Gateway’s Molesky and Washington’s Peoples-Walls Named Pitcher and Player of the Week

SAUGET, Ill. – Gateway’s Vince Molesky and Washington’s Kenny Peoples-Walls have been named Week 15 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.

Gateway Grizzlie Vince Molesky, earns his second Pitcher of the Week honors of the season after hurling his first complete game shutout of 2017 (3rd of this career) last Friday night against the Normal CornBelters. The 6’3 righty struck out nine CornBelters including 2017 All-Stars Aaron Dudley and Santiago Chirino. Molesky also struck out Week 13 Player of the Week, Jesus Solorzano, twice. Vince allowed just five hits in his thirty two batters faced. Molesky walked none and earned his sixth win of the season as the Grizzlies beat the CornBelters 6-0.

The Mountoursville, Pennsylvania native has appeared in eighteen games on the season on sixteen starts. He has registered ninety-six strikeouts (3rd overall) on the year and has dropped his ERA to 3.89 (16th overall).

Molesky has been with the Grizzlies since 2015 and has a career record of 16-21 in fifty-two starts. His career ERA currently sits at 4.23. Molesky is just the third Frontier League athlete that has won the honor twice this season (Spivey, Harris). However, he is the first pitcher to win the award twice this season.

Setting a new franchise record helped Washington Wild Things’ Kenny Peoples-Walls land him as this week’s Player of the Week when made his presence known against the first place, Schaumburg Boomers. Kenny went 4 for 5, scored twice, homered and stole a base once. Peoples-Walls set the Wild Things record with most RBI in a single game at seven. What made it sweeter for KPW is that he turned twenty-four.

Kenny batted .458 over the week when he went 11 for 24. KPW scored three runs, one double, one home run, fourteen RBI and one stolen base. 2

The outfielder is currently in his first season in the Frontier League after spending 2011-2015 in the St. Louis Cardinals system and 2016 in the American Association. KPW is batting .254 and has twenty-three runs, seven doubles, five triples, two homers, forty-five and eight stolen bases on the season.

The Gateway Grizzlies (26-58) remain at home and will host the Southern Illinois Miners (34-50) this week and will then travel to Florence to take on the Freedom (54-31, first in West). The Washington Wild Things (44-39) continue their hunt for a 2017 Wild Card spot as they will host first place East Division leader, Schaumburg (57-27) before traveling to face Wild Card contender Windy City (45-38). The Evansville Otters (46-37) and River City Rascals (45-40) are also in the heart of the race. With two weeks remaining in the season, Normal (41-42) and Lake Erie (39-44) are also still alive.

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.

Molesky Photo Credit: Paul Baillargeon

Soat’s walk-off double seals Evansville sweep of River City

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Down 4-3 in the 10th inning, the Evansville Otters rallied to beat the River City Rascals 5-4 on Brandon Soat’s two-run RBI double in front of 1,346 at Bosse Field on a night where the franchise honored former manager Greg Jelks and supporter Janet Gries.

The late heroics from Evansville capped a series sweep of the Rascals and it was the Otters fourth sweep of the season.

Evansville is now one win away from 1,000 franchise victories.

In the 10th, John Schultz singled to lead off the inning. After Nick Walker replaced him as a pinch-runner, Alejandro Segovia lined a single off the left field wall to put runners at the corners. Walker and Segovia would both score on Soat’s double.

Evansville grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Dane Phillips.

A solo home run by River City’s Josh Silver tied the game at 1-1 in the second.

After both teams went scoreless in the third and fourth, Phillips put the Otters ahead 2-1 with an RBI single that scored Ryan Long.

Josh Allen increased the Otters’ advantage to 3-1 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly that scored Christopher Riopedre.

In the eighth, Johnny Morales’ RBI ground out cut the deficit to one run and Josh Ludy tied the game at 3-3 with an RBI double that scored Clint Freeman.

