Florence Takes Series Opener Over Evansville

FLORENCE, Ky –The Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, made use of four hits and two home runs from designated hitter, Jordan Brower, en route to winning the opener of a crucial West Division series against the Evansville Otters, 5-4, in come from behind fashion on Tuesday night at UC Health Stadium.

Florence (17-17) started the scoring in the bottom of the second off Evansville (17-16) southpaw, Austin Nicely (2-3). Xavier Turner started the rally with a one out double off the wall in left-center, his sixth two-bagger of the season. Brower made it count one batter later, launching his first of two home runs, a two-run shot to right vaulting the Freedom in front, 2-0, entering the third frame. In the bottom of the fourth, a pair of two-out singles from Brower and Keivan Berges allowed Jacob Wark to extend the Florence lead to three with an RBI-bloop single to left that put the Freedom on top, 3-0.

Evansville would jump in front in the top of the fifth, however, touching up Kraus for all four of their runs in the frame. Mike Rizzitello led-off with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center before the Otters roped three consecutive doubles to account for another two runs, making the score, 3-3. Travis Harrison put Evansville in front by one with a hard ground ball to third that took a wicked hop over the glove of Turner for an RBI-single as the Otters took a, 4-3 lead.

Brower smashed his second home run of the night to tie the game at four in the Freedom half of the sixth. The designated hitter would finish his night a perfect 4-4 at the plate, with two long-balls and a pair of singles.

Nicely finished his outing having totaled six innings, allowing twelve hits and four runs while striking out three.

The Otters called on Garrett Harris out of the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and after recording two quick outs, Skylar Ewing blasted his first home run of the season to break the tie and put Florence ahead by one at, 5-4. Ewing, who was making his Freedom debut, finished the night 1-4 at the plate and gunned the only Evansville runner who attempted to steal at second in his first start as the Freedom catcher.

Kraus exited after seven innings, allowing four runs on ten hits with one walk and four strikeouts en route to his third win of the season. After Jake Haberer tallied a clean top of the eighth on the bump, Johnathon Tripp entered in search of his third save in the ninth. The closer worked around some early trouble, issuing a walk to the first man he faced, but retired the side in order after the free pass as Florence took the opener, 5-4. Ricky Ramirez Jr. recorded the final out, laying out in right field to squeeze a Toby Thomas liner to put the game on ice.

The Freedom will play their first home matinee of the season on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 12:05 PM at UC Health Stadium. Right-hander Chuck Weaver will get the ball to start the game for the Freedom as they look to win their second series in a row.

