Miners Halt Late Grizzlies Push For Win

SAUGET, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Miners secured their seventh victory in their last ten games overall thanks to a pair of home runs by Ryan Lashley and stout work by the bullpen to hold an early lead in a 5-4 triumph over the Gateway Grizzlies at GCS Credit Union Ballpark in Sauget on Tuesday night.

Two batters into the game against Gateway starter and Murphysboro native Dylan Craig (1-5), the Miners had the lead, as after Craig Massey singled leading off the game, Lashley hit a two-run homer down the right field line for a 2-0 advantage. Two Gateway errors in the second inning led to a third Miners run for a 3-0 advantage, and after Gateway came back with two runs on a single by Matt Hearn in the second to make it 3-2, Southern Illinois would add single runs their next two turns at bat.

In the third, with two outs and men at first and second base, Ryan Sluder lined a single into the outfield to score Anthony Critelli to make it 4-2, and Lashley led off the fourth inning with a solo shot, his second homer of the game, over the left field fence to make it 5-2.

Gateway responded with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings against Chris Washington (1-0), drawing within 5-4 on Jack Hranec’s solo home run in the sixth. The Grizzlies then loaded the bases with one out that same inning, but Nick Palacios struck out Hearn and got Brent Sakurai to pop out to preserve the lead.

After working a flawless seventh inning, in the eighth, Kyle Tinius faced a bases-loaded situation as well, walking three in the inning, but got Sakurai to again pop out to end the threat and send the game to the ninth inning. John Werner then secured his seventh save of the season by striking out the side, the last two batters representing a potential winning run with a runner on second base, as the Miners won the series opener.

Lashley finished with three total RBIs and two runs scored on his two home runs, while Washington lasted five and one-third innings, striking out five in the contest to earn his first professional win. Critelli also added two hits in the contest as Southern Illinois won their second straight while sending the Grizzlies to their eighth straight loss.

The Miners will look for a third straight victory and a series win against the Grizzlies on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m., with Austin Dubsky making the start for Southern Illinois against Gateway’s Will Anderson.

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 www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Slammers Continue Winning Streak Over First Place Boomers

JOLIET, Ill. – The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy hosted the first place Schaumburg Boomers for the second time this season on Tuesday night, June 27.

Slammers’ starting pitcher Luis Cruz made his home debut against Conrad Wazniak and Joliet ambushed Schaumburg all evening.

Scoreless after the first inning, Schaumburg’s Sean Godfrey hit a solo shot to score first, but Melvin Rodriguez followed with his own solo shot to tie the game. Rock Shoulders scored after an infield single from Josh Merrigan.

Wazniak’s struggles continued after walking Juan Silva and Rodriguez. Joliet picked up three more runs after a Travis Bolin homer.  Silva also had a 3-run home run in the 4th and drove in a pair in the 5th and has now homered in 3 straight games.

Joliet’s offense continues to roll as the Slammers defeated the Boomers 13-4. Cruz gets the win as Wazniak gets the loss for the Boomers.

Game two of the series will be at 10:05am Wednesday morning.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 25th season of play in 2017.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!

Kraus Rebounds As Freedom Rough Up Rascals

FLORENCE, Ky. — Jordan Kraus turned in a masterful eight-inning performance as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, topped the River City Rascals by a score of 5-2 on Tuesday night at UC Health Stadium.

Following an outing in which he allowed season-highs in hits, runs and walks in a loss on Thursday, Kraus (6-3) bounced back Tuesday by allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out six and moving into a tie with teammates Marty Anderson and Cody Gray for most wins among Frontier League pitchers.

The Freedom (28-12) jumped out in early support of Kraus with a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After three consecutive walks by Rascals (20-21) starter Ryan Smith (0-1) loaded the bases, Collins Cuthrell drove in Taylor Oldham with a sacrifice fly, and Jordan Brower immediately followed with a two-run single to right field.

