Evansville’s Medick and Florence’s Ewing Named Pitcher and Player of the Week Award Winners

Evansville Otters pitcher Spencer Medick and Florence Freedom position player Skyler Ewing were named Frontier League Pitcher and Players of the Week, as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

 

Spencer Medick comes to the Evansville Otters after having spent time with the Joliet Slammers and Southern Illinois Miners. Medick earned his honors this week after getting a no decision in his lone start, where he went 7.0 innings allowing only two hits and striking out nine.

 

Medick was the first overall pick in the 2014 Frontier League by the Frontier Greys. During spring training that season Medick was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Arlington, VA native has a career record of 13-8 with a 4.01 earned run average. He has made 28 starts in his 47 appearances striking out 129 over 188.1 innings pitched.

 

Skyler Ewing who comes to Florence after spending the beginning of the year in Jupiter with the Miami Marlins organization. Ewing earned his honor after going 7-14 over the last three games. Ewing also had three homeruns and nine runs batted in and six runs scored.

 

Ewing was drafted in the 6th round of the 2014 draft by the San Francisco Giants. He Arlington, TX native has posted a .242 batting average in 1378 at bats in his career. Ewing has also hit 42 home runs, 77 doubles and nine triples throughout his career while moving from rookie ball to double-a before joining the Freedom this season.

 

Pointstreak provides the league with its statistical software and in game scoring applications. They aim to deliver “fast scores and cool stats to players, parents, fans, scouts and media.” For more information on Pointstreak products visit them at www.poinstreaksolutions.com or www.pointstreak.com.

 

The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

Normal Sweeps DH and Series Against Evansville

NORMAL, Ill. (July 15, 2018) – While the Normal CornBelters (25-26) were rained out for the 10th time this season on Saturday, they defeated the Evansville Otters (26-26), 6-5 and 5-0 on Sunday to earn their first sweep at home all season to give Manager Billy Horn’s mother a belated birthday gift to conclude her visit.

GAME 1:

“We walked off today finally and it was nice. Lovely (Derrick Loveless) got a 0-2 pitch right over the plate and he is going to take care of those, but earlier in the game we got a huge home run to tie the game by Godbold. He has been outstanding for us the last couple weeks. Game one was great to get us a win and secure the series,” said Manager Billy Horn.

Normal continued the late-inning magic with two outs in the seventh. Justin Fletcher drew a walk then Santiago Chirino was intentional walked to bring up Derrick Loveless as Evansville brought in a lefty for the matchup. Down to his final strike, the 2018 Frontier League All-Star MVP roped a walk-off single into right-center to give Normal their first walk-off hit of the year and to secure the series win.

The CornBelters caught the Otters and tied the game in sixth. Loveless leadoff with an infield single and Godbold followed with his eighth home run to even game one of the doubleheader.  Anthony Herrera (5-2) made his team-leading 25th appearance and kept the Otters off the board to earn his team-best fifth victory. In his last 10 outings, the sidearmer has earned two wins and six saves.

Evansville jumped on top right away in the first game of the doubleheader and scored their first runs of the series with a two-run home run off Zack Kirby in the first. The Otters then added another run in the second and took advantage of an error by Sam Baca to go up 4-0 in the third.

For the second game in a row, Normal did record their first hit until a single the fourth inning from Santiago Chirino and the offense woke up as well. Loveless drew a walk and then Andrew Godbold followed with an RBI single for the first Belter run of the game. Nick Cain cut the lead in half, 4-2 with a groundout to first base and then the Otters starting pitcher balked to bring in Godbold and Normal trailed 4-3.

Kirby shutout the Otters in the fourth, but was pulled in the next inning after he gave up a two-out RBI double to give Evansville a 5-3 lead.  Trevor Simms came in and threw strikeout to end fifth. Miles Moeller made his CornBelter debut in the sixth and kept Evansville scoreless along with his first strikeout.

“Kirby came out and didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled though. Then Simms came in a really big situation. He had gotten warmed earlier in the game and got out of that then we just shut him down.”

 

GAME 2:

Normal was shutout the first four innings of the series finale and then irrupted for a five-run fifth started with recently signed James Davison Jr. who hit a ground rule double for his first hit to bring in Baca who reached on a single and give Normal a 1-0 lead. All-Star teammates Fletcher and Chirino each knocked back-to-back RBI singles to go up 3-0. Godbold picked up his fifth RBI and fourth hit of the day with a double to round out the inning.

