Boomers Edge to the Brink of a Championship

SCHAUMBURG, IL – Despite leaving 12 men on base, the East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, pulled to within a victory of a third Frontier League Championship by scoring a 3-2 win over the Florence Freedom to open a commanding 2-0 series lead.

Florence again jumped ahead early. Collins Cuthrell connected on a line drive homer with two outs in the top of the first inning. Schaumburg loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning and evened the game on a sacrifice fly from Josh Gardiner but stranded two on base. Florence tacked on another run in the top of the second on a double from Keivan Berges.

Schaumburg was able to take the lead by scoring twice in the bottom of the second. Rock Shoulders led off with an opposite field double and scored on a sacrifice fly from James Keller. David Harris drove home his fifth run of the series with a two-out single to score Opie Brodbeck. Neither team would score again despite numerous chances.

Five Schaumburg pitchers combined to limit Florence to just six hits. The Freedom stranded 10 on base. Kagen Hopkins started and worked three innings. Derek DeYoung tossed 1.1 innings, Rob McDonnell 1.2, Kyle Westwood a pair and Jake Joyce closed out the victory. Joyce struck out the side in the ninth, working around a two-out double. Schaumburg struck out 12 batters in the game. The offense finished with 12 hits, led by three from Harris. Brodbeck and John Holland added two apiece.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=432371

The Boomers (66-30, 4-1), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, can close out a third Frontier League title on Friday night when the series shifts to Kentucky. RHP Joe Hauser (4-1, 1.80) takes the hill in the 6:05 p.m. affair against RHP Steve Hagen (8-5, 3.95). 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.

Boomers Race to Game One Win

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, scored 16 unanswered runs, including eight unearned, roll to a 16-2 win over the Florence Freedom in the first game of the 2017 Frontier League Championship Series.

Florence grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the second against Schaumburg starter Lars Liguori. With runners at second and third following a double steal, Jordan Brower doubled to the wall in right, opening the scoring. Liguori went on to throw the second consecutive complete game by a starter in the playoffs, allowing just the two first innings tallies.

Schaumburg scored four unearned runs in the third and did not look back. David Harris tied the game with a two-run bases loaded single to the gap in left. Zack Weigel followed by driving home a run with an infield hit and Josh Gardiner logged an RBI double.

The Boomers scored at least two runs in five different innings, adding two in the fourth on a squeeze from Opie Brodbeck and a sacrifice fly from Kyle Ruchim. Harris hit his second homer of the season leading off the fifth and an errant throw to second allowed Gardiner to score, stretching the lead to 8-2. Florence loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the sixth but did not score after a double play.

Brodbeck tripled to begin the sixth and scored on a dropped fly ball off the bat of Ruchim, who was credited with a sacrifice fly. Harris drove home his fourth run with a single and Sean Godfrey extended the lead to 11-2 with a two-out single to plate Harris. The Boomers capped the night with five runs in the eighth. With two outs, James Keller singled home a run. Ruchim and John Holland notched two-run singles to finish the outburst.

Schaumburg won a fifth straight home playoff contest dating to 2014 and finished with the most runs and largest margin of victory in a playoff game in league history. Harris finished with three hits and four RBIs. Ruchim also knocked home four. Godfrey also added three hits. Every member of the lineup reached base with eight scoring runs. Schaumburg finished with 14 hits.

Liguori won his fourth straight start and his second in the playoffs, finishing with 117 pitches. The lefty struck out seven while walking one and surrendering eight hits. Joe Hauser tossed a complete game in the clinching game against Evansville on Saturday.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=432370

The Boomers (66-30, 4-1), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, will aim for a commanding 2-0 lead in the Frontier League Championship Series at home on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. RHP Kagen Hopkins (9-5, 4.19) takes the ball for the Schaumburg against RHP Jordan Kraus (10-5, 3.28). Playoff tickets are on sale now, don’t miss the chance to be part of a history making season. 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.

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.

 

FLCS Preview

SAUGET, Ill. – The Frontier League Championship Series kicks off on Tuesday night when the Schaumburg Boomers play host to the Florence Freedom for game one at Boomers Stadium.

