-run shot of his own. In the third, New Jersey’s Jason Agresti singled home two runs for the Jackals to make it 8-2. In the fifth, Denis Phipps tripled home another run for Tri-City, before Dalton Combs scored on a groundout. From there, it was all Tri-City. Nelson Molina doubled home a run to start the scoring in the sixth. Oscar Campos followed with a two-run triple, and Luis Roman singled home Campos. Carson McCusker then doubled home Roman to make it 14-3. Tri-City tacked on one more run after Willy Garcia scored on a wild pitch in the seventh to make it 15-3.
The final game of the series between the Gateway Grizzlies and the Joliet Slammers was cancelled due to weather and will not be made up.
The start of another big weekend in the Frontier League is upon us! Tune into FrontierLeagueTV.com or the Frontier League app and don’t miss a moment of the action this weekend!
Although the weather affected a few games Wednesday, it was still a very exciting night in the Frontier League. Catch up on each game here:
The Florence Y’alls took both games of a doubleheader from the Windy City ThunderBolts. The first game went to extra innings and finished 5-4 Y’alls. The ThunderBolts got on the board first, however, with Payton Robertson hitting a two-run home run in the third inning. Florence would answer right away to tie it 2-2 with a pair of RBI singles by Chad Sedio and Trevor Craport. An inning later, Florence added two more and made it 4-2 with RBI singles by Harrison DiNicola and Taylor Bryant. In the sixth, Jairus Richards scored on an error and Rob Weissheier plated a run with a sacrifice fly to help Windy City tie the game again and force extra innings. After holding Windy City scoreless in the top of the eighth, Florence loaded the bases in the bottom half. Then, Taylor Bryant drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run and win the game for the Y’alls. Game two finished with a final score of 4-1 Y’alls. Once again, Windy City scored first—this time in the first inning when Jairus Richards hit an RBI groundout to make it 1-0 Bolts. In the third, Florence tied it and took the lead. Jordan Brower hit a solo home run and Chad Sedio hit a two-run shot to make it 3-1. The last run of the game came in the sixth, when Trevor Craport connected on a solo home run that made it a 4-1 final score. Starter Jared Cheek allowed the one run in five innings on five hits and a walk, while striking out five batters in the win.
The Gateway Grizzlies and the Joliet Slammers each took a game from their doubleheader, with game two finishing in a home run derby. The Slammers took game one by a score of 7-5. Brylie Ware’s RBI double got the scoring started in the first and made it 1-0. The Grizzlies took a 2-1 lead after a Connor Owings two-run double in the second inning, but Joliet answered right back with two runs of their own in the next half inning. Scott Holzwasser hit a solo home run and Carson Maxwell singled home a run to give the Slammers the 3-2 lead. Ware followed in the fourth with a two-run triple that made it 5-2, and in the sixth, he plated a run on a double play ball that made it 6-2. Gateway’s Nick Rotola and Abdiel Diaz both hit RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth that cut it to 6-4. In the seventh, Dave Matthews added an insurance run for the Slammers on an RBI single of his own, and in the bottom half, Dustin Woodcock singled home one more for Gateway to bring the score to 7-5. Game two finished 1-1 after eight innings and then went to the home run derby. In the derby, the Grizzlies outlasted the Slammers in five rounds to claim the 9-8 home run derby victory.
The Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the New Jersey Jackals 7-3 in game one of what was supposed to be a doubleheader. For the second straight night, the second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed and will now be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET. In Wednesday’s lone game between the teams, Tri-City jumped ahead first. Brad Zunica hit an RBI single in the first, but New Jersey’s Dalton Combs drove in a run in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly to tie the game 1-1. The ValleyCats added a run in the second on an RBI groundout by Carson McCusker in the second inning. The Jackals got the run back in the third when Todd Isaacs was able to reach base on an error by the pitcher. Then, in the fourth, Tri-City crossed the plate five times all courtesy of home runs. Luis Roman connected on a two-run home run, McCusker hit a solo shot, and Denis Phipps followed him with a solo shot of his own to make it 7-2. The Jackals added their third and final run in the seventh, when Alex Kachler hit an RBI single to make it 7-3.