Despite not pitching in the All-Star game earlier this week, Jack Landwehr (4-2) showed why he deserved to be in his eighth start on the season. He threw five shutout innings and limited Evansville to just two hits. The Illinois State product didn’t walk anyone for the second straight start along with four strikeouts. Landwehr has now picked up a victory in four straight starts and hasn’t  Jonathan de Marte tied Herrera for a team-high 22nd appearance and threw two shutout innings (6th and 7th). The righty now has not allowed a run in his last eight outings.

“What can you say about Jack. An All-Star, five innings tonight and then that fifth inning we scored five runs, but it was such a long inning and I already had it predetermined that just hey long inning here especially with a pitching change we will just turn it over to de Marte and he came in and did his thing. We didn’t walk anybody and that’s the big thing.”

The Belter bats were led by Godbold and Loveless in the doubleheader sweep of Evansville. Godbold finished 4-5, 4 RBI, and a home run and in his last four games, he has collected eight RBI. Loveless went 4-7 and one RBI to move his average up to .319, which ranks sixth in the league.

“Loveless and Godbold again in game two. Those guys have been coming through. Godbold is hitting over .300 again and should have been an All-Star.”

The CornBelters earn their first sweep at home and second on the season with the last being at River City June 5-7. The Otters have only been shutout twice all year with both coming at the Corn Crib.

“We are geared up for the second half and we made some changes, we know we are built and ready to win. We are locked in and ready to go and compete for a playoff spot.  Our guys proved that today.”

Normal is now one game under five hundred and 4-1 in the last five as they play the Washington Wild Things who just got swept by the Lake Erie Crushers at home. Game one of the midweek series begins on Tuesday with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

Lake Erie Tops Washington in 13 Innings

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, finished off a three game sweep of the Washington Wild Things on Sunday night with an epic 6-5 win in 13 innings.

Lake Erie had the lead for the majority of the game after scoring a run in the fourth inning off of Wild Things starter Chase Cunningham. An RBI single by Doug Trimble made it 1-0.

Lake Erie starter Micah Beyer pitched well for Lake Erie. The rookie went six innings before allowing an unearned run in the sixth to tie the game. He finished with six strikeouts while allowing just three hits.

Washington took the lead in the seventh when Hector Roa homered off of Branden Nunn, making it 2-1.

The Crushers rallied in the ninth against closer Zack Strecker. Cody Lenahan led the inning off with a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. The game tying hit came from Dustin Williams who singled into left field.

The Crushers got some help from their defense in the bottom of the ninth. With the winning run on base, former Crusher, Conner Simonetti hit a ball into deep left but Tyler Cowles made a sliding catch to send the game into extras.

In the 11th inning with international rules in affect, Trimble put the Crushers in front with an RBI single. Washington would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning on a single by James Harris.

In the 12th inning, the Crushers took the lead on an RBI single by Cowles who drove in Bryan DeLaRosa. The hit came after Washington had intentionally walked Aaron Hill with two outs.

The Wild Things tied the game again in the home half of the inning when Jordan Edgerton singled in the tying run with two outs.

In the 13th inning, Lenahan began the inning on second and Trimble stepped in to face James Meeker (0-1). Trimble got around on a pitch from Meeker and sent it over the wall in left field to give Lake Erie a 6-4 lead. Trimble finished with three hits and four RBIs.

Washington made it interesting again in the bottom of the 13th inning. Louis Cohen (2-0) allowed a run on a couple of hits before the Crushers went to Seth Lucio. After getting a couple of outs, Lucio issued a walk to load the bases. With Roa at the plate, Lucio struck him out on a fastball to end the game.

With the sweep the Crushers pulled to within a 0.5 game of first place. Lake Erie improves to 29-24 while Washington falls to 30-24. The Crushers are a league-best 19-11 on the road in 2018.

The Crushers begin a four game road series with Evansville on Tuesday with a doubleheader. Game one will start at 5:05 PM.

Florence Dominates So Illinois to Take Series

FLORENCE, Ky – Needing a win to secure their fourth straight series victory, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, blistered the Southern Illinois Miners on the way to a, 14-2, win in the finale of the weekend series on Sunday night at UC Health Stadium.

Both starting pitchers got off to fast starts, but Florence (27-26) struck first against Southern Illinois (25-25) hurler Kurt Heyer (4-5). Ricky Ramirez Jr. led off the bottom of the second with a single and Jacob Wark worked a six-pitch walk to put two ducks on the pond for Jimmy Heck. In his second consecutive start, Heck drilled a ball down the left field line that caromed off the concrete wall in foul territory, scoring Ramirez Jr. and Wark easily as the Freedom took a, 2-0, edge. One batter later, Austin Wobrock knocked an RBI-double to right center and Florence found themselves up three going into the third.

