Evansville Blanks Windy City 2-0

CRESTWOOD, Ill. – The Evansville Otters took game one of a three-game series against the Windy City Thunderbolts at Standard Bank Stadium by a final score of 2-0 Tuesday evening.

Both starting pitchers, Luc Rennie for Evansville and Zac Westcott for Windy City, were strong through six innings as the game was scoreless going into the seventh inning.

Brandon Dulin broke the 0-0 deadlock in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, his first of the year.

The Thunderbolts had a chance to tie the game in the bottom half of the inning with runners at first and third, but a double play turned by shortstop Toby Thomas got Rennie and the Otters out of the jam.

Thomas then doubled the Otters lead in the top of the eighth with an RBI double, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Mitchell Aker entered and closed the game in the bottom of the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.

Rennie tossed a strong seven innings, allowing just three hits and walking none while striking out six to earn his second win of the season.

Westcott was dealt a tough loss for Windy City after throwing seven innings, allowing five hits and just the one run while striking out 11.

The two teams will be back in action from Standard Bank Stadium at 10:35 a.m. Wednesday.

For game two, the Otters will turn to right-hander Randy Wynne. Wednesday will be Wynne’s first start of the year. In four appearances this season, Wynne has thrown 7.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs and striking out eight.

Wynne will go up against Thunderbolts’ southpaw Patrick Ledet. Wednesday will be Ledet’s third start of the season. In 14 innings this season, Ledet has allowed just one earned run and struck out nine hitters.

Games two and three of the series will be exclusively on the Otters Digital Network presented by Kruckemeyer and Cohn. Sam Jellinek (play-by-play) will have the call for both contests.

The Otters will return home for a three-game series May 30-31 against the Florence Freedom. Wednesday, May 30 will be a doubleheader, starting at 5:05 p.m. and is Deaconess Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility Night. The series finale on May 31 starts at 6:35 p.m. and will be the first Thirsty Thursday of the season with special price drafts.

Fans can also follow Otters social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for game updates throughout the day.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Season tickets, group outing packages, and single game tickets are on sale now for the 2018 season.

Homers by Martinez and Hearn Power River City Past Schaumburg

O’FALLON, MO–The River City Rascals started off a six-game homestand in style on Tuesday night in front of a packed house at CarShield Field, blowing out the Schaumburg Boomers 10-0 behind a phenomenal 2018 debut from left-hander Lucas Laster (1-0). Laster took a no-hitter into the fifth inning and finished the night with seven innings, three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in the shutout. Braxton Martinez hit two home runs and drove in six runs and Mike Jurgella finished 4-5 with two doubles.

Martinez got the scoring started early with a three-run shot in the first, and added a two-run homer in the third inning. Zach Lavy drove in another run in in the third on a fielder’s choice. JD Hearn hit his first professional homer in the fourth inning, the third of the night for the team. Clint Freeman and Martinez added sacrifice flies in the fifth and seventh innings, respectively, and Gerrion Grim hit his first homer in a Rascals uniform in the eighth.

Boomers starter Kit Fowler (0-2) took the loss, allowing eight earned runs in five innings. Rascals reliever Jacob Gangelhoff finished the game with two scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

The Rascals finished with 15 total hits on the night, a season high. The team remains undefeated at home in 2018.

Game 2 between the Rascals (6-3) and Boomers (3-7) is scheduled for tomorrow night, with first pitch at 6:35 pm CT. Lefty Hector Hernandez will make his second start of the season for the Rascals, and will be opposed by Steven Ridings.

Landsheft (Windy City) and Thomas (Evansville) Earn Weekly Awards

Evansville’s Toby Thomas and Windy City’s Will Landsheft were named Frontier League Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.


Toby Thomas earned his honor this week by posting a .500 batting average in 24 at bats with three doubles and two homeruns, he drove in six while also scoring six. The right handed hitting shortstop helped lead the Evansville Otters to a 4-2 record over their last six games.