Frontier League Championship Schedule

*All times are local.

Game 1: 9/12, Florence at Schaumburg, Boomers Stadium 6:35 p.m.
Starters:
FLO: Braulio Torres-Perez, 6-2, 9 starts, 2.81 ERA and 48 strikeouts.
SCH: Lars Liguori, 9-4, 17 starts, 3.44 ERA and 82 strikeouts.

Game 2: 9/13, Florence at Schaumburg, Boomers Stadium, 6:35 p.m.
Starters:
FLO: Jordan Kraus, 10-5, 18 starts, 3.27 ERA, 98 strikeouts.
SCH: Kagen Hopkins, 9-5, 18 starts, 4.19 ERA, 86 strikeouts.

Game 3: 9/15, Schaumburg at Florence, UC Health Stadium, 7:05 p.m.
Starters:
SCH: Joe Hauser, 4-1, 6 starts, 1.80 ERA, 31 strikeouts.
FLO: Steve Hagen, 8-5, 20 starts, 3.66 ERA, 98 strikeouts.

Game 4: 9/16, Schaumburg at Florence, UC Health Stadium, 6:05 p.m. (If necessary)
Starters:
SCH: TBA
FLO: TBA

Game 5: 9/18, Monday, Florence at Schaumburg, Boomers Stadium, 6:35 p.m. (If necessary)
Starters:
SCH: TBA
FLO: TBA

Schaumburg comes into the series with a 3-1 FLDS win over the 2016 Frontier League defending champions, the Evansville Otters. Florence also comes in with a 3-1 record win over Washington. The Boomers won the season series against the Freedom 4-2. The series will guarantee lots of excitement as the Boomers and Freedom both finished with the best records in the Frontier League this season (Schaumburg 66-30, Florence 61-35).

Florence set a franchise record with their 61-35 record this season behind skipper Dennis Pelfrey. The Freedom are in search of their first Frontier League Championship in their 15th year team history. Florence tied for second with Normal in League batting average at .280. Their 473 RBI was second in the league just behind Schaumburg. The Freedom finished third in stolen bases behind River City (162) and Windy City (151) with 138.

Schaumburg looks to be the first team in Frontier League history to win 3 championships after going to back to back in 2013 and 2014. They also set a franchise record with 66-30 this season. The Boomers led the Frontier in 2017 in overall team batting average, runs scored and RBI with .289, 547 and 508. Schaumburg also led the led League in ERA and strikeouts with 3.58 and 821. The Boomers recorded the most saves with 32 and surrendered the least home runs this season with 63.

Despite finishing with the best two records in the Frontier League, neither team led in fielding percentage. The Boomers finished third behind River City (.981) and Washington (9.77) with .976. The Freedom were sixth with .975.

Spenser Smith (2017 Frontier League Broadcaster of year) will call the action for the Freedom on http://mixlr.com/florencefreedom/. You can follow the Freedom on Twitter: @FlorenceFreedom.

Tim Calderwood will have all the action for the Boomers on http://www.wrmn1410.com/. The Boomers can been found on Twitter: @boomersbaseball.

To follow all the action Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtags #FLCS and #FLOvSCH

The Frontier League is in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.

Boomers Advance to Third Frontier League Championship Series

SCHAUMBURG, IL —Behind a dominant pitching performance, the East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, closed out the Evansville Otters on Saturday night with a 3-1 victory at home to capture the best-of-five series 3-1 and reach the Frontier League Championship Series for the third time in team history.

Evansville grabbed a 1-0 lead with a two-out run in the top of the second against Schaumburg starter Joe Hauser on an RBI double from Zach Welz. Hauser settled in, allowing nothing the rest of the game. The Texan retired the next 19 batters to come to the plate and twirled a complete game.

Schaumburg tied the game in the bottom of the second. Zack Weigel led off the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. Sean Godfrey found a hole on the left side of the infield to single home the tying run.

The Boomers scored twice in the third to grab the advantage. James Keller worked a walk to cap an 11-pitch at bat. Jack Parenty dropped down a bunt single and Kyle Ruchim stroked a single up the box to hand the Boomers the lead. With the bases loaded, Weigel extended the lead with a groundout to plate Parenty.

