JACKALS BEAT WILD THINGS WITH PAIR OF HOMERS IN NINTH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another full slate Wednesday, as several teams still hope to secure a spot in the playoffs. Tune in to see all the action with FrontierLeagueTV.com!

BOOMERS PUNCH FIRST TICKET TO 2021 PLAYOFFS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Schaumburg Boomers first baseman Braxton Davidson and Équipe Québec right-hander Codie Paiva have won this week’s Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. These awards are chosen by Pointstreak, who is the official statistical provider of the Frontier League.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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MINERS, BOOMERS BOTH WIN WITH HOME RUN DERBY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OTTERS EXTEND LEAD IN WEST WITH WIN OVER BOOMERS

Catch up on anything you may have missed from Saturday’s action in the Frontier League here:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR–ROUND 2 OF 3

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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

View a gallery of some of the best photos from the 2021 season for each team and vote on your favorite from each division below:

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Round 1 voting ends Friday at 11:00 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. CT!

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.

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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!

 

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