The Schaumburg Boomers allowed Équipe Québec to score only once in the Boomers’ 2-1 victory. Schaumburg’s first run came in the second on a sacrifice fly by Luke Becker to make it 1-0. Québec tied it in the fourth on an RBI single from Jeffry Parra, but in the sixth, the Boomers would take the lead for good on a solo home run by Alec Craig. Schaumburg starter Jesse Remington gave up the lone run on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six batters in the win.
After a 6-6 tie forced extra innings, the Evansville Otters scored three runs in the bottom of the tenth inning to beat the Southern Illinois Miners 9-8. The Miners went up 1-0 after Ariel Sandoval’s first-inning RBI single. Evansville answered with two in the second, with Miles Gordon’s sacrifice fly and Andrew Penner’s RBI single. Arturo Nieto doubled home a run in the fifth for the Miners to tie it at 2-2, and in the sixth, Luke Mangieri connected on a two-run double that made it a 4-2 ballgame. Southern Illinois extended their lead in the seventh, when Nolan Earley hit an RBI single and Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2. Then the Otters rally began. Jose Pujols scored a run on a wild pitch in the seventh to cut into the lead. In the eighth, Gordon tripled home two runs and Pujols singled home Gordon to tie the game at 6-6. After a scoreless ninth, the game went to extras. The Miners scored two in the top of the tenth on an error by the third baseman and a Jarrod Watkins RBI single. In the bottom half, the Otters mounted a comeback. A Miles Gordon double scored Dakota Phillips from second, another run came from a sacrifice fly by Pujols, and Gordon scored the winning run on a single by Riley Krane that gave the Otters the 9-8 walk-off win.
Wednesday night’s contest between the Sussex County Miners and the New York Boulders was delayed and then suspended with the game scoreless in the second inning. It will be made up Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. ET as part of a doubleheader.
The game between the Washington Wild Things and the Lake Erie Crushers was postponed and will be part of a doubleheader Thursday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
Join us Thursday, as we have ten games scheduled (with hopefully less rain in the forecast)! You can watch any game at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!
Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon, Gateway Grizzlies
Tuesday’s action was highlighted by a number of late rallies. Read more about each game here:
In game one of what was supposed to be a doubleheader, the New Jersey Jackals took down the Tri-City ValleyCats 8-4 after the game was called due to weather after six innings of play. The ValleyCats were able to jump ahead in the first inning, with Chris Kwitzer doubling home the game’s first run, and Brad Zunica hitting a sacrifice fly to score Kwitzer. Josh Rehwaldt tied the game with a two-run homer in the second for the Jackals. Tri-City’s Willy Garcia hit a two-run single to put them back in front, but New Jersey answered right back with a five-run bottom of the fifth. Dalton Combs and Justin Wylie each hit RBI singles, Stanley Espinal hit an RBI double, and Demetrius Moorer followed with a two-run double to make it 7-4 Jackals. Wylie added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly before the rain came and eventually made the game final. Game two was postponed and will be a part of a doubleheader Wednesday starting at 5:05 p.m. ET.
The New York Boulders rallied from a two-run deficit for a 6-4 win over the Sussex County Miners. Sussex County grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Daniel Herrera singled home a run. Phil Capra answered for the Boulders in the bottom half with a two-run home run to give them the lead. The Miners tied it in the fourth on an RBI double by Cito Culver, and scored twice in the fifth to break the 2-2 tie. A Juan Kelly RBI triple made it 3-2 and Chuck Taylor brought Kelly home later with a single to make it 4-2. New York responded in the sixth inning with three runs to regain the lead. Zach Kirtley scored from third on an errant throw by Juan Kelly that allowed Ray Hernandez to reach second safely. Ryan Ramiz followed with a two-run blast that made it 5-4 Boulders. In the seventh, Phil Caufield led off with a double, stole third, and then raced home after pitcher Robert Klinchock’s wild throw to third. That brought the score to 6-4.
