GOODING NAMED FRONTIER LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK

Florence, Ky. – After a stellar start on Opening Night, Jeremy Gooding has been named the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week for the third time in his career.

The right-hander from Livonia, Mich. continued his Frontier League success by earning the win in a 7-1 Freedom victory. He allowed just one run and four hits in 6.1 innings, while striking out seven and walking none.

After allowing a home run to Windy City’s Reggie Lawson in the top of the second, Gooding did not let a runner reach second base in his final five-plus innings. At one point, the Freedom ace sat down ten ThunderBolts in a row.

Dating back to last season, Gooding is 4-0 with a 0.76 ERA in his last five Frontier League starts (35.1 innings). During that stretch he has struck out 28, while allowing just 24 men to reach base via hits or walks.

Florence (1-2) returns to action on Wednesday when they matchup with the River City Rascals in a doubleheader. Gooding will take the hill for game one, which is scheduled to begin at 5:35 p.m.

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The Florence Freedom are members of the 12-team professional Independent Frontier League and play a 96 game schedule, with 48 home games at UC Health Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. In 2015, the Frontier League recognized the Freedom as the league’s organization of the year and awarded the team with the league’s All-Star event. The 2016 season will mark the 13th year the Freedom have played in Florence.