Prior to joining the Evansville Otters, Toby has spent the past five years playing in the Chicago White Sox organization. Toby a 21st round draft pick by the White Sox our of Pensacola Junior College has traveled from rookie ball to double-A while in the White Sox organization. Last year he split time between Double-A Birmingham and High-A Winston-Salem. While in the White Sox organization Toby batted .263 with 100 doubles, 19 triples, 21 homeruns, 11 stolen bases and 165 runs batted in.


Will Landsheft earned his honor this week by going 1-0 in 2 games while not allowing a run and striking out 11 over 13 innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher has helped Windy City to a 5-3 start and they are 0.5 games back in the East Division.


Will spent last year with the Gateway Grizzlies before being dealt to the Windy City ThunderBolts on August 8th. Will’s professional baseball career began back in 2014 when he was drafted out of Drury University in the 36th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Will spent two seasons in the Diamondbacks organization, his last being spent with the Hillsboro Hops (short season A) of the Northwest League. There Will posted a 4.74 ERA with 27 strikeouts and one save while going 3-2 over 24.2 innings.


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 34 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues.

River City Earns Series Win over Southern Illinois

MARION, IL–The River City Rascals took their second series in a row on Sunday night at Rent One Park, winning their second straight game in the process by beating the Southern Illinois Miners 9-5. Clint Freeman led the Rascals offense with four RBIs, a single-game high for a Rascals hitter in 2018. Scott Grist (2-0) earned the win, going 5.1 innings and allowing three earned runs, while walking two and striking out four.

After both teams were held scoreless through the first three innings, the Rascals put up four runs in the fourth inning, on a two-run single from Freeman and a throwing error from Miners shortstop Luis Jean that brought home two more. They added four more in the fifth inning, on an RBI single from Mike Jurgella, a two-run double from Freeman and a RBI groundout from Kevin Suarez. Suarez added their final run with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

The Miners scored one each in the fourth and fifth, on a sacrifice fly from Romeo Cortina and a run-scoring single from John Holland. They trimmed the defecit to three after Joe Dudek’s three-run homer off Grist in the sixth, but that was as close as they would get.

Rascals relievers Logan Fanning, Tanner Wilt and Joe Iorio combined for 3.2 innings of one-hit ball. Miners starter Billy Griffin (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs in four innings.

The Rascals (5-3) are off Monday, and begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday against the defending Frontier League champion Shaumburg Boomers at CarShield Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 pm CT, and coverage will start at 6:25 pm on CityLink TV as Ryne Buchanan will have the call.

Evansville Takes Rubber Game 5-4 over Normal

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters won the rubber game of a three-game series against the Normal Cornbelters 5-4 in front of 1,162 fans at Bosse Field on Sunday afternoon. 

Evansville scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Jeff Gardner singled through the right side to score Ryan Long.

The Otters added a second run in the third when Brandon Dulin singled to left, but Toby Thomas was gunned down at the plate trying to score from first to end the inning.

Normal took the lead in the fourth when Chris Iriart hit a three-run homer to left, his second of the season. The Cornbelters scored their fourth run of the inning when Tanner Lubach singled home Andrew Godbold.

Evansville trimmed the deficit to one in the bottom of the frame when Thomas homered to left, his second of the year.

The Otters tied the game in the seventh when Thomas scored from third on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brandon Dulin. A Caleb Eldridge single then scored Travis Harrison to give the Otters a 5-4 advantage.

Mitchell Aker came on in the ninth to shut the door and record his fourth save of the season.

Randy Wynne records the win, his first of the season, after coming on in relief and throwing three scoreless innings while striking out five.

Jonathan De Marte is dealt his first loss as it was his inherited runners who scored the winning run for the Otters.

Otters starter Austin Nicely received a no-decision after allowing four runs, all unearned, in five innings on eight hits while striking out two.

For Normal, starter Kevin Matthews tossed five innings, giving up three runs and striking out five in the no-decision.