Washington Tops Traverse City in Offensive Battle

WASHINGTON, Pa. (June 19) — The Washington Wild Things kept up their torrid month of June with an 11-10 win in Tuesday night’s series opener with the Traverse City Beach Bums.
It was a banner night for both offenses. The two teams combined for 21 runs on 28 hits, with six home runs. It was a see-saw battle throughout, but ultimately, the Wild Things (23-11) prevailed for their 12th win in 14 games.
Traverse City (13-20) got going against Washington starter Chase Cunningham in its first at-bat. With two outs and center fielder Arby Fields on first, first baseman Luke Lowery hit his fourth home run of the season—his first of two on the night—to give the Beach Bums a 2-0 lead. Designated hitter Alexis Rivera followed with his first homer of the year to make it 3-0. Rivera would also have a multi-homer game, one of three players to do so tonight between the two teams.
The Beach Bums added on to their lead in the third. After right fielder Isaac Benard started the inning with a double down the left field line, shortstop Will Kengor drove him in with a single.
The Wild Things scored their first run of the night in the bottom half of the frame. With one out, designated hitter Louis Mele became Washington’s first baserunner of the night with a book-rule double. Two batters later, center fielder James Harris drove Mele in with a single to make it 4-1.
Washington’s offense turned it on in its next at-bat. After right fielder and reigning Frontier League Player of the Week Hector Roa singled home left fielder Roman Collins to make it 4-2, third baseman Mike Hill gave the Wild Things the lead with a three-run homer the left—his sixth of the season, and first of two on the night.
In the fifth, Cunningham retired the first two men he faced before Lowery reached on an infield single. Rivera made the Wild Things pay with his second blast of the game, and Traverse City retook the lead, 6-5.
Washington grabbed the lead right back in the bottom half of the fifth. With runners on second and third and two outs, first baseman Reydel Medina greeted relief pitcher Andrew Click with a two-run single to put the Wild Things back in front by a run. Both of those runs were charged to Traverse City starter Justin Finan, who picked up a no-decision, allowing seven earned on eight hits while striking out five and walking just one over 4.2 innings.
The back-and-forth pattern continued in the top of the sixth. With one out and runners on first and second, Benard hit a ground ball to Medina at first base. Medina threw the ball over the head of shortstop Brett Marr, allowing second baseman Max Dutto to score the tying run. The Beach Bums took the lead shortly after, when, with Kengor batting, a pitch by reliever Sam Mersing got past catcher Kyle Pollock, allowing left fielder Alec Olund to score and put Traverse City in front, 8-7. That same at-bat, Kengor added on with a single to extend the advantage to two.
Washington cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth, when Hill led off the inning with his seventh homer of 2018 and second of the night, and went on to re-take control later in the inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Pollock singled to tie the game, and McEachern scored, giving Washington the lead on a throwing error by Fields.
Washington’s third lead of the night wouldn’t last long, however. With Davis Adkins on the mound for Washington, Lowery led off the seventh with his second homer of the night to tie the game at 10.
In the bottom of the eighth, with runners on second and third and two outs, Traverse City decided to walk Medina to load the bases for Roa. The decision backfired. Roa reached on an infield single to third base, as Lohr’s throw pulled Lowery off the bag. Harris scored, and the Wild Things once again took the lead. Zach Strecker made sure that this advantage would last, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to record his third win of the season.
Cunningham also took a no-decision, staying at 1-2 on the season. He allowed six earned runs over five frames on 11 hits, while walking none and striking out seven.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at 7:05. Thomas Dorminy (5-1, 2.30 ERA) will oppose Jordan Desguin (4-0, 2.01 ERA).

Early Offense Power Schaumburg to Win

AVON, OH — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, jumped out to an early lead and scored in five different innings to score a fifth consecutive win over the Lake Erie Crushers by a 7-1 decision on Tuesday.

 

Jack Parenty led off the game with a walk and scored later in the inning when Collin Fergusonlifted a sacrifice fly. Three consecutive doubles with two outs in the third led to two more runs and a 3-0 margin. Ty Moore opened the string, Sean Godfreydoubled home the first run and Ferguson followed with another two-bagger. Kenny Towns made the score 4-0 with a fourth inning sacrifice fly. Zack Weigel picked up a two-run single in the fifth and the final run crossed on a wild pitch in the ninth.

 

Sam Myers started but exited the game after just 1.2 innings due to injury. Darrell Thompson earned the win with 2.1 innings of relief. Dylan Stutsmannotched 3.1 scoreless frames, retiring nine in a row at one point. Stutsman struck out five including fanning the side in the seventh. Chris Hall closed out the win by working the final 1.1, recording three strikeouts as the pitching staff posted 11 punchouts. The offense finished with 13 hits, three each coming from Weigel and Godfrey. Weigel has reached base in 11 consecutive contests. Schaumburg dropped the first two meetings of the year with Lake Erie but have won five straight, including four in a row on the road.

Washington’s Roa and Traverse City’s Desguin Win Weekly Awards

Washington Wild Things outfielder Hector Roa and Traverse City Beach Bums starting pitcher Jordan Desguin were named Frontier League Players and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

 

Hector Roa earned his honors this week following an impressive performance at the plate where he batted .462 with twelve hits three homeruns and ten runs batted in while posting a .808 slugging percentage. Roa helped lead Washington to a 4-2 record this past week as well as a 22-11 record overall which is atop the East Division

 

Hector made his professional debut after being signed as a free agent by the Houston Astros in 2012. In his five years in the Astros organization, Roa advanced as high as the Quad City River Bandits. The Camden, New Jersey native has posted career numbers of .249 while notching 360 hits, 55 homeruns and 207 runs batted in.

 

Jordan Desguin earned his honor following a 3-1 win over the River City Rascals. Desguin went 9.0 innings allowing one earned run and surrendering one hit while striking out eight batters. Desguin is 4-0 on the season with a 2.01 earned run average while throwing 31.1 innings and striking out 27.

