SCHAUMBURG, IL —The East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, put the Evansville Otters on the brink of elimination by rallying to a 5-1 victory Friday night at Boomers Stadium, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.
Evansville opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-out single from Christopher Riopedre. The lead held until the bottom of the fifth inning. Opie Brodbeck was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Kyle Ruchim drew a walk. John Holland was attempting to move the runners with a bunt, but two errors on the same play enabled all three to score as Schaumburg nabbed a 3-1 advantage. Sean Godfrey added an RBI double in the inning to pad the advantage.
Godfrey dropped down a bunt single to score a run in the eighth, accounting for the final. Kagen Hopkins allowed just the one run in 6.1 innings of work, nabbing the win. Hopkins surrendered seven hits while walking one and striking out five. Evan Boyd and Jake Joyce finished out the decision. Schaumburg won despite accumulating just six hits, two of which came from Godfrey.
The Boomers (66-30, 1-1), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, can close out the series at home on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. RHP Joe Hauser (4-1, 1.80) makes the start against former Boomer LHP Hunter Ackerman (8-6, 4.75). Playoff tickets are on sale now, don’t miss the chance to be part of a history making season. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN.
More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business. With 48 home games including 22 fireworks shows, Boomers Stadium is the place to be for summer family fun! For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.