Smith faced just seven batters and recorded two outs in the first inning before he was pulled in favor of left-hander Lucas Laster. The southpaw would go on to allow only two hits and struck out eight over six and one-third innings of long relief.

Florence put another run on the board in the second inning after a pair of walks. With Oldham on first and Mike Morris on third, Oldham broke for second. Rascals catcher Mike Jurgella pump-faked toward second before throwing to third as Morris strayed from third, but the throw went wild and allowed Morris to score.

River City scored its two runs off Kraus in the eighth inning on RBI-singles by Jason Merjano and Josh Ludy, but Enrique Zamora pitched a scoreless ninth inning to give the Freedom their fourth straight win.

Austin Wobrock went 0-for-4 at the plate, ending his hitting streak at 11 games, but Daniel Fraga collected a RBI-single in the sixth inning to extend his on-base streak to 22 games.

The series continues Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at UC Health Stadium. Cody Gray (6-1) will start for the Freedom against River City’s Hector Hernandez (3-4).

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 FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Otters and CornBelters Split Tuesday Doubleheader

NORMAL, Ill.– The Evansville Otters and the Normal Cornbelters split a pair of games on Tuesday, with Normal winning 8-2 in game one, and Evansville winning 4-2 in game two.

Evansville (21-18) took the second game behind a pair of home runs from Chris Riopedre and Lance Montano in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Normal (21-20) posted 12 hits in the first game and took advantage of two Otters errors in the win.

The first game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning due to an issue with the turf on the mound.

The field crew was forced to suspend the game until 6:30 p.m. when the teams played out the remainder of the game.

In the game one, Normal jumped out to an early lead with an RBI double from Aaron Dudley that scored Santiago Chirino.

A Nolan Meadows RBI single scored Dudley to make it 2-0.

The Otters posted a run in the top of the third inning when Jeff Gardner hit an RBI double to score Riopedre to make it 2-1.

Evansville tied the game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI from Kolten Yamaguchi that scored Riopedre.

It would be all Cornbelters from there.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, an RBI single from Craig Lepre scored Miguel Torres to give Normal a 3-2 lead.

Normal added on five more runs in the bottom of the fifth.

A Torres sacrifice fly scored Meadows to open up the scoring.

A two RBI double from Yeixon Ruiz scored Justin Fletcher and Diego Cedeno.

Chirino then delivered on a two RBI single to score Lepre and Ruiz to make it 8-2.

Normal’s Charlie Gillies recorded the wins giving up just three hits. Gillies is now 3-3 on the year.

Luc Rennie record his first loss of the season.

Rennie gave up a season high nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Rennie is 2-1 this season.

In game two, the Otters were the first on the board in the second inning.

RBI singles from Brandon Soat and Many De Jesus scored Jeff Gardner and Riopedre respectively to make it 2-0.

The Cornbelters evened the score in the bottom of the inning.

A Torres RBI single scored Justin Fletcher and Cedeno scored on a Lance Montano error.

In the third inning, Normal would take the lead on a solo home run from Ruiz to make it 3-2.

However, the Otters came up with heroics in the top of the sixth inning.

Chris Riopedre sneaked a home run over the left field wall to even the score at 3-3. It was Riopedre’s third home run this year.

Two batters later, Lance Montano launched his second home run of the season to give the Otters a 4-3 lead.

That score would hold as Randy McCurry recorded his tenth save of the year.

Hasten Freeman recorded his first win in 2017.

Freeman went one inning of relief giving up just one hit.

Francisco Carillo recorded his first loss of the year for Normal.

Carillo gave up both home runs to the Otters in the sixth.

Jason Broussard also made his first start for Evansville this year. 

Broussard went four innings giving up three hits and three runs, striking out two in the effort.

The Otters and Cornbelters will return to action tomorrow afternoon at The Corn Crib.

First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m.

Fans can listen to Wednesday’s game live on 91.5 WUEV. Lucas Corley will provide play-by-play coverage. 