Hauser struck out a career best 10, earning the win in his first career playoff start. The righty allowed just five hits, including a single to begin the ninth that ended the string of retired hitters. The offense finished with nine hits and stranded eight. David Harris, the Frontier League MVP, notched three hits. Godfrey also added three. The Schaumburg pitching staff limited Evansville to just 22 hits in the four contests. The Boomers came from behind in two of the three victories.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431613

The Boomers (66-30, 3-1), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, will open the Frontier League Championship Series at home on Tuesday night against the Florence Freedom. Tickets are on sale now, don’t miss the chance to be part of a history making season. 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.

Freedom Defeat Wild Things to Advance to Championship Series

FLORENCE, Ky. — Cody Gray was electric on the mound as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, clinched a berth in the Frontier League Championship Series with a 6-1 victory over the Washington Wild Things on Saturday at UC Health Stadium.

The trip to the league championship series will be the first for the Freedom since 2012.

Wild Things (1-3) leadoff hitter James Harris put Washington on top in the first at-bat of the game when he took Freedom (3-1) hurler Gray (1-0) deep to left field for a solo homer, giving Washington an early 1-0 edge.

However, Florence jumped in front in the bottom of the first, plating four off Wild Things southpaw Brian O’Keefe (0-1). Daniel Fraga walked to start the inning and advanced to second on Taylor Oldham’s sixth hit of the series, a double. After Collins Cuthrell flew out to shallow right, Andre Mercurio worked a walk to load the bases. Andrew Godbold then raked a single in to right field, scoring Fraga, but the ball rolled under James Harris’ glove in right, allowing two more to score as the Freedom took the lead by two. Jordan Brower followed with a sacrifice fly to plate Godbold from third as Florence moved in front, 4-1.

Washington would not score again, as Gray racked up nine strikeouts over six innings in the winning effort.

O’Keefe lasted only three and one-third innings before he was pulled in favor of right-handed reliever Tyler Garkow. Garkow impressed, contributing three and two-thirds scoreless innings of work.

With Aaron Burns pitching for Washington in the home half of the eighth, Austin Wobrock sparked a Freedom rally with a single. Garret Vail followed with a walk, placing Florence runners at first and second. With two outs, Oldham shot a ground ball up the middle that was stopped at second base by Kyle Reese, then flipped to second on a force play attempt, but Vail beat the ball to the base as Wobrock slid in safely at home, putting Florence in front by four. Cuthrell drove in Vail next with a flare that fell into right field, as the Freedom jumped in front by the eventual final score of 6-1.

Following two scoreless innings of relief from Tony Vocca, Freedom closer Pete Perez recorded the final three outs in order in the top of the ninth including one strikeout.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431608

The Freedom will meet the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League Championship Series beginning on Tuesday at Boomers Stadium. Both teams’ Game 1 starters are yet to be determined.

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.

Oldham’s Two Clutch Homers Push Freedom Past Washington

FLORENCE, Ky. — Taylor Oldham launched a pair of home runs as the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, stormed back from behind two different times in a 5-4 walk-off win in Game 3 of the Frontier League Division Series on Friday at UC Health Stadium.

With the game tied at four and the Freedom (2-1) down to their final out in the home half of the ninth, Taylor Oldham sent a no-doubt blast to left-center off Wild Things (1-2) closer Zach Strecker (0-2) giving the Freedom a 5-4 win that surged them ahead of Washington, two games to one, in the FLDS.

Jamal Wilson (1-0) earned the win in relief, retiring the side in order in the top of the ninth, his only inning of work.

The Wild Things started the scoring in the top of the second when Mike Hill took Florence starter Steve Hagen deep to left field for a home run. Bralin Jackson added a RBI-single in the third to extend the Washington advantage to two.

Oldham responded in the home half of the third, however, following Daniel Fraga’s first base hit of the post-season with a towering two-run blast off Wild Things starter Ethan Gibbons, knotting the score at 2-2.

Florence took their first lead of the game when Keivan Berges belted a solo shot over the Freedom bullpen in right field, pushing the Freedom in front, 3-2, after four innings.

