Florence Sweeps Double Header Over Windy City

FLORENCE, Ky –The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, started their nine game home stand in strong fashion on Wednesday night, utilizing a late grand slam in game one and dominant starting pitching to earn, 7-5, and, 3-0, wins, respectively, at UC Health Stadium.

In game one, the Thunderbolts (10-17) sprinted out to a quick start against Freedom (13-16) starter Jordan Kraus (2-2). Tyler Straub put the Thunderbolts up early, 1-0, with his first  of three homers in the game, a solo shot to right-center. The Windy City lead expanded to three in the second inning courtesy a two-run blast from Ransom LaLonde that sailed over the wall in left. Straub connected on his second solo shot of the night in the top of fourth, giving the Thunderbolts a, 4-0, advantage.

Florence cut the deficit in half in the home half, however plating two after loading the bases. Ryan Rinsky started the frame with a walk ahead of back-to-back singles from Austin Wobrock and Freedom newcomer Ricky Ramirez. With one out, Keivan Berges smashed a sacrifice fly to center to put Florence on the board and Andre Mercurio followed that up with an RBI-single to pull the home team within a pair at, 4-2. Berges would come up clutch again in the fifth, driving in Mercurio from second with a single off Drew Peden (0-1) to make it a one run game. After the Freedom loaded the bases in the fifth, Ron Biga called on the right-hander Austin Sweet to face Jacob Wark. Wark greeted the hurler by uncorking a grand slam into the Freedom bullpen in left, his third home run of the season put Florence in front, 7-4.

Bach who was making his Thunderbolts debut, finished having thrown three innings of five-hit, two-run baseball, before giving way to Peden (0-1) in the fourth.

Straub made it a two-run game with his third solo-shot in the sixth, but Windy City would not score again. Kraus exited after six frames, allowing five runs all on homers, with five surrendered hits and three strikeouts.

Power-righty Jake Haberer entered out of the Florence bullpen and worked an efficient top of the seventh to earn his first save of the season.

Game two was a pitchers duel between the Florence starter Christian DeLeon (1-2) and Windy City starter Eddie Avila (0-1). Both pitched themselves out of several jams, but the Freedom offense was able to get to Avila for three runs. DeLeon held the Thunderbolts scoreless over five strong innings, surrendering only two hits and striking out four while only issuing two walks.

DeLeon faced a situation with runners on the corners in the second and third with less than two outs, but pitched himself out of both spots and put the Freedom offense in a position to win the game.

Andre Mercurio put the Freedom up, 1-0, in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to center to score Ricky Ramirez. Florence added some insurance in the fifth when with two men on, Berges smashed a line drive off the top of the right field wall, scoring a pair as Florence raced ahead, 3-0.

Avila tossed 4.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

In his Freedom debut, Sam Martin tossed a clean sixth inning before Johnathon Tripp emerged to slam the door in the seventh, tallying his second save of the season. The Freedom earned their third shutout win of the season with the, 3-0, victory and captured their first series since sweeping a doubleheader with Traverse City on May 23.

Florence and Windy City will square off in the series finale on Thursday night. Chuck Weaver will be on the bump for the Freedom opposite righty Jake Welch of the Thunderbolts. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 at UC Health Stadium.