Jordan Kraus (5-4) was magnificent on the bump for the Freedom, notching his team-leading eighth quality start by games end. The right-hander allowed one first inning single, but did not have to work around another base-runner until the top of the fifth. In that span, Kraus retired twelve straight batters.

The Freedom added on to their lead an inning later, jumping all over Heyer and chasing him from the game. Brower started things with a single, and Ewing pushed him to third with an ensuing double. Ramirez Jr. hit next, and proceeded to smack a two-run single to right as the Freedom moved in front, 5-0. Heyer then plunked Wark with two outs to bring up Heck who continued his stellar day at the dish with a single that setup runners on the corners for Wobrock. The short-stop shot a single to left that scored Wark and effectively ended the night for Heyer. Ryan Askew would toe the slab in relief, but promptly surrendered a two-run single to Harrison White who was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double. However, the damage had been done as Florence enjoyed an, 8-0, lead after three frames.

Heyer exited after only throwing 44 pitches over two and two-thirds innings, while being charged with eight runs on ten hits and walking one. It was the first start of the season in which Heyer allowed more than three earned runs in an outing.

The scoring did not stop in the fourth, as Florence pushed two more across. After Caleb Lopes singled and Brower walked, Ewing helped the Freedom tack on another run with an RBI single of his own to plate Lopes. The merry-go-round continued as Florence loaded the bases, but Askew was able to limit the damage to only one additional run when Heck hit a ball to short that was mishandled by Marc DiLeo. As the ball bounced away, Brower trotted home, and the Freedom had broken double-digits by increasing their lead to, 10-0.

Southern Illinois was able to break up the shutout in the sixth when Kurt Wertz Jr. took Kraus deep to right and rounded the bases for the fourth time this season. The solo-shot made it a nine-run game.

Keivan Berges got that run back for Florence in the bottom of the sixth, however as he turned on a Nick Palacios fastball and launched his sixth homer of the season way out to left-center. With the homer, Berges now paces the Freedom in big-flies, breaking up what was a five-way tie at five. The solo blast put Florence in front, 11-1.

The Freedom added three more runs of insurance after the seventh inning stretch. With Lopes on base after a single, Ewing hit a missile that carried off the second row of signage at UC Health Stadium in left-center for his sixth round-tripper of the campaign, tying Berges for tops on the team. After Ramirez Jr. worked a walk, Berges made the score, 14-1, with a gapper double to right-center that scored Ramirez Jr. and gave Florence 20 hits on the night. The double also upped Berges‘ team best multi-hit game total to 16 on the season.

The Miners were able to scratch across one more run off Kraus in the eighth when Kyle Davis followed a Wertz Jr. single with an RBI-double to right, but the Miners would not score again.

Kraus was removed after eight dominant innings in which he threw 101 pitches and allowed two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out a season-high ten batters. The performance netted the right-hander his eighth quality start in twelve tries in 2018.

Christian DeLeon was called on for the ninth, and he faced only three batters as the Freedom finished off their fourth-straight series victory. Florence posted 14 runs on 22 hits, played a flawless game defensively and got more terrific pitching in another complete team effort that netted the crimson and white their fourth straight series victory.

The Freedom will now enjoy a day off on Monday before beginning their lone home series against the Traverse City Beach Bums on Tuesday night. Chuck Weaver will get the start in game one of that series, and first pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm at UC Health Stadium.

Traverse City Walks Off Schaumburg to Series Victory

TRAVERSE CITY, MI- The Traverse City Beach Bums(26-27) were down to their last strike twice in the ninth but upended the Schaumburg Boomers(27-26) by a final score of 4-3, taking the rubber game of this weekend’s series.

 

For the third night in a row, Schaumburg got the lead off man on and brought him in to score. Tonight, Jack Parenty came in on a Ty Moore ground out for a 1-0 Boomers lead. With one out in the fourth, Isaac Benard and Will Kengor hit back-to-back singles, the second moving Benard to third. Steve Lohr drove him home with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one. Schaumburg responded immediately in the top of the fifth when Parenty drove in a run on a single. Zack Weigel followed the next inning with a solo homer for a 3-1 Boomers lead.

 

With one out in the ninth inning, Luke Lowery picked up a walk and Alexis Rivera singled, putting the tying run on base. After Orlando Rivera replaced Alexis at first, and with two outs, Connor Oliver walked to load the bases. Kendall Patrick followed with a walk of his own to pull the Bums within one then Ryan Kemp walked to tie the game, moving the tying run to third. After a pitching change, Isaac Benard slammed a single off the wall in right, sending the Wuerfel Park crowd into a frenzy as Oliver scored the winning run.