Washington would even the score again when Kyle Reese led off the top of the seventh with a solo shot to right off Hagen. Hagen would then induce Justin Bohn into a ground out to short before being pulled from the game in favor of Mike Anthony. The Wild Things soon took the lead when Anthony surrendered a James Harris single before Rashad Brown reached on a Fraga error that allowed Harris to reach third. Brown then stole second, drawing a throw from Florence catcher Garrett Vail, allowing Harris to scamper home and give the Wild Things a 4-3 lead.

The Freedom would tie the game for the last time in the bottom of the eighth. After an Andre Mercurio single off reliever Davis Adkins, Washington brought in Frank Trimarco to set up a lefty-on-lefty battle with Jordan Brower. Brower would single off Trimarco, pushing Mercurio to second and drawing another call to the bullpen, this time for closer Zach Strecker. Strecker induced a sharp groundball from Keivan Berges, but Kane Sweeney couldn’t field it cleanly, enabling Mercurio to race home to even the score at 4-4.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431607

First pitch for Game 4 of the Frontier League Division Series is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. on Saturday at UC Health Stadium. Cody Gray will start on the mound for the Freedom against Washington left-hander Brian O’Keefe.

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.

Boomers Push Evansville to the Brink with Comeback Win

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, put the Evansville Otters on the brink of elimination by rallying to a 5-1 victory Friday night at Boomers Stadium, grabbing a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.

Evansville opened a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a two-out single from Christopher Riopedre. The lead held until the bottom of the fifth inning. Opie Brodbeck was hit by a pitch to start the frame and Kyle Ruchim drew a walk. John Holland was attempting to move the runners with a bunt, but two errors on the same play enabled all three to score as Schaumburg nabbed a 3-1 advantage. Sean Godfrey added an RBI double in the inning to pad the advantage.

Godfrey dropped down a bunt single to score a run in the eighth, accounting for the final. Kagen Hopkins allowed just the one run in 6.1 innings of work, nabbing the win. Hopkins surrendered seven hits while walking one and striking out five. Evan Boyd and Jake Joyce finished out the decision. Schaumburg won despite accumulating just six hits, two of which came from Godfrey.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431612

The Boomers (66-30, 1-1), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, can close out the series at home on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. RHP Joe Hauser (4-1, 1.80) makes the start against former Boomer LHP Hunter Ackerman (8-6, 4.75). Playoff tickets are on sale now, don’t miss the chance to be part of a history making season. 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.

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.

Evansville Evens FLDS Behind Etsell’s Pitching

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ryan Etsell gave up an unearned run, helping the Evansville Otters beat the Schaumburg Boomers 4-3 in the Frontier League Division Series Wednesday at Bosse Field.

The best-of-five series is now tied at 1-1 with Game 3 in Schaumburg set for Friday.

Etsell struck out five batters in his seven inning outing and he was able to work around five walks.

After two scoreless innings, Ryan Long gave the Otters a 1-0 lead with a solo home run. Later in the frame, Alejandro Segovia’s RBI single extended the Evansville advantage to 2-0.

Evansville would double the lead in the fifth when Long led off with a walk and Kolten Yamaguchi followed with a two-run home run to push the lead to 4-0.

The Boomers pulled to within three in the seventh when Sean Godfrey scored on Kyle Ruchim’s RBI single, making the score 4-1.

In the ninth, Rock Shoulders hit a two-run home run off Evansville’s Randy McCurry with two outs, bringing the Boomers to within one at 4-3. However, McCurry was able to get John Holland to ground out to shortstop to preserve the win.

Kit Fowler took the loss for Schaumburg, pitching 4 1/3 innings while giving up four earned runs off four hits. He struck out two batters and walked four.

McCurry earned the save for Evansville after giving up three runs—two earned—in the ninth. Connor Little pitched a scoreless eighth and struck out two.

Yamaguchi finished 1 for 2 with two runs scored and two RBIs for the Otters. Long was 1 for 2 with two runs and an RBI.

Ruchim was 2 for 3 in the loss for the Boomers.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=431611

Kagen Hopkins will start for Schaumburg in Game 3 Friday. Hopkins was 9-5 in the regular season for the Boomers with a 4.19 ERA.