Washington Tops Gateway In Slugfest

SAUGET, Il. (June 12) – The Washington Wild Things opened their three-game series with a 19-10 win over the Gateway Grizzles at GCS Credit Union Ballpark Tuesday as the team won its eighth-consecutive contest.
This hitter’s ballpark allowed Washington to dominate the offensive play with five home runs, including a grand slam.
Washington drew first blood, opening the scoring with four runs on four hits in the top of the first inning, highlighted by a triple off the bat of left fielder Roman Collins that scored a run and a two-run single by designated hitter Louis Mele. During their next at-bat, the Wild Things added six more runs with a three-run homer from catcher Kyle Pollock and a two-run homer from third baseman Mike Hill on top of an RBI-single from second baseman Carter McEachern, increasing the lead to 10-0 through the first two innings of play.
Gateway was able to open their scoring in the bottom of the fourth with designated hitter Terry McClure’s RBI double. One batter later, the Grizzlies scored three more runs on a home run by center fielder Justin Ellison.
The Wild Things were able to extend their lead with two, two-run homers: one by right fielder Hector Roa and the other by Pollock – his second home run of the night – in the sixth.
Gateway attempted a comeback in the bottom of the sixth and got five runs on two home runs hit by third baseman Joel McKeithan and right fielder Blake Brown, bringing the score to 14-9 in favor of Washington.
In the seventh inning, Collins hit a grand slam, the third of the season for Washington, and Roa plated Pollock to make it 19-9.
In a do-or-die ninth inning, the Grizzlies were able to add one more run, but failed to capitalize, cementing the score at 19-10 Washington.
Of the four pitchers who took the mound for Washington, starting pitcher Frank Trimarco got the win tonight. Trimarco pitched for five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and fanned seven batters. Gateway’s starter Dakota Smith gave up 10 runs during his 1.1 innings of work, and took the loss.
The Wild Things and Grizzlies face off again tomorrow at 12:35 ET for the second game of the series.

Lake Erie Rolls over Normal 12-2

NORMAL, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, sent 14 men to the plate in the second inning and scored eight times to open up their series against the Normal CornBelters (11-15) on Tuesday night. Behind six scoreless innings from Sean Renzi (4-1), Lake Erie rolled to a 12-2 win.

Lake Erie (16-12) jumped all over CornBelters starter Jacinto Garcia (2-1) in the second inning. Aaron Hill led off with a triple and later scored along with Cameron Newell on a two-run single by Kevin Lachance. Kewby Meyer followed with an RBI single which scored Dane Hutcheon.

A wild pitch scored the fourth run and a single from Cody Lenahan made it 6-0 Crushers. Garcia only lasted 1.2 innings and he surrendered seven runs on four hits while issuing five walks.

By the time the second inning was over, the Crushers had an 8-0 lead. They added a run in the fourth and two in the fifth when Sean Hurley blasted his fourth home run of the year. His two-run shot made it 11-0.

On the mound, Lake Erie got another quality start from Renzi. The right-hander went six and allowed five hits while striking out four.

Austin Orvis allowed an unearned run over two innings of work out of the bullpen and Richard McWilliams allowed a run in the ninth inning.

The twelve runs scored on Tuesday was the highest offensive output of the season for the Crushers. With the win, Lake Erie also clinched the season series from the CornBelters.

Nine different players hit safely for Lake Erie while seven different players had at least one RBI.

Game two will begin tomorrow at 7:05 CDT. Alex Romero (2-2) will get the start for Lake Erie while Matt Portland (2-1) goes for Normal. Game three is Thursday at 7:05 CDT.

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

Evansville Tops Schaumburg In First of Three Game Series

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – The Evansville Otters bested the Schaumburg Boomers 5-2 in the first game of a three-game series on Tuesday evening at Boomers Stadium.
Evansville jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. After loading the bases on an error, hit batsmen, and a base hit, Travis Harrison singled home Manny Cruz and Jeff Gardner to put the Otters up by two runs.

Schaumburg tied the game up in the second with an RBI groundout from Dylan Jones and a wild pitch that scored Kenny Towns from third base.

The Otters retook the lead with two runs in the fourth. Mike Rizzitello singled home Harrison and then a balk allowed Brandon Dulin to score from third and put the Otters up 4-2.

Evansville added another run in the seventh on an RBI fielder’s choice from Toby Thomas to take a 5-2 lead.

Mitch Aker then came on in the ninth to close out the game and earn his eleventh save of the season.

Luc Rennie gets the win for the Otters, his third of the season. The righty tossed seven innings, allowing just two runs, and striking out six.

Joe Hauser is dealt the loss for the Boomers. Hauser worked four innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits.

The Otters and Boomers continue their series tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. from Boomers Stadium.

Coverage of the series will continue on WUEV 91.5 FM presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn with Sam Jellinek (play-by-play) on the call.

Evansville will return to Bosse Field June 15-17 for a three-game set against the Traverse City Beach Bums. The weekend series is highlighted by Boys and Girls Club Weekend with Evan the Otter’s birthday and Superhero Night on Friday, postgame fireworks Saturday and Family Fun Day with the family package available on Sunday.

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.