River City took a lead in the top of the tenth as Johnny Morales scored off a double steal and a throwing error by Kolten Yamaguchi.

Phillips went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.

Evansville starter Felix Baez made his first start since July 20, giving up a single run off two hits in five innings of work. Baez struck out five Rascals in his return from the injured list.

River City’s Zeb Sneed surrendered three runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out seven in seven innings.

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The Otters continue their homestand on Tuesday to begin a series against the Normal Cornbelters. Action is scheduled to begin at 4:35 p.m. as play will resume in the top of the second inning with Normal leading 3-0 from an earlier rain suspension at Normal.

The regularly scheduled game between the Cornbelters and Otters will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion.

Tuesday’s series opener against Normal at Bosse Field is Law Enforcement Night. The Otters invite law enforcement officials to bring their police vehicles and k9 units and they will also be set up on the concourse passing out information. All local law enforcement departments are invited to come to the game. It’s also a $2 Tuesday with general admission tickets and select concession items just $2.

Fans can listen live to the game on 91.5 FM WUEV and watch on the Otters Digital Network. Lucas Corley (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analysis) will provide coverage.

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Miners Eclipse Freedom With Comeback To Take Series

MARION, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Miners fell behind 2-0 in the first inning against the Florence Freedom on Sunday at Rent One Park, but did not allow any more runs in the game, with their offense coming back to win the contest 5-2 in the rubber match of the three-game weekend series.

Florence struck first on an RBI groundout by Andrew Godbold to make the score 1-0 in the top of the first inning, and later in the inning went up 2-0 on an RBI single by former Miner Jordan Brower. Zach Cooper then had the first two Florence batters in the second inning reach base on a throwing error by Cooper himself and a walk, but the right-hander bore down from there and settled into a groove, retiring eight batters in a row spanning the second, third and fourth innings.

The Miners then got to work offensively in the bottom of the third inning against Braulio Torres-Perez (5-2), using a pair of Florence errors as well as an RBI single by Romeo Cortina to get on the board and make the score 2-1. In the next inning, Ryan Lashley led off with a solo home run to left field, his team-leading 12th of the season, to tie the score at 2-2. In the fifth, the Miners would surge ahead and take the lead for good- London Lindley led off with a double and stole third base before Ryan Sluder knocked him in with a single to center field to give the Miners a 3-2 lead. Lashley also reached on a fielder’s choice later in the frame to plate Sluder from third base, beating the potential double-play relay throw to first base and extending the lead to 4-2.

Florence would attempt a two-out rally in the seventh inning by loading the bases with two outs, putting the tying run in scoring position, but Kyle Grana got Brower to pop out to the shortstop to get out of trouble, and the Miners then tacked on one more run in the bottom half of the frame. Lindley led off with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second base by Cortina before Sluder came up big again with an RBI double to right field, pushing the Miners’ advantage out to 5-2 before the bullpen made it stand up in the late innings again as the Miners took the series.

Cooper (5-9) finished with another quality start, pitching six innings and scattering five hits and two runs with three walks and five strikeouts to get the win on the mound, while John Werner recorded his West Division-leading 19th save of the season with a scoreless ninth, putting him one behind the Miners’ all-time single-season and career record of 20. Offensively, Lindley went 2-for-2 and scored two runs, while Sluder and Lashley drove in two runs apiece as the Miners took down the first-place Freedom in back-to-back nights.

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The Miners next head to Sauget, Illinois to face the Gateway Grizzlies in a three-game set beginning at 7:05 p.m. Robby Rowland will take the mound for Southern Illinois opposite Gateway’s Alec Kisena.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at

Crushers Avoid The Sweep

WASHINGTON, PA – The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, avoided the sweep with a 6-1 win over the Washington Wild Things on Sunday. The Crushers (39-44) won their fifth game of the season against the Wild Things (44-39) who won their first series at home against Lake Erie this season.