Felix Baez will get the start for the Otters. He went 5-4 in the regular season in 15 starts with a 3.69 ERA.

The series shifts north to Schaumburg for Games 3-5. Games 3 (Friday) and 4 (Saturday) in Schaumburg will start at 6:35 p.m. while a potential Game 5 (Sunday) will begin at 5:05 p.m.

Lucas Corley will handle radio duties on WUEV all three games at Boomers Stadium this weekend.

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

Washington Hangs On To Even Series With 10-9 Win

WASHINGTON, Pa. – The Washington Wild Things opened up a 7-0 lead in the first two innings of game two in the Frontier League Divisional Series against Florence, and, despite Florence outscoring Washington 9-3 over the final seven innings, the Wild Things held on to even the series at one game apiece as the series shifts to Florence, Kentucky.

Washington, as mentioned, got off to a quick start. Designated hitter James Harris, for the fifth time in 48 games with the team, homered to lead off the ballgame. This came after a scoreless first from starter Chase Cunningham. Rashad Brown walked followed by a Bralin Jackson double that set up a Kane Sweeney ground out to score the second Washington run of the inning. It’d add another two later in the inning as Mike Hill singled home a run prior to a wild pitch plating a run.

The Wild Things plated three in the second, taking a 7-0 lead after two, with the effort highlighted by a wild pitch scoring a run, a run-scoring single by Jackson and a fielder’s choice RBI from Sweeney. That’s when things started to get interesting. Florence scored two runs in the third
on a home run from Taylor Oldham. Washington added a run on a Harris sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the same inning, as the score was 8-2 in favor of the host team after three. The Freedom added two in the fourth. Washington would answer with two of its own.

Florence would shut down Washington’s bats the rest of the way following the fourth, while doing damage themselves. The West Division Champions plated a run in each of the next three frames and two in the eighth, and trailed 10-9 heading to the ninth. Zach Strecker, who had come on in the eighth, walked the leadoff batter, game one’s hero, Andrew Godbold. Jake Eaton would relieve Strecker and get the final three outs to end the contest, as the Wild Things held on, 10-9.

The series now shifts to Florence, as the two teams will meet in game three Friday at 8:05 p.m. EST at UC Health Stadium in Florence, Kentucky. You can follow the game on Wild Things’ social media outlets, as well as listen or watch it on MSA Sports.

Boxscore: http://frontier.bbstats.pointstreak.com/boxscore.html?gameid=431606

Godbold Powers Freedom to Win in Thrilling Division Series Opener

WASHINGTON, Pa. — The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, rode a four-RBI performance by Andrew Godbold and a stingy pitching effort to a 5-3, 11-inning win over the Washington Wild Things in the opening game of the divisional round on Tuesday at Wild Things Park.

With the score tied at 3-3 in the top of the eleventh inning, Collins Cuthrell pulled a one-out single into left field. Andre Mercurio followed with a walk, and Godbold gave the Freedom (1-0) the lead by driving a Zach Strecker (0-1) pitch to the wall in center field, scoring both runners.

Florence had trailed in the ninth inning, 3-2, before Godbold stepped to the plate and crushed a game-tying solo home run over the left-field wall off Trevor Foss. Foss finished with a final line of nine innings, three runs on six hits, three walks and a career-high 14 strikeouts.

The Freedom had taken a 2-0 first-inning lead, as Daniel Fraga led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a Taylor Oldham infield single. Cuthrell lined a double to right field to score Fraga, and Oldham scored two batters later on a Godbold groundout to shortstop.

Florence starter Jordan Kraus worked swiftly through the first six innings, holding the two-run lead until the seventh, when he issued a leadoff walk to Kane Sweeney, followed by a two-run homer to right field by Hector Roa that tied the score for the Wild Things (0-1). Kraus then walked Kyle Pollock, and Mike Hill gave Washington its first lead of the game by doubling to the warning track in left-center.