The Washington Wild Things Sweep Weekly Awards

Washington Wild Things outfielder James Harris and starting pitcher Chase Cunningham were named Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.


James Harris earned his second player of the week honors, also won September 3,2017, by posting a .458 batting average driving in 12 in the last six games. Harris also scored eight runs while hitting two homeruns, two doubles, one triple and stealing four bags. Harris also hit safely in all six games last week for the Wild Things helping them to a 6-0 record and a three-game lead in the East Division standings.


Prior to joining the Wild Things, Harris spent time with the Tampa Bay Rays as well as the Oakland Athletics. Harris who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 Major League Draft by Tampa Bay, has spent time at all levels of the minor leagues with his highest stint coming in 2015 with Triple-A Nashville (Oakland A’s). Harris has posted career numbers of a .256 batting average over 2,295 at bats, while slugging 33 homeruns, 22 triples, 97 doubles while driving in 220, Harris has also stolen 115 bases over his career.


Chase Cunningham earned his second pitcher of the week honors, also won July 2, 2017,  following an 8-4 win over the Joliet Slammers on June 8th. During his start Cunningham threw 7.0 innings allowing two hits and one earned run while striking out nine hitters. Cunningham is 1-2 in six starts this season posting a 3.17 earned run average over 34 innings pitched.


Cunningham made his professional debut in 2015 with the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association, before coming over to the Frontier League in 2016 with the Washington Wild Things. The right-handed pitcher out of Belmont University has posted a 18-19 career record with a 3.88 earned run average over 304.0 innings pitched.  Cunningham has also posted a 1.39 strikeout to walk ratio and a 1.372 WHIP over his four-year career.


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.

Dubsky Dominates as Southern Illinois Edges Normal

Normal, IL (June 9, 2018) – The Southern Illinois Miners won their third straight game and eighth in their last nine overall by a score of 5-4 at The Corn Crib in Normal against the Normal CornBelters thanks to stellar starting pitching by Austin Dubsky and early offense, taking the series by winning the first two in the weekend set.

After Dubsky (2-0) retired the side in order in the first inning, the Miners’ offense went to work against Normal starter Kevin Matthews (0-3). Nolan Earley led off with the first of three walks he would draw in the game, and Ben Moore singled after a wild pitch to put runners at first and third base for Dougie Parks, who hit a two-run double down the left field line for a 2-0 lead. Later in the inning, John Holland’s single would drive in another run, with Joe Dudek’s fielder’s choice completing the scoring in the frame and making it 4-0.

That’s all Dubsky would need in the early part of the game, as he held the Normal offense to just one hit and no runs over his first six innings with four strikeouts in his first start of the year. In the top of the seventh inning, Romeo Cortina added to that advantage by laying down a bunt single. The pitcher at the time, Jose Savinon, threw low to first base and when the ball rolled all the way down into the bullpen, Cortina circled the bases and made it 5-0.

That would prove to be the winning run as well, as the CornBelters came back with two runs in the seventh inning to make it 5-3, and then scored two more in the eighth to cut the Miners’ lead to one run, setting themselves  up with runners at second and third base with just one out in the inning. But the Miners would halt Normal from there, as Chris Washington was summoned from the bullpen with the tying and potential go-ahead runs in scoring position, and he retired Derrick Bauer and Sammy Vega on a groundout to first and a strikeout to keep the Miners in front.

Washington then retired the side in order in the ninth inning to record his first career save as the Miners won the contest and took the road series. Dubsky finished with six-plus innings of work to get the win, allowing just one hit and one earned run with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Miners will conclude their six-game road trip on Sunday night at 6:05 p.m. as they go for a sweep of the CornBelters before coming back to Marion this week. Kurt Heyer gets the starting nod for the Miners against Normal’s Jacinto Garcia.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s winningest 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.siminers.com.

Windy City Downs Traverse City 12-2

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – The ThunderBolts scored a season-high 12 runs on 11 hits and 12 walks as they coasted to a 12-2 victory over the Traverse City Beach Bums at Wuerfel Park Saturday night.


The Bolts (10-14) got off to a hot start as the first three batters reached base. Tyler Straub started the scoring with an RBI base hit. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Andrew Dundon scored on a wild pitch and after they were loaded again, Blair Beck was hit by a pitch to force in another run.