The Crushers took advantage of a shaky Washington defense to plate two in the first. Sean Hurley drew a one-out walk and Jordan Dean followed with a double to put two men in scoring position. With Conner Simonetti at the dish, a wild pitch scored Hurley, and an errant throw back to the plate brought in Dean for a 2-0 lead.

Lake Erie extend the lead with a run in the second. Brandon Murray led off the inning with a solo shot to extend the lead to three, and the Crushers continued to pile on with two more runs in the third. Hurley reached on an error at third, and two batters later, Simonetti crushed a homer to right, pushing the lead to 5-0.

Lake Erie added another tally in the fourth. Murray led off with a single, moving to second on a Connoer Oliver groundout. After Murray stole third, Tyler Urps singled through the right side of the infield to bring the Crushers’ advantage to 6-0.

The Wild Things refused to go quietly, plating one in the ninth. James Harris, Rashad Brown and Bralin Jackson all singled to start the frame, and two batters later, Hector Roa beat out a double play to bring in Harris to finish off the scoring at 6-1.

Nick Deeg (2-2) collected the win for the Crushers, pitching seven shutout innings while allowing six hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Lake Erie finishes its series with the Washington Wild Things at 5:05 p.m. on Sunday. Nick Deeg (1-2, 5.65) will make the start for the Crushers in their series finale.

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The Lake Erie Crushers, the 2009 Frontier League Champions, and 2011 Frontier League Organization of the year, play ball at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, a 5,000 capacity stadium located in Avon, Ohio.  The Frontier League is an independent baseball league with 12 teams operating throughout the Midwest. For more information on tickets, promotions and team news, visit the team website at or call 440-934-3636.

ThunderBolts Bounce Back With a Win

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The ThunderBolts bounced back from a Saturday on Sunday. They never trailed in a 5-2 victory over the Beach Bums at Wuerfel Park.

The ThunderBolts (45-38) broke out with four runs in the third inning. Ransom LaLonde got it started with a double and Blair Beck walked. Keenyn Walker took his place on a fielder’s choice before Coco Johnson brought home the first run on his second of three hits for the game. Tim Zier walked to load the bases in front of Larry Balkwill, who brought home all three runs on a double.

The lead increased to 5-0 in the fifth inning when Johnson singled and stole his eighth base of the series. Balkwill doubled him home again.

The Bolts would not get another hit the rest of the day as the Beach Bums (32-49) made the game interesting. They got on the board in the sixth inning thanks to three straight singles. Steven Patterson started the rally and scored on an Alexis Rivera hit.

They scored again in similar fashion in the eighth. Orlando Rivera and Patterson each singled and Alexis Rivera’s second RBI base hits of the game made the score 5-2. Josh Glick got the final two outs, though, to get out of trouble.

Brian Loconsole had no trouble in the ninth. He set the side down in order with two strikeouts to wrap up his 27th save of the season, a new franchise record.

Zac Westcott (7-4) allowed only one run on six hits over seven innings and picked up his second straight victory. Brian Bayliss (2-5) took the loss, allowing five runs in six innings.

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The Bolts will take Monday off before returning home for a doubleheader on Tuesday against the Joliet Slammers. Game one will pick up in the top of the fourth with the ThunderBolts ahead 4-0. Game two will go seven innings. It is $2 Ticket Tuesday at Standard Bank Stadium, the final one of the year. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard through

Liguori Pitches Boomers to Win Over Joliet

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, received eight strong innings from starting pitcherLars Liguori to inch closer to a playoff slot with a 2-1 win over the Joliet Slammers in the finale of a six-game homestand.

Joliet opened the second inning with back-to-back singles, but Liguori limited the damage to just one run. Sean Godfrey tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, dropping down a bunt single to score Rock ShouldersTanner Pinkston forced home the deciding run in the fifth by drawing a bases loaded walk.