Tony Vocca (1-0) earned the win in relief by pitching three scoreless innings for the Freedom, taking over for Kraus after the seventh. Vocca fanned six batters and gave up just two hits, and following Godbold’s go-ahead double in the eleventh, Vocca turned the game over to Pete Perez in the bottom half, where the right-hander pitched around a one-out single to seal the Game 1 victory for Florence.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431605

The series continues Wednesday with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Wild Things Park. Braulio Torres-Perez will take the mound for the Freedom against Chase Cunningham for the Wild Things.

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.

Boomers Grab 1-0 Lead in Divisional Series

EVANSVILLE, IN —The East Division champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, opened the Frontier League Divisional series with a 7-2 road win over the defending champion Evansville Otters to grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

David Harris, the Frontier League MVP, put Schaumburg on the board in the top of the first with a two-out solo homer off Evansville starterLuc RennieDane Phillips returned the favor in the bottom of the first, delivering a two-out solo homer to even the score.

The Boomers seized control behind three runs in the top of the second. Josh Gardiner led off with the first of the third baseman’s four hits. Gardiner scored from first on a single from Rock Shoulders that was mishandled in right field. Sean Godfrey and Jack Parenty would add RBI singles in the inning as Schaumburg opened a 4-1 lead. Shoulders doubled home a third inning run while Godfrey dropped down a safety squeeze as Schaumburg opened a 6-2 edge.

Both pitchers settled down after the third. Lars Liguori did not allow a hit following the fifth inning, working 6.2 innings to claim the win after striking out four. Kyle Westwood tossed 1.1 innings and Jake Joyce finished out the decision. John Holland scored an insurance tally on a wild pitch in the ninth. The offense rapped out 11 hits. Harris and Shoulders added multi-hit performances along with Gardiner.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=431610

The Boomers (66-30, 1-0), who finished the season with the best record in the league, setting a franchise record for wins, will look to take a commanding 2-0 lead on Wednesday night. RHP Kit Fowler (5-2, 1.85) takes the ball against RHP Ryan Etsell (2-2, 2.42). Playoff tickets are on sale now. 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.

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.

FLDS Preview

SAUGET, Ill. – On Tuesday the 2017 Frontier League Divisional Series kicks off when the Evansville Otters play host to the Schaumburg Boomers and the Washington Wild Things play host to the Florence Freedom.

Evansville vs. Schaumburg Matchup

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the 2016 Frontier League Champion Otters will host the Schaumburg Boomers at historical Bosses Field for games 1 and 2 for the Divisional playoff series. The Boomers finished the regular season with a franchise record of 66-30. Schaumburg won the seasonal matchup against the Otters, 6-0. Over their last 10, the Boomers went 8-2. The Otters slipped to 4-6. The Boomers will return home to Boomer Stadium for game 3 (4 and 5 if necessary) in Schaumburg, Illinois.

Series Schedule: *All times are local

Game 1: Tuesday, September 5, Schaumburg at Evansville, 6:35 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, September 6, Schaumburg at Evansville, 6:35 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, September 8, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:35 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, September 9, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:05 p.m. (If necessary)
Game 5: Sunday, September 10, Evansville at Schaumburg, 6:05 p.m. (If necessary)

Pitching matchups:

Game 1:
Schaumburg – Lars Liguori, 9-4, 3.44 ERA
Evansville – Luc Rennie, 7-5, 2.90 ERA

Game 2:
Schaumburg – Kit Fowler, 5-2, 1.84 ERA
Evansville – Ryan Etsell, 2-2, 2.42 ERA

Game 3:
Evansville – TBA
Schaumburg – Kagen Hopkins, 9-5, 4.19 ERA

Game 4 and 5:
Schaumburg – TBA
Evansville – TBA

The Schaumburg Boomers offense led the League in batting average with .289. The Boomers also led the Frontier League in total ERA at 3.58. Outfielder David Harris was voted the 2017 League MVP and finished second in batting average with .344 (voted Player of the Week twice).

The Otters re-enter the Frontier League Playoffs after winning the 2016 Championship. Despite their struggling offense over the last 10 games, the Otters finished fourth in total batting average with .276. 2017 Season All-Stars Josh Allen, Jeff Gardner (led in Home Runs and RBI) and Dane Phillips (3rd in batting average, .338) will look to lead the Otters to another Frontier League Championship Series.