The Beach Bums (10-15) got on the board in the fourth inning with a Will Kengor double. He moved up on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout to cut the Bolts’ lead to two.


They extended it quickly, though, scoring six in the fifth. Beck picked up his second RBI of the night on a double and Tim Zier and Dundon each hit RBI singles. After a walk loaded the bases, Larry Balkwill broke the game open with a three-run double to put the ThunderBolts ahead 9-1.


The Beach Bums put one more run on the board on a Donald Glover RBI single but the ThunderBolts put up another three spot in the eighth, when two walks preceded Beck, who homered for the second time this year. Beck finished with five RBIs.


Zac Westcott (1-4) pitched well, allowing two runs on five hits over seven innings and earned his first win of the year. Adam Cornwell (0-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on six hits and six walks over 4.2 innings.


The rubber match between the Beach Bums and ThunderBolts is set for Sunday evening. The Bolts will start Paddy Ledet (2-1, 2.93) against the Beach Bums’ Reinaldo Lopez (0-2, 8.39). First pitch from Wuerfel Park is scheduled for 4:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.

Washington Holds off Joliet to Win Game 2

WASHINGTON, Pa. (June 9) – A fourth inning RBI-double by designated hitter Louis Mele proved to be the difference maker as the Washington Wild Things held off the Joliet Slammers’ comeback attempt, taking game two of the three-game series 5-4.
The team’s sixth win in a row keeps the Wild Things in first place in the Frontier League Eastern Division as they move to 17-9, while the Slammers fall to 10-15 in 2018. With the Lake Erie Crushers’ loss to Schaumburg, the Wild Things are now two games up in the division.
Right fielder Hector Roa got the Wild Things on the board in the bottom of the second inning, plating first baseman Reydel Medina, who tripled two batters earlier, on a sacrifice fly.
Then in the bottom of the third, Washington pushed three more runs across thanks to RBI-singles from center fielder James Harris and second baseman Carter McEachern, as well as a sacrifice fly off the bat of left fielder Roman Collins.
The hot Washington bats carried into the fourth, as Mele drove in Roa with a double, his second of the game, to extend the advantage to 5-0.
Washington starting pitcher Trevor Bradley, who made his first start of 2018 after being used solely out of bullpen, was strong through five innings of work against Joliet. The right-hander to that point in the game had only allowed one hit and no runs.
However, Bradley faced adversity in the top of the sixth when he allowed three of the first four batters of the inning to reach base, prompting manager Gregg Langbehn to go to Mike Anthony in the bullpen.
Anthony immediately allowed a two-RBI double to Joliet right fielder Travis Bolin, then an RBI-single to first baseman Trenton Hill and finally a sacrifice fly off the bat of second baseman Dom Iero. Once Anthony got the final out of the inning, the Wild Things’ lead had been cut to 5-4.
Fortunately for Washington, the bullpen trio of Jamal Wilson, Davis Adkins and Zach Strecker combined to shutout the Joliet offensive attack over the final three innings of the game. Strecker recorded his eighth save of the season in the process.
Bradley grabbed his second win of the season after tossing 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out seven batters, a career high.
Five different Washington batters recorded RBI during the game, and seven different batters had hits for the Wild Things.
The Wild Things and Slammers will finish the three-game set tomorrow afternoon at 5:35. With a win in that game, Washington can secure its second-straight sweep and third overall sweep on the season, as well as potentially a seventh-straight win.

Schaumburg Rallies to Top Lake Erie

AVON, OH — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, fell behind 3-0 early, but rallied to notch a 5-4 decision in Ohio and claim a second consecutive seris victory.


Lake Erie jumped in front 3-0 by scoring three times with two outs in the bottom of the second against Schaumburg starter Payton Lobdell. The Boomers quickly pecked at the deficit, tallying a pair of runs in the top of the third on a two-run single from Ty Moore with the bases loaded. James Keller scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to tie the game and Collin Ferguson put the Boomers in front with an RBI groundout. The hosts tied the game in the sixth with an unearned run before Zack Weigel accounted for the difference with a bases loaded single in the seventh.


