Lashley Lifts Miners Over Rascals In Extras

MARION, Ill.  – The Southern Illinois Miners broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the 12th inning on a three-run home run by Ryan Lashley in a 7-5, extra-inning win over the River City Rascals at CarShield Field in O’Fallon, Missouri, taking the series two games to one in the rubber match between the division rivals.

It was the Rascals who scored first, as they bunched three singles together in the third inning off Chris Washington and went ahead 1-0 on Josh Silver’s hit. But in the top of the next inning, with a man on first, consecutive two-out hits by Anthony Critelli and Marc Flores set up Ben Moore, who drove home two with a single of his own with the bases loaded to give Southern Illinois its first lead at 2-1 in the fourth. In the fifth inning, the Rascals scored an unearned run on an RBI single by Braxton Martinez to knot the score at 2-2.

Southern Illinois would go ahead in the top of the sixth inning, as they loaded the bases on two walks and a single before Craig Massey broke the tie with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2. With men at first and third base, Southern Illinois then executed a double-steal, with Moore swiping second and Flores stealing home to make it 4-2. But the Rascals would tie the score, as they chased Washington with two leadoff walks in the bottom of the sixth. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over to second and third, back-to-back RBI singles by Jason Merjano and Jimmy Kerrigan tied the game at 4-4. With the potential go-ahead run at third and just one out, however, Kyle Tinius induced Silver to ground into an inning-ending double play, keeping the score tied.

With the game turned over to the bullpens, both teams’s relief corps held the other team off the board, with Nick Palacios tossing two scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth and Chris DeBoo working out of trouble and stranding the bases loaded in the ninth. John Werner (2-0) pitched flawless frames in the tenth and eleventh along with four strikeouts, with neither team scoring with the International Tiebreaker in effect in the eleventh inning.

That changed in the twelfth, as Massey singled to move the automatic runner to third base leading off the inning. After a strikeout, Lashley came up and hammered the first pitch from Matt Chavarria (2-2) over the left field wall to make it 7-4. In the bottom half, Corey Sessions earned the save by permitting just one run to score, his first pro save in his first pro relief appearance as the Miners won the series.

Southern Illinois next moves on to Evansville to face another West Division rival in the Otters beginning on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Tyler Stubblefield will take the hill for the Miners while Felix Baez will pitch the series opener for Evansville.

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

Otters Complete Sweep of Grizzlies

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Evansville Otters completed the first sweep of the season, beating the Gateway Grizzlies 6-2 in front of 1,536 at Bosse Field Thursday.

Evansville went scoreless through the first three innings, but inconsistent pitching by the Grizzles allowed the Otters to take control.

Gateway took an early lead when Jack Hranec hit a solo home run in the second, giving the Grizzlies a 1-0 lead.

The Otters took a 4-1 lead in the fourth.

Back-to-back walks to Lance Montano and Taylor Hillson gave Evansville a 2-1 lead. With the bases still loaded, Justin Brock grounded into a double play, extending the lead to 3-1. A Manny De Jesus RBI single pushed the advantage to 4-1.

In the sixth, Craig Massoni hit a solo home run to make it 4-2.

In the bottom half of the inning, De Jesus’ RBI double extended the score to 5-2. The next batter, Josh Allen, capped the scoring with an RBI single.

Both teams would remain scoreless for the remainder of the game and the Otters will take the series 3-0 over the Gateway Grizzles.

On the mound, Evansville’s Luc Rennie moved his record to 2-0, earning the win. Rennie fanned eight batters and allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

Hasten Freeman earned a save, going 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts.

Gateway’s Dylan Craig took the loss, giving up four runs and six walks in three innings pitched.

Evansville will continue the homestand Friday with the first of three games against the Southern Illinois Miners at 6:35 p.m. Friday is Riley Children’s Foundation Princess and Superhero Night, and fans will be able to enjoy postgame fireworks following Friday’s game.

Tickets for all three games against Southern Illinois are still available by going to evansvilleotters.com or calling 812-435-8686.

