SAUGET, Ill. – Opening Weekend proved to be an eventful one when the 25th season of the Frontier League began Friday night. Evansville Otters Pitcher Shane Weedman and Schaumburg Boomers Outfielder David Harris were named 2017 week 1 Pitcher and Player of the week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
Shane Weedman and the Evansville Otters had a strong task when they traveled Marion on Saturday night to take on their West Division rival, Southern Illinois Miners. After falling to the Miners 11-1 on Friday, the Otters looked to Weedman to get their first win of the season. Weedman started quiet but was on fire on the mound after striking out 2 batters in each of the 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th innings. Weedman finished the night with 11 strikeouts, 2 walks and was awarded the ball in the 9th and registered a complete game.
Shane Weedman was signed by the Evansville Otters in 2015. In 2015, he served as a reliever going with a 3.25 ERA with 13 appearances. In 2016, the righty started 6 games and had 30 total appearances with a 3.52 ERA. Coming into the 2017 season, Shane has made the jump from the Bullpen to starter for game 2. Weedman, an Indiana native, looks to continue to help the Otters retain their championship for the 2017 season. The Otters(1-2) look to get back on track when they head to O’Fallon, Missouri to take on the River City Rascals (2-1) on Thursday.
The Schaumburg Boomers made a statement this opening weekend by giving the Frontier League its first Grand Slam the Season when Outfielder David Harris came up big in the bottom of the 4th inning against the Traverse City Beach Bums on Sunday afternoon. Harris, a California native, is in his first season with the Frontier League. Harris’ previous experience was with the Bluedin Blue Jays, the Single A advanced affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays. Over Opening Weekend, Harris made his statement by earning a batting average of .462(5th overall). After his Grand Slam, Harris leads the league in RBIs with 10. Harris, also registered a double, a triple, and a stolen base in the opening series sweep against the Beach Bums, and posting a .923 slugging percentage start. Harris’ hot start allowed the Boomers to sweep Traverse City going 3-0 to start the season. He leads the charge in a somewhat young outfield. The Schaumburg Boomers(3-0) look to take another series win when they travel to Crestwood, Illinois on Wednesday to take on the Windy City ThunderBolts(1-2).
The Frontier League is entering its 25th season in 2017 and includes 12 teams stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to Northern Michigan. The Frontier League annually advances the most players to MLB organizations of any of the independent leagues, and 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.