SAUGET, Ill. – Normal’s Charlie Gillies and Jesus Solorzano have been named Week 13 Frontier League Pitcher and Player of the Week as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.
The CornBelters dealt the Gateway Grizzlies a 4-0 loss behind the dominant pitching of Charlie Gillies. Gillies, a second year starter for the CornBelters, pitched a complete game-shutout on Sunday afternoon. Charlie let up just four hits and two walks, while striking out eight including 2017 All-Star outfielder, Blake Brown.
The Castaic, California native turned the shutout into another win and moved to 5-7 on fourteen starts with a 4.13 ERA. The righty has sixty-eight strikeouts on the season. The shutout was his first of his Frontier League career. Gillies is currently in his 6th professional season and was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2012.
Jesus Solorzano had one of the most impressive outings for a Player of the Week this season. His most impressive game on the week came against Gateway when he went 3 for 5 with three RBI in the 7-3 win over the Grizzlies. Over the course of five games last week, the outfielder went 13 for 21 (.619) with six runs, four doubles, eight RBI and a walk.
The Barcelona, Venezuela native is in his first season with the CornBelters and has appeared in thirty-one games. The righty is batting .333 with twenty runs, forty-two hits, thirteen doubles, two homers, fourteen RBI, six walks, and five stolen bases. Solorzano has bounced around the independent and affiliated scene after spending some time in the American Association and the Miami Marlins organization.
Gillies and Solorzano are the second duo for the CornBelters to sweep Pitcher and Player of the week after Aaron Dudley and Shawn Blackwell took the awards in Week 4. Gillies is the third CornBelters’ Pitcher to win the award after Scott Sebald won Pitcher of the Week last week.
The CornBelters went 3-2 last week after a rain-out with the Evansville Otters that has been rescheduled for when the teams meet on August 22. The Otters and Belters split the series 1-1 and they took their series from the Gateway Grizzlies 2-1. In their next series, the CornBelters will travel to Marion to take on the Southern Illinois Miners for a three game set before returning home to host the River City Rascals.
In the Frontier League Standings, the Schaumburg Boomers lead the East division with a 50-22 record. The Florence Freedom leads the West division with a 45-28 record. Currently, The Evansville Otters (40-31) and Washington Wild Things (39-32) hold the two wildcard spots. The chase for the final Wild Card spots are up for grabs as the River City Rascals (39-35) and Windy City ThunderBolts (38-32) are right behind.
The Frontier League is in 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. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.