After a scoreless game through seven innings, the Washington Wild Things scored five late runs and held off a late rally for a 5-4 win over the Lake Erie Crushers. Each starter pitched a solid game, with Washington’s Steven Colon allowing four hits and four walks over five innings, striking out five. Lake Erie’s Paul Hall Jr. allowed five hits and a walk over six scoreless innings, striking out seven batters. The Wild Things broke the scoreless tie in the eighth inning with three runs. Nick Ward hit a solo shot to open the scoring. Bralin Jackson later followed with an RBI single, and Hector Roa singled home their third run. In the ninth, Washington added two more. Ward doubled home the first of two, and Andrew Sohn singled home the second. The Crushers rallied in the bottom of the ninth. Connor Oliver plated two with a double and later scored on an error. Karl Ellison then hit an RBI groundout to cut it to 5-4, but the rally fell just short and the Wild Things held on for the win.
The Southern Illinois Miners plated three late runs in the eighth to defeat the Evansville Otters 6-3. The Otters took the lead first with an RBI single by J.R. Davis. Dakota Phillips followed with a solo home run in the third to make it 2-0. The Miners got on the board with an RBI single by Ian Walters in the sixth, but Evansville responded when Elijah MacNamee hit a solo home run in the bottom half to make it 3-1 Otters. The Southern Illinois rally began in the seventh. Jared Mang doubled home a run and Yeltsin Gudiño singled home Mang to tie the game. In the eighth, Luke Mangieri doubled home the go-ahead run for the Miners and Jared Mang followed with a two-run shot that added insurance and brought it to 6-3.
The Schaumburg Boomers took the lead in the second inning and kept it for most of the game to beat Équipe Québec 8-5. Québec scored first right away, when Ruben Castro singled home a run in the first. An inning later, Jonathan Lacroix hit an RBI double to make it 2-0 before Schaumburg answered in the bottom half. Clint Hardy’s two-run single tied the game, and he later scored to make it 3-2 Boomers. In the third, Québec’s David Glaude hit a solo home run to tie the game at 3-3, but the Boomers regained the lead after a Chase Dawson RBI single. In the fourth, they added a few more. Luke Becker plated one with a single and Alec Craig’s single brought home two more for a 7-3 lead. It would stay 7-3 until Becker added another for Schaumburg with his RBI double in the eighth to make it 8-3. Québec added a pair of runs in the ninth, but could not complete the comeback. Gift Ngoepe scored on a wild pitch and Jesse Hodges scored on an RBI groundout by Lacroix to make the final 8-5.
With a few doubleheaders on the schedule, a busy Wednesday will feature a total of ten games. Watch every moment at FrontierLeagueTV.com or in the Frontier League app!
Photo Credit: Drew Wohl
Tri-City ValleyCats infielder Brad Zunica and Southern Illinois Miners left-hander Gunnar Kines 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 Zunica’s first time winning the Player of the Week award and the second weekly honor for Tri-City this season, after Josh Hiatt claimed the Pitcher of the Week award July 19. Zunica led the league this week with twelve hits, including two doubles and a league-best three home runs, and picked up seven RBIs. He hit .500 in six games, also the best in the league this week, and helped the ValleyCats go 5-1.
The 25-year-old is in his first season in the Frontier League, after playing earlier this season in the organization of the San Diego Padres. He was drafted by the Padres in the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft and spent the last six seasons in the organization. He is currently hitting .386 on the season and has registered 44 hits, 22 RBIs, 8 doubles, and 8 home runs so far.
This is Kines’ second Pitcher of the Week award this season and the third of his career after he earned the honors July 12. Teammates Kaleb Schmidt and Michael Austin have also claimed the award for the Miners this year. In his start against Gateway on Wednesday (8/4), Kines took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and worked seven shutout innings. He allowed just one hit and two walks and recorded a career-high twelve strikeouts in the 12-0 win over the Grizzlies.
Kines is in his fifth season in the Frontier League, spending the other four seasons in the league with the Schaumburg Boomers. The 28-year-old played in the organizations of both the Miami Marlins and New York Mets and recently spent time in the Australian Baseball League. He is currently 2-3 with a 3.92 ERA and sixty strikeouts in fifty-five innings pitched this season. He has allowed just thirteen walks on the season.