Evansville will return to Bosse Field for Edward Jones Night Friday at 6:35 p.m. The game will feature a postgame fireworks show and tickets are still available at evansvilleotters.com or by calling 812-435-8686.

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 evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

ThunderBolts Snap Skid, Beat Lake Erie 6-1

CRESTWOOD, Ill. – Coco Johnson’s four-RBI night propelled the ThunderBolts to a 6-1 victory over the Lake Erie Crushers at Standard Bank Stadium Tuesday night.

After a string of four straight losses, the Bolts (21-20) were picked up offensively by Keenyn Walker, Larry Balkwill and the aforementioned Johnson.

Each team threatened in the first two innings, but it was Windy City getting on the board first in the third. Walker launched a towering solo-home run over the right-centerfield wall to put the ThunderBolts ahead early 1-0.

Right-handed starter Clay Chapman (1-4) ran into trouble in the fourth after he allowed the first two batters to reach. The Crushers (16-24) quickly tied the game on a Cody Lenahan RBI groundout.

That would do it for Lake Erie with the bats, as Chapman pushed through six innings of work and allowed just the one run on six hits, while striking out six and walking three.

The score remained tied until the fifth inning where the Bolts finally broke through against Payton Lobdell (2-5). Ransom LaLonde and Blair Beck reached to begin the frame and with one out, Coco Johnson ripped a two-RBI double to give the ThunderBolts a 3-1 lead.

The scoring did not stop there. In the seventh, Windy City added some insurance. With Beck standing at second base, Johnson launched a blast over the left-centerfield fence to increase the Bolts lead to 5-1.

For good measure, Balkwill later doubled in Andrew Dundon to cap the scoring.

Seven of the 10 ThunderBolts in Tuesday’s affair reached base. Beck had a season-high three hit performance.

Windy City’s bullpen, which consisted of Josh Glick, Scott Kuzminsky and Brian Loconsole, allowed just one base runner over three innings of work.

The ThunderBolts will play game two of their three game series against Lake Erie on Wednesday night beginning at 7:05 P.M. The scheduled starters are right-hander Zac Westcott (4-3, 5.75) against right-hander Steve Hagen (3-3, 4.70). The game broadcast can be listened to through wcthunderbolts.com.

Chase Cunningham Tosses Eight Shutout Innings in Win

WASHINGTON, PA – The Washington Wild Things [22-17] defeated the Traverse City Beach Bums [17-22], 4-0 in the first game of their three-game series Tuesday night. The Wild Things returned home from a road trip in which they won both series, and remain near the top of the
Frontier League East Division standings at second in the division and hold down a wild card

Right-handed pitcher Chase Cunningham (5-0) got the start for the Washington Wild Things, going eight innings and allowing no runs on five hits while striking out four Beach Bums. Tuesday’s start was just another dominant performance by the potential Frontier League All-Star, who is yet to lose a decision this season. He is tied for third in the league in wins, with five, and fifth in the league in ERA at 2.64 through nine starts.

All of the scoring for the Wild Things happened relatively early in the game, as after a scoreless first inning, second basemen Kyle Reese hit a three-run home run to right field to score catcher Kyle Pollock and left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls to make the game 3-0 in favor of the Wild Things after two innings.

Washington scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning of a sacrifice fly to right field by Reese to score Peoples-Walls, and make it 4-0 Wild Things after four innings of work.

Washington only mustered three hits in the game, however the combination of Reese’s homerun and Cunningham’s dominant pitching performance allowed the lack of hits to not be an issue in the effort.

The Wild Things and Beach Bums play game two of the series tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28, at 7:05 p.m. at Wild Things Park. Brian O’Keefe, for Washington, will oppose Traverse City’s Augie.

Rascals Conclude Homestand With a 6-3 Victory

O’FALLON, Mo. – A passed ball with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning plated two and those stood to be the game-winning runs as the River City Rascals (20-20) raced past the Gateway Grizzlies (10-31) for a 6-3 victory Monday night at CarShield Field.