 

Matt Williams earned the win in relief after hurling two perfect innings, improving to 2-1. Jake Joyce is dealt the loss, giving up three runs in the ninth on four walks and a hit. He falls to 2-1. With tonight’s comeback victory, the Beach Bums have won their last four series.

Chirino Knocks Game Winning Hit as Normal Blanks Evansville

NORMAL, Ill. (July 13, 2018) – The Normal CornBelters (23-26) started off the second half on strong a note as they shutout the Evansville Otters (26-24) in a 1-0 victory in front of 1,781 at the Corn Crib on Friday night.

“It (win to open second half) was huge. Especially anytime you can open up a series and get a win, we got a leg up right now. So this is our series to lose. We got one heck of an outing by Jacinto (Garcia) and then de Marte and Herrera come in and do their thing,” said Manager Billy Horn.

Jacinto Garcia set the tone tonight and matched the Evansville starting pitcher as they both threw seven shutout innings. The righty lasted seven full for the second time in a row that ties a career high.  Garcia only allowed three hits and two walks in his tenth start on the season. While he was dealt with the no-decision, he has not allowed a run in his last two starts (14 innings.) He got some help from his defense as Nick Cain doubled off a runner on first in the sixth.

“It builds momentum going forward especially if you want to make a playoff push. Being off four days was nice, but now its time to get back on the grind and make that playoff push and that’s our goal to make a run and win a championship,” said Garcia “I have been pitching a lot of my changeup, two-seam has been good and I have been struggling a little bit with my curveball, but my pitches have been good enough that I have been locating really well and having good rhythm with Tanner (Lubach) who calls a heck of a game.”

Both teams remained scoreless until the eighth and Normal didn’t find it’s first until Andrew Godbold singled to left in the fourth. Newly acquired, Michael Baca showed the wheels and doubled down the right-field line with one out in the eighth. Justin Fletcher then moved his new teammate to third on a sac fly into right. With two outs, the four-year All-Star, Santiago Chirino came up in the clutch and knocked in the eventual winning run.

“What can you say about Chirino, just captain clutch, comes up with a big two-out RBI there and gives us a chance to win it. Our bullpen shut them down, we fell like were built to roll right now and we really love our club right now. We are happy where we are offensively, defensively, and pitching-wise and hopefully do the same thing tomorrow.”

 

Again Jonathan de Marte and Anthony Herrera teamed up to secure another Belter victory. De Marte (2-2) threw a perfect eighth to earn the win and he now has not allowed an earned run in his last seven appearances. Herrera gave up a hit, but the Otters stranded the runner on second as he picked up his team-leading seventh save. He has now earned six saves in his last nine games.

Normal looks to secure the series tomorrow with sending Zach Kirby on the mound with first pitch at 7:05 p.m.

River City Rolls To Victory Over Gateway

SAUGET, IL–The River City Rascals defeated the rival Gateway Grizzlies 8-2 on Friday night at GCS Ballpark, beginning the second half of the Frontier League season in the same fashion they ended the first half. They have now won four straight overall. Every Rascal in the lineup reached base at least once in the win.

Kevin Suarez singled in two in the top of the second to kick off the scoring, but the Grizzlies responded with an RBI groundout from Brennan Morgan in the bottom of the frame, making it 2-1. The Rascals then rallied for three in the top of the third, on a solo home run from Paul Kronenfeld and consecutive RBI singles from JD Hearn and Suarez to take a 5-1 lead.

The Grizzlies countered with a solo blast from John Price Jr. in the bottom of the third, but the Rascals responded with three unanswered runs to run away with the victory. Hearn brought in two on a homer in the fifth and Mike Jurgella drew a walk with the bases loaded in the seventh.

Hearn and Ransom LaLonde each finished the night with three hits, with Hearn also drawing two walks. Rascals hitters combined to draw nine walks on the night.

Josh Kimborowicz (3-2) was fantastic, allowing just four hits and one earned run, while striking out seven and walking none. Chris Chegas, in his team debut, and Chad Gendron combined for two scoreless innings to close out the victory.

Grizzlies starter Mike Elwood (4-5) allowed 12 hits and seven earned runs in 4.1 innings, walking three and striking out five.

The Rascals (30-22) look to take the commanding 2-0 series lead over the Grizzlies (22-32) tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm CT. Hector Hernandez will make the start on the mound for the Rascals.

