FLDS Preview

SAUGET, Ill. – On Tuesday the 2017 Frontier League Divisional Series kicks off when the Evansville Otters play host to the Schaumburg Boomers and the Washington Wild Things play host to the Florence Freedom.

Evansville vs. Schaumburg Matchup

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2016 Frontier League Champion Otters will host the Schaumburg Boomers at historical Bosses Field for games 1 and 2 for the Divisional playoff series. The Boomers finished the regular season with a franchise record of 66-30. Schaumburg won the seasonal matchup against the Otters, 6-0. Over their last 10, the Boomers went 8-2. The Otters slipped to 4-6. The Boomers will return home to Boomer Stadium for game 3 (4 and 5 if necessary) in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Series Schedule: *All times are local

Game 1: Tuesday, September 5, Schaumburg at Evansville, 6:35 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, September 6, Schaumburg at Evansville, 6:35 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, September 8, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:35 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, September 9, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:05 p.m. (If necessary)
Game 5: Sunday, September 10, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:05 p.m. (If necessary)

Pitching matchups:

Game 1:
Schaumburg – Lars Liguori, 9-4, 3.44 ERA
Evansville – Luc Rennie, 7-5, 2.90 ERA

Game 2:
Schaumburg – Kit Fowler, 5-2, 1.84 ERA
Evansville – Ryan Etsell, 2-2, 2.42 ERA

Game 3:
Evansville – TBA
Schaumburg – Kagen Hopkins, 9-5, 4.19 ERA

Game 4 and 5:
Schaumburg – TBA
Evansville – TBA

The Schaumburg Boomers offense led the League in batting average with .289. The Boomers also led the Frontier League in total ERA at 3.58. Outfielder David Harris was voted the 2017 League MVP and finished second in batting average with .344 (voted Player of the Week twice).

The Otters re-enter the Frontier League Playoffs after winning the 2016 Championship. Despite their struggling offense over the last 10 games, the Otters finished fourth in total batting average with .276. 2017 Season All-Stars Josh Allen, Jeff Gardner (led in Home Runs and RBI) and Dane Phillips (3rd in batting average, .338) will look to lead the Otters to another Frontier League Championship Series.

 

Washington vs. Florence Matchup

The Florence Freedom will face the Washington Wild Things at Wild Things Park on Tuesday for their Frontier League Divisional Series. The Freedom finished the regular season with a franchise record of 61-35. The Washington Wild Things claimed the third seed by finishing one win better than Evansville with a record of 53-43. Florence won the seasonal series 4-2. Florence went 7-3 in their last 10. Washington finished 8-2.

Series Schedule: *All times are local

Game 1: Tuesday, September 5, Florence at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, September 6, Florence at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, September 8, Washington at Florence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, September 9, Washington at Florence, 6:05 p.m.|
Game 5: Sunday, September 10, Washington at Florence, 5:05 p.m.

Pitching matchups:

Game 1:
Florence – Jordan Kraus, 10-5, 3.27 ERA
Washington – Trevor Foss, 12-5, 3.06 ERA

Game 2:
Florence – Braulio Torres-Perez, 6-2, 2.81 ERA
Washington – Chase Cunningham (Probable), 10-3, 3.45 ERA

Game 3:
Washington – TBA
Florence – Steve Hagen, 4-1, 2.90 ERA

Game 4 and 5:
Washington – TBA
Florence – TBA

The matchup will prove to be a pitcher’s duel as Washington’s Trevor Foss led the league with 12 wins and teammate Chase Cunningham close behind with 10 wins. Florence pitchers Cody Gray and Jordan Kraus both finished with 10 wins apiece. The Freedom was second in the Frontier League in batting average at .280. The pitching core for the Freedom hurled pitches for a combined 3.77 ERA.

The Washington Wild Things are being led by Bralin Jackson (16 Home runs and 76 RBI) and post season All-Star Kane Sweeney. Zach Strecker will look to be the closer for the Wild Things after completing the season with 20 saves.

The links to listening in all the games can be found under the Frontier Scoreboard found on the Frontier League home page at https://www.frontierleague.com/.

To follow all the action Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtags #FLDS, #EVNvSCH and #WSHvFLO.

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.