Fans can listen live on 91.5 FM WUEV and watch on the Otters Digital Network. Lucas Corley (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analysis) along with Preston Leinenbach will provide coverage.

Subscriptions for ODN are now on sale and more information can be found at evansvilleotters.com.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

O’Keefe Dazzles in Win, Setting Two Career Highs

AVON, Ohio – The Washington Wild Things (19-16) defeated the Lake Erie Crushers (14-21) 5-2 in a rubber match Thursday, on the back of lights-out pitching from their starter and a five-run second inning.

Brian O’Keefe (1-2) got the start on the hill and cut through the Crushers lineup for seven, solid innings to earn his first win of the season. He set the pace in the first inning, when he struck out three of the four batters he faced, but he did allow a home run in the frame. O’Keefe went on to allow only one more run on three hits the rest of the way, adding six more punch-outs, setting a new career high in the category with nine total. O’Keefe’s seven innings pitched are a career-high as well. His final line: 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 9 K and no walks.

Wild Things right fielder Hector Roa led off the second with a triple, and then scored on a double from third baseman Mike Hill, evening the game at one apiece. Washington was then able to add four more runs in the inning on a single by designated hitter Kyle Reese, a two-RBI double from centerfielder Rashad Brown and a run-scoring groundout that plated Brown off the bat of left fielder Bralin Jackson, putting the Wild Things up 5-1.

All of that came after the Crushers had struck first with a solo shot by Jordan Dean in the home first. The host team also added a single run in the third.

The Wild Things travel to Schaumburg, Illinois, to face the Schaumburg Boomers tomorrow, June 23, with first pitch slated for 7:30 p.m. EST.

Record Day Powers Boomers To Series Win

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, had a record setting Thursday afternoon in tallying a 20-5 win over the Windy City ThunderBolts to collect a series win.

The first two batters of the game were retired before the floodgates opened as Schaumburg scored four runs, scoring in the first inning for the seventh time in the last eight contests. Josh Gardiner walked following a lengthy at bat and Seth Spivey followed with a single to set the stage for David Harris, who drilled a three-run homer. Kenny Towns followed with a solo blast as the Boomers connected on back-to-back homers for the first time since July 16, 2012 and the fourth time in team history.

Schaumburg scored in seven different innings, plating multiple runs in six frames to establish a single game team record for runs. Harris smacked a two-run homer in the fourth and added a solo shot in the seventh to match the team and league record. Gerard Hall hit three longballs at Gateway on August 17, 2014. Harris also singled in the third and doubled in the eighth to set a team mark with six hits and match the league record. Harris drove home eight runs, setting a team standard after matching the previous mark with six in the third game of the year.

The middle of the lineup finished with 17 hits as Schaumburg slammed 23, the second most in team history. Towns homered twice, scored four times, and drove home four. Spivey notched four hits and scored three times. Gardiner tacked on three hits with three runs while Zack Weigel connected on the first homer of his pro career, finishing with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Sean Godfrey posted three hits in the nine hole, tripling twice to equal the team mark set by Alexi Colon in 2013.

Lars Liguori was the beneficiary of the run support, working 5.2 innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. Liguori has received 43 runs of support over his last three outings. Garrett Kelly worked 1.1 innings and Austin Kerr finished by working the final two.

The Boomers, owners of the top record in the league at 27-9, welcome the Washington Wild Things on Friday night for halfway to Christmas featuring postgame fireworks. RHP Aryton Costa (3-0, 4.63) will make the start in the opener at 6:30 p.m. opposite Washington’s RHP Cameron Stanton (0-1, 9.00). Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.

 

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business.  With 48 home games including 22 fireworks shows, Boomers Stadium is the place to be for summer family fun!  For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

Beach Bums and Slammers Rained Out

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Due to potential heavy rains and severe thunderstorms, tonight’s game between the Traverse City Beach Bums and the Joliet Slammers has been postponed. A make-up date will be announced soon.

Tomorrow night, the Beach Bums hit the road to start a three game series against the Lake Erie Crushers. John Havird will take the mound for the Beach Bums and Jordan Kurakawa gets the call for Lake Erie. First pitch from Sprenger Stadium in Avon, OH is at 7:05pm and the voice of the Beach Bums, Tom Willms, goes on the air at 6:45pm with the Budweiser pre-game show, on 101.9- The Bay.