Offense Powers Florence To Series-Opening Win Over So. Illinois

FLORENCE, Ky – In the first game after the All-Star Break, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, survived a furious late rally from the Southern Illinois Miners and opened the weekend with a win over their West Division foe, 11-7, on Friday night at UC Health Stadium.

Florence (26-25) wasted no time jumping out to a, 1-0, lead in the bottom of the first. Caleb Lopes doubled off Southern Illinois (24-24) starter Geno Encina (1-6) and came around to score two batters later when Skyler Ewing hit a tall chopper on the infield that gave Lopes enough time to score from third.

The Miners promptly tied the game at one in their next at-bat against Cody Gray (3-2), manufacturing a run off a hit-by-pitch, stolen base, and an RBI single. Romeo Cortina was plunked on the first pitch he saw, and swiped second a few pitches later to set the table for Joe Dudek. The first baseman ripped a single to right and Cortina beat the throw to the plate to knot the game.

Making his debut at-bat in the Freedom half of the second, Graylin Derke followed a Jacob Wark walk with a missle that sailed over the Freedom bullpen in right field for his first home run of the season. Derke is now the third Freedom player to homer in his debut this season, joining Wark and Ewing in that category. With the big-fly, Florence regained the lead at, 3-1.

A couple of singles from Jordan Brower and Ewing set the table for Ricky Ramirez Jr. in the bottom of the third. In a full count, Ramirez Jr. launched his fifth home run of the year over the second wall in right-center as the Freedom extended their lead to, 6-1.

Gray settled into a groove through the middle part of the game. From the second through the sixth inning, he retired 13 straight batters, including seven on strikeouts. Kyle Davis ended that streak in the top of the sixth, hitting a solo homer for the Miners second run of the night.

Encina was removed to begin the seventh inning in favor of Ryan Askew, and the Freedom jumped all over the Southern Illinois reliever. Askew allowed three straight singles to begin his outing, as Harrison White notched his first hit in a Freedom uniform, and Lopes and Brower tallied base knocks behind him. The single from Brower drove in White and pushed the Freedom in front, 7-2. Ewing followed the RBI-single with his fourth big-fly of the year, a three-run shot to deep to left field. Nick Palacios would replace Akew on the bump but Florence continued their offensive barrage, tallying one more run on an Austin Wobrock RBI single to left that plated Ramirez Jr. In total, Florence sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs en route to an 11-2, lead.

Miners starter, Encina, finished his night getting tagged for six runs on nine hits over six innings with one walk and six strikeouts.

Gray was replaced by Brian McKenna in the eighth, and it closed the book on another phenomenal outing from the right-hander. Gray went seven full-innings, and allowed only two runs on three hits with no walks and seven whiffed Miners.

Southern Illinois began to chip away in the eighth, pushing one across on a bloop single to right off the bat of a pinch-hitting D.J. Oliver. An outfield assist from Ramirez Jr. nailed Oliver trying to take second, as McKenna limited the Miners to one run in the frame.

With Eric Gleese on the bump in the top of the ninth, the Miners mounted a rally, seeing their first five batters reach safely in the frame. Kurt Wertz Jr. tallied a pinch-hit single to plate the first run, and Dudek knocked in his second and third runs of the game with a single to right. With the bases loaded, Sam Martin was called on in relief, but walked the only man he faced as the Miners scored again, cutting the Freedom lead to, 11-7. Closer Johnathon Tripp emerged from the bullpen with the bases loaded and one out, and promptly struck out the first man he faced. With the tying run at the plate in the form of Davis, Tripp induced the second baseman into a fly-out to right, securing the Florence victory and notching his fifth save of the season.

Florence and Southern Illinois will square off in game two of the series Saturday night at UC Health Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm. All-Star Steve Hagen will start on the mound for the Freedom, and he will be opposed by righty Steven Ridings for the Miners.

Schaumburg Downs Traverse City to Open Second Half

TRAVERSE CITY, MI — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, jumped out to an early lead and raced to a 7-2 victory over the Traverse City Beach Bums in the opener of the second half on Friday night in Michigan.

 

The Boomers grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the first and did not trail.Jack Parenty led off with a single and moved to second when Sean Godfrey followed with a basehit. Parenty scored the first run when Zack Weigel reached on an error after sending a screamer to second. Ty Moore made the score 3-0 just four batters into the contest with a double into the left field corner. Godfrey pushed the lead to 4-0 with an RBI double in the fourth and Moore made it 6-0 with a two-run single in the sixth.

