Phillips’ homer the difference in rain-shortened Otters win

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Thanks to quality starting pitching by Tyler Beardsley and a home run by Dakota Phillips, the Evansville Otters did just enough in a rain-shortened five and half innings to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 3-2 Sunday.

Sunday’s win gave Evansville back-to-back series wins against Schaumburg.

The Boomers struck first for the second time this series in the first inning. Julio Gonzalez led off with a single and scored on an RBI single from Dylan Jones.

In the top of the third, Jimmy Galusky hit a solo homerun over the left field wall to extend the Schaumburg lead to two.

The Otters were able to respond and get on the board in the bottom of the third with a Keith Grieshaber two-run RBI single that scored Justin Erby and J.J. Gould to even the game at two.

In the bottom of the fourth, Dakota Phillips hit his fifth home run of the season when he smacked a solo shot to dead centerfield to give the Otters a 3-2 lead.

Rain came pouring down on Bosse Field in the bottom of the sixth, causing a rain delay. The game was later officially called, giving the Otters a 3-2 victory.

In a spot start, Devin Rose allowed all three Otters runs – two earned – as he pitched four innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He was credited with the loss.

Tyler Beardsley was credited with the win, tossing six innings, surrendering two runs on five hits. He bookends the homestand that resulted in wins for the Otters, as they were able to win both series against the Boomers and the Windy City Thunderbolts with a 4-2 record in six games.

The Otters will hit the road next week traveling to Washington, Pa. for a three-game set with the Washington Wild Things. First pitch from Wild Things Park will be at 6:05 p.m. with Dave Nguyen on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

The Otters will return home to Bosse Field June 25 for a six-game homestand against the Schaumburg Boomers and River City Rascals.

Highlighted promotions for that homestand include $2 Tuesday, Deaconess Strike Out Stroke Night, 14 WFIE and Bud Light Thirsty Thursday, Holly’s House and Deaconess Women’s Hospital Night, Deaconess Employee Night and Princess Night with postgame fireworks, and Sunday’s series finale presented by North American Light, an Indiana Tool Plant.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Wild Things Pitch Their Way to Win, Get Two RBI from Cameron Baranek to Complete Sweep

JOLIET, Il. (June 16) – With an opportunity to earn a sweep for the first time in the 2019 season Sunday, the Wild Things did not disappoint, as they took the finale at Joliet 4-2, behind great pitching for the third-straight night.
The teams traded solo home runs in the second inning to open the scoring at DuPage Medical Group Field. Left fielder JJ Fernandez hit a one-out blast for his fifth of the season and 20th RBI. Harrison Bragg, the Slammers’ third baseman, led off the second with his first in a Joliet uniform.
The game would only be tied until the fourth inning, when the Wild Things loaded the bases with nobody out. Right fielder Cameron Baranek’s sac fly for the first out made it 2-1 Wild Things, but that was all the Things would get in the frame. They’d add a run on a Baranek fielder’s choice in the sixth to lead 3-1.
Nick Wegmann (2-3) got the win, after tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball. He exited in the fifth with runners on first and third and one out in favor of reliever James Meeker, who struck out Bragg for the second out and on the same pitch, Riley Krane was caught stealing for the third out, as he came up off the bag after being safe and was tagged out to end the threat for the Slammers.
Meeker tossed a scoreless seventh and struck out three (four total in his outing) before the Wild Things added a run on a single scoring Fernandez, who was on base all four times he came to the plate, in the eighth by Drew Bene, Washington’s catcher. That made it 4-1.
Joliet got a run on a flare to center by Harrison Bragg in the eighth it make it 4-2. Then Zach Strecker slammed the door in the ninth, earning his fifth save of the year in the process. Strecker has not been scored upon in 20.2 career innings against Joliet, including the postseason.
The Wild Things, who have now won three in a row for the first time in 2019, turn their attention to a three-game homestand and week-day series with the Evansville Otters. The series opener between the cross-division foes will take place Tuesday at Wild Things Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS
The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

FREEDOM STIFLE CRUSHERS TO SETUP RUBBER MATCH

Brandon Pugh powers Florence with two-run shot, Castellani hurls eight shut-out frames

FLORENCE, Ky: After seeing their six-game winning streak snapped on Friday, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, returned to their winning ways in a, 2-0, blanking of the Lake Erie Crushers on Saturday night at UC Health Stadium.