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Photo Credit: Gregory Fisher (Brad Zunica), Southern Illinois Miners (Gunnar Kines)
Sunday’s action included three contests decided by just a run, and a number of other impressive performances across the league. Catch up on anything you may have missed here:
The Lake Erie Crushers combined to toss a one-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the Evansville Otters. Ryan Feierabend worked seven scoreless innings, struck out eight and surrendered one hit in the win. Aaron Glickstein and J.T. Perez each pitched a scoreless inning and did not allow a hit to close out the final two innings. On the offensive side for the Crushers, Zack Gray doubled home the first run of the game in the second inning. They did not score again until the eighth, when Trevor Achenbach launched a two-run home run to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Florence Y’alls used a pair of three-run innings to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 8-4. Florence took the lead, thanks to RBI hits from Andres Rios and Joe Lytle in the second and third innings, respectively. In the fifth, three runs came home for the Y’alls. Jose Brizuela plated a run with a sacrifice fly, Rios ripped an RBI double, and Harrison DiNicola hit an RBI single to cap the scoring in the inning and make it 5-0. In the sixth, Dustin Woodcock put the Grizzlies on the board with a two-run homer to make it 5-2. Rios and DiNicola each hit RBI singles for the Y’alls in the bottom half to make it 8-2. Gateway scored a run in the seventh on a single from Andres Regnault, and in the eighth on Woodcock’s second homer of the game—this time a solo shot to bring the score to 8-4. Florence’s bullpen would then help close the game out for the Y’alls victory.
The Tri-City ValleyCats defeated the Sussex County Miners 4-3 thanks to a three-RBI game from Brad Zunica. The Miners jumped in front early, with Kaleo Johnson singling home the first run in the first inning, and Chuck Taylor following with an RBI double to make it 2-0. The ValleyCats answered with three in the bottom half, with Zunica doubling home two runs, and Nelson Molina singling home Zunica for the 3-2 lead. The Miners then scored and tied the game in the fifth on an RBI double by Jackie Urbaez. Tri-City got the last laugh, however, as Zunica contributed his third RBI of the night with a solo home run in the sixth to give the ValleyCats the lead for good. Francisco Jimenez then earned the win in 2.1 innings of relief and Trey Cochran-Gill earned the save.
A strong outing by Orsen Josephina led the New York Boulders to a 5-4 win over Équipe Québec. Josephina went 6.2 innings and allowed three runs on four hits while walking four and striking out eleven—one short of the Boulders’ single game record. Québec took a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a run scoring on a groundout by L.P. Pelletier and another scoring on an attempted double steal that allowed Jesse Hodges to score while Pelletier was tagged out. New York evened the score in the fourth, with a two-run home run by Ray Hernandez, and took the lead with two more in the fifth. Jack Sundberg lifted a sacrifice fly and Kevonte Mitchell hit an RBI triple for a 4-2 lead. The Boulders added a run in the sixth with Marcus Mastrobuoni’s RBI single, but Québec inched closer in the seventh. Pelletier singled home a run that inning, and Connor Panas hit an RBI groundout in the eighth to draw within a run for the final score.
The New Jersey Jackals overcame a 7-0 deficit to beat the Washington Wild Things 8-7. In the first, Washington’s Scotty Dubrule singled home a run to get the scoring started. Hector Roa followed an inning later with a solo home run making it 2-0. Cody Young then hit a two-run homer to make it 4-0. Andrew Sohn followed a few batters later with another two-run shot that made it 6-0, and they scored one more in the third on an RBI single by Joe Campagna. Then, New Jersey’s bats got hot and they scored six times in the fourth inning. Nicco Toni hit a three-run home run, and a few batters later, Demetrius Moorer stole second and scored after an errant throw into center field. Todd Isaacs then hit a home run to make it 7-5 and Jason Agresti capped the inning with an RBI single to make it 7-6. They tied the game in the fifth with a solo home run from Stanley Espinal and took the lead when Dalton Combs blasted a home run in the sixth inning to make it 8-7 Jackals.
The Southern Illinois Miners plated four runs in the sixth to lead them to a 6-2 win over the Joliet Slammers before the weather ended their contest in the seventh inning. Joliet opened the scoring in the first, when Scott Holzwasser scored on a wild pitch. The Miners got the run back in the second inning when Jared Mang hit an RBI double to tie the game. Cody Erickson then cracked an RBI double to put them up 2-1. Joliet struck back in the third after another wild pitch tied the game at 2-2. In the sixth inning, a single by Mang put the Miners up 3-2 before a Carson Bartels sacrifice fly made it 4-2. Erickson then followed with his second RBI double of the game to make it 5-2, and Luke Mangieri later hit an RBI single to make it a 6-2 ballgame. Then, the heavy rains arrived in the midst of the seventh inning, and the rest of the contest was eventually called off.