 

The early run support was more than enough for Joe Hauser, who carried a shutout into the seventh. Hauser, who had gone 14.2 innings without allowing a run to Traverse City this year, allowed just two runs in the seventh while walking one and striking out four in improving to 5-4 on the season. Darrell Thompson, Ivan Vieitez and James Mulry finished out the win. The pitching staff struck out 10 in the victory.

 

Parenty and Godfrey each reached base four times, notching three hits. Parenty scored three times. Moore drove home four and tallied three hits as the Boomers finished with 12. Eight of the nine members of the lineup reached base with seven posting a hit.

 

The Boomers (27-24) continue the series on Saturday night at 6:05 p.m.RHP Will Stillman (0-1, 9.28) is slated to start for the Boomers while Traverse City counters with RHP Reinaldo Lopez (4-3, 4.52). Schaumburg will not play at home again until July 20. Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer by calling (847) 461-3695.

Lake Erie Opens Second Half With a Win Over Washington

WASHINGTON, PENN. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, opened the second half of the season with an 8-2 win over the Washington Wild Things on Friday night. The Crushers tied their season-high with 15 hits in the victory.

Neither team scored in the first three innings but the Crushers broke through in the fourth against Washington starter Michael Austin (0-2). With two outs, Austin issued a two-out walk to Dustin Williams. Bryan DeLaRosa followed with a single before Dalton Wheat ripped a single, scoring Williams. Dane Hutcheon followed with a two-run triple and the Crushers led 3-0 after four innings.

Austin went just four innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in the loss.

Lake Erie opened it up in the fifth inning against reliever BJ Sabol. Kewby Meyer and Joel McKeithan led off with doubles. Back-to-back singles by Cody Lenahan and Doug Trimble made it 5-0. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, DeLaRosa delivered a bases clearing double, extending the lead to 8-0. The Crushers sent nine men to the plate in the inning.

Washington scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth when James Harris hit a two-run home run against Sean Renzi (6-3) who earned the win. The right-hander went six innings while allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out four.

Luke Watts and Louis Cohen pitched three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to secure the win. Lake Erie improves to 27-24 while Washington falls to 30-22 with the loss. The Crushers now sit 2.5 games back of first place.

Hutcheon finished 4-5 with two RBIs and DeLaRosa went 2-4 with three RBIs. Eight different players recorded at least one hit for Lake Erie.

Game two of the series is tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Alex Romero (4-4, 4.03 ERA) goes for the Crushers while Thomas Dorminy (7-2, 1.95 ERA) pitches for Washington.

Derrick Loveless Wins All-Star Game MVP as Experienced Tops Rookies 8-3

O’FALLON, MO—The 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game is in the books, and the fans were treated to a terrific performance at CarShield Field on Wednesday night. In front of a packed house, the Experienced Team beat the Rookie Team by a score of 8-3, and the Normal CornBelter’s Derrick Loveless was named MVP, thanks to a two-homer, five RBI performance from the outfielder.

“It was amazing”, said Loveless after the game. “I really enjoyed playing with these guys, I had a great coaching staff and the fans made it really fun for me with the atmosphere they provided.” Loveless was also complimentary of this year’s host, the River City Rascals, for their efforts in putting on the event. “I’m just really grateful that River City put this together and did all this hard work. I know it’s not easy to prepare something like this – a lot of time and effort from their staff goes into it. They did a fantastic job.”

The Experienced squad got out to an early 4-0 lead after a big first inning, thanks to a three-run shot from Loveless and a solo homer from his CornBelter teammate, Chris Iriart. The Florence Freedom’s Keivan Berges got the Rookie team on the board with a homer of his own in the top of the second. Normal’s Santiago Chirino added to the Experienced Team’s lead with an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning.

The Rookie Team’s Ryan Long of the Evansville Otters homered in the top of the third to make it 5-2. The Schaumburg Boomer’s Jack Parenty trimmed the lead to 5-3 with an RBI single in the top of the fourth, but Loveless hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth to put the game out of reach. The Otters’ Toby Thomas homered in the sixth to put the Experienced team up 8-3, the eventual final score.

Washington Wild Things ace Thomas Dorminy earned the win, pitching a scoreless first inning. Liam O’Sullivan of the Joliet Slammers took the loss, surrendering four runs in the first. Sean Renzi of the Lake Erie Crushers struck out the side in the fifth inning.

2018 Frontier League Home Run Derby Winner Trae Santos

O’FALLON, MO. –  On a hot and humid evening in O’Fallon, Missouri, Trae Santos of the Gateway Grizzlies outslugged former St. Louis Cardinal Rick Ankiel in the 2018 Frontier League Home Run Derby final round to be crowned winner. Santos totaled 32 home runs over four rounds at CarShield Field, home of the River City Rascals.