On Friday, June 30th, the Traverse City Beach Bums will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Frontier League. We invite out to come out and cheer the Beach Bums to victory then stick around for a FANtastic Fireworks display. Gates open at 6pm and first pitch against the Windy City Thunderbolt is at 7:05pm.

Individual tickets are now available, 24/7 at www.tcbeachbums.com, or by calling the box office at (231) 943-0100, Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm, and on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm, on non-game days, and from 10am until the seventh inning on game days.

Joliet Slammers To Host Three Youth Skills Camps July 18-20

JOLIET, Ill. — The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are hosting three youth skills camps Tuesday, July 18 – Thursday, July 20 at Slammers Stadium.

A general skills camp will be held on Tuesday from 9 am to 2 pm. The price is $80 per camper and includes lunch at the stadium.

On Wednesday there will be a pitching/fielding camp from 2 pm to 5 pm, following the Slammers game earlier that morning that begins at 10 am. The cost for Wednesdays camp is $50 per camper.

A hitting camp will be on Thursday, July 20 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and the price is $50 per camper.

If campers sign up for all three dates, they will receive a discounted rate of $150.

The three camps focus on different skill sets each day and are open to kids aged t-ball to 8th grade. Each camper will receive professional instruction from Slammers players and coaches, and a skill camp T-shirt if registered by June 30. Also included in the registration fees are two undated ticket vouchers to be used at any regular season game of 2017.

If interested in participating, you can stop by the Joliet Slammers Box Office to pick up a form or download the registration form at www.jolietslammers.com. For questions, please call the Slammers at 815-722-2287.

 

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!

Crushers Snap Six-game Slide In Come From Behind Win

AVON, Ohio – The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, scored four times in the eighth inning to snap a six-game losing streak on Wednesday night at Sprenger Health Care Stadium, as they defeated the Washington Wild Things, 6-3.

The win for the Crushers (14-21) brought their longest losing streak of the season to a close, while the loss for the Wild Things (18-16) snapped a three-game winning streak against the Crushers.

The Crushers took their first lead of the series by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the second. Sean Hurley started the inning with an infield single, before advancing to second after Josh McAdams was walked. Connor Oliver followed by blasting a RBI double to right, scoring Hurley in the process to give the Crushers a 1-0 lead. Moments later, McAdams scored on Tanner Lubach’s sac fly RBI.

Washington responded with a run in the top of the third. John Fidanza recorded Washington’s first hit, after Payton Lobdell retired the first seven batters he faced. Fidanza doubled down the line in left, and scored on Rashad Brown’s RBI single.

The Wild Things were pretty quiet offensively over the next few innings, before taking advantage of a pair of two-out extra base hits to score a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Brown walked with one out, and came around to score the game tying run on Brailin Jackson’s two-out RBI triple to center. Jackson scored the go-ahead run four pitches later as Kane Sweeney hit an opposite field double down the line in left give Washington a 3-2 lead.

Lake Erie’s offense came to life in the bottom of the eighth inning, scoring four times to take the lead and they never looked back. They had the bases loaded with one out, when Cody Lenehan belted a two-run single to left field, giving the Crushers a 4-3 advantage. Later in the inning, Lubach delivered again with a two-run double down the line in left to plate the game’s final runs.

Seth Lucio (1-0) took the victory for the Crushers, tossing a scoreless eighth inning, his second in as many nights. Chandler Jagodzinski (9) tossed a perfect ninth inning to score the save. Vince Apicella (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs after only facing three batters in the eighth inning.

Murray was the only Crusher to hit safely multiple times, going 2-for-4 in the contest, while Hurley reached safely three times on the night, and Lubach drove in three of Lake Erie’s six runs.

The Crushers will finish their three-game series with the Washington Wild Things at Sprenger Health Care Stadium on Thursday night. Right-hander Steve Hagen (3-2, 4.24) will make the start for the Crushers and the Wild Things will counter with left-hander Brian O’Keefe (0-2, 3.10). The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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.