 

Jordan made his professional debut after being drafted in the 36th round by the Milwaukee Brewers out of Florida Gulf Coast University in 2015. Desguin spent two different stints in the Midwest League with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The Port Charlotte, Florida native has posted career numbers of 14-9 with a 3.84 earned run average in 218.0 innings, while striking out 194 and a 3.08 walk to strikeout ratio.

 

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.

Frontier League Announces New Yearly Award

The Frontier League is proud to announce the “Clint Brown Excellence in Marketing Award”, the award will be given annually when the Frontier League announces its post-season award winners. Teams will be judged on their social marketing campaigns, season long promotions and individual game promotions.

The award announcement came on Father’s Day and was made as part of the pregame ceremonies at UC Health Stadium.  In addition, the City of Florence declared June 17, 2018 to be Clint Brown Day.

Brown purchased the Florence Freedom in 2005. He brought them two Frontier League All-Star games in 2007 and 2016.  Under his leadership, the Freedom earned the Frontier League Organization of the Year Award in 2015. In 2010, he was named Vice President of Marketing for the Frontier League Board of Directors, he served in that capacity until 2017. He was also a member of the Executive Committee from 2011 through 2017. He passed away on January 16, 2018.

“Clint’s background in marketing and marketing research lead to the development of this award,” Commissioner Bill Lee says. “He truly loved the Frontier League and wanted to make it better in every way he could help. He will be missed.”

A committee of four individuals will determine the yearly winner. The members of the committee will be:

Kim Brown – Clint Brown’s wife and current Owner/Assistant General Manager of Operations for the Florence Freedom.

Judy Johnson – Former Vice-President of Alliance Research, Inc. She was a co-worker with Clint Brown who founded the company

Bill Lee – Frontier League Commissioner

Steve Tahsler – Frontier League Deputy Commissioner

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

Windy City Tops Normal 7-2

CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts sored three runs in the first inning to take a lead that they would not relinquish as they defeated the Normal CornBelters 7-2 in game one of a weekend series at Standard Bank Stadium Friday night.

 

Omar Obregon led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and came in to score the first run of the game when Tyler Straub reached on an error. Larry Balkwill followed with a two-run homer, his fourth of the year, to put the ThunderBolts (11-18) ahead 3-0.

 

Normal (11-18) bounced back with a run in the second inning on doubles from Joel Davis and Sammy Vega. They tightened the game further on an Andrew Godbold solo home run in the third. Tanner Lubach followed, trying to tie the score with back-to-back home runs, but Blair Beck jumped at the wall to rob Lubach and keep the Bolts ahead by a run.

 

The lead remained at one run until the eighth, when the Bolts put it away. Riley Krane walked and Obregon singled, setting up an RBI base hit for Tim Zier. After Straub walked to load the bases, Balkwill popped up on the infield. He was called out on an infield fly, but the ball dropped and Obregon scored. Axel Johnson’s two-run single put the game away.

 

Zac Westcott (2-4) pitched six innings and allowed two runs for the win and Jack Landwehr (0-2) took the loss despite allowing only two earned runs in five innings.

 

The ThunderBolts and CornBelters continue their series on Saturday evening, Johnny Cash Night at Standard Bank Stadium. The game will feature a pregame concert from June’s Got the Cash and postgame fireworks. Paddy Ledet (2-2, 3.16) gets the start for the Bolts against Normal’s Ryan Lawlor (0-0, 2.25) First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 and fans not in attendance can hear the broadcast through wcthunderbolts.com.