Lobdell worked a season high six innings to gather his first win, allowing just two earned runs. The bullpen combination of Darrell Thompson and Jake Joyce retired the final nine batters of the game with Joyce earning his fifth save and second in as many nights. Schaumburg finished with 11 hits, an eighth double-digit performance in the last 10 affairs. Moore, Jack Parenty, Kenny Towns and Weigel all tallied two each on another night where the entire starting lineup reached base at least once. Towns owns a nine-game hitting streak.Sean Godfrey reached base four times and has been aboard in 15 consecutive games.


The Boomers aim for a series sweep on Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. Central.RHP Steven Ridings (2-2, 2.73) is slated to start for Schaumburg with Lake Erie sending RHP Mason Klotz (2-0, 2.00). Schaumburg returns home on Tuesday to begin a three-game series with Evansville on Educators Appreciation Night featuring Dennis Haskins (Mr. Belding) from Saved by the Bell. Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer by calling (847) 461-3695.


Offensive explosion pushes Otters past Grizzlies, 11-5

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Behind an offensive outburst, the Evansville Otters beat the Gateway Grizzlies 11-5 to win the three-game series in front of 3,560 fans at Bosse Field on Thursday night.

The Otters opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning. Toby Thomas singled through the hole on the left side to score David Cronin and put the Otters up 1-0. Manny Cruz then came through with a two-out two-run single to put Evansville up 3-0.

Gateway got one run back in the top of the second on a Joel McKeithan RBI single.

The Grizzlies got within one in the third with an RBI base hit from Trae Santos.

The Otters pushed the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the frame on a Cronin RBI base knock.

The Otters tacked on another run in the fifth on another Cronin RBI single to take a 5-2 lead.

Gateway tied the game with three runs in the top of the sixth. McKeithan picked up his second RBI hit of the day to pull Gateway to within two. Then with two outs, Artemis Kadkhodian singled home two runs to tie the game at 5-5.

The Otters responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Travis Harrison doubled home Jeff Gardner before Cruz picked up his third RBI of the game with a single to right. The inning was capped off with a Hunter Cullen single that scored Cruz and put the Otters up 8-5.

Evansville added three more runs on in the eighth for their third, three-run inning of the game. A Mike Rizzitello sacrifice fly scored Harrison which was followed by an RBI triple from Cullen. Cronin picked up his third RBI of the game when he singled home Cullen to give the Otters an 11-5 lead.

The Otters offense clicked up and down the lineup as the squad set new season highs for most runs, 11, and hits, 17, in a single game. Every player in the Otters lineup reached base at least twice.

Cruz lead the offensive charge with four hits and three runs driven in. Cronin garnered three hits as well as three RBI and Cullen added three hits of his own, including an RBI triple.

Otters starter Ty Hensley did not factor into the decision after tossing four innings and giving up two runs and punching out four.

Grizzlies starter Dakota Smith also receives a no-decision. Smith tossed 4.1 innings, giving up five runs.

Garrett Harris gets the win out of the bullpen for the Otters, his first of the year. Harris pitched two innings, allowing three runs and striking out four batters.

Patrick Boyle is dealt his second loss of the year for Gateway. Boyle allowed three runs in 1.1 innings.

The Otters will now hit the road for a three-game set against the River City Rascals in O’Fallon, Missouri.

Coverage of the Otters’ series with the Rascals will be on WUEV 91.5 FM presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn with Sam Jellinek (play-by-play) on the call.

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.

Tickets can be purchased online at evansvilleotters.com, by calling 812-435-8686, or at the Bosse Field box office. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Washington Routes Traverse City to Complete the Sweep