The Freedom (20-11) notched the only scoring play of the night in the bottom of the second, when Brandon Pugh sent a Dylan Mouzakes (2-2) fastball over the wall in left-center, his two-run shot plating Tyler Reichenborn who singled to lead-off the frame. The round-tripper was the first of the season for Pugh, who now has seven RBI as Florence took their first and only lead of the night, 2-0, over Lake Erie (16-15).

Southpaw, Mike Castellani (4-1) was spectacular on the hill again, spanning eight innings for the second straight outing, all shut-out frames. The Crushers would scatter seven hits on the way to the shut-out defeat, striking out five times versus the lefty. Castellani has now allowed just one earned run over his last sixteen innings on the bump, and has four quality starts in six outings.

Crushers starter, Mouzakes would take the tough-luck loss, tossing a quality start himself with a final line that featured 7 innings of work and six hits that led to two earned runs with one walk an no strikeouts. Augie Gallardo would take the ball in the eighth, facing the minimum while tallying the only strikeout of a Freedom player all night.

Johnathon Tripp landed save number five on the year, facing the minimum over his lone inning of work in the top of the ninth, preserving the two-run victory.

These two teams will square off one final time on Sunday evening at UC Health Stadium. Florence will trot-out their ace right-hander, Tyler Gibson (3-1, 2.47 ERA) opposite righty, Alex Romero (2-0, 2.88 ERA) of the Crushers with first pitch slated for 5:35 p.m. on Father’s Day.

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

MINERS TAKE DOWN RASCALS FOR FIFTH STRAIGHT WIN

Southern Illinois takes series at home, will bid for homestand sweep Sunday

Marion, IL (June 15, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners kept up their winning ways on Saturday at Rent One Park, beating the River City Rascals 4-3 to take their fifth straight victory and seventh in their last eight games overall while improving to 12-2 at home this season.

It did not begin well for the Miners or rookie starter Greg Marino, who was making his professional debut. The tall right-hander hit J.D. Hearn leading off the first inning and two batters later walked Kameron Esthay before Braxton Martinez snuck a double inside the right field line for a 1-0 River City lead. Nolan Meadows followed with a two-run double to right field and the Rascals had a 3-0 advantage, but Marino struck out two to hold the line there.

The Miners had runners on base all night against River City starter Travis McQueen, however, as they began their comeback in the bottom of the second inning. Jarrod Watkins singled to lead off and later in the frame was driven in by Bryant Flete on a single to make it a 3-1 game. They were then able to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning when Flete smacked a one-out double down the right field line followed by an Anthony Jimenez walk and Gianfranco Wawoe single to load the bases. Stephen Lohr brought in a run with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and Kyle Davis followed by rocking a double to left-center field which tied the score at 3-3.

With Marino (1-0) settling in to keep the Rascals at bay on the mound, Southern Illinois took the lead for good in the fifth against reliever Kyle Fimbrez. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Joe Duncan and Flete both singled, and Jimenez reached on an infield hit to the right side, with Duncan hustling all the way from second base to score the go-ahead run and make it 4-3 Miners.

The Miners’ bullpen then made the lead stand up, with scoreless innings from Heath RenzBenjamin DumJordan Brink and Gabe Gentner polishing off the series-clinching victory. Gentner recorded his fourth save in the contest, and Marino earned the victory in his pro debut by lasting five innings and holding the Rascals off the board after their three-run rally in the first inning, walking four and striking out five.

The Miners will now go for a perfect homestand on Sunday in the series finale and look to sweep the Rascals at 5:05 p.m. at Rent One Park, sending Marty Anderson to the hill against a Rascals starter yet to be announced.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. 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 their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Bolts win second straight from Grizzlies

SAUGET, IL – Cole Bellair allowed one run over five innings in his first professional start and got the win as the ThunderBolts beat the Gateway Grizzlies for the second straight night, 5-1 at GCS Credit Union Ballpark Saturday night.