 

Washington vs. Florence Matchup

The Florence Freedom will face the Washington Wild Things at Wild Things Park on Tuesday for their Frontier League Divisional Series. The Freedom finished the regular season with a franchise record of 61-35. The Washington Wild Things claimed the third seed by finishing one win better than Evansville with a record of 53-43. Florence won the seasonal series 4-2. Florence went 7-3 in their last 10. Washington finished 8-2.

Series Schedule: *All times are local

Game 1: Tuesday, September 5, Florence at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Game 2: Wednesday, September 6, Florence at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
Game 3: Friday, September 8, Washington at Florence, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, September 9, Washington at Florence, 6:05 p.m.|
Game 5: Sunday, September 10, Washington at Florence, 5:05 p.m.

Pitching matchups:

Game 1:
Florence – Jordan Kraus, 10-5, 3.27 ERA
Washington – Trevor Foss, 12-5, 3.06 ERA

Game 2:
Florence – Braulio Torres-Perez, 6-2, 2.81 ERA
Washington – Chase Cunningham (Probable), 10-3, 3.45 ERA

Game 3:
Washington – TBA
Florence – Steve Hagen, 4-1, 2.90 ERA

Game 4 and 5:
Washington – TBA
Florence – TBA

The matchup will prove to be a pitcher’s duel as Washington’s Trevor Foss led the league with 12 wins and teammate Chase Cunningham close behind with 10 wins. Florence pitchers Cody Gray and Jordan Kraus both finished with 10 wins apiece. The Freedom was second in the Frontier League in batting average at .280. The pitching core for the Freedom hurled pitches for a combined 3.77 ERA.

The Washington Wild Things are being led by Bralin Jackson (16 Home runs and 76 RBI) and post season All-Star Kane Sweeney. Zach Strecker will look to be the closer for the Wild Things after completing the season with 20 saves.

The links to listening in all the games can be found under the Frontier Scoreboard found on the Frontier League home page at https://www.frontierleague.com/.

To follow all the action Twitter and Instagram, use the hashtags #FLDS, #EVNvSCH and #WSHvFLO.

The Frontier League is in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.

 

Gateway’s Molesky and Washington’s Harris Named Pitcher and Player of the Week

SAUGET, Ill. – The 2017 Frontier League regular season comes to a close and Gateway’s Vince Molesky and Washington’s James Harris have been named Week 17 Pitcher and Player of the Week.  The honors have been chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

Grizzlie ace Vince Molesky wins his third Pitcher of the Week honors this season after two great starts last week. On Tuesday, the Grizzlies traveled to Marion, Illinois to take on the Miners where Vince made his eighteenth start on the season. He was able to nab the 6-3 win after hurling eight innings while only allowing one run (earned), five hits and struck out four.

On Sunday, the Grizzlies hosted the 2016 Frontier League Champions and Wild Card winner Evansville Otters in the final game of the regular season. Molesky made Grizzlies history in his final career start when he tied with Scott Patterson for most strikeouts in a game with twelve. The Grizzlies were able to take the win against the Otters 6-3 behind another eight inning outing.

The 6’3 righty finished his career in the Frontier League with 4.19 ERA and 18-21 record in fifty-seven total appearances. Molesky dealt three-hundred and twenty-six career strikeouts. Vince tied with Jake Fisher (Windy City) for most strikeouts this season with one-hundred and twenty.

The Washington Wild Things were able to solidify a Wild Card spot with the help of their outfielder James Harris. On Friday, James went two for five with a triple, two RBI and a run scored. In the 8-2 clinching win against Traverse City on Saturday, Harris batted three for three with two doubles, an RBI and two runs.

On the week, Harris went 13 for 26 (.500) while launching three doubles, a triple and a home run. The Oakland native had eight RBI, five walks and three stolen bases.

Harris is in his first season in the Frontier League after spending time with the Tampa Bay Rays organization from 2011 to 2014 and the Oakland A’s from 2015 to 2017. The outfielder appeared in forty-six games this season. He batted .299 with ten doubles, a triple, five homers, thirty-one runs scored, twenty-five RBI and eighteen stolen bases.