Following a day off Monday, Evansville begins a six-game road trip on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Otters will play the Windy City Thunderbolts in a three-game series May 22-24 before traveling to play in a three-game set against the Traverse City Beach Bums on May 25-27.

The Otters will return home for a three-game series May 30-31 against the Florence Freedom. Wednesday, May 30 will be a doubleheader, starting at 5:05 p.m. and is Deaconess Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility Night. The series finale on May 31 starts at 6:35 p.m. and will be the first Thirsty Thursday of the season with special price drafts.

Schaumburg Walks Off Traverse City by a Final of 3-2 in 10 Innings

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers presented by Wintrust Community Banks, tallied the first walk-off win of the year, besting the Traverse City Beach Bums 3-2 in 10 innings Sunday afternoon.


Starting 46 minutes late due to rain, the offense struggled at the start. Traverse City starter Adam Cornwell retired the first 10 batters of the contest. Josh Gardiner notched the first hit of the contest for the Boomers in the bottom of the fifth, doubling to left. Gardiner came around to score the first run on a single from Dylan Jones. Kenny Townspushed the lead to 2-0 in the seventh with a solo homer, the first longball of the season for Schaumburg.


Traverse City was able to tie the game with two runs in the top of the ninth, spoiling a tremendous performance from Schaumburg starter Joe Hauser. Hauser tossed eight shutout innings and allowed only four hits, retiring 16 of 17 in the middle innings. Jones recorded a one-out single in the 10th and with two away Jack Parenty dropped down a bunt single. Sean Godfrey picked a good time for his first RBI of the year, roping a two-strike pitch into left with two outs to score Jones with the winning run.


Mitch Schulewitz picked up the win in relief, the first decision by a reliever this year. The offense finished with eight hits. Gardiner, Jones and Parenty all finished with two hits in the win.


Following a day off on Monday, the Boomers (3-6) begin a three-game series in suburban St. Louis against the River City Rascals on Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. RHP Kit Fowler (0-1, 2.70) will make the start for Schaumburg. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-3695.


Joliet Walks Off Windy City by a Final of 3-2

Joliet, ILThe Joliet Slammers (3-6) presented by ATI Physical Therapy beat the Windy City Thunderbolts (5-3) by a score of 3-2 thanks to a walk off home run by Justin Garcia.


The Thunderbolts started their scoring in the top of the 2nd inning when Ronnie Healy singled in Tyler Straub putting Windy City on the board at 1-0.  Riley Krane added on for Windy City after an RBI single in the top of the 5th that brought home Blair Beck making it 2-0.


RJ Thompson put the Slammers on the board with a two out two run single in the bottom of the 6th that scored Chaz Meadows and Trenton Hill tying the game at 2.


In the bottom of the 9th Justin Garcia hit a walk off home run winning it for the Slammers with a score of 3-2.


Justin Garcia is today’s Merchant’s and Manufacturers Bank Player of the Game after going 1-5 with his home run in the 9th winning it for the Slammers.


Joliet returns home Friday, May 25th vs. the Southern Illinois Miners.  Friday night is Rock Night with another Fireworks Friday.


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!

Traverse City Sweeps Twin Bill Against Schaumburg

SCHAUMBURG, IL- After last night’s game was suspended before the sixth inning, with the Traverse City Beach Bums(4-4) leading 8-3, the game continued tonight and Traverse City took the win 9-6, and then won the nightcap over the Schaumburg Boomers(2-6), 5-2.


In game one, which started last night, Schaumburg got on the board first with an RBI sacrifice fly by Casey Scoggins in the second. The Beach Bums responded in the next half inning when Josh Hauser walked and Donald Glover Jr. Hit a double. After Jason Heinrich walked to load the load, Will Kengor grounded out, scoring Hauser to tie the game. Luke Lowery followed with a sacrifice fly to score Glover, giving the Beach Bums a 2-1 lead. With one out in the fourth, Steve Lohr singled to center, then Kendall Patrick slammed a two-run homer over the centerfield wall, giving Traverse City a 4-1 lead.