After a rain delay of over an hour to start the night, Brynn Martinez collected four RBIs to lead the Windy City ThunderBolts to a 7-4 win over the Schaumburg Boomers. An RBI single by Dan Robinson in the first inning gave Windy City the early advantage. Zac Taylor doubled that lead with a solo home run in the second. Schaumburg came back to tie the score with a pair of runs in the third, as Chase Dawson hit an RBI triple and scored on a Matt Bottcher single. Rob Weissheier hit a solo home run in the next inning and Martinez hit his first home run of the year to make it 4-2 ThunderBolts in the fifth. The Boomers were able to come back again, this time after RBI hits from matt McGarry and Clint Hardy made it 4-4. That was the last of their scoring though, as the Bolts took the lead for good in the sixth inning. Martinez connected on an RBI double to give them a 5-4 lead and would then add insurance runs with a two-run single in the eighth to make it a 7-4 final.
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Saturday night was highlighted by more late scoring and comebacks, as well as a home run derby victory. Read more about the night’s action with our nightly recap:
Gateway starter Sam Gardner struck out eleven batters in a 7-4 Grizzlies win over the Florence Y’alls. Chad Sedio got the scoring started with a two-run home run. The Grizzlies scored three in the third with Alonzo Jones scoring a run and driving in two with a double to give Gateway the 3-2 lead. They scored another in the fourth, fifth, and sixth to make it 6-2. Chase Vallot hit a solo home run in the sixth. In the bottom of the eighth, Florence scored two on an RBI single from Sedio and an RBI groundout by Rodney Tennie to make it 6-4. Gardner gave up two runs in seven innings of work.
The Southern Illinois Miners used a complete game from starter Zac Westcott to beat the Joliet Slammers 8-3. Ariel Sandoval made it 1-0 Miners on an RBI groundout. An inning later, Jared Mang hit a solo home run to make it 2-0 and they pulled away in the third. Sandoval hit an RBI triple to make it 3-0, Ian Walters singled home Sandoval to make it 4-0, and Jarrod Watkins hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0. Anthony Brocato’s solo shot made it 8-0 in the fourth. Joliet’s scoring all came in the sixth, with Lane Baremore hitting a solo home run, Scott Holzwasser doubling home a run, and Brylie Ware singling home their third and final run. Westcott allowed the three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out eight batters on the night.
The Windy City ThunderBolts broke their 5-5 tie in the ninth and held the lead to beat the Schaumburg Boomers 7-5. Dan Robinson started the scoring with a solo home run in the second. They added two more after a single from Zach Racusin, a Peyton Isaacson base hit, and a bases-loaded walk to Jack Strunc. Schaumburg struck back with four in the bottom half. Alec Craig hit a two-out RBI triple and Matt McGarry hit a two-run home run. The ThunderBolts regained the lead in the fifth, when Zac Taylor hit a solo home run. Jairus Richards then hit an RBI single. The Boomers came back once again with an RBI single from McGarry that tied the score at 5-5. Then, in the ninth, Windy city broke through. Payton Robertson hit an RBI single to put them in front, and Brynn Martinez followed with a successful squeeze bunt that made it 7-5.
Équipe Québec used a home run derby to defeat the New York Boulders. Québec moved ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI single from Jeffry Parra. New York answered with five in the second after an RBI single by Ray Hernandez, a two-run double from Jack Sundberg, and a two-run single by Kevonte Mitchell. Québec responded with three more runs in the third. One scored on a single by David Glaude and two more came in on a home run by Parra. Another run scored with a single by Connor Panas in the eighth to tie the game at 6-6 and force extras. In the tenth, Raphael Gladu’s single scored a run for Québec, and the Boulders got a run on a balk by pitcher Frank Moscatiello. In the derby, Connor Panas led the way with five home runs to clinch the 10-1 derby victory for Québec.