Game Date: 06/15/2018 Normal CornBelters 2 AT Windy City ThunderBolts 7 YTD YTD Normal AB R H BI AVG Windy City AB R H BI AVG Fletcher, J 2B 5 0 0 0 .316 Obregon, O SS 4 2 2 0 .429 Chirino, S SS 3 0 0 0 .336 Zier, T 2B 4 1 1 1 .206 Loveless, D CF 4 0 1 0 .355 Straub, T 1B 3 2 0 0 .291 Godbold, A LF 4 1 1 1 .264 Balkwill, L C 4 1 1 2 .222 Lubach, T DH 4 0 2 0 .277 Johnson, A RF 4 0 1 0 .357 Davis, J 1B 3 1 1 0 .212 McCray, J LF 3 0 1 0 .167 Erickson, C RF 4 0 0 0 .238 LaLonde, R DH 3 0 0 0 .114 Dickt, R C 0 0 0 0 .111 Krane, R 3B 2 0 1 0 .178 Vega, S 3B 4 0 2 1 .273 Beck, B CF 2 1 0 0 .210 31 2 7 2 29 7 7 3 Normal 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 2 7 1 Windy City 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 x – 7 7 0 2B–Davis, J 1B (1), Vega, S 3B (2), Obregon, O SS (1). HR–Godbold, A LF (2), Balkwill, L C (4). RBI–Godbold, A LF (16), Vega, S 3B (6), TOTALS 2 (0), Zier, T 2B (8), Balkwill, L C 2 (19), TOTALS 3 (0). HP–Chirino, S SS (3), Dickt, R C 3 (3). SH–Beck, B CF (0). SB–McCray, J LF (1). E–Vega, S 3B (3). LOB–Normal 9, Windy City 1. DP–T. Zier(2B) – O. Obregon(SS) – T. Straub(1B), T. Zier(2B) – T. Straub(1B), J. Fletcher(2B) – S. Vega(3B) – J. Davis(1B), T. Zier(2B) – O. Obregon(SS) – T. Straub(1B). YTD IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Normal Landwehr, J (L,0-2) 5.0 4 3 2 0 3 1 4.05 De Marte, J 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.29 Simms, T 0.1 2 4 2 2 0 0 7.56 Weiss, C 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 9.00 8 7 7 4 2 5 1 Windy City Westcott, Z (W,2-4) 6.0 6 2 2 1 3 1 3.50 Hlad, D 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 Andersen, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.76 Raftery, D 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1.88 9 7 2 2 3 5 1 HB–Westcott, Z 4 (7). SO–Fletcher, J, Loveless, D, Godbold, A, Davis, J, Vega, S, Zier, T, Straub, T, Balkwill, L, McCray, J, LaLonde, R. BB–Chirino, S, Davis, J, Dickt, R, Straub, T, Krane, R. BF–Landwehr, J 19 (83), De Marte, J 6 (61), Simms, T 5 (41), Weiss, C 2 (7), Westcott, Z 28 (183), Hlad, D 3 (3), Andersen, J 3 (61), Raftery, D 4 (56). P-S–Landwehr, J 86-61, De Marte, J 31-19, Simms, T 21-11, Weiss, C 7-5, Westcott, Z 112-69, Hlad, D 11-4, Andersen, J 14-9, Raftery, D 18-12. T–2:40. A–2373 Tomorrow’s Probables: NOR – Ryan Lawlor (0-0, 2.25 era) vs. WCY – Paddy Ledet (2-2, 3.16 era). Weather: High 80’s and clear, winds SSE Plate Umpire – Brian Miller, Field Umpire #1 – Andy Dudones

Walk Off Homer Lifts Florence Over Schaumburg

FLORENCE, Ky –In a rematch of the 2017 Frontier League Championship Series, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, beat the Schaumburg Boomers, 5-4, in walk off fashion to take the opener of weekend series on Friday at UC Health Stadium.

The Freedom (15-16) rallied with out in the bottom of the ninth, when Xavier Turner roped the first of three singles in the frame off Boomers (15-15) reliever, Dylan Stutsman (1-1). Austin Wobrock followed with a single of his own to put the winning run at third before Schaumburg elected to intentionally walk Ricky Ramirez Jr. to load the bases.  Andre Mercurio had the night off, but Freedom manager, Dennis Pelfrey chose to pinch-hit the lefty for Jimmy Heck with the game on the line. Mercurio promptly laced a base hit to center, scoring Turner and giving the Freedom their first walk-off win of the season, 5-4, over the defending Frontier League Champion, Boomers. Johnathon Tripp (2-0) tallied the win in relief, tossing 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball over the eighth and ninth frames.

Schaumburg took an early, 2-0, lead in the top of the third, courtesy a Sean Godfrey ground-out with runners on second and third and an ensuing RBI-single from Collin Ferguson.