Liguori retired 12 straight at one point and finished by allowing just the second inning run on six hits, striking out five. Jake Joyce finished out the game by earning his 12th save with a perfect ninth. Schaumburg finished with eight hits. Pinkston and John Holland notched two apiece.

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The Boomers (57-27) continue to own the best record in the league and hold a commanding lead in the East Division while closing in on a playoff berth with a magic number of two for the division and a playoff berth pending results elsewhere. The team heads on the road for three games in Pennsylvania with the Washington Wild Things beginning on Tuesday night. 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 with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.

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TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Tonight’s game between the Traverse City Beach Bums(32-48) and Windy City Thunderbolts(44-38) featured five lead changes, 23 runs, and 28 hits, as the Bums prevailed by a final score of 12-11.

Windy City got the offense rolling in the very first inning when Kyle Wood doubled in a run and Tim Zier hit an RBI single. They made it a 3-0 game when Wood hit another RBI double in the second. In the bottom of the second, Arby Fields led off by legging out an infield hit, then Nick Murphy hit a two-run homer, his third of the season, off the top of the wall in left, to pull within one. Corey Bass doubled the Thunderbolts lead in the top of the third with a solo homer but Orlando Rivera led off the bottom of the frame with his first home run of the season, a solo shot, making it a 4-3 Windy City.

After a scoreless fourth, Jeff DeBlieux hit a one out single into center. Orlando River drove him in with an RBI double, then scored himself when Steven Patterson doubled, giving the Bums their first lead of the game. Coco Johnson, who stole five bases tonight, tied the game up in the sixth with an RBI single, evening the game at five.

The Beach Bums sent nine men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth to break the game open. Arby Fields led off with a walk then moved to second on a passed ball. Nick Murphy followed with an RBI double, then Quintin Alexander was hit by a pitch, and Josh Hauser, while trying to moved the runners up, made it to first on an error, loading the bases. DeBlieux hit a sacrifice fly to center, Orlando Rivera hit an RBI single, and Luke Lowery hit an RBI double, giving Traverse City a 10-5 lead.

The ‘Bolt struck back in the top of the seventh with a six run, six hit barrage, bringing 11 men to the plate, and retaking the lead. Keenyn Walker and Coco Johnson hit back-to-back two-run doubles, Larry Balkwill hit an RBI single and Zier drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to left, giving Windy City the lead once again, at 11-10.

Josh Hauser led off the bottom of the eighth for the Beach Bums by getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. Orlando Rivera, who was a triple sky of the cycle, drove in Hauser to tie the game with his second RBI double of the game. After a pitching change, Patterson slipped a single into left, scoring Orlando Rivera, giving the Bums the lead for good.

Devin Over earned the win tonight for Traverse City, pitching a perfect eighth inning with a strikeout, to improve to 4-2. Josh Glick who sent the Bums down in order in the seventh, allowed the two runs in the eighth. He falls to 4-1 with tonight’s loss. Joel Toribio hurled a spotless ninth with two strikeouts for his first save.

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Tomorrow evening, the Beach Bums and Windy City Thunderbolts get together for the final time in 2017, and the rubber game of this weekend’s three game series. Brian Bayliss takes the ball for the Beach Bums while Zac Westcott starts for Windy City. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, will go on the air with the Budweiser pre-game show at 4:45 on 101.9FM- The Bay.

Come on out to Wuerfel Park to celebrate our two FAVORITE bears on their 12th birthday! Enjoy a fun day at the ballpark for Suntan and Sunburn’s Birthday party, featuring Kids Run the Bases and Team autographs following the game. You will not want to miss out on the celebration!

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

Washington Wins 8-4, Moves Into Wild-Card Tie

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington Wild Things (44-38) continued their playoff hunttonight with a win over the Lake Erie Crushers (38-43) on Santonio Holmes Night at Wild Things Park, by a final score of 8-4. This win gives them their second series victory in a row, and with the other results of the night around the league, the Wild Things are tied for the second wild-card spot.