The Evansville Otters overcame a six-run deficit, scoring nine runs in the final inning to beat the Lake Erie Crushers 13-10. Riley Krane hit a grand slam to open the scoring in the first for the Otters. Lake Erie’s first runs came in the bottom of the first, when back-to-back RBI doubles by Karl Ellison and Isaac Benard made it 4-2. Four consecutive singles gave the Crushers two more runs in the second to tie the game at 4-4. Trevor Achenbach followed with a three-run double and Benard singled home another run to make it 8-4. The Crushers pushed across another run with a single in the fourth by Steve Passatempo that made it 9-4. They capped their scoring in the sixth after a solo shot by Achenbach. In the ninth, the Otters started the rally with a two-run single by Andrew Penner. J.R. Davis later singled two more home, and Krane doubled to bring the Otters within a run at 10-9. Davis beat a throw home on a ground ball that tied the game, and Dakota Phillips hit a go-ahead ground-rule double. Gary Mattis hit another ground-rule double that made it 13-10, and the bullpen held the lead in the bottom half.
The Tri-City ValleyCats routed the Sussex County Miners 12-2 after jumping out to a lead in the first inning. The Miners would score one first, when Kaleo Johnson singled home a run. Juan Silverio’s grand slam in the bottom of the first gave Tri-City the lead they would not surrender. Denis Phipps hit a three-run shot in the fourth, and in the fifth, Tri-City scored four more after an Oscar Campos RBI single, a Luis Roman two-run double, and a Zach Biermann RBI single. The Miners’ second and final run of the game came in the seventh, when Chuck Taylor hit an RBI single. The ValleyCats tacked a run on in the eighth on a Brad Zunica solo home run that brought it to 12-2. Starter Jake Dexter allowed just one run over five innings of work.
The New Jersey Jackals defeated the Washington Wild Things 4-2 after scoring a run in each of the final two innings. Todd Isaacs hit a solo home run in both the first and the third innings for the Jackals to give them a 2-0 lead after three. Bralin Jackson hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth to give the Wild Things a run before Jason Agresti hit a solo shot in the eighth for New Jersey. In the ninth, Stanley Espinal hit a solo shot of his own. Tristan Peterson singled home a run for Washington in the bottom half, but they could not overcome the deficit. Ricky Knapp went seven innings and allowed just one run (unearned) for New Jersey.
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Friday night featured plenty of scoring, both late and early in games. In case you missed anything, here is a quick recap to get you caught up:
The Florence Y’alls scored eight runs across the first three innings to beat the Gateway Grizzlies 8-4. The first inning saw Florence score four runs. Chad Sedio hit an RBI double and later scored along with Joe Lytle on an error that allowed Axel Johnson to reach first. Jordan Brower followed with an RBI groundout that plated Johnson for the 4-0 advantage. Three more came around in the second. Sedio singled home a run and Lytle doubled home two more to make it 7-0 Y’alls. Gateway got on the board in the third after Dustin Woodcock hit a solo home run and Nick Rotola hit a two-run shot to cut it to 7-3. Florence scored their final run in the third on a home run by Bryan Leef, and the Grizzlies’ Jay Prather plated their final run with a single that brought it to 8-4.
Équipe Québec used a six-RBI night from Ruben Castro and three late runs to defeat the New York Boulders 8-3. Québec broke through in the sixth, when Ruben Castro hit a sacrifice fly to plate the game’s first run. New York tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a single by Marcus Mastrobuoni and took the 2-1 lead after a double by Ray Hernandez. Jack Sundberg added a run for the Boulders in the seventh with an RBI single. Québec stroke back in the eighth, with a three-run blast by Castro suddenly giving them the 4-3 lead. In the ninth, they would score four more. Jesse Hodges and L.P. Pelletier each singled home a run, and Castro drove home two with his base hit to make it 8-3. Starter David Gauthier pitched five shutout innings, allowing just three hits and a walk while striking out four in the no-decision.
The Tri-City ValleyCats scored a pair of runs in the seventh inning to edge past the Sussex County Miners 6-4. The ValleyCats opened the scoring in the first inning when Willy Garcia drove in a run with an RBI groundout. Carson McCusker followed in the second with a three-run home run to give them a 4-0 lead. Sussex County would respond in a big way in the fifth, plating four runs to tie the game at 4-4. Jackie Urbaez scored two with an RBI single, Chuck Taylor singled home Urbaez, and Martin Figueroa capped the four-run inning by singling home Taylor. In the seventh, Tri-City was able to pull back in front for good with an RBI double by Chris Kwitzer and an RBI single by Luis Roman that brought it to 6-4.