The Freedom quickly tied the game at two in their next at-bat, however. After Chandler Rodriguez led off with a base hit to right, Austin Wobrock tapped an infield single that featured a Boomers throwing error at short, allowing Rodriguez to score and Wobrock to slide in safely at third base. Three batters later, Jordan Brower deadlocked the score with a sacrifice fly to center. Brower would break the, 2-2, tie in his next at-bat, crushing his third home run of the season, a solo shot to right center that put Florence in front by one. Keivan Berges followed with a stand-up double and later scored from third on a Connor Crane sacrifice fly as the Freedom jumped in front, 4-2.

Freedom starter, Cody Gray exited the game after six innings, notching his third quality start but swallowing a no-decision. His final line included six innings, a pair of Schaumburg runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

Payton Lobdell went toe-to-toe with Gray finishing his night after 5.2 innings. The righty allowed four runs, two earned while walking three and whiffing three more.

With two runners in scoring position and two outs in the top of the seventh, Ferguson delivered a clutch two-run single off Florence southpaw Pat McGrath to again tie the score, this time at four.

Florence and Schaumburg will square off two more times over the weekend. On Saturday, Florence will send right-hander Zach Kirby to the mound with Schaumburg tabbing right-hander Steven Ridings. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 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 Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.

Evansville Downs Traverse City 7-2

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Behind a strong pitching performance from Randy Wynne, the Evansville Otters topped the Traverse City Beach Bums 7-2 on Friday evening in front of 2,022 fans at Bosse Field.
Joe Lytle opened the scoring for the Otters in the second inning with an RBI single for his first professional hit and run driven in as he put the Otters up 1-0.

Travis Harrison doubled the lead with an RBI single in the third.

Traverse City got on the board on an RBI groundout from Will Kengor in the top of the fourth.

Evansville broke the game open with four runs in the fourth. Manny Cruz ripped an RBI single, which was then followed by back-to back RBI triples from Ryan Long and David Cronin. Jeff Gardner capped off the inning with an RBI single to push the Otters lead to 6-1.

Traverse City got one back on a solo home run from Luke Lowery to cut it to a 6-2 ball game.

The Otters added on a seventh run in the eighth when Harrison walked with the bases loaded to force home a run.

Randy Wynne threw eight strong innings, allowing just two runs, on six hits while striking out five and walking only one en route to his third win of the season. Wynne’s eight innings ties for the most innings thrown by an Otters pitcher this season in a single game.

Matt Murphy is dealt the loss for the Beach Bums in his first professional start. Murphy went just three innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five.

The series will continue tomorrow when the two clubs square off at 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field with fireworks set to follow the game. Saturday’s game is presented by the Boys and Girls Club and Slay’s Restoration.

Coverage of the series will be 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.

Lake Erie Sweeps Normal With 8-5 Win

NORMAL, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, trailed three different times on Thursday night before coming back and overtaking the CornBelters for an 8-5 win.

Normal jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning against starter Juan Perez. An error and hits by Andrew Godbold along with Tanner Lubach led to the early lead.

Lake Erie (18-12) got on the board in the second inning when Cody Lenahan scored on a wild pitch after he had previously singled. The game tying run came in the fourth when Matt Dacey homered for the fourth time this season.

Normal (11-17) scored two times in the fourth against Perez who lasted 4.1 innings and allowed four runs (three earned). He issued five walks and struck out four.

In the bottom of the fourth, Kevin Lachance and Aaron Hill led off with walks to begin the frame. Kewby Meyer followed with a fly-ball to left that Cody Erickson couldn’t handle inlet field and both runs scored on the error.

The CornBelters retook the lead in the sixth against reliever Max Biedrzycki (2-0) after Godbold singled home Justin Fletcher. With the bases loaded and one out, Lubach lined a ball down the left field line that was ruled foul. He later struck out and was ejected for arguing the previous call. Biedrzycki then struck out Chris Iriart to end the threat.

In the top of the seventh, the Crushers took advantage of another error by the CornBelters. A ground ball to Iriart at first, rolled off his glove, allowing Hill to reach. Meyer followed with a single of his own. With two strikes, Sean Hurley lined a double into the left field corner, giving the Crushers a 6-5 lead.