 

Four former Cardinals participated in the Derby. They included Mark Whiten, Ray Lankford, Kerry Robinson and Ankiel. In a three-way tiebreaker, Robinson out-homered both Whiten and Lankford to move on to round two, but fell short of reaching the final following Ankiel’s two home runs in the semifinal round.

 

After the 11-year major league veteran mashed three long balls in the final, Santos erupted for four total home runs – three coming on consecutive swings.

 

“I just tried to keep it simple and not try to put too much effort into swings and conserve a good amount of energy,” Santos said. “The fans supplying the atmosphere that they did made it a lot of fun.”

 

It was a rare event in which Frontier Leaguers competed against former Major Leaguers in a battle of power. For Santos, the experience was one for the books.

 

“It was awesome,” the home run champ said of the event. “I grew up watching those guys and to be able to participate in something like this alongside them was a real honor and I had a lot of fun.”

 

Home Run Derbies are kind to Gateway representatives when hosted by the division rival Rascals. Former Grizzlie and current manager Phil Warren won the last Derby that took place in River City back in 2004.

 

FRONTIER LEAGUE ROUND 1 TOTALS:

Trae Santos 11

Chance Shepard 5

Jacob Wark 4

Roman Collins 4

Chris Iriart 3

Travis Harrison 3

Paul Kronenfeld 1

Will Kengor 1

 

  1. LOUIS CARDINALS ROUND 1 TOTALS:

Rick Ankiel 3

Kerry Robinson 1

Mark Whiten 1

Ray Lankford 1

TIEBREAKER: Robinson 5, Whiten 2, Lankford 1

 

FRONTIER LEAGUE ROUND 2 TOTALS:

Trae Santos 10

Roman Collins 7

Chance Shepard 5

Jacob Wark 4

 

  1. LOUIS CARDINALS ROUND 2 TOTALS:

Rick Ankiel 2

Kerry Robinson 0

 

FRONTIER LEAGUE ROUND 3 TOTALS:

Trae Santos 7

Roman Collins 5

 

FINAL ROUND TOTALS:

Trae Santos 4

Rick Ankiel 3

 

The 2018 All Star Game will be Wednesday, July 11 at CarShield Field beginning 7:00 pm CST.

For Fans still looking to purchase tickets for the All-Star Game they are available by calling the River City Rascals Box Office at (636) 240-2287 or by visiting www.rivercityrascals.com

About the Frontier League: The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

 

About the River City Rascals: The River City Rascals are an Independent Professional Baseball team in the Frontier League. We are celebrating our 20th year in the City of O’Fallon in 2018. The Rascals won the 2010 Frontier League Championship. You can follow the River City Rascals on twitter at @rcrascals or on Facebook at River City Rascals.

 

PHOTO CREDIT – Scott Neer

 

Washington’s Dorminy and Joliet’s O’Sullivan Named Starters for 2018 All-Star Game

O’FALLON, MO. – One day before the 2018 Frontier League All-Star game, Experienced Teams Manager Mike Pinto of Southern Illinois and Rookie Teams Manager Gregg Langbehn of Washington have made their starting pitcher selections.

 

Southern Illinois’ Mike Pinto has selected Left-Handed pitcher Thomas Dorminy #13 of the Washington Wild Things. Dorminy is in his first season with the Wild Things and has posted a 7-2 record through the first half to go along with a 1.94 earned run average.

 

Dorminy a former 10th round selection by the San Diego Padres in 2014 is in his first season in the Frontier League after having spent the last four seasons between A and AA. Dorminy has a career record of 25-26 with a 3.76 earned run average. Dorminy has started 11 games this season throwing two shutouts, he has also posted 57 strikeouts over 69.1 innings. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to start the All-Star Game” Dorminy said. “There are a lot of talented players here and I’m just happy to be here.” The Spring Hill, Florida native and Faulkner University alum is appearing in his first All-Star game and will have the honor of starting against his Manager Gregg Langbehn.

 

Washington’s Gregg Langbehn has chosen to go with Joliet Slammers Right-Handed pitcher #15 Liam O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan is in his second season with the Slammers and has a 5-2 record to go along with a 3.07 earned run average through the first half of the season.