The victory ends the seven game homestand with a 3-4 record and the Rascals avoided being the team to snap the Grizzlies six game losing skid.

River City opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second as former Gateway Grizzly Brandon Thomas singled for the first of his three hits and then with two outs, scampered across the plate on a RBI double from Johnny Morales.

The Rascals would add one more in the frame against Grizzlies starter Alec Kisena via a RBI single from Taylor Love to give him his eighth RBI of the year and put his team up by a pair of runs.

The slim lead wouldn’t hold for long as the opponent loaded the bases with no outs in their next opportunity. However, Rascals starter Reese Gregory kept the Grizzlies bats at bay the rest of the inning and the only run that came into score was a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Matt Hearn.

In the top of the fourth, newly acquired Brian Lees tied the game up with a two out RBI double to score Evan Rogers and then two innings later a tough luck RBI groundout gave the Grizzlies their only lead of the game.

Gregory would be put right back in line for the win though as his centerfielder showed off his speed in the bottom of the sixth.

The bases were loaded with one out and after a pop out in foul territory that held all the runners on their respective bases, Kisena’s 0-1 pitch to Taylor Love went through the legs of his catcher, Lees, and when trying to retire Ludy who was coming in from third, Lees throw was errant and also allowed Brandon Thomas to race home to give the Rascals a 4-3 lead.

The lead would hold the rest of the night and the Rascals scored their fifth run thanks to a RBI fielder’s choice from Jason Merjano in the seventh and then a double steal in the eighth scored Thomas to finalize the scoring in the 6-3 game.

“I was just going to third and then saw the ball overthrown and Brook quickly gave me the green light so I didn’t hesitate and was able to score the run ,” Thomas said.

Reese Gregory earned his team leading fourth win of the year and his final line was seven innings, allowing three runs, earned, on six hits and struck out three.

“I went out there and did what I could to help out the squad,” Gregory said. “Gateway was able to get a few hits to take the lead but our offense has been hitting the ball hard lately and they helped me out in a well fought game.”

Nick Kennedy tossed the eighth and Cody Mincey secured the victory with his second save in as many days to send the Rascals on the road on a high note.

Offensively, the Rascals totaled 12 hits for the second day in a row and three players had a multi-hit game. Thomas had his first three hit game of the year and then Jimmy Kerrigan and Josh Ludy tallied a pair. Both of Ludy’s hits were doubles and Kerrigan also had a double.

River City continues their 2017 campaign with a three game road trip against the Western Division Leader Florence Freedom Tuesday night.

First pitch from UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky, is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

ThunderBolts Home Series Include 2-Dollar Ticket Tuesday, Win It Wednesday, and Wrestling Thursday

Tuesday, June 27 at 7:05 pm:  It is a $2 Tuesday! Tickets will be sold for only $2, including advanced sales, group tickets, and day of game! As always kids run the bases after every non-fireworks home game courtesy of Andy’s Frozen Custard. (10:35 AM games are NOT $2 Tuesdays.)

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:05 pm:  It’s “Win it Wednesday!”  When the ThunderBolts win, your ticket becomes a free voucher for any game during the 2017 season!  As always kids run the bases after every non-fireworks home game courtesy of Andy’s Frozen Custard. (10:35 AM games are NOT “Win it Wednesdays”)

Thursday, June 29 at 7:05 pm:  The Windy City ThunderBolts and Pro Wrestling Blitz are proud to bring back Wrestling Thursdays, presented by White Castle!  After the game Pro Wrestling Blitz will perform an all-ages 1-hour wrestling show behind home plate on the concourse.  As an added bonus, BOOKER T will make an appearance at this games. In addition to wrestling, it is also Bud Light Thirsty Thursday with $1.50 drafts all game long.  Ticket only gets you into the ballpark for the game and one-hour postgame show!  BOOKER T will be behind home plate signing autographs, taking pictures, and meeting his fans!  ($20 for a autograph OR picture, $30 for both, and $10 for each additional item after that)

More Affordable, Family, Fun This Week!