As the fog and mist rolled in, the Beach Bums took advantage in the top of the fifth. Glover led off with a single then Heinrich double and Kengor walk to load the bases. Lowery followed with a single up the middle to plate two runs, then with two outs, Patrick drove in two more with a double, handing the Bums an 8-1 lead. Schaumburg scored twice in the bottom of the frame, on RBIs by Austin Byler and Josh Gardiner before the game was suspended. A number of those hits were seemingly harmless fly balls that were lost in the weather.


Twenty hours and 23 minutes later, play was resumed and Schaumburg continued their comeback attempt with a Clint Hardy RBI single. In the seventh, the Boomers pulled within two with an RBI groundout by Dylan Jones, and an RBI single by James Keller. Josh Hauser led off the ninth for  the Beach Bums with a single to right, then, after a sacrifice bunt moved him to second, he scored on an RBI single by Will Kengor. Schaumburg got the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the inning but John Michael Knighton closed the door for the win.


Seth Brenner earned the win with a five inning performance where he allowed three runs and seven hits and three walks, while striking out seven. Kyle Cedotal is stuck with the loss after going four plus innings and giving up seven runs on six hits and four walks, to fall to 0-2. John Michael Knighton finished the last two and a third innings for his first save. He allowed three hits and fanned three.


Game two started off as a pitcher’s duel as both teams went scoreless through four innings of the seven inning contest. Alexis Rivera led off the fifth with a single then moved to second on a wild pitch, then to third when Isaac Benard singled. Kenny Peoples-Walls drove in the game’s first run while beating out a potential double play. After Steve Lohr and Max Dutto walked to load the bases, Donald Glover Jr. Knocked in a run on a grounder to make it 2-0.


In the sixth, Will Kengor singled then sprinted to third when Luke Lowery singled. While Alexis Rivera was at the plate, Kengor scored on a wild pitch. The Beach Bums put together a two out rally in the seventh starting with Orlando Rivera reaching on a fielder’s choice. Kengor walked then both runners moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch. Lowery followed by singling up the middle, scoring Orlando and Kengor. In the bottom of the inning, Clint Hardy hit a two-run single but the threat ended with a strikeout by Matt Williams.


Jordan Desguin, making his season debut, earned the win by hurling five innings, allowing two hits and two walks, while striking out four. Payton Lobdell suffered the loss for Schaumburg to drop to 0-2 on the season. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in four and a third innings.


Tomorrow afternoon, the Beach Bums go for a sweep of this weekend’s three game series. It’s also the last game of the Beach Bums season-opening nine game road trip. Joe Hauser gets the start for Schaumburg and Adam Cornwell will pitch for the Beach Bums, in a battle of righties. First pitch is scheduled for 2pm and Tom Willms will have the call at TCBeachBums.com, starting with the Budweiser pregame show at 1:40pm.

Florence Tops Gateway to Move into Sole Possession of First Place in the West

Florence, Ky — Tied with their opponent at the top of the standings, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, outlasted the Gateway Grizzlies, 5-2, to move into sole possession of first place in the West Division on Saturday at UC Health Stadium.


Gateway (4-3) drew first blood in the top of the first inning, plating one on Freedom (5-2) starter, Steve Hagen (2-0). After Cody Livesay doubled, Trae Santos hit an in-between hopper that Xavier Turner could not field cleanly at second, allowing Livesay to score and give the Grizzlies an early, 1-0, lead. Gateway would not cross the plate again until the top of the ninth inning.


The Freedom rallied to take the lead in their first at-bat, thanks to a single from Jose Brizuela that setup a Connor Crane towering two-run homer off Grizzlies’ southpaw, Max MacNabb (1-1). With Florence now in front, 2-1, Hagen began a string of four straight one, two, three innings, and would finish the night having tossed his second gem in as many starts. The right-hander’s final line included seven one run innings of two-hit baseball with a pair of walks and eight strikeouts.