Vail Leads Offensive Surge Past CornBelters

NORMAL, Ill. —  Led by Garrett Vail’s second two-homer game of the season and a clutch hit by Daniel Fraga, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, defeated the Normal CornBelters by a final score of 8-4 on Wednesday night at the Corn Crib to claim the series victory.

Vail’s first home run of the evening for the Freedom (24-11) came in the second inning off CornBelters (17-18) starter Charlie Gillies (2-3), as the two-run shot reached the top of the grass berm in left field.

Normal took advantage of a throwing error by Austin Wobrock to cut Florence’s lead to one run in the third, then took the lead in the fourth. Aaron Dudley hit a ground-rule double off Cody Gray (6-1) and advanced to third on a Jesus Solarzano single. Justin Fletcher followed with a fly ball to right field, allowing Dudley to tag up from third and slide in under Vail’s tag at the plate to tie the game. Diego Cedeno singled Solarzano to second, and Craig Lepre gave the CornBelters a 3-2 lead with a ground ball single up the middle.

Bu the Freedom immediately fought back in the fifth, as Jose Brizuela and Andre Mercurio hit back-to-back singles and pulled off a double steal. Cuthrell followed with a sacrifice fly to center field, plating the tying run, and Jordan Brower then singled up the middle to put Florence back in the lead, 4-3. Matthew Hasenbeck entered in relief for Normal, and after an eight-pitch battle, surrendered Vail’s second two-run homer of the game, a line-drive shot over the left field wall that extended the Freedom’s lead to 8-3.

Gray earned his league-leading sixth win, logging seven innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits. Keivan Berges made his professional debut by striking out two batters in a scoreless eighth inning, and Enrique Zamora erased a one-out single in the ninth with a game-ending double play.

Fraga’s two-run single in the fifth extended his hitting streak to nine games, and Mercurio led Florence with three hits in the game while Wobrock also contributed two hits.

The Freedom will play for the series sweep in the final game of the series Thursday, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at the Corn Crib. Jordan Kraus (5-2) will start for the Freedom against Normal’s Scott Sebald (3-1).

 

The Florence Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Otters Down Grizzlies 1-0 Behind Ackerman

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Behind seven scoreless innings from starter Hunter Ackerman, the Evansville Otters beat the Gateway Grizzlies 1-0 Wednesday afternoon in front of 1,855 at Bosse Field on Texas Roadhouse Day Camp Day.

The game was a classic pitchers’ duel between Ackerman and Gateway’s Alec Kisena.

Both offenses were scoreless through six innings before the Otters broke through with the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh.

The Grizzlies began the frame by going to the bullpen, as Chad Gendron came on in relief of Kisena.

Christopher Riopedre hit a single to lead off and advanced to second on a Gendron balk. Kolten Yamaguchi followed by being hit by a pitch, forcing the Grizzlies to make another pitching change.

With Michael Elwood on the mound, Evansville used John Schultz as a pinch-hitter and after a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position, Schultz’s sacrifice fly scored Riopedre to give Evansville a 1-0 lead.

Ackerman earned his fourth win of the season as he posted six strikeouts. He allowed three hits and a walk.

Holding on to the lead wasn’t easy over the final two innings with the Otters’ bullpen dealing with runners on base.

Kyano Cummings recorded two strikeouts in the eighth to strand the bases loaded after coming into the game with two runners already on base.

Randy McCurry pitched the ninth, picking up his eighth save of the season.

The Otters will have the opportunity to sweep Gateway in the series finale Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Thursday is Hoosier Lottery Night and a Bud Light Thirsty Thursday. Plus, 1,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Hoosier Lottery scratch-off and fans are encouraged to stay in their seats for a postgame fireworks show.

Tickets for Thursday are still available by going to evansvilleotters.com or calling 812-435-8686.

Fans can listen live on 91.5 FM WUEV and watch on the Otters Digital Network. Lucas Corley (play-by-play) and Bill McKeon (analysis) along with Preston Leinenbach will provide coverage.