Tuesday, June 27 – Pride Night, Military Tuesday, Young Author’s Program

In honor of Pride Month, Tuesday’s game the Grizzlies will support the LGBT community in our first ever Pride Night! We will be giving away coolers, gift cards, t-shirts, and much more!

Enter promo code PRIDE online for $10 box seat tickets.

In addition, on Tuesday’s we honor those who have served in our armed forces. Anyone with a military ID will get free admission to Tuesday’s game.

Wednesday, June 28 – 25th Anniversary “A League of their Own” featuring Pregame Softball game between Women in Baseball and Illinois Die Hards Women

We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of “A League of their Own” with a softball game between Women in Baseball and Illinois Die Hards Women before the Grizzlies take the field! Come on out to the ballgame and enjoy a night out at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. Remember, there’s no crying in baseball!

Thursday, June 29 – Summer St. Patty’s Day, Budweiser Koozie Giveaway, DARE Program

We’re bringing St. Patrick to the Grizzlies this Thursday and celebrating his day! St. Patty will be handing out zipper koozies presented by Budweiser upon entrance into the game Thursday night. There will also be green beer being served and a postgame concert performed by a Celtic band. Come on down for the game and bring out your 4 leaf clovers to bring good luck to our Grizzlies!


ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in a comfortable ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.
ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is celebrating its 25th year 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. 

Upcoming Homestand Involves Several Promotions

Washington, Pa. – This week’s Wild Things’ homestand is full of fun at Wild Things Park starting on the first day Washington plays at home. Tuesday is Pup Patrol night at the ballpark, presented by Rachel Ray Nutrish. Bring your favorite four-legged friend with its vaccination papers for a night at the park. Each fan with a dog at the gate will receive a Wild Things’ puppy bandana. The fun picks up on Winner Wednesday, presented by the Pennsylvania lottery, while Thursday is Throwback and Thirsty Thursday again at Wild Things Park with special prices on beer. The weekend series against the Slammers starts with a free shirt Friday where the first 500 fans receive an American-themed shirt with a postgame fireworks display that will surely dazzle. On Saturday, not only do the first 500 fans receive a stove pip American hat, but there will be a hot dog eating contest open to fans for $10 with the winner taking home a cash prize. Sunday is Kids Day. The kids can run the bases as well as get autographs after the game. For more information on the Pre-Fourth weekend go to bit.ly/WT4thWeekend and for tickets, as always, go to washingtonwildthings.com or call the box office at 724-250-9555. You can also call now to enter into the hot dog eating contest. Do it fast, and be wild!

Slammers Play Three At Home This Week

JOLIET, Ill. — The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy host the Schaumburg Boomers at home this week, with game one set for Tuesday, May 27 at 7:05 pm.

Tuesday’s game is a $2 Tuesday with all reserved seat tickets starting at two dollars. In addition, it is Medical Appreciation Night. Fans working in the medical field can show their ID to enter to win prizes. Following the game, kids can run the bases presented by Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Prior to Tuesday’s game, the Slammers are also hosting a special event in conjunction with the Joliet Fire Department. A qualifying home run derby will begin at Slammers Stadium at 5:45 pm with Joliet firemen competing for the chance to play in the Frontier League Home Run Derby July 11. The derby will consist of 10-11 players competing in two-minute rounds. Gates will open early on Tuesday at 5:30 pm.

On Wednesday, the Slammers host their first Day Camp Day of the season at 10:05 am. Post-game, kids can run the bases.

Thursday, June 29 is a Thirsty Thursday presented by Bud Light. The night will featuring $2 Bud and Bud Light, along with $2 Pepsi products.

Tickets can be purchase by calling the Box Office at (815) 722-2287 or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Slammers Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is a 12-team league entering its 25th season of play in 2017.  Visit the Slammers online at www.jolietslammers.com or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jolietslammers or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!