WASHINGTON, Pa. (June 7) – Washington earned its 15th win and completed its second sweep of the season in its 23-1 rout of Traverse City Thursday night. The 23 tallies recorded by the Wild Things tied the franchise record of most runs scored in a single game, which was set in June 2003.
The Wild Things’ (15-9) offense started quickly in the first inning, plating a run after a scoreless top of the inning. Second baseman Carter McEachern roped a one-out double to the left field fence to start the bats and then advanced to third on a Roman Collins fly out to centerfield. Catcher Kyle Pollock brought McEachern in during the next at-bat on an RBI-single to center field to give Washington the 1-0 lead.
Traverse City (9-14) would answer in the top of the third inning to tie the game at one on a Reydel Medina error.
Washington would reclaim the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, making the score 2-1. Third baseman Mike Hill drove in Medina on a one-out, RBI-double that reached the left field warning track to give Washington the advantage—one it would not relinquish.
The Wild Things would then blow the game open in the fifth inning by scoring nine runs on seven hits and four walks to extend the lead to 11-1. Pollock went 2-2 in the inning with an RBI and McEachern added a two-RBI double.
Washington added six more runs to the board in the sixth frame on six hits. Center fielder James Harris highlighted the inning, launching a grand slam in the inning, his first of the season and his sixth homer overall.
The scoring onslaught carried into the bottom of the seventh as the team recorded its second straight six-run inning, scoring all of the runs on just one hit. The one hit came from Louis Mele, as he smacked a grand slam over the left field fence, his first home run of the season. The Wild Things had 34 plate appearances in the three frames.
The scoring halted after the six-run seventh by Washington, bringing the score to its final of 23-1.
The Wild Things were led offensively by Pollock, who went 4-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In addition to the grand slams by Harris and Mele, McEachern added a 3-4 performance with two RBI and two runs. Third baseman Mike Hill had a pair of doubles and four total RBI.
Danny Garmendia (2-2) grabbed the win for Washington. He threw seven innings while allowing four hits, one unearned run, two walks, and struck out six.
Washington will now host Joliet for a three-game series while Traverse City (9-14) will travel back home to host Windy City for a three-game series.

Windy City Tops Schaumburg 4-1

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Jake Welch threw eight strong innings and Will Krug scored all four runs as the ThunderBolts defeated the Schaumburg Boomers 4-1 at Boomers Stadium Thursday night.


Krug started the game by getting hit by a pitch. After he moved all the way to third base on a Tim Zier sacrifice bunt, Riley Krane walked. Krug scored on the back end of a double steal to get the scoring started.


The Boomers (10-13) tied the score in the bottom of the inning when Sean Godfrey hit a two-out double and Collin Ferguson singled him home.


The Bolts (9-13) took the lead for good in the third inning when Krug singled and stole second. He scored on a Tyler Straub base hit. Riley Krane took his turn with an RBI single in the fifth, scoring Krug, who had again hit a leadoff single.


Schaumburg’s last serious threat came in the sixth. They loaded the bases with one out, but Ty Moore lined out to right field and Blair Beck threw back to second to double up Godfrey and end the inning.


The final run scored in the seventh as Krug again singled and stole second. He would cross the plate on a Tyler Straub sacrifice fly.


After his first inning troubles, Welch retired ten of the next 11 hitters and exited after a career-high eight innings. He allowed seven hits in the game and struck out three as he improved to 3-0 for the year.


Sam Myers (0-1) took the loss, allowing three runs in 4.2 innings in his Boomers debut.


Devin Raftery earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth inning.


The ThunderBolts continue their season-long nine-game road trip on Friday night with their first trip this year to Traverse City. The Bolts will start Will Landsheft (2-0, 1.08) in game one against the Beach Bums’ Jordan Desquin (2-0, 2.20). First pitch from Wuerfel Park is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard through wcthunderbolts.com.