Subscriptions for ODN are now on sale and more information can be found at evansvilleotters.com.

Evansville will continue the homestand Friday with the first of three games against the Southern Illinois Miners at 6:35 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions. Group packages and single game tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call 812-435-8686.

Slammers Plan Independence Day Activities

JOLIET, IL — The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy will host three days of celebrations for the Fourth of July. Promotions include a left-field BBQ picnic, two fireworks shows, and a military appreciation night.

The Slammers host their only Monday night game of the season on Monday, July 3 versus the River City Rascals at 7:05 pm. Fans can purchase individual tickets to the left-field BBQ picnic at the stadium for $25. The picnic will run from 6:00 pm when gates open until 7:30 pm and will include BBQ pulled pork, grilled brats, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, cookies, and soft beverages. A game ticket for the night is included in the picnic price and fireworks will follow the game.

On Tuesday, July 4, the Slammers will play at 7:05 pm. A post-game Fourth of July fireworks show will follow the game.

Military Appreciation Night is Wednesday, July 5 with the game set to start at 7:05 pm. Veterans and active military receive free tickets to the game by showing a form of ID at the Box Office. The night will also feature an Army swear-in ceremony pre-game. Future soldiers will be recognized at 6:30 pm on field. Post-game, kids can run the bases presented by Andy’s Frozen Custard.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased by visiting www.jolietslammers.com or by calling the Box Office at (815) 722-2287.

 

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!

River City Dominates Miners 8-2

O’FALLON, Mo.– The River City Rascals (18-17) scored eight unanswered runs en route to an 8-2 victory over the Southern Illinois Miners (14-21) Wednesday afternoon in front of a season high 3, 807 fans at CarShield Field.

The win snapped a three game losing streak and the Rascals avoided falling under the .500 mark for the first time in two weeks.

The game didn’t start out the way the home team wanted it to though as the opponent struck first against Rascals starter Reese Gregory. With one out and a runner on first, Miners third baseman Ryan Lashley clubbed the team’s fourth two-run home run of the series and put his team on top 2-0.

Gregory halted the Miners offense right there and went on to toss a stellar outing and earned his third win of the year which is tied for the team lead.

Following the long ball, Gregory allowed just four hits the remainder of the day and finished with a line of eight innings, allowing two runs, earned, on six hits and struck out three.

“Early on they were attacking and putting good swings on the ball,” Gregory said.  “It caused us to rethink the game plan and then we started to mix up the pitches more and try to keep them off balance as much as possible.”

“Reese being able to shut down the scoring after the two-run shot was huge,” manager Steve Brook said. “They had won four straight coming into today and after pounding us last night with home runs they came right back at it in their first opportunity. I even said before the game the way we were going to win is if we don’t give up home runs and although we gave up one, it wasn’t three like last night.”

His offense picked him up in the third inning and he was able to pitch with the lead from then on. On the mound for the Miners was southpaw Kody Knaus and he walked Johnny Morales to begin the third. Merjano followed that up with a single that got Morales to third and then a balk on Knaus allowed Morales to score the Rascals first run of the game.

Merjano also moved over to third due to the mistake and then another quality at-bat by Jimmy Kerrigan resulting in a sacrifice fly tied the game at two.

Josh Silver and Braxton Martinez followed that up with back-to-back singles and then an error on Miners second baseman Brett Wiley brought in Silver which would go on to be the winning run.

Knaus would only face one more batter the rest of his start and it would be Josh Ludy who recorded a RBI double for his first of three hits.

Knaus would go on to take the loss allowing four runs, earned, on six hits and walked two in 2.2 innings.

The Rascals took that 4-1 lead and piled up more runs later in the game highlighted by a two-run home run from Brandon Thomas in the sixth inning, his fourth round tripper of the year.

The home run was against Miners reliever Austin Dubsky and he finished his outing being tagged for three earned runs after a RBI single from Jimmy Kerrigan. Righty John Lollar gave up the eighth and final run due to a RBI double from Johnny Morales in the seventh inning, which gave him two hits on the afternoon.

In total, the Rascals tallied 14 hits, three away from their season high of 17 set back on June 6th against Washington.