The Windy City ThunderBolts took a lead in the third inning and never looked back, earning an 8-3 win over the Schaumburg Boomers. Payton Robertson broke it open for the ThunderBolts with a three-run home run, and they followed with three more runs in the fourth. Rob Weissheier plated a run on a fielder’s choice, Jack Strunc doubled Weissheier home, and Donivan Williams singled Strunc home for the 6-0 Windy City lead. In the bottom half, Schaumburg got on the board with an RBI double by Nick Oddo that made it 6-1. An inning later, Matt McGarry’s RBI groundout gave Schaumburg their second run, and in the sixth, Christian Kuzemka singled home a run to make it 6-3. That was the last of the scoring for the Boomers, as Windy City tacked on a run in each the seventh and eighth to close out the victory. John Sechen scored on a wild pitch in the seventh, and Rob Weissheier hit an RBI double to cap the scoring. Kenny Mathews allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings pitched and struck out four in the win.
The Washington Wild Things were led by a strong night of pitching, allowing just one run in their 8-1 win over the New Jersey Jackals. The first two runs came across in the third, when Andrew Sohn doubled home a run and Bralin Jackson singled home a run. Sohn drew a bases-loaded walk the next inning, and Scotty Dubrule hit an RBI single. Three runs scored after a single by Jackson and an error by the left fielder, making it 7-0 Washington. The Jackals’ lone run came in the seventh on a Josh Rehwaldt home run. Washington was able to tack one more run on in the eighth after a sacrifice fly by Sohn made it 8-1. Daren Osby tossed 4.1 scoreless innings before leaving the game with a minor arm injury. Ben Vicini entered in relief and earned the win after allowing the lone run in 2.2 innings of work. Alex Boshers finished the night with two scoreless innings.
The Evansville Otters scored five unanswered runs, including the go-ahead run in the ninth, to beat the Lake Erie Crushers 5-4. Lake Erie’s Shawon Dunston, Jr. scored the game’s first run after Steven Kraft reached base on a throwing error by Andy DeJesus in the first inning. The Crushers added three more runs in the second inning. Connor Oliver led off the scoring with a solo home run. Javier Betancourt later doubled home two to make it 4-0 Crushers. In the fourth, Evansville cut the lead to one, scoring three runs with a Riley Krane two-run homer and an RBI single by Andy DeJesus. The Otters tied it in the sixth with a single by Andrew Penner. Then, in the top of the ninth, Krane’s RBI single gave Evansville their first lead of the game, one which they would hold onto for the 5-4 victory.
In a game that included 25 combined runs and 29 combined hits between the two teams, the Joliet Slammers defeated the Southern Illinois Miners 14-11. Braxton Davidson and Brian Parreira each singled home a run to get the scoring started for the Slammers in the first. Davidson homered in the third before Southern Illinois plated their first run of the game with a Luke Mangieri sacrifice fly to make it 3-1 Slammers. In the fifth, Joliet’s Patrick Causa drove in one and Lane Baremore drove in two with RBI singles. In the bottom half, Jared Mang tripled, Arturo Nieto singled home Mang, and Nolan Earley singled home Nieto for the Miners to make it 6-4. Baremore singled home two in the seventh for Joliet, and in the bottom half of the seventh, Mangieri hit an RBI triple that was followed by an RBI groundout for Earley. Anthony Brocato hit a solo shot in the eighth for the Miners to make it an 8-7 ballgame heading into the ninth. The ninth saw the game’s biggest offensive output, with Joliet scoring six and Southern Illinois scoring four. For Joliet, a Dave Matthews double scored two runs, a fielder’s choice off the bat of Dylan Hardy scored a run, and a three-run home run by Brylie Ware made it 14-7 Slammers. In the bottom half for the Miners, doubles by Yeltsin Gudiño and Nolan Earley each plated runs, an RBI groundout by Ian Walters scored another run, and a double by Jarrod Watkins brought the last run home.
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