After trailing 6-0 in the first inning on Friday, the Grizzlies (14-18) struck with an early run on Saturday. Brent Sakurai singled and scored on a Connor Owings base hit. The Grizzlies had three hits in the first inning but were held to only four the rest of the game.

The ThunderBolts (16-16) tied the score in the third inning when Brynn Martinez doubled and Tyler Straub singled him in.

The next inning, Jordan Barrett walked the bases loaded and Jordan Swiss gave the ThunderBolts the lead with an RBI groundout. Barrett walked four in the inning but left the bases loaded and kept the game close.

Connor Mayes maintained the ThunderBolt lead with three perfect innings of relief and the offense added some late insurance. Straub and Manuel Mesa both singled and a throwing error on a Mesa stolen base allowed Straub to score. Mesa scored on a sacrifice fly.

In the ninth, Swiss reached on an error and Brett Coffel doubled him to third. Tyler Alamo’s sacrifice fly made the score 5-1.

Bellair struck out four and did not issue a walk over his five innings for the win and Barrett, despite walking six, allowed only two runs over six innings to take the loss.

The ThunderBolts, who have clinched at least a .500 road trip, will go for the sweep of Gateway on Sunday evening. Austin Jones (1-1, 3.91) gets the start for Windy City against the Grizzlies’ Chris Carden (3-1, 4.93). First pitch from GCS Credit Union Ballpark is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV, 88.3 FM and wxav.com.

 

Otters win a wild game, defeating the Boomers 7-6

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In a game that had a total of 13 runs, 24 hits, and four errors, the Evansville Otters defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 7-6 Saturday night to even the weekend series, capping off the Otters’ 25th Anniversary Season Celebration Night.

The entire game can be described as a roller coaster ride, with many ups and downs.

The Otters jumped out to a two-run lead after an RBI double from Ryan Long and an RBI single by Dakota Phillips in the bottom of the first inning.

Following a quiet second and third innings, Schaumburg’s Julio Gonzalez hit an RBI double to give the Boomers their first run of the game in the top of the fourth. He scored on an error from Carlos Castro, as a ground ball rolled under his glove on a ball hit by Connor Oliver, tying the score at two.

In the fifth, Schaumburg’s Dylan Jones, who hit a two-run homer on Friday night, jacked a solo blast to lead off the fifth, giving the Boomers a 3-2 lead.

After Jimmy Galusky singled, Otters rookie left-hander Jacquis Pacheu, making his first professional start, was pulled after striking out catcher Nick Oddo. He finished with a no-decision, throwing 4.1 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on nine hits and four strikeouts.

Otters reliever Chris Cepeda entered the game and gave up a two-run home run to Clint Hardy, giving the Boomers a 5-2 lead.

The Otters were able to respond in the bottom half of the inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Dakota Phillips hit a ground ball down the first base line. Boomers starter Aaron Rozek threw the ball over the head of first baseman Wilkyns Jimenez, allowing all three runs to score and Phillips advancing to second. He was credited with a single, advancing to second on the error, as the Otters were able to tie the game at five.

Rozek went five innings, allowing six runs – five earned – on nine hits and three walks, taking a no-decision.

Rob Calabrese roped an RBI double to the wall in left-centerfield to give the Otters a 6-5 lead.

Schaumburg responded in the top of the sixth as Galuksy’s RBI double scored Jack Parenty to tie the game at six in the sixth.

Cepeda was pulled for Taylor Wright, who shut the Boomers down in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.

In the bottom of the eighth, Justin Erby led off by reaching on an error by Schaumburg shortstop Alex Polston. Erby was hurt on the play, causing Hunter Cullen to enter the game as a pinch-runner.

A sacrifice bunt by Meggs moved Cullen to second, and a groundout by Cronin advanced him to third.

Keith Grieshaber forced a walk to put runners on the corners for the Otters.

Ryan Long then hit a ground ball to Jimenez at first, but his throw to pitcher Jake Cousins was not in time. It was ruled an error on Jimenez, allowing Cullen to touch home plate, giving the Otters a 7-6 lead.