Florence would increase their lead to two in the bottom of the second. Once Jordan Brower singled and stole second base, Ryan Rinsky delivered an RBI-single to right-center that pushed the Freedom in front, 3-1.


After three quiet innings at the plate, the crimson and white would force MacNaab from the game in the home half of the sixth. Andre Mercurio started the inning by wearing a curveball for a lead-off hit by pitch. When a fielder’s choice moved Mercurio to second, he promptly stole third, paving the way to a Cutter McDowell RBI-single that lined off MacNabb’s leg and rolled into right field. McDowell would be the last hitter the Gateway lefty would face, exiting the ballgame after 5.2 innings with the Grizzlies down, 4-1. The southpaw surrendered six hits in addition to the four earned runs and struck out three while walking one.


With another lefty in the form of Colton Freeman on the bump in the bottom of the eighth, Florence would pad their lead for the last time. Keivan Berges followed a Mercurio walk with sharp single to center before both men successfully executed a double steal. With first base open, Gateway elected to walk McDowell and set up a force out at every base. Ryan Rinsky made it hurt by working a bases loaded walk, plating Mercurio for his second RBI of the night and giving the Freedom a, 5-1 advantage.


With reliever Johnathon Tripp on to close it out in the ninth, the Grizzlies used a Terry McClure double to claw their way to one more run. After the double, McClure took third on a wild pitch and scored on a comebacker to Tripp. The power-righty would restore order, picking up a couple of strikeouts on the way to sealing the, 5-2, victory.


Due to the Friday night rain-out, the Freedom and Grizzlies will wrap up their series with a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at 2:35 p.m. Freedom righty Jordan Kraus will take the ball opposite Gateway right-hander Will Anderson in the first of two seven inning affairs at UC Health Stadium.


Windy City Rides a Big Eighth Inning to Finish off Welch’s Gem Over Joliet

JOLIET, IL – The ThunderBolts scored three runs in the eighth inning to break a scoreless tie and defeat the Joliet Slammers 3-0 at Joliet Route 66 Stadium Saturday night.


Jake Welch and Liam O’Sullivan went head to head in a great pitchers duel as O’Sullivan retired the first 14 ThunderBolts he faced.


Welch struggled out of the gate, allowing hits to three of the first five batters he faced, but got out of the second inning with a double play and went on a roll, retiring the next 14 men he faced.


The Slammers (2-6) mounted a threat in the seventh inning, loading the bases on a single, a hit by pitch and a walk. With two outs, Welch remained in the game to face Ridge Hoopii-Haslam and struck out to keep his shutout intact.


The ThunderBolts (5-2) mounted their rally in the following inning as Tyler Straub hit a leadoff double. Darius Day tried to sacrifice himself but wound up at first base with a bunt single. Ransom LaLonde’s sacrifice fly got the Bolts on the board and Day scored on a Blair Beck double, chasing O’Sullivan from the game. Ishmael Edwards welcomed reliever Corey Kimber to the game with an RBI single that made the score 3-0.


Doug Hayes and Devin Raftery pitched the final two innings for the Bolts to wrap up their third shutout win in their last five games.


Welch (1-0) picked up his first ThunderBolts win, going seven innings and allowing five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. O’Sullivan (0-2) was the tough-luck loser. He was charged with three runs in 7.1 innings on only four hits.


The rubber game of the series is set for Sunday afternoon with Will Landsheft (1-0, 0.00) on the mound for the ThunderBolts. Joliet counters with Duke von Schamann (0-1, 2.00). First pitch from Joliet Route 66 Stadium is scheduled for 1:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.