Tyler Garkow (1-0) made his season debut tonight, and did it in strong fashion as he struck out 11 batters in his 6.1 innings of work while only allowing three runs on two hits and a walk. For the second night in a row, the Lake Erie Crushers struck first with a two-run homer, this time coming in the second inning, off the bat of designated hitter Brandon Murray. The Wild Things were able to get one back in the bottom frame as catcher Kyle Pollock reached as third baseman Cody Lenahan mishandled a groundball and then threw the ball over the first baseman’s head, allowing Pollock to advance to second. He was then plated on a single to left field from third baseman Kenny Peoples-Walls.

Washington tied the game in their next turn at the plate as the first two batters walked to start the inning. They both were advanced to second and third, respectively, on a sacrifice bunt from centerfielder Rashad Brown. Left fielder Bralin Jackson then allowed the tying run to score as he grounded out to second base with Justin Bohn coming across the plate from third.

This score held until the bottom of the sixth as Peoples-Walls drove in two runs on a single, giving him his second and third RBI of the game and pushing his week total to 14. The Crushers were able to bring the game within a run in the next frame as Lenahan doubled in a run. Washington looked to widen their advantage after the seventh-inning stretch as the Wild Things loaded the bases with two outs, and first baseman Kane Sweeny promptly unloaded them with a double to left center, giving the Wild Things a 7-3 lead.

Lake Erie looked to comeback in the top of the eighth as centerfielder Connor Oliver led off with a deep home run over the right field fence, but that as close as the Crushers would get in the inning, leaving them down three with one inning to go. The Wild Things tallied the final run in the bottom of the eighth as Bohn drove in Pollock with a double to right center.

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Trevor Foss (10-4) is set to start on the mound as the Wild Things look to sweep the series in game three tomorrow, start time is slated for 5:05 p.m.

Segovia’s Clutch Hit Helps Otters Prevail in Front of Sellout Crowd

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With the game tied in the eighth inning, Alejandro Segovia hit a two-run RBI single with two outs, helping the Evansville Otters beat the River City Rascals 4-2 in front of another sellout crowd of 5,455 at Bosse Field Saturday.

With Saturday’s standing room crowd, 11,592 fans have gone through the gates of the ballpark this weekend with the series finale set for Sunday.

Segovia’s heroics helped the second sellout crowd of the season go home happy after Ryan Long was tagged out at home trying to score on Jeff Gardner’s fielder’s choice two batters earlier in the inning.

The Rascals struck first in the second when Paul Kronenfeld hit a sacrifice fly to give River City a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom half of the inning, Evansville answered as Segovia hit his 13th home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1.

River City took back the lead in the third with a Jason Merjano RBI groundout, giving the Rascals a 2-1 advantage.

The Otters responded in the fourth as Gardner hit an RBI single, scoring Josh Allen to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained tied until the eighth when Evansville got to River City’s Jonny Ortiz, tagging him for two earned runs off one hit and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. Ortiz took the loss, dropping to 2-1.

Segovia finished 2-4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Shane Weedman allowed two runs off two hits in 6 1/3 innings of work for Evansville as he took a no-decision.

River City’s Hector Hernandez went seven innings and got a no-decision, giving up two runs on four hits with 10 strikeouts.

Kyano Cummings earned the win to improve to 4-2 as he struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Randy McCurry posted his 14th save of the season and he finished with two strikeouts.

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The Otters and Rascals finish the series from Bosse Field on Sunday with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m.

On Sunday, it’s Greg Jelks Number Retirement Day, Janet Gries & Host Family Recognition Day, Harry Potter Night and Courier & Press Family Fun Day. Fans can enjoy the famed book and movie series by taking pictures in a photo booth with props, get their face painted, participate in a costume contest and scavenger hunt and enjoy butter beer.