Danny Hrbek retired the Boomers in order in the ninth, including a strikeout to Clint Hardy, earning his fourth save of the season.

Wright recorded the win for the Otters, finishing 2.2 innings scoreless in relief.

Cousins took the loss, giving up the one unearned run.

The rubber match of this series will be on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Bosse Field. Broadcast coverage can be heard on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube or on the radio at 91.5 FM with Dave Nguyen with the play-by-play and Bill McKeon as the analyst.

Tyler Beardsley will take the mound for the Otters, while Gunnar Kines will be on the hill for the Boomers.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

Sunday’s series finale will be presented by WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

FREEDOM CAPTURE SERIES VICTORY AGAINST BOOMERS

Frank Valentino allows one hit on the way to third win, fifth quality start

FLORENCE, Ky. — In the middle game between two first-place teams in their respective divisions, the Florence Freedom presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, captured the series victory against the Schaumburg Boomers with a, 7-1, win on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium.

Florence (18-10) would score at-least one run in their first four at-bats, jumping in front, 1-0, in the bottom of the first when Tyler Reichenborn laced an RBI-single to center off Boomers (16-13) starter, Connor Reed (2-2), scoring Caleb Lopes from second. The Freedom would add three more in the second frame, getting a lead-off single from Jackson Pritchard that set-up a two-run shot from Connor Crane. The team leader in big-flies, Crane has now circled the bases five times on the young season. Not done scoring in the second, Luis Pintor stroked a single two batters after the homer and came around to score when Lopes followed with a two-bagger to left.

Injured on the pitch to Lopes, Reed would exit after 1.2 innings with an apparent elbow injury, replaced on the hill by right-hander, Devin Rose. Reed would allow four earned runs on six hits over his abbreviated start.

Now in front, 4-0, the Freedom continued hitting in the home side of the third, Crane again producing the RBI with a sacrifice-fly to center, plating Mike Gulino who led-off the frame with a single. Gulino was bunted to second by Brandon Pugh before stealing third base to setup the sacrifice. The RBI was number 21 on the year for Crane, who leads the club in that category. Leading, 5-0, in the bottom of the fourth, the home team would plate their final pair of runs for the game, getting a second run-scoring single from Reichenborn ahead of a Pugh sacrifice-fly as the game became a seven-run affair.

With a no-hitter still intact in the top of the fifth, Florence starter, Frank Valentino (3-2) would issue a lead-off walk to Julio Gonzalez before seeing his bid for history fall short, Rayden Sierra shooting a line-drive to right that put runners on the corners. Dylan Jones would make the walk hurt, lifting a sacrifice-fly of his own as the score moved to, 7-1, the eventual final.

Masterful on the mound again, Valentino would span seven one-run innings before handing the ball to John LaRossa to finish the final two frames. The right-hander would allow just the Sierra single and added 8 strikeouts to push his team-leading total to 43. LaRossa worked quick in relief, adding a pair of strikeouts himself on the way to slamming the door on the six-run, series clinching victory. The Freedom have now won five-straight games as their longest winning streak of the season continues.

These two teams will square off one more time on Thursday in the finale of this East vs. West showdown of first-place teams. The Freedom will look for their second consecutive sweep, handing the ball to right-hander, Dan Williams who makes his Freedom debut on the bump. Schaumburg will counter with righty, Erik Martinez with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

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

CUNNINGHAM DOMINATES AS MINERS BEAT WILD THINGS

Southern Illinois right-hander wins first start against his former team

Marion, IL (June 12, 2019) – The Southern Illinois Miners got a dominant start on the mound from right-hander Chase Cunningham, who threw seven innings of two-run ball to lead his new team over his former team in the Washington Wild Things by a final score of 3-2 at Rent One Park on Wednesday night.

Cunningham (4-2) was in command from the beginning of the game, his first start against Washington after pitching there for the last three seasons. The Wild Things got just two singles and one walk off of him in the first six innings of the game, during which the Miners built up a three-run lead. Arturo Nieto began the scoring by leading off the third inning with a solo home run off Washington starter A.J. Bogucki (0-1), his first in a Miners uniform, to make it 1-0.