Lenahan followed with an RBI single, making it 7-5. Lenahan went 3-5 with a run scored as well to raise his average to .356 since coming off the DL. Mark Hendricks (0-1) allowed three runs (two earned) in the inning.

In the eighth, Meyer doubled home Lachance to extend the lead to 8-5. Meyer finished 2-3 with an RBI.

Louis Cohen, Kent Hasler, and Justin Sinabaldi combined to throw three scoreless innings out of the bullpen to close it out. Sinabaldi picked up his sixth save of the year.

With the sweep the Crushers have won five consecutive road series. Lake Erie will host River City for a three game set beginning tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Donny Murray (2-3) will start for the Crushers.

Towns Walk-Off Blast Sends Schaumburg to Series Win

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, rallied from down five runs to win a series and cross the .500 mark for the first time on the season when Kenny Towns drilled a walk-off homer in the bottom of the ninth.

 

Towns fell behind in the count 0-2 to Evansville closer Mitch Aker before battling back to even things and then tucking a 2-2 pitch inside the left field pole for a walk-off homer, just the third in team history. Evansville tallied three first-inning runs and added four in the second to open a 7-2 lead in the contest. The Boomers battled back with clutch two-out hitting throughout the night. Collin Ferguson drove home a pair with a two-out single in the second. Jack Parenty tripled home a tandem with two outs in the third and James Keller tied the game with a two-out pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. All eight runs scored with two outs as Towns also knocked home two with a first-inning two-out single.

 

Starter Gunnar Kines allowed seven runs in two innings but the bullpen picked him up, throwing seven scoreless. James Mulry worked a season high 2.2 scoreless, Mitch Schulewitz logged 1.1 blank innings, Chris Hall two and Jake Joyce another inning. Joyce earned the win, striking out two and leaving the go-ahead run at second in the ninth. The offense finished with 11 hits. Towns tallied three with three RBIs while Ferguson added three hits as well. Josh Gardiner collected a pair.

 

The Boomers (15-14) begins a six-game roadtrip on Friday night in Northern Kentucky against the Florence Freedom at 6:05 p.m. RHP Payton Lobdell (1-2, 3.00) takes the ball in the opener. Schaumburg does not return home until June 22.  Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer by calling (847) 461-3695.

Florence Routes Windy City To Complete The Sweep

FLORENCE, Ky –Looking for their first sweep since the opening series of the season, the Florence Freedom, presented by Titan Mechanical Solutions, scored a total of thirteen runs in their first four at-bats en route to a, 17-2, blowout of the Windy City Thunderbolts on Thursdaynight at UC Health Stadium.

With two outs in the bottom of the first, Jordan Brower gave Florence (14-16) an early one run edge when he attacked a fastball from Windy City (10-18) starter Jake Welch (3-1) for his second home run of the season, sending the ball sailing into the Freedom bullpen.  Later in the frame, Jacob Wark followed a Keivan Berges walk with a line drive double down the left field line, scoring Andre Mercurio who was hit by a pitch. Up, 2-0, with two men on, Craig Lepre tallied his first Freedom homer, a three-run jack that put the home team on top by five after one inning.

Chuck Weaver (1-1) settled into an early groove, delivering a trio of shut-down innings as the Freedom offense continued to roll at the plate.

In the bottom of the second, Austin Wobrock singled and Ricky Ramirez Jr. was hit by a pitch before Brower made it, 7-0, with a hard ground-ball that stayed fair down the first base line, plating both runners. Berges kept the line moving when he stroked a single to center to score Brower before Wark came up with an RBI-single of his own to make the score, 9-0.  It was Jimmy Heck who put the Freedom up ten, delivering an RBI-ground-out that ended the night for the Bolts starting pitcher, Welch.

Welch would register only 1.1 innings, allowing ten runs, nine earned on six hits with one walk, three hit-batters and no strikeouts.

With Jake Roehn on the bump in the third, Xavier Turner launched the third Freedom homer of the night, a line drive out to left for his third round tripper of the season as the Florence lead expanded to, 11-0. After a Brower walk, Berges put the Freedom home run total at four with an opposite field blast to right, a two-run shot and his third big fly of the season as the lead reached thirteen.