The Otters will also honor the late Greg Jelks by retiring his jersey number. Jelks was a manager for the Otters and he guided the franchise to the 2006 Frontier League championship. Sunday is also Family Fun Day, sponsored by Evansville Courier and Press with tickets for four $12 and select concession items $2.

Fans can listen live to the game on 91.5 FM WUEV and watch on the Otters Digital Network. Lucas Corley (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analysis) will provide coverage.

Tickets for Sunday are still available by going to or calling 812-435-8686.

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The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit or call 812-435-8686.

Parish, Miners Shut Out Freedom To Even Series

MARION, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Miners got a phenomenal start from right-hander Matt Parish and beat the Florence Freedom 2-0 on Saturday night at Rent One Park, snapping a five-game losing streak and evening the weekend series at one game apiece.

Both teams got baserunners but no runs in the first two frames, with Florence stranding runners at second and third base in the second when Parish (3-3) fanned Garrett Vail to end the inning. Southern Illinois would grab the lead off former Miner Steve Hagen (7-5) in the third inning when James Alfonso worked the count full and hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left field, to put Southern Illinois ahead 1-0.

Between the third and sixth innings, Parish would settle in and retire nine batters in a row, and permitted just three total baserunners after the second inning. In the meantime, the Miners doubled their lead with a two-out, fifth-inning rally. Ryan Sluder singled to left field and Nolan Earley walked before Ryan Lashley singled home Sluder to make it 2-0.

After walking a man with two outs in the seventh inning, Parish departed with the tying run at the plate and six and two-thirds scoreless innings under his belt on just four hits allowed, but the Miners’ bullpen made the lead stand up, as Kyle Grana and John Werner allowed only one baserunner between them in the seventh, eighth and ninth. Werner recorded his West Division-leading 18th save of the season, putting him two behind the franchise’s all-time record for career saves, by striking out Keivan Berges swinging to end the game.

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Southern Illinois will go for a series win in the finale on Sunday night at 5:05 p.m., with Zach Cooper pitching for the Miners against Florence lefty Braulio Torres-Perez.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at

Wild Things Win Opener, Punch Out 15 Crushers

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington Wild Things (43-38) defeated the Lake Erie Crushers (38-43) in game one of the three-game weekend series on Friday. No matter the other results in the league, the team will stay a game back , at worst, in the wild-card race.

Ethan Gibbons (1-2) got the start, going 5.2 solid innings of two-run baseball allowing only two runs while striking out eight batters. He would be relieved by Jake Eaton (1-0) who earned his first win as a Wild Thing tonight, going 2.1 innings, striking out six batters and only allowing one hit. Zach Strecker earned his 19th save and his no-out punchout set a team high for the Wild Things in 2017, as the pitch- ers fanned 15 Crushers combined.

The Crushers jumped out to an early lead as left fielder Sean Hurley sent the fourth pitch of the ballgame deep over the left-field wall for a two-run homer. Gibbons then settled down and struck out the next two batters and got the third to fly out. Washington answered quickly in the bottom half as centerfielder Rashad Brown reached on a walk and then stole second to get into scoring position with one out. Designated hitter Bralin Jackson then singled to left, and an errant throw in by Hurley allowed Brown to score and put the Wild Things on the board. First baseman Kane Sweeny evened the score at two apiece with an RBI triple down the right field line, his third of the season.

Strong defense across the board for the Wild Things kept the next five innings scoreless. In the top of the fourth, a strong relay from second baseman Justin Bohn got catcher Bryan DeLaRosa out at the plate to save a run. Then, second baseman Jordan Dean hit a single that bounced off the glove of a retreating Bohn. Brown came up firing and got Dean out as he tried to stretch the single into a double.The Wild Things pitchers also teamed up to strike out eight Crushers with runners in scoring position.