Then, in the fifth, Nieto led off with a single, and after Bryant Flete singled to move him to third base, Gianfranco Wawoe knocked an RBI single into left field to make it 2-0. Stephen Lohr then singled to left field as well, with a throwing error on Cameron Baranek allowing Flete to score and make it a 3-0 lead for Southern Illinois.

Washington trailed by that 3-0 margin until the seventh inning, when after Hector Roa singled, Mikael Mogues hit a two-run home run two batters later to slice the Miners’ lead to one run. But the visitors got no closer- after Cunningham finished the frame, Andrew Bernstein and Jordan Brink capped the win with two scoreless relief innings and five total strikeouts, with Brink notching his third save of the year by striking out the side.

Flete enjoyed his second-straight three-hit night for the Miners, while Nieto finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Cunningham allowed just two runs on four hits with one walk and nine strikeouts, with the latter total tying his career-high in what became his fourth-straight win on the mound for the Miners.

With the victory, coupled by losses by Evansville and River City earlier in the day, Southern Illinois also elevated themselves to second place in the Frontier League’s West Division standings, and clinched the home series over the Wild Things while improving their overall record to 16-12. They will go for the three-game sweep of Washington on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m., with Austin Dubsky taking the ball for the Miners against the Wild Things’ Michael Austin.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. 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 their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

ThunderBolts even series with 3-1 win

EVANSVILLE, IN – Trey Fulton’s two-run single in the seventh inning backed up a strong pitching performance from Chris Washington as the ThunderBolts beat the Evansville Otters 3-1 at Bosse Field Wednesday afternoon.

Evansville (16-13) took an early lead when Carlos Castro hit a leadoff triple in the second inning. He was still at third base two outs later but Mike Rizzitello rolled a single to left field to put the Otters ahead 1-0.

Shane Carrier tied up the score in the fifth. He hit a solo home run, his fourth of the year to make it 1-1.

That remained the score as Washington and Tyler Vail traded zeroes. Washington ran into trouble when Evansville loaded the bases in the fifth inning but he got Castro to ground out, ending the threat.

The ThunderBolts (14-15) put their first two batters on base in the seventh inning on a walk and a hit batter, but after a sacrifice bunt and a fielder’s choice, they had two outs and no runs on the board. That’s when Fulton grounded a 2-2 pitch inside the third base line to score two runs and put the ThunderBolts on top for the first time.

After Washington departed following the sixth inning, Joel Toribio, Colby Blueberg and Dylan Prohoroff each threw a scoreless inning to lock down the win.

Washington (1-3) picked up his first win with his fourth straight quality start. He allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Vail (1-2) allowed three runs in 6.2 innings and took the loss. Prohoroff’s perfect ninth inning moved him into the league lead with seven saves.

The rubber match of Windy City and Evansville’s three-game series is set for Thursday night. The Bolts send Kenny Mathews (1-2, 3.71) to the mound against Evansville’s Jake Welch (0-1, 3.49). First pitch from Bosse Field is scheduled for 6:35 CDT and the broadcast can be heard through wcthunderbolts.com.

BIG INNING PUSHES GRIZZLIES TO SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

SAUGET, Ill. — Shawon Dunston Jr. drove a three-run home run over the right-field wall in the fifth inning Wednesday to give the Gateway Grizzlies the lead and Connor Owings followed with a two-run shot later in the frame to push the Grizzlies to a 7-3 win over the River City Rascals at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (14-15) has won back-to-back games and five of its last six; the Grizzlies have won back-to-back series for the first time since May 16.

River City (16-13) scored in the top of the first inning for the second game in a row. Jamey Smart grounded an RBI single through the right side of the infield to answer for the Grizzlies in the home half, but the Rascals took the lead back with another run in the second.

The 2-1 Rascals lead held until Dunston Jr. and Owings launched their fifth-inning home runs. Dunston Jr.’s was his third of the season and Owings’ was his team-leading fifth big fly and second in his last two games. His RBI total reached 23, second in the Frontier League and best on the team. Smart is close behind with 22 batted in, fourth-most in the league.