Leading the way was Josh Ludy with three hits and then four other players had a pair: Josh Silver, Clint Freeman, Jimmy Kerrigan and Johnny Morales. The first of Silver’s two hits was a double and it extended his hitting streak to a team high 21 games.

“I think as the season goes on and the more at-bats you get you begin to get really comfortable and I feel like as a team we are getting to that point in the season where more and more people are hitting the ball well on a more consistent basis,” hitting coach and catcher Josh Ludy said.

The victory sets up the rubber match on Thursday and the Rascals have a chance to improve to 5-1 in series played at home. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

Right-Hander Pobereyko Sold To Mets

NORMAL, Ill. — The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, have announced that the contract of right-hander pitcher Matt Pobereyko has been purchased by the New York Mets.

Pobereyko’s signing comes shortly after earning Frontier League Pitcher of the Week honors for Week 6 of the 2017 season. On Tuesday night, the right-hander recorded his tenth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Normal CornBelters.

Through a total of 18 innings this season, Pobereyko struck out 38 batters while walking only five and allowing just eight hits. He posted a 1-1 record out of the bullpen with a 1.00 ERA, and held opposing hitters to a .129 batting average.

“Much deserved (opportunity) for Pobereyko,” Freedom manager Dennis Pelfrey said. “The Mets have gained a good arm in their organization, and a guy that I feel will be in the organization for a long time and has a legitimate chance to make it to the big leagues. We really appreciate Matt’s time with us and what he’s done for us to help us win some games, but at the end of the day, we wish him all the best and hope we see him in the big leagues soon.”

Pobereyko previously pitched in affiliated baseball in 2016, after his contract was purchased from the Freedom by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is the second Freedom player to sign with a Major League Baseball organization in 2017, following the purchase of right-handed pitcher Logan Longwith by the Colorado Rockies on June 4.

The Florence Freedom are members of the independent Frontier League and play all home games at UC Health Stadium located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at FlorenceFreedom.com, or by phone at 859-594-4487.

Big Bolts comeback knocks off Schaumburg

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – Tim Zier’s solo home run in the top of the ninth inning completed a wild comeback for the ThunderBolts as they scored five runs in the final two innings to defeat the Schaumburg Boomers 5-4 at Boomers Stadium Wednesday afternoon.

Schaumburg (26-9) got the scoring started in the fourth inning as Josh Gardiner was hit by a pitch and Seth Spivey hit a two-run homer. Spivey struck again the following inning, when he followed back-to-back two-out walks with a two-run double, giving the Boomers a 4-0 lead.

Conrad Wozniak did his best over six innings to shut down the Windy City offense. The only hit for the Bolts (20-16) off of Wozniak was a Ransom LaLonde fifth-inning single.

The Bolts had been held to only four hits through the first 16 innings of the series before Will Krug began an eighth-inning rally with a double. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a balk to break up the shutout. Keenyn Walker followed with a triple and he scored on a passed ball.

The next three batters for the Bolts all came up with hits. Coco Johnson and Tim Zier singled and Johnson scored on Larry Balkwill’s base hit. After David Kerian walked to load the bases, Blair Beck’s sacrifice fly tied the score at four.

Zier came up with two outs in the top of the ninth and gave the ThunderBolts their first lead of the series with a homer to left field, his first career home run in 187 games.

The ThunderBolts’ bullpen held down Schaumburg’s attack by retiring 13 of 14 hitters. Scott Kuzminsky got credit for the win with a scoreless eighth inning and Brian Loconsole earned his league-leading 14th save with a perfect ninth.

Derek DeYoung allowed the Zier home run and took the loss.

The ThunderBolts and Boomers conclude the series with game three on Thursday morning, an 11:00 start time. Zac Westcott (4-2, 4.25) will be on the mound for the Bolts and Schaumburg will counter with Lars Liguori (3-0, 2.68). The game will be broadcast through wcthunderbolts.com.

Record Performance Directs Boomers To Shutout

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.— The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, opened a six-game homestand by receiving a dominant pitching performance from Kagen Hopkins in a 3-0 shutout of the Windy City ThunderBolts to tally a seventh consecutive win.