With the bases loaded in the fourth, Turner drove in his second run of the night with a single before a sacrifice fly from Brower made the score, 15-0. Brower finished the night 2-4 with four RBI in just his second game back from a fourteen day stint on the disabled list.

The Thunderbolts got on the board in fifth thanks to the first of two solo-shots from Axel Johnson. Johnson accounted for every Windy City run offensively, spanking his second long-ball in the seventh to cut the Freedom lead to thirteen at, 15-2.

Entering the game in the top of seventh as a defensive replacement for Mercurio, Connor Crane capitalized on his only at-bat of the ballgame, sending a towering blast to right off Bolts reliever, Austin Sweet for the fifth and final Florence homer of the evening as the Freedom again went up fourteen.

Weaver exited the game after seven innings having allowed only the two homers and four scattered hits, totaling seven strikeouts and a pair of walks on the way to his first Freedom win.

After Jimmy Heck doubled to start the bottom of the eighth, Wobrock smacked his third single of the night to put runners on the corners. Ramirez Jr. followed with a swinging bunt up the first base line that scored Heck as Florence moved in front by the eventual final score, 17-2.

The Freedom finished the night with 17 runs on 17 hits and did not commit an error defensively. This was the first time the Freedom scored at least 15 runs since August 11, 2016, when they won, 15-10, against the River City Rascals.

Florence will now welcome the Schaumburg Boomers to town for a three game series starting Friday night. Cody Gray will be on the mound for the Freedom opposite Payton Lobdell of the Boomers in a rematch of the 2017 Frontier League Championship Series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 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 Way in Florence, KY. The Freedom can be found online at florencefreedom.com, or by phone at (859) 594-4487.

Traverse City Tops River City Behind Jordan Desguin’s Complete-Game

TRAVERSE CITY, MI- The Traverse City Beach Bums’(12-17) Jordan Desguin went the distance to pick up the complete-game win over the River City Rascals(17-12) by a final score of 3-1.

 

Desguin didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning and it was JD Hearn beating out a soft grounder to the left side of the infield. Luke Lowery led off the sixth and smashed a line-drive solo home run over the left field wall for the game’s first run, his second of the season. Alexis Rivera and Steve Lohr each followed with walks but Rivera was thrown out at third on an attempted sacrifice bunt by Max Dutto.

 

Kendall Patrick filled the bases with Bums on a walk of his own, then Orlando Rivera rocketed an automatic double that hopped over the wall in right, scoring Lohr and Dutto. River City scored their lone run in the seventh when Mike Jurgella grounded out with Stephen Kerr at third after he lead off the inning by getting hit by a pitch.

 

Jordan Desguin’s gem earned him his fourth win of the season against no losses, as he struck out eight on the night, including striking out the side in the eighth. Lucas Laster got himself into and out of trouble a number of times but couldn’t finish the sixth, giving up three runs on seven hits, four walks, and he hit two batters. He falls to 1-2.

 

The Beach Bums will now hit the road for their second nine-game road trip of the season, starting Friday night at Bosse Field in Indiana against the Evansville Otters. Randy Wynne starts for Evansville while Matt Murphy makes his professional debut for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 7:15pm. It will be two seven-inning games. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.

River City Takes Double Header Over Traverse City

TRAVERSE CITY, MI–The River City Rascals bounced back from a disappointing homestand to win both ends of a doubleheader against the Traverse City Beach Bums at Wuerfel Park on Wednesday. The Rascals used a big seven-run frame in the seventh inning of the first game to win 8-1 and took a back-and-forth second game 8-7 behind a three-run seventh.

After a Kevin Suarez sacrifice fly in the fifth inning put the Rascals up 1-0 in the opener, the Beach Bums got on the board with a Luke Lowery RBI triple in the sixth. The Rascals sent 11 men to the plate in the seventh, scoring seven runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead. The Rascals got a bases loaded walk from JD Hearn, a two-run infield single from Stephen Kerr, a two-run single up the middle from Mike Jurgella and a two-run double from Paul Kronenfeld.

Rascals starter Dan Ludwig went five scoreless innings in a no-decision, and Joe Iorio (3-1) earned the win in relief. Traverse City starter John Havird (1-3) took the loss, allowing three runs in 6.1 innings.