Cody Luther (2-1) earned his second straight win. He allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings and struck out five.

Patrick Boyle, Geoff Bramblett, Jason Seever, and Dakota Smith combined to toss 3 2/3 scoreless innings out of the Grizzlies’ bullpen. Grizzlies pitchers have allowed only six earned runs over their last six games.

Brent Sakurai extended his team-best hitting streak to 13 games.

Gateway will try for its first sweep of 2019 in the finale Thursday against River City at 7:05 p.m. CDT at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

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 gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is 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 10 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.

MITCH HOUSE FORMER CHILLICOTHE PAINT INFILDER THE LATEST HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductions will move to Kentucky, as former Chilicothe Paint Mitch House will be the newest inductee inaugurated into the Frontier League Hall of Fame. This will be the second stop for the enshrinement of the 6th Hall of Fame Class in 2019.

Mitch House began his professional career after being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1990 draft in the 4th round. After six seasons in the Pirates organization, the right-handed power hitter signed with the Chilicothe Paints at the beginning of the 1996 season.

In Mitch House’s three seasons with the Paints, he totaled a .300 batting average, 181 RBI, 50 home runs, 232 hits and .997 OPS in 773 at-bats across 225 games. Until he retired after the 1998 season Mitch was a formidable hitter in Chilicothe’s lineup.

Fellow Frontier League Hall of Famer and former Chilicothe Paint owner, Chris Hanners, described House as, “an extremely strong and versatile player during his years with the Paints. He and Frontier League Hall of Famers Scott Pinoni and Gator McBride made up arguably the strongest 3-4-5 hitters in one line-up League history.”

All three years House made the Post-Season All-Star team, two at third base and one at first. House’s 1996 season, and his first in the Frontier League, saw him lead the league in hits, home runs, and RBI.

House’s numbers recognized him as a Frontier League great, but his work ethic and competitiveness helped earn himself a spot in the League Hall of Fame. “He was an incredible combo of power hitter and great fielder, but above all else he was his fierce competitiveness.” Are some words former broadcasters of the Chilicothe Paints, Kevin Rouch, in regards to Mitch House.

“How much he loved the game, loved to play, and loved to compete,” former Paints coach Marty Dunn said of House’s personality. “He played hard no matter what.”

“I am truly honored to join my teammates and the other Hall of Famers of this great league.” Mitch expressed about his induction into the league.

The induction ceremony will take place this Sunday, June 16, at UC Health Stadium before the Freedom takes on the Lake Erie Crushers at 5:35 PM ET. With the gates opening at 4:35 PM ET , the ceremony will be set to start at 5:05 PM ET.

For more information and to purchase tickets, head over to florencefreedom.com.

FREEDOM OUTLAST BOOMERS IN EXTRA INNING CLASSIC

Mike Gulino delivers walk-off single in the twelfth

FLORENCE, Ky– In game one of a three-game mid-week set between two teams leading their respective divisions, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, emerged, 3-2, in a twelve inning slobber-knocker at UC Health Stadium on Tuesday night.

Stalemated at, 2-2, with one out in the bottom of the twelfth, Mike Gulino stepped up to the plate to face Boomers (16-12) reliever, Connor Eller (3-1) with Tyler Reichenborn standing at second as the Freedom (17-10) International Tie-Breaker runner. For the second time in as many games, Gulino delivered the game winning-hit, scorching a single to left that scored Reichenborn after a play at the plate, and gave Florence the walk-off, 3-2, victory. Following two more stellar innings of relief from Freedom closer, Johnathon Tripp (3-1) in the eleventh and twelfth, it was the right-hander who walked away with his third win of the season, adding four strikeouts while fanning the side in the twelfth.

Schaumburg started the scoring in the top of the second, plating a run on three hits with the RBI going to Julio Gonzalez on a fielder’s choice that plated Nick Oddo.