Game Date: 05/19/2018 Windy City ThunderBolts 3 AT Joliet Slammers 0 YTD YTD Windy City AB R H BI AVG Joliet AB R H BI AVG Edwards, I CF 4 0 1 1 .143 Meadows, C SS 4 0 0 0 .259 Zier, T 2B 3 0 0 0 .115 Kalawaia, L LF 4 0 2 0 .500 Krane, R 3B 4 0 0 0 .241 Garcia, J DH 2 0 1 0 .214 Balkwill, L C 4 0 0 0 .200 Krupa, A DH,PR 0 0 0 0 .211 Oppenheim, D LF 4 0 0 0 .269 Zardon, D 3B 4 0 0 0 .179 Straub, T 1B 4 1 2 0 .208 Hill, T 1B 3 0 2 0 .267 Day, D RF 3 1 1 0 .214 Thompson, R RF 4 0 1 0 .241 LaLonde, R SS 2 0 0 1 .136 Bolin, T CF 3 0 0 0 .161 Beck, B DH 3 1 1 1 .263 Hoopii-Haslam, 2B 4 0 0 0 .120 Clark, C C 3 0 0 0 .000 31 3 5 3 31 0 6 0 Windy City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 – 3 5 0 Joliet 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0 6 0 2B–Straub, T 1B (2), Beck, B DH (2). RBI–Edwards, I CF (1), LaLonde, R SS (2), Beck, B DH (2), TOTALS 3 (0). HP–Zier, T 2B (2), Garcia, J DH (1). SF–LaLonde, R SS (1). SB–Day, D RF (3). CS–Kalawaia, L LF (1). LOB–Windy City 3, Joliet 8. DP–R. Krane(3B) – T. Straub(1B). YTD IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Windy City Welch, J (W,1-0) 7.0 5 0 0 1 7 0 0.00 Hayes, D 0.2 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 Raftery, D (S,3) 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.15 9 6 0 0 3 10 0 Joliet OSullivan, L (L,0-2) 7.1 4 3 3 0 7 0 5.56 Kimber, C 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.18 9 5 3 3 0 8 0 HB–Welch, J (1), OSullivan, L (1). SO–Edwards, I 2, Zier, T 2, Krane, R 2, Balkwill, L, Day, D, Meadows, C 3, Zardon, D 2, Thompson, R, Bolin, T, Hoopii-Haslam, R 2, Clark, C. BB–Krupa, A, Hill, T, Bolin, T. BF–Welch, J 26 (26), Hayes, D 4 (9), Raftery, D 5 (18), OSullivan, L 27 (51), Kimber, C 6 (26). P-S–Welch, J 106-65, Hayes, D 13-8, Raftery, D 21-14, OSullivan, L 91-64, Kimber, C 19-14. T–2:18. A–1137 Sunday’s Probables: WCT: TBA vs. JS: TBA Weather: Partly Cloudy – 73 degrees Plate Umpire – Drew Ashcraft, Field Umpire #1 – Shane Cannon

Lake Erie Uses Big Third Inning to Top Washington

AVON, Ohio — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, benefitted from a pair of huge innings on Friday night at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, as they won their fifth straight game with a 10-0 victory over the Washington Wild Things.
The victory for the Crushers (5-2) marked their second straight shutout and was their fifth straight win after starting the year with a pair of losses. The loss for the Wild Things (4-3) was their second on the road this season.
Lake Erie sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times on four hits while capitalizing on one error in the bottom of the third. After Ryan Castellanos (0-1) retired the first seven batters he faced, he hit Bryan DeLaRosa with a pitch, and Dalton Wheat made him pay three pitches later with a RBI triple to the left-center gap, giving the Crushers a 1-0 lead. Cameron Newell followed with a run scoring single back up the middle to score Wheat, giving the Crushers a 2-0 advantage.
Sean Hurley added to the Lake Erie two batters later, as he smashed a two-run homer to left, his second of the season. Conner Simonetti followed with a single to center, and he scored the final run of the inning as Dane Hutcheon reached on an error.
The Crushers used the long ball to add to their advantage in the bottom of the fourth. DeLaRosa and Newell both reached on singles, setting up Kevin LaChance’s three-run homer to left, his second of the season. Moments later, Hurley struck again, with his second homer of the game, a solo homer to left, giving the Crushers a 9-0 lead.
Lake Erie added one more run in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Hurley came home on Dane Hutcheon’s RBI single to left.
Alex Romero (1-1) tossed six scoreless innings and allowed just three hits while fanning four in a winning effort. Luis Cohen and Branden Nunn combined to toss three scoreless innings of one hit relief. Castellanos took the loss after allowing eight runs, seven earned on seven hits over 3.1 innings of action.
Five Crushers hit safely multiple times on the night. Hurley led the way with three hits, going 3-for-4 and drove in three runs. Newell, LaChance, DeLaRosa and Wheat all hit safely twice.
The Crushers will continue their three game series with the Wild Things at Sprenger Stadium on Saturday night. Right-hander Juan Perez (1-0, 3.60) will get the start for the Crushers and the Wild Things will counter with left-hander Frank Trimarko (1-0, 1.58). The first pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.