First-Place Freedom Return Home Tuesday

FLORENCE, Ky. — The first-place Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, return home to UC Health Stadium this Tuesday through Thursday for the final home games before the mid-July All-Star break.

The Freedom sit at 27-12 overall after finishing a 5-1 road trip, including a sweep of the Gateway Grizzlies in the team’s most recent series. The Freedom sit up top of the Frontier League West Division by 5.5 games over the Evansville Otters.

This week, the River City Rascals (19-20) come to town on Tuesday before the team heads on the road from June 30 – July 9.

Games this week are all 7:05 p.m. starts. Tuesday and Wednesday nights’ games will highlight youth baseball in the area with the NKB players being recognized on the field.  Thirsty Thursday also returns this week, with $1 12-ounce cans of beer and $4 20-ounce crafts.

Check out a Florence Freedom game this weekend by visiting FlorenceFreedom.com. Freedom games are fun for the whole family and offer up-close seating, free parking and affordable concessions.

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 FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Otter Max Duval and Boomer Seth Spivey Named Pitcher and Player of the Week

SAUGET, Ill. – Otter Starting Pitcher Max Duval and Boomer First-Baseman Seth Spivey have been named Week 7 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.

Max Duval earns his first time honor as the Frontier League Pitcher of the Week. On June 20th, the Evansville Otters played host to the Gateway Grizzlies. Duval went seven innings while allowing only one earned-run, one walk, struck out nine and locked up the 6-3 win. On June 25th, the Otters hosted Southern Illinois as part of a double-header after a rainout on Friday. Max had another dominant outing by going seven innings while allowing one earned run. He walked three and struck-out ten. The righty took the win in game one of the double header with a score of 10-1.

The San Luis Obispo, California native is 5-2 with eight starts on the season. The outstanding starts last week dropped Duval’s ERA to 2.94 (5th overall) on the season. In fifty-two innings pitched (5th overall), he has sixty seven strikeouts (1st overall) and sixteen walks.

Duval has been in the Frontier League on and off since 2014. In 2014 and 2015, Duval had twenty-two total appearances between Schaumburg and the Frontier Greys. The Otters then welcomed him to their organization in 2016. Towards the end of the 2016 season, Max joined the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before coming back to the Otters at the beginning of the 2017 season.

Schaumburg Boomer Seth Spivey now earns his 3rd Player of the Week award this season (Week 2 and 6). The Boomers played host to the Windy City ThunderBolts and Washington Wild Things both in three game series last week.  The righty went 2-3 and scored one run, with a double and four RBIs on June 21st. However, his most noticeable game came against Windy City on June 22nd when the bats truly came alive for the Boomers. Spivey went 4-6 with a double, three runs scored and one run-batted-in when the Boomers won 20-5.

The Brenham, Texas native currently leads the Frontier League with a .443 batting average and forty-one runs-batted-in. Spivey has seven homeruns on the season. Spivey continues his leadership on the field with a 1.000 fielding percentage in one hundred and forty-five putouts and ten assists.

Spivey was with the Texas Rangers organization from 2014 to 2016. During his time in the minors, Spivey played for the Spokane Indians (Class A Short Season) and High Desert Mavericks (Class A Advanced). He posted a .261 batting average with a .369 slugging percentage.

Duval will look to get more starts on the week as the Otters (21-17, 2nd in West) will travel to Normal (20-19, 3rd in West) to take on the CornBelters. In the second series this week, the Otters will host first place Florence Freedom (27-12). With the Otters sweep of Gateway and 2-1 series win over Southern Illinois, the Otters have won nine out of their last fourteen.

The Schaumburg Boomers (28-11, 1st in East) will start their six-game road trip this week when they travel to Joliet (18-20 4th in East) and Lake Erie (16-23, 6th in East). After back to back sweeps two weeks ago against Normal and Gateway, Schaumburg is 3-3 of their last 6 as they went 2-1 versus Windy City and 1-2 versus Washington.


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.