 

O’Sullivan an alum of the University of Rhode Island and St. Leo College is in his third season in the Frontier League, having spent time with the Joliet Slammers (2016, 2018) and the Frontier Greys (2015). He has a 16-6 record in his career while posting a 3.51 earned run average over 202.1 innings. “It’s a blessing and honor to be named starting pitcher for the All-Star game” O’Sullivan said. “It should be an awesome night, and I’m looking forward to playing with the best of the best in the Frontier League for the night.” The South Grafton, Massachusetts native is appearing in his first All-Star Game, he has posted 41 strikeouts through 67.1 innings making 10 starts and throwing two shutouts. O’Sullivan was named 2016 Frontier League Pitcher of the Year.

 

The 2018 All Star Game will be Wednesday, July 11 at CarShield Field 7:00 pm CST.

The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on Tuesday, July 10 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Missouri.

For Fans still looking to purchase tickets for the All-Star Game or Home Run Derby they are available by calling the River City Rascals Box Office at (636) 240-2287 or by visiting www.rivercityrascals.com

About the Frontier League: The Frontier League is entering its 26th season in 2018 and features 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 35 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

 

About the River City Rascals: The River City Rascals are an Independent Professional Baseball team in the Frontier League. We are celebrating our 20th year in the City of O’Fallon in 2018. The Rascals won the 2010 Frontier League Championship. You can follow the River City Rascals on twitter at @rcrascals or on Facebook at River City Rascals

River City Routes Joliet to Sweep Series

O’FALLON, MO–The River City Rascals finished off a three-game sweep of the Joliet Slammers on Sunday night at CarShield Field, blowing out the Slammers 10-3 in the final game before the All-Star break. The Rascals hit five home runs and five doubles in the finale to roll to victory.

The Slammers got a leadoff home run from London Lindley, but the Rascals responded with 10 unanswered runs to put the game away. Clint Freeman tied the game with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, then the Rascals scored four in the second, on a home run by Paul Kronenfeld, an RBI double from Trevor Achenbach and a two-run homer from JD Hearn.

Hearn doubled in a run in the fourth, and the Rascals added three more in the fifth. Freeman hit his second home run of the game to leadoff the frame, and Zach Lavy added a two-run blast. Kevin Suarez singled in the 10th run in the fifth inning. The Slammers added a couple of runs in the ninth to make the score a bit more respectable.

Rascals starter Hector Hernandez (8-1) went six innings, allowing five hits and one run, while he walked two and struck out seven. Chad Gendron pitched two perfect frames out of the Rascals bullpen.

Joliet starter Shane Bryant (1-5) took the loss, allowing six runs in four innings while striking out five.

The Rascals (29-22) end the first half of their season in first place in the Frontier League’s West Division, and will host this Wednesday’s All-Star Game at CarShield Field. They begin the second half in Sauget, IL for a weekend set against the Gateway Grizzlies starting on Friday, July 13th, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 pm CT at GCS Ballpark.

Windy City Sweeps Double Header Over Southern Illinois

MARION, IL – The ThunderBolts won two games over the Southern Illinois Miners at Rent One Park Sunday night, 6-1 and 6-0. It was the Bolts’ first sweep of Southern Illinois since 2008.

 

In game one, the ThunderBolts (19-31) got on the board in the first inning for the fourth consecutive game as they loaded the bases in front of a Tyler Straub sacrifice fly. They added three more runs in the third. Tim Zier picked up an RBI single and two more runs scored when Blair Beck reached on an error.

 

Jake Welch ran into some early trouble on the mound but got some help from his defense with three double plays in the first three innings. Welch settled in and struck out seven through six shutout frames.

 

Ronnie Healy added to the lead in the top of the seventh with a two-run double that put the ThunderBolts ahead by six.

 

Southern Illinois (24-23) strung together four straight two-out hits in the seventh to get their only run.

 

Welch (4-2) picked up the win while Kurt Heyer (4-4) allowed four runs for the loss.

 

Connor Bach was the highlight of game two as he struck out a career-high ten over six innings. The only hit he allowed was a Kurt Wertz infield single in the fourth inning.

 

The offense gave Bach some support in the third inning, loading the bases on two hits and a walk before Zier cleared them with a three-run double. He scored on an error later in the inning.

 

In the fourth, Jonathan McCray added to the lead with an RBI single. Ronnie Healy doubled him in to make it 6-0.

 

Bach (2-1) picked up the game two win for the Bolts while Aaron Rozek (2-1) allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings to take the loss.

 

The ThunderBolts take the next four days off before returning to action on Friday night against the Joliet Slammers. It is Fright Night at Standard Bank Stadium, presented by Highline Auto Sales – Willowbrook and Svengoolie will be in attendance for a meet and greet with fireworks coming up after the game. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.