The Frontier League Postseason starts on Tuesday with fourth seed Evansville hosting first seed Schaumburg at Bosse Field at 6:35 p.m. central time. The third seed Washington Wild Things will host second seed Florence at Wild Things Park at 7:05 eastern time.

The Frontier League is in its 25th season in 2017 and includes 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 32 former Frontier League players have played in the Major Leagues. Follow the Frontier League on Twitter: @FLProBaseball, Instagram: frontierleague, and like the Frontier League Facebook Page.

 

MOLESKY TIES STRIKEOUT RECORD, GRIZZLIES WIN FINALE

SAUGET, Ill. – The Gateway Grizzlies finished the 2017 season with a victory and series win against the Evansville Otters Sunday night at GCS Credit Union Ballpark. FINAL SCORE: Gateway 6, Evansville 3.

Gateway starter Vince Molesky was the star of the game.

Despite giving up a two-run home run in the first inning to Evansville first baseman Alejandro Segovia, Molesky struck out the side to begin the game.

Gateway cut the lead in half with a run in the first, and took the lead for good on a two-out, three-run home run by shortstop Brent Sakurai to make the score 4-2. It was his fourth homer of the season, and in his second in as many games.

Gateway added a couple insurance runs in the fifth on a two-run home run by centerfielder Dan Holst — his second big fly of 2017.

That was all the run support that Molesky would need. Molesky earned the victory to bring his 2017 record to 8-7, allowing only three runs and striking out 12.

Vince’s 12 strikeouts tie the franchise record for most strikeouts in a single season of 120, matching the previous record held by Scott Patterson in both 2003 and 2004. Patterson went on to pitch in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees and the San Diego Padres.

Boxscore:

Molesky was named as the Grizzlies’ Pitcher of the Year during pre-game ceremonies. Blake Brown took home Most Valuable Player and Matt Hearn was named Rookie of the Year.

The Grizzlies would like to thank all of their fans for such loyal support throughout the 2017 campaign, and are hopeful for another successful season of affordable, family, fun in 2018.

ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find – affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit gatewaygrizzlies.com or call 618.337.3000. 

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is celebrating its 25th season as a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 12 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year. 

Washington Clinches No. 3 Seed with 9-3 Win

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich, – The regular season is over. After clinching a playoff berth yesterday, the Washington Wild Things (53-43) clinched the No. 3 seed in the Frontier League playoffs with a 9-3 win at Traverse City (37-59) in the finale today. The Wild Things will meet the West Division champion Florence Freedom in the first round starting Tuesday, September 5 at Wild Things Park.

All but one run of the combined 12 in the game came in the latter third of the contest, as John Havird pitched seven innings of one-run, nine-hit ball for the Beach Bums, while Frank Trimarco pitched five innings of one-run ball for the Wild Things. The lone blemish on Trimarco’s line was a solo home run given up to catcher Kendall Patrick the third, a home run that opened the scoring.

The Wild Things answered the run in the seventh inning to tie the game at one when left fielder James Harris plated third baseman Justin Bohn with a base hit.

Orlando Rivera gave the Bums a 2-1 lead with a run-scoring single in the home half. Wild Things’ catcher John Fidanza singled home a run to tie things at two in the eighth, before the Beach Bums again took the lead in the home half on a home run by Steven Patterson off Davis Adkins.

The lead for the host team was short-lived though, as the Wild Things put up a seven spot in the ninth inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits by Hector Roa (game-winning book-rule double) and Bohn. Two bases-loaded walks aided the effort along with an error and a sacrifice fly by Fidanza. Zach Strecker pitched a scoreless ninth to close the deal and clinch the third seed.

Boxscore: http://baseball.pointstreak.com/boxscoretext.html?gameid=379380

Tickets for games one and two of the first round series against the Florence Freedom are available online and at the box office. The box office at Wild Things Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Monday, September 4 (Labor Day), for ticket inquires and purchase.

Game one of the series is set for Tuesday, September 5, while game two will be Wednesday, September 6. The two teams will take a travel day Thursday before finishing the series over the weekend in Florence, Kentucky.

First pitch for the first two games, both at Wild Things Park, is 7:05 p.m.