In the top of the seventh, Washington made its first error on the day as catcher John Fidanza threw an errant throw to first after a dropped third strike, allowing shortstop Tyler Urps to score, giving the Crushers a 3-2 lead. This lead did not last long, however, as Mike Hill led off the bottom frame with a single and then was plated when Brown pushed a single through the left side, tying the game. This hit chased Jordan Kurokawa from the game, bringing in Seth Lucio. Lucio did not receive a warm welcome as his first pitch was sent deep into right field by Jackson for a double, scoring Brown and giving the Wild Things the lead once again.

Insurance came in the bottom of the eighth as Bohn doubled to score Fidanza, and push the lead to two. Lake Erie attempted to rally in the top of the ninth, scoring a run on an RBI single from pinch-hitter Parker Norris, but this would prove to be the final run.

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The Wild Things look to win the series tomorrow night as right-hander Tyler Garkow makes his season debut for Washington, first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

Molesky Hurls Complete Game Shutout

SAUGET, Ill. – The Gateway Grizzlies defeated the Normal CornBelters behind strong pitching and timely hitting Friday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. FINAL SCORE: Gateway 6, Normal 0.

Gateway starter Vince Molesky set the tone for the game by retiring the side in order in the top of the first.

The Grizzlies’ offense started an early rally. Cody Livesay and Joel McKeithan picked up RBI hits in the bottom of the first. Gateway took an early 2-0 lead.

Molesky kept Normal off of the scoreboard through the next four innings before Gateway’s offense went back to work. A costly error by Normal catcher Brian Hakes allowed Gateway to score three more times to extend the lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth.

Chase Simmons added more insurance in the sixth with a two-out solo home run to right to extend the lead to six.

Molesky continued his dominance over Normal through the rest of the game, earning a complete-game shutout. Molesky improved his season record to 6-7. He gave up just five hits and struck out nine.

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Gateway will resume action Saturday night as they face Normal in the second game of the three-game series at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. All the action can be heard on the Grizzlies Media Network.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit or call 618.337.3000

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is celebrating its 25th season as a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 12 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year. 

Vocca Paves Way to Victory in Southern Illinois

MARION, Ill. — A dramatic conclusion to Friday’s series opener at Rent One Park brought a 4-3 victory for the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, over the Southern Illinois Miners.

With the Freedom (54-29) leading, 4-1, Pete Perez entered to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning and began by walking Anthony Critelli. A swinging strikeout preceded another walk to Ryan Sluder, and the Miners (32-50) next loaded the bases on a Romeo Cortina single to left field. Craig Massey then popped out to short, bringing Southern Illinois down to its final out. Ryan Lashley singled into center field to score two runs and put the tying and winning runs on base, but Nolan Earley lined out to left field to end the game.

The win preserved a masterful start by Tony Vocca (8-5), who pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out seven batters while limiting the Miners (32-50) to seven hits. The right-hander stranded a total of seven runners over his first five innings before retiring the side in order in his final two frames of work.

Keivan Berges had put Florence on top, 1-0, by leading off the second inning with a solo home run to left-center off Chris Washington (3-4), Berges’ third home run in four games. But Washington would proceed to retire a total of 18 of the first 20 Freedom batters he faced through six innings, with a Garrett Vail single accounting for the only other baserunner.

After both teams failed to score from the third through sixth innings, however, Florence added to its lead in the top of the seventh. Berges doubled and scored on a two-out single to left field by Jordan Brower, knocking Washington from the game. Paul Young entered in relief and walked pinch-hitter Mike Morris, and after Brower and Morris pulled off a double steal, Austin Wobrock singled both men home for a 4-0 lead.

Mike Anthony relieved Vocca in the bottom of the eighth and gave up a solo homer to Earley that hit the left-field foul pole, accounting for the first run of the night for Southern Illinois.

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The win, along with a River City Rascals loss to Evansville, dropped the Freedom’s magic number to clinch the West Division to five. The victory also brings Florence within three of matching the franchise record of 57 wins, set in 2012.