Freedom Slug Way To Sweep Sunday

SAUGET, Ill. — The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, rode early momentum to a 10-6 victory over the Gateway Grizzlies on Sunday night at GCS Ballpark, sweeping a three-game series from Gateway for the second time this season.

Two walks and a throwing error by Grizzlies (10-30) starter Ja’Vaun West (1-4) in the top of the first inning gifted the Freedom (27-12) the game’s first run, and Collins Cuthrell added a sacrifice fly to grant Marty Anderson (6-1) a 2-0 lead before the left-hander took the mound.

After Gateway retaliated with a Chase Simmons RBI-single in the second, the Freedom re-extended their lead in the third on a RBI-double off the left field wall by Jose Brizuela and a two-run homer by Andre Mercurio. The Grizzlies would not come closer than within three runs of Florence for the remainder of the evening.

Brizuela and Taylor Oldham led the Freedom with three hits each, while the latter also drove in two runs and scored three times. Austin Wobrock went 1-for-4 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, while Daniel Fraga went 0-for-2 with three walks, halting his team-best hitting streak at 12 games. Garrett Vail homered in the ninth inning off reliever Kyle Uhrich, giving Vail his third home run in four games, and his fifth of the season.

The Freedom’s offensive attack handed West a season-high nine runs (eight earned) in just his second start of the season. The right-hander struck out six, but allowed eight hits and four walks over a laborious six innings.

Anderson moved into a tie for the Frontier League lead with his sixth win, pitching five and two-thirds innings and striking out a season-high eight batters.

The Freedom will next open a three-game series at home against the River City Rascals on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at UC Health Stadium. Jordan Kraus (5-3) will start for Florence against River City’s Ryan Smith (0-0).

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 FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Otters Win Series, Split Doubleheader With Miners

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Southern Illinois Miners and Evansville Otters split the doubleheader Sunday at Bosse Field, with Evansville winning 10-1 in game one before Southern Illinois avoided the sweep by beating the Otters 5-0 in the series finale in front of 1,782.

In game one, Jeff Gardner led the way with two two-run home runs. Gardner finished 2 for 3 with three runs and five RBIs.

Evansville scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the first against Southern Illinois starter Ethan Gibbons.

A Gibbons’ wild pitch allowed Dane Phillips to score, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead. John Schultz’s RBI double scored Alejandro Segovia, extending the advantage to 2-0.

That’s when Gardner hit his first home run of the game, giving Evansville a 4-0 lead.

After both teams went scoreless in the second, Evansville put the game away with a three-run third.

Gardner’s second homer made the score 6-0 and an error later in the frame allowed Kolten Yamaguchi to score.

Nick Walker’s RBI double in the fifth made it 8-1. Schultz’s RBI single and Gardner’s fielder’s choice in the sixth capped the scoring in game one.

Max Duval continued his stellar pitching for the Otters, earning victory with his seven-inning complete game performance. He gave up an earned run off three hits and struck out 10.

Gibbons took the loss, surrendering six earned runs off 10 hits.

Along with Gardner, Schultz shined offensively after going 3 for 4 with two runs and two RBIs. He is a hit shy of 400 for his career with the Otters.

In game two, Southern Illinois opened the game by scoring once in the first and second before putting together a three-run third against Evansville starter Diego Ibarra.

Miner Tyler Stubblefield earned the victory with his complete-game shutout. He gave up just four hits and struck out 10.

Ibarra took the loss for Evansville, going four innings and giving up four earned runs off seven hits.

Yamaguchi had two of Evansville’s four hits in game two as he finished 2 for 3. Josh Allen went 1 for 2 and Phillips was 1 for 3.

The Otters will travel to Normal to play the CornBelters in a doubleheader Tuesday at 2:35 p.m. The series finale is Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on 91.5 FM WUEV with Lucas Corley on the call.

Evansville will return to Bosse Field for Edward Jones Night Friday at 6:35 p.m. The game will feature a postgame fireworks show and tickets are still available at evansvilleotters.com or by calling 812-435-8686.

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 evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.