Florence would answer in the bottom of the fourth, Reichenborn delivering a sacrifice-fly off Boomers starter, Gunnar Kines that scored Luis Pintor, who worked a walk three batters previous. The RBI was the first for the 20 year old rookie who signed with the Freedom earlier in the afternoon. The Bonita Springs, Fl native would be involved in every run Florence scored during his professional debut, and would even throw a runner out at the plate to preserve a tie in the top of the eleventh.

The Boomers again jumped in front in the seventh, Jack Parenty plating Connor Oliver with a triple to push the visitors ahead, 2-1. The run would be the final allowed by Freedom starter, Tyler Gibson, who walked away with a no-decision despite twirling his fourth quality start in six chances. The right-hander was pulled in favor of Ryan Mordecai after the three-bagger, needing one out to end the inning. Mordecai responded, striking out Rayden Sierra to close the Gibson line at 6.2 innings, two earned runs allowed on seven Schaumburg hits, with four whiffs and a walk.

Tying the score in their next at-bat, it was reigning Frontier League Player of the Week, Ricky Ramirez Jr., who dropped a pinch-hit single to right-center, scoring Reichenborn who walked and was bunted to second as the score reached, 2-2 after seven. Jake Cousins surrendered the knock, but the run was charged to Kines, closing his line at 6.1 innings, four hits leading to two earned runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. Kines would take the no-decision in the quality start.

Six pitchers would appear for both teams combined over the next four innings, each team trading shut-out frames, including the eleventh inning when the International Tie-Breaker rule first took effect.

The Freedom and Boomers will square-off for round two on Wednesday, with right-hander, Frank Valentino (2-2) toeing the slab for Florence opposite, southpaw Connor Reed for Schaumburg. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. at UC Health Stadium.

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

Long propels Otters to comeback win in the eighth

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With the Evansville Otters down 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday, Ryan Long propelled the Otters ahead with a go-ahead triple, as the Otters came from behind to defeat the Windy City Thunderbolts 3-1.

Tuesday’s win was Evansville’s first come from behind win when trailing in the eighth inning or later since May 19.

On that Sunday in May, Ryan Long tied the game in the eighth and won it in the ninth against the Florence Freedom at Bosse Field.

On Tuesday, the Thunderbolts jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double from Trey Fulton, scoring Tyler Alamo who led off with a walk.

That would be the only run Otters starting pitcher Tyler Beardsley allowed in his seven innings of work. He struck out a season high eight batters, keeping his team in the game.

A key sequence happened in the top of the fifth, as the Thunderbolts had the bases loaded with one out. Remaining calm on the mound, Beardsley was able to get Windy City’s RBI leader Dash Winningham to ground into a 1-2-3 double play.

Windy City starter Austin Jones was able to keep the Otters offense in check, throwing six shutout innings, tossing eight strikeouts and allowing four hits.

Heading into the eighth, the Otters had four runners left on base, including a second inning where Rob Calabrese and Dakota Phillips hit back to back singles with no outs, and were ultimately left stranded.

With two outs, David Cronin worked a walk, which was followed by a hit-by-pitch to Keith Grieshaber.

Heading into the at-bat, Long was 0-3 in the game. He ripped a first-pitch fastball to right-centerfield that rolled all the way to the wall, knocking in his 20thand 21st RBIs of the season. Long would also come around to score on the play as an insurance as a throwing error allowed Long to continue home.

Otters reliever Taylor Wright came in from the bullpen in the ninth to try to seal the win, but Windy City put up one last effort.

Windy City catcher Trey Fulton led off the inning, hitting a ball deep down the left field line. It was initially ruled a home run on the field but was deemed foul. Fulton would get on base with a single.

Then after a walk by Blair Beck, Otters first baseman Carlos Castro was able to make a strong throw to third to get Fulton out on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brynn Martinez.

Wright then locked in to get a strikeout and a groundout to close out the game for a save.

Otters reliever Chris Cepeda picked up the win, pitching a clean top half of the eighth.

The Otters and Thunderbolts will square off again Wednesday afternoon at Bosse Field, with Evansville’s Tyler Vail and Windy City’s Chris Washington on the hill tomorrow.