The series continues Saturday with Steve Hagen (3-0) starting on the mound for the Freedom against Miners right-hander Matt Parish (2-3). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. at Rent One Park.

The Florence Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Sellout Crowd Watches Otters Down Rascals

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters took a 4-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 10-3 win over the River City Rascals in front of a sellout crowd of 6,137 at Bosse Field Friday.

Evansville’s scoring outburst in the first started with a Ryan Long single and was followed by Josh Allen’s two-run home run, giving the Otters a 2-0 lead. The homer was Allen’s 15th of the season.

Dane Phillips and Jeff Gardner followed with back-to-back walks and John Schultz’s RBI single extended the advantage to 3-0. Gardner would score on a Brandon Soat RBI single that pushed the lead to 4-0 as the first five Otters reached base before an out was recorded.

The Rascals responded with three runs in the second, starting with Brandon Thomas’ RBI single. After a sacrifice fly made it 4-2, Josh Ludy hit an RBI single that scored Braxton Martinez to make the score 4-3.

The score remained 4-3 until the fifth when Allen tripled and scored on Phillips’ RBI single. Gardner delivered a triple of his own, scoring Phillips and pushing the Otters lead to 6-3.

Allen’s sacrifice fly in the sixth made it 7-3.

In the seventh, Alejandro Segovia hit an RBI double to score Schultz, pushing the Evansville lead to 8-3. Segovia would score on an RBI single by Nick Walker. Christopher Riopedre’s sacrifice fly capped the scoring.

Allen finished a single shy of the cycle, going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs.

Gardner, Schultz and Segovia each had two hits and an RBI apiece. Walker was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Luc Rennie picked up his sixth win of the season for Evansville, allowing three runs off six hits while striking out seven.

River City’s Tim Koons took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

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The Otters and Rascals battle again from Bosse Field on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

On Saturday, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Bosse Field with the game being sponsored by Marathon. Pink bracelets will be handed out to early arriving fans at the gates. Fans will also have the opportunity to bid on themed, game-worn jerseys throughout the game.

The Boonville High School Band will be at the ballpark, performing on the front lawn before the game and playing the National Anthem as well.

Fans can listen live to the game on 91.5 FM WUEV and watch on the Otters Digital Network. Preston Leinenbach (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analysis) will provide coverage.

Tickets for Saturday are still available by going to or calling 812-435-8686.

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The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit or call 812-435-8686.

ThunderBolts Win Opener at Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Jake Fisher picked up his eighth win of the year, going eight innings to defeat the Traverse City Beach Bums as the Bolts pulled away late for a 7-2 win at Wuerfel Park Friday night.

Both teams were unable to capitalize on early chances as the ThunderBolts (44-37) left four men on base in the first four innings and Traverse City (31-48) stranded one in each of the first three.

The Bums broke through on two fourth-inning doubles to start the scoring. Nick Murphy knocked in Luke Lowery.

The ThunderBolts answered immediately with two in the fifth. Blair Beck started the rally with a single. Keenyn Walker followed with a double and Coco Johnson knocked them both in with a single.

They added to the lead with two more runs in the seventh. Johnson hit a leadoff triple and when the throw to third sailed into the dugout, Johnson came in to score. Kyle Wood followed with a double and Larry Balkwill singled him home to make the lead 4-1.

Back-to-back doubles in the eighth for Beck and Walker scored the fifth runs and Walker was brought home by a Wood single. Will Krug’s RBI single in the ninth finished the ThunderBolts’ scoring.

Traverse City got one more run as Arby Fields walked and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Fisher (8-7) went eight innings for the eighth time in his last nine starts and allowed only one earned run while striking out nine to surpass the century mark for the third time in the last four years. Reinaldo Lopez (3-10) took the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.

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The Bolts go for their third straight win on Saturday night. Clay Chapman (4-5, 3.87) gets the start against Traverse City’s Dominic Reed (0-1, 18.00). First pitch from Wuerfel Park is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV, 88.3 FM and