Game Date: 06/07/2018 Windy City ThunderBolts 4 AT Schaumburg Boomers 1 YTD YTD Windy City AB R H BI AVG Schaumburg AB R H BI AVG Krug, W CF 4 4 3 0 .265 Parenty, J 2B 4 0 1 0 .292 Zier, T 2B 3 0 1 0 .207 Weigel, Z RF 3 0 1 0 .273 Straub, T 1B 4 0 2 2 .316 Godfrey, S DH 3 1 1 0 .273 Krane, R 3B 4 0 1 1 .200 Ferguson, C 1B 4 0 2 1 .265 Balkwill, L C 3 0 1 0 .211 Moore, T LF 4 0 0 0 .300 Healy, R DH 3 0 0 0 .238 Towns, K 3B 4 0 1 0 .289 LaLonde, R SS 4 0 0 0 .092 Jones, D CF 3 0 1 0 .350 Day, D LF 2 0 0 0 .212 Oddo, N C 3 0 0 0 .313 Dundon, A PH 1 0 0 0 .000 Gardiner, J SS 3 0 0 0 .232 Rawe, B LF 0 0 0 0 .136 Beck, B RF 3 0 0 0 .203 31 4 8 3 31 1 7 1 Windy City 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 – 4 8 0 Schaumburg 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 1 7 0 2B–Godfrey, S DH (7). RBI–Straub, T 1B 2 (9), Krane, R 3B (10), TOTALS 3 (0), Ferguson, C 1B (5), TOTALS (0). HP–Krug, W CF (3), Jones, D CF (5). SF–Straub, T 1B (2). SH–Zier, T 2B (0). SB–Krug, W CF 3 (6), Zier, T 2B (5), Krane, R 3B 2 (2). CS–Beck, B RF (2). LOB–Windy City 9, Schaumburg 6. DP–R. LaLonde(SS) – T. Straub(1B), T. Zier(2B) – R. LaLonde(SS) – T. Straub(1B), J. Gardiner(SS) – C. Ferguson(1B), B. Beck(RF) – T. Zier(2B). YTD IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Windy City Welch, J (W,3-0) 8.0 7 1 1 2 3 0 2.63 Raftery, D (S,6) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.61 9 7 1 1 2 4 0 Schaumburg Myers, S (L,0-1) 4.2 5 3 3 3 2 0 5.79 Stutsman, D 2.1 2 1 1 1 1 0 4.82 Mulry, J 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.00 Vieitez, I 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 4.00 9 8 4 4 6 4 0 HB–Welch, J (3), Myers, S (1). SO–Healy, R, LaLonde, R, Day, D, Dundon, A, Godfrey, S, Towns, K 2, Jones, D. BB–Zier, T, Krane, R, Balkwill, L, Healy, R, Day, D, Beck, B, Weigel, Z, Godfrey, S. BF–Welch, J 31 (97), Raftery, D 3 (41), Myers, S 23 (23), Stutsman, D 10 (41), Mulry, J 3 (36), Vieitez, I 4 (38). P-S–Welch, J 101-66, Raftery, D 12-9, Myers, S 88-55, Stutsman, D 46-27, Mulry, J 22-14, Vieitez, I 14-9. T–2:48. A–2368 Boomers Gunnar Kines, Windy City Lance Landsheft Weather: 77 F NE Fair Wind 13 MPH Plate Umpire – Keith Rogowski, Field Umpire #1 – Erik Turngren

Frontier League All-Star Game Switches to Rookies vs Experienced Format

The 2018 Frontier League All-Star Game presented by BJC Healthcare and the River City Rascals has switched from the traditional East vs West format to a new Rookies vs Experienced players format.


“I am very excited about the new format for the All-Star Game,” Commissioner Bill Lee said. “In the past, our games have been dominated by our older players. Now, the younger players will have an excellent chance to showcase their talents. I am looking forward to the game.”


Feedback from professional scouts were the ultimate driving force behind switching the All-Star Game format to the new Rookies vs Experienced players.  The Rookie team will be composed of players in their first or second full professional seasons (Rookie-1 and Rookie-2 classifications) while the Experienced team will be the top players with more than two full seasons of professional experience.  The Experienced team will be the home squad for the game and led by the West Division coaching staff, while the East Division staff in first place at the game will oversee the Rookie squad.


The 2018 All-Star Game takes place on Wednesday July 11 at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Missouri.  This season is the third time that the Rascals and O’Fallon have hosted the Frontier League All-Star Game and first since 2004.


The game will give fans the opportunity to see the best that the Frontier League has to offer while enjoying a festival-like atmosphere for the ultimate summer family entertainment experience. Confirmed events that will be taking place during the All-Star Game at CarShield Field are food trucks, inflatables, a rock climbing wall and balloon artist.  Gates for the All-Star Game will open at 6:00 PM, with the game beginning at 7:00 PM. All seating will be on a first come first serve basis with ticket prices being $15.00.  Tickets can be purchased from the link below or at the River City Rascals Box Office, which is located at 900 T.R. Hughes Blvd, O’Fallon, MO.




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.