First pitch will be at 12:05 p.m. and can be heard on the radio at 91.5 FM WUEV with Dave Nguyen on the play-by-play and Bill McKeon as the analyst.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

Wednesday will be Splash Day, where fun water activities will be available for kids of all ages. It will be followed by Working Distributors Bud Light Thirsty Thursday.

To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686. 

GRIZZLIES COME BACK, BEAT RASCALS IN OPENER

SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies trailed 3-0 in the first inning Tuesday night, but they rallied for five unanswered runs en route to a 5-4 victory over the River City Rascals at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (13-15) earned its fourth win in its last five games; the Grizzlies’ only loss in that span was a ninth-inning heartbreaket Sunday at Windy City.

After the Rascals (16-12) scored three runs on only one hit in the top of the first inning, the Grizzlies bounced back with two runs in the third on a Jamey Smart RBI groundout and Connor Owings RBI single, the latter with two outs.

Gateway tied the game on a Brent Sakurai RBI single with two outs in the fourth and took the lead in the fifth when Ryan Kirby bounced into a double play that scored Smart.

Chris Carden (3-1) picked up the victory, his third win in four home starts, over 5 2/3 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out seven.

Owings added a solo home run in the seventh for what proved to be the Grizzlies’ winning run. The blast was his fourth of the season and tied him with Luke Lowery and Andrew Daniel for the team lead. Owings and Smart are Gateway’s co-leader with 21 RBIs, a total that ranks third in the Frontier League.

Sakurai extended his team-best 12-game hitting streak with two singles, a run, his sixth steal of the year, and the aforementioned RBI — his 16th.

River City scored an unearned run with two outs in the ninth and threatened further with the potential tying run at first base, but Grant Black locked down his sixth save of the season in eight chances. Tuesday marked Black’s fourth appearance in the Grizzlies’ last five games, which have been spread over the last six days. He has pitched in 16 — 57.1 percent — of the Grizzlies’ 28 games.

Gateway and River City are scheduled to meet again at 11:35 a.m. CDT in game two of their three-game series and the only regular-season day game at GCS Credit Union Ballpark in 2019. Cody Luther is the Grizzlies’ probable pitcher.

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 gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000.

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is 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 10 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.

JOLIET, IL —SLAMMERS WALK OFF IN 9TH TO BEAT CRUSHERS 3-2

The Crushers would strike first after Steven Kraft reached base via an error, stole 2nd, then moved to 3rd on a wild pitch. Kraft would then score after Zach Racusin hit a double down into right field corner, giving the Crushers a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st. The run would not be charged to Keegan Long.

The Slammers would promptly answer the Crushers with a run of their own in the bottom half of the 1st inning. London Lindley roped a leadoff triple to right field, he then scored on an RBI ground out from Riley Krane.

The Slammers would add another run in the bottom of the 4th inning. Jared Morello reached base via a 1-out walk, stole 2nd, and moved to 3rd on a wild pitch. He then scored after the Crushers 3rd basemen bobbled a ground-ball hit by London Lindley.

In the top of the 7th, after being held scoreless the previous 5 innings, the Crushers scored thanks to an RBI triple from Bodie Bryan. The triple would be the end of Keegan Long’s night—Mario Samuel came on in relief and managed to keep the game tied at 2.

London Lindley lead off the bottom of the 9th with a leadoff infield single, he then moved to 3rd after Riley Krane followed him with a single of his own. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam dropped in a bloop single over the drawn in infield to win the game in the 9th.

Both teams were recipients of great outings from their starting pitchers—each of which get a no decision. For the Crushers, Alex Romero struck out 7, allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, with only 1 of the runs being earned. Keegan Long struck out 5, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, with only 1 of the runs being earned.

With the win, the Slammers move to 11-17, while the Crushers fall below .500 with a record of 13-14. The winning pitcher in tonight’s game is Ryan Koziol, the loss goes to Kent Hasler. Game 2 of the series will be Wednesday, June 12 at 7:05 p.m.

Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is: Ridge Hoopii-Haslam (2-5 1 RBI)

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online atwww.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!