Joliet Slammers Score Eight Unanswered To Down Windy City

JOLIET, IL – The Joliet Slammers scored four runs in the sixth inning to break a tie score and deal the ThunderBolts an 8-2 loss in game one of a three-game series at Joliet Route 66 Stadium Friday night.


The ThunderBolts (4-2) struck first with a two-out run in the first inning. Riley Krane singled and moved to second when Larry Balkwill walked. David Oppenheim singled home Krane to make it 1-0.


They doubled the lead in the fourth. Tyler Straub doubled and the Bolts loaded the bases with back-to-back infield singles. Will Krug’s sacrifice fly brought home Straub.


Joliet (2-5) answered in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and a man on second, Travis Bolin hit a popup that the ThunderBolts’ infielders lost in the lights. The ball dropped for an RBI double. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam tied the score with an RBI single.


The Slammers loaded the bases in the sixth with two outs and took their first lead of the night on an Alex Krupa infield single. Chaz Meadows followed with a grounder to third that Krane threw away, allowing three runs to score and extending the Slammer lead to 6-2.


They put the game away with two runs in the seventh. Trenton Hill hit an RBI double and Hoopii-Haslam hit a sacrifice fly.


The ThunderBolts stranded seven men on base in the five innings but had just one baserunner and no hits after the fifth as Matt Sandoval shut down their offense. Sandoval (1-1) retired 12 of the 13 men he faced and earned the win. Chris DeRue (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs (one earned) in a third of an inning.


Jeremy Jacobs gave up two runs in five innings in his pro debut.



The Lake Erie Crushers presented by Mercy, announced Thursday that the Chicago Cubs have purchased the contract of Closer Dalton Geekie. The former Atlanta Braves draft pick will report to Cubs extended Spring Training in Arizona, before being assigned to a club in the Chicago farm system.

“Dalton Geekie is an extremely talented young man with a ton of potential”, stated Crushers Manager Cam Roth. “We appreciate the time he spent with our organization and wish him nothing but the best of success in the Cubs system.”

Geekie signed with the Crushers in March and pitched in two games during the 2018 season. He registered saves in both of the games in which he appeared without allowing a base hit and striking out three hitters.  The Georgie resident is the first Frontier League player signed by a Major League Baseball organization during the 2018 season.  2017 saw 27 different players sign with MLB clubs during the season plus an additional five after the season ended.

The Lake Erie Crushers are located in Avon, Ohio and play in the Frontier League of independent professional baseball (www.frontierleague.com). For more information, you can contact the Crushers at 440-934-3636, visit our website at www.lakeeriecrushers.com, or email info@lakeeriecrushers.com

Big Day In Washington as Harris Hits For the Cycle and Langbehn Wins 600 as Washington Sweeps Gateway in a Double Header