Hopkins set a single game record by posting 12 strikeouts. The 2016 All-Star faced the minimum through 7.1 blank innings. Schaumburg gave Hopkins all the support he would need by scoring the first inning for a sixth consecutive game. Kyle Ruchim led off with a walk and Zack Weigel notched a bunt single. After a sacrifice moved the runners, Seth Spivey added on to his league best RBI total with a sacrifice fly. Sean Godfrey extended the lead with a two-out RBI single in the sixth and James Keller followed with a run-scoring double to deep center.

Hopkins allowed just one hit in 7.1 innings and retired 15 in a row from the third through the seventh before issuing a walk. Garrett Kelly finished out the eighth and Alec Kenilvort twirled the ninth for his fifth save of the year. Weigel reached base four times, posting two hits, as the Boomers finished with 10 in the win. Keller and Godfrey also picked up a pair of hits.

The Boomers own the top record in the league at 26-8 and have now won seven straight. The team continues the homestand with an 11:00 a.m. game on Wednesday. RHP Conrad Wozniak (0-0, 1.61) starts for the Boomers in the morning affair while Windy City will send RHP Clay Chapman (0-4, 3.71). Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.

 

More Info: The 2013 & 2014 Frontier League Champions and 2013 & 2016 Organization of the Year, the Schaumburg Boomers are an independent professional baseball franchise based in Schaumburg, IL. Named after the Greater Prairie Chicken, which once roamed throughout Schaumburg and the surrounding areas in the 19th century, the Boomers excel in providing fun, affordable family entertainment and the best customer service in the business.  With 48 home games including 22 fireworks shows, Boomers Stadium is the place to be for summer family fun!  For more information, visit www.boomersbaseball.com.

Homers Lift Miners To Fourth Straight Win

MARION, Ill. – The Southern Illinois Miners hit three two-run homers in the first four innings, two by second baseman Brett Wiley, and foiled a comeback attempt late by the River City Rascals on Tuesday night at CarShield Field in O’Fallon for a 7-6 win, their fourth in a row to set a new season-best.

Craig Massey led off the game in the top of the first by drawing a walk off former Miner Dan Ludwig (2-1), and Wiley followed with a two-run homer to right-center field to give Southern Illinois a quick 2-0 lead. River City would score in the bottom half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Braxton Martinez, but Ethan Gibbons kept the Miners in front. In the top of the second inning, after a single by Ben Moore, Marc Flores smashed a two-run shot of his own to right-center, extending the lead to 4-1.

The Rascals would respond again in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and another sacrifice fly, this one off the bat of Jimmy Kerrigan to draw the Rascals within 4-3. But Gibbons (4-1) would settle down after that, and would not allow a single run in the next four innings, retiring nine batters in a row between the third and sixth innings and permitting just one hit after the run-scoring rally in the second inning to earn his fourth win in his last five starts.

He got further help when the Miners added on to their lead with three two-out runs in the fourth inning. With Flores on third base after a single, stolen base and wild pitch, Massey hit an infield single that stayed fair inside the third base line to make it 5-3. Wiley followed by blasting another two-run homer, his second of the game, to left field to make it 7-3.

River City would score once in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly from Josh Silver, and then twice more on a two-out, two-run homer by Silver to get within 7-6, but with the tying run at first, John Werner got Mike Jurgella to pop out to Wiley to end the game. Wiley finished 2-for-5 with two homers, four RBIs and two runs scored, while Flores and Massey added 2-for-3 games with two runs scored each in the Miners’ fourth-straight victory.

The Miners will look to snatch the series from their division rivals in a matinee on Wednesday morning in the second game of the set, with first pitch scheduled for 11:05 a.m. Kody Knaus will start for Southern Illinois, opposed by River City’s Reese Gregory.

 

The Southern Illinois Miners are the 2016 Frontier League West Division Champions, the 2014 and 2015 Frontier League East Division Champions and the 2012 Frontier League Champions. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in 2007, their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the Rent One Park box office at (618) 998-8499. For any additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.