Harrison’s Grand Slam Lifts Evansville Over Gateway

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Thanks to a Travis Harrison grand slam, the Evansville Otters beat the Gateway Grizzlies 4-2 in the second game of their series on Wednesday at Bosse Field in front of 1,754 fans.

A Trae Santos single in the top of the first inning scored Artemis Kadkhodian to give the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead.

Gateway doubled their lead in the second on a Kevin Martir RBI single.

The Otters mounted a late rally in the eighth. With one out, Ryan Long began the charge with a sharp single to right. David Cronin then walked, and after a Toby Thomas fly out to left, Jeff Gardner walked to load the bases. On an 0-1 pitch, Travis Harrison drilled a home run, his third of the year, over the left field wall for a grand slam, putting the Otters up 4-2.

Mitch Aker came on to shut the door in the ninth, recording two strike outs en route to his league leading eighth save of the season.

Otters starter Luc Rennie receives a no-decision despite a stellar outing. Rennie went seven innings and struck out a career high 11 batters while giving up just two runs.

Kyano Cummings earns his first win of the year after pitching a scoreless eighth.

Mike Elwood receives a no decision for the Grizzlies despite throwing 6.1 innings of shutout baseball and allowing only three hits.

Colton Freeman is saddled with the loss after being charged with three of the four runs in the eighth inning.

The rubber match of the series will be Thursday, June 7 at 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field.

Tomorrow will be the first Thirsty Thursday of the year with special price drafts brought to you by Working Distributors.

Coverage of the Otters’ series with the Grizzlies will continue on WUEV 91.5 FM and the Otters Digital Network presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn with Sam Jellinek (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analyst) on the call.

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.

Tickets can be purchased online at evansvilleotters.com, by calling 812-435-8686, or at the Bosse Field box office. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Florence Snaps Ten-Game Skid With Win Over Southern Illinois

LORENCE, Ky – With the series on the line, The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, used a complete team effort to snap their ten-game skid and setup a series rubber match with a, 7-3, victory over the Southern Illinois Miners on Wednesday night at UC Health Stadium.


Steve Hagen (3-1) worked a quick top of the first, and Florence (9-13) wasted no time at the plate. In the bottom of the inning, Brandon Pugh reached on an error, and after swiping second to get into scoring position, Xavier Turner chopped a Robby Rowland (4-1) fastball into the ground at third base, plating Pugh as a second Miners (13-9) error gave Florence an early, 1-0, edge. In the bottom of the second, a Keivan Berges lead-off single and Craig Lepre walk setup a two-run double by Jacob Wark. Connor Crane followed with a sharp RBI-single to center as the Freedom lead grew to, 4-0.


The Miners got on the board in the fifth, when Kurt Wertz Jr. doubled and came around to score on an RBI-groundout off the bat of Marc DiLeo to pull the Miners within three.


The Freedom tallied another run in the sixth, however thanks to an Andre Mercurio double that paved the way to a Lepre RBI-single.


With the score, 5-1, in the top of the seventh, Southern Illinois chased Steve Hagen from the game after a Nolan Earley walk bled into three consecutive base hits and a pair of Miners runs as the Freedom lead shriveled to, 5-3.  With Patrick McGrath on in relief and two runners on, DiLeo laid down a sacrifice bunt to push both runners in scoring position. McGrath responded by striking out John Holland before handing the ball to Jameson McGrane for the final out of the inning. McGrane slammed the door, striking out Chris Scura to secure a third quality start for Hagen, and maintain the two-run Freedom advantage.

Hagen finished with a final line that included six strong innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout.


Rowland countered with six innings pitched while surrendering five runs, four earned on eight hits with one walk and three strikeouts in his first loss of the season.


Florence tacked on two insurance runs off Miners reliver Patrick Duester in the eighth. This came courtesy a pair of back-to-back singles by Mercurio and Berges which setup a second Lepre RBI-single and error by Duester who dropped the ball at first base while covering the bag following a Wark grounder to first.


Marty Anderson put the win on ice in the ninth, facing the minimum while picking up a pair of strikeouts as the Freedom prevailed, 7-3.


Florence and Southern Illinois will play the rubber game of the series on Thursday night. The Freedom will hand the ball to right-hander Jordan Kraus with the Miners sending out southpaw Billy Griffin. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 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 Wayin Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.