WASHINGTON, Pa. (May 17) -For the first 16 seasons of Wild Things baseball, no player had ever hit for the cycle. That changed in the first game of tonight’s doubleheader sweep of the Gateway Grizzlies, when center fielder James Harris went 4-5 with a single, double, triple and home run. Also in the win, Wild Things’ manager Gregg Langbehn recorded his 600th managerial win.
The Wild Things (4-2) beat Gateway (4-2) 11-4 in the first game of the doubleheader, and grinded out a 1-0 win in the second game.
In game one, the Grizzlies drew first blood in the top of the first, when first
baseman Trae Santos drove in center fielder and leadoff hitter Matt Hearn with a single. The Wild Things offense responded right away, however, when Harris led off the bottom of the first with his third home run of the season to start his historic day at the plate.
With one out in the bottom of the second, catcher Kyle Pollock tripled. Two batters later, shortstop Brett Marr gave Washington the lead with a sacrifice fly. The Wild Things added on when, with two outs, left fielder Roman Collins drove in two runs with a single to make it 4-1. Gateway got a run back in the next half inning with Santos’ second RBI single of the game, which scored left fielder Cody Livesay.
Washington busted the game open in its next at-bat when Harris’ day continued with a bases-clearing triple, making it 7-2. However, the Grizzlies wouldn’t go away. In the fourth, after Cunningham retired the first two batters, Gateway struck for two runs on four-straight singles, with Hearn and Livesay driving in the runs.
Wild Things’ starter Chase Cunningham departed after four innings, allowing four earned runs on eight singles while walking three and not recording a strikeout. Davis Adkins relieved Cunningham, working out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam to get Washington out of the half-inning with an 8-4 lead.
Washington added to its lead in the bottom half of the fifth when Collins scored on a wild pitch. The Wild Things got more insurance in their next at bat, with shortstop Brett Marr’s first home run of the season—a solo shot—making it 9-4. After Harris doubled to complete the cycle, he stole third and came around to score on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Mick Fennell. One batter later, Collins added to the scoring with Washington’s third home run of the evening.
Washington completed a productive offensive showing with an RBI single by first baseman Reydel Medina. Frank Trimarco and Sam Mersing pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win.
For the Grizzlies, starting pitcher Mike Ellwood took the loss, allowing eight runs—six earned—on nine hits over 3.1 innings.
In the second game, after Gateway starter Alec Kisena struck out the side in the first inning, Washington broke through in the second when a single by first baseman Reydel Medina scored second baseman Carter McEachern.
That was all the scoring Washington would need to complete the doubleheader sweep and a series win. Starting pitcher Thomas Dorminy was excellent on the mound, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 for his first win of 2018. Zach Strecker picked up his second save of the year, allowing just an infield single in the ninth.
For Gateway, Alec Kisena took the loss despite throwing six innings and allowing just one-run on two hits while walking a batter and striking out nine.
The Wild Things will be back on the road for a three-game series with the Lake Erie Crushers. The first contest will be tomorrow night at 7:05.

The Schaumburg Boomers Blank The Southern Illinois Miners to Win Series

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers presented by Wintrust Community Banks, rode the pitching of opening night starter Steven Ridings to a 4-0 shutout win over the Southern Illinois Miners to win the first home series of the season.


Ridings retired the first 12 batters of the game before sidestepping trouble in the top of the fifth, stranding a pair of runners. Southern Illinois starter Kurt Heyer was just as effective, sitting down 11 straight at one point. The first run of the game scored in the bottom of the sixth inning to break the run of zeroes. James Keller was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a double from Jack Parenty. With one away, Clint Hardy drove home the first run with a groundout. Josh Gardiner and Casey Scoggins added RBI doubles in the seventh and eighth to help Schaumburg pull away.


Ridings struck out 10 in 6.2 innings, allowing just three hits to earn the win. The performance marked the second consecutive double-digit strikeout showing by a starter after Kit Fowler fanned 10 on Wednesday. James Mulry and Mitch Schulewitz combined on the seventh and eighth while Jake Joyce closed the door in the ninth. Three of the first six games this season have been shutouts.


The season opening homestand continues on Friday night when the Traverse City Beach Bums visit at 6:30 p.m. to open the first divisional series of the year. LHP Kyle Cedotal starts for Schaumburg. It will be Jurassic Ballpark Night on Friday, featuring postgame fireworks.