In the second game, the Rascals got off to an early lead on a sacrifice fly from Kerr in the first inning, but the Beach Bums tied the game in the home half of the frame on an RBI double from Lowery. The Rascals got a home run from Braxton Martinez in the third, and after the Beach Bums’ Isaac Benard hit a two-run blast in the bottom of the third, the Rascals scored two in the fourth on RBI singles from Connor Oliver and Jurgella. The Bums scored four runs in the fourth, aided by two wild pitches from the Rascals, but River City stormed back with four unanswered, including an RBI double from JD Hearn in the top of the seventh to tie the game and a sacrifice fly from Jurgella to take the lead.

Cody Mincey earned his ninth save by retiring the side in the bottom of the seventh. Tanner Wilt (1-1) earned the win, and Bums reliever John Michael Knighton (3-3) took the loss.

The Rascals (17-11) look for the series sweep over the Beach Bums (11-17) in the series finale tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm CT. Lucas Laster will start for the Rascals.

Lake Erie Doubles Up Normal

NORMAL, Ill. — The Lake Erie Crushers, presented by Mercy, took advantage of a few mistakes by the CornBelters and pounded out 13 hits en route to a 8-4 win on Wednesday night. Normal committed three errors in the loss.

Lake Erie (17-12) took the lead in the third inning against CornBelters starter Matt Portland (2-2). Kevin Lachance led off with a walk and later scored after an error by shortstop Santiago Chirino. The Crushers tacked on another run in the inning to jump out to a 2-0 lead.

Normal responded in the bottom of the third against Alex Romero (3-2). A couple of hits and a throwing error by Lachance helped the CornBelters tie the game on a sacrifice fly by Derrick Loveless.

Lake Erie answered right back in the fourth with two runs. A double by Dalton Wheat and an error by third baseman Sam Vega helped lead to a couple of runs, giving the Crushers a 4-2 lead. Wheat finished 3-4 with two runs scored.

In the sixth inning, the Crushers made it 5-2 after an RBI single by Lachance who went 2-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Portland lasted six innings and he was charged with five runs (three earned) on eight hits.

Romero on the other hand, was settling in as the game went on. He struck out the side in the fourth and retired the CornBelters in order in the fifth.

Romero ran into trouble in the sixth and allowed a couple of runs but Kent Hasler came in to get the final two outs. Romero allowed four runs on seven hits and he struck out six over 5.1 innings.

Branden Nunn worked two scoreless innings, including the seventh when he worked around a first and third situation. Lake Erie still led 5-4.

The Crushers loaded the bases in the eighth inning against Nick Bozman. Normal brought in Anthony Herrera and he issued a bases loaded walk to Sean Hurley, making it 6-4.

The Crushers added on to their lead in the ninth when catcher Bryan DeLaRosa launched a two-run shot to right, making it 8-4. That was his third home run of the season.

Justin Sinabaldi pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning and the Crushers clinched their fifth consecutive series on the road with the win. Lake Erie has taken the first five games of the season series from the CornBelters.

Game three is scheduled for tomorrow at 7:05 CDT. Juan Perez (1-0) will face Kevin Matthews (0-3) for the CornBelters. Lake Erie will then return home for a six game home stand.

Schaumburg Tops Evansville to Even Series

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, countered every rally from the Evansville Otters to collect a 6-4 victory on Wednesday night.

 

Sean Godfrey opened the scoring with a solo homer in the bottom of the third, his third of the season. Evansville instantly opened a 2-1 lead by plating two runs in the top of the fourth against starter Sam Myers. The Boomers scored three times in the bottom of the inning to again move ahead. Ty Moore led off with a triple and scored on a Clint Hardy single. Hardy scored on a wild pitch and Jack Parenty posted a two-out, two-strike RBI single as well.

 

Evansville again answered, striking for two unearned runs in the top of the fifth to even the score. James Keller executed a perfect suicide squeeze in the sixth to plate Moore with the deciding run. Keller added an additional RBI single in the eighth to account for the final.

 

Myers worked 4.1 innings in a no-decision, striking out five. Darrell Thompsonpicked up the win, working 2.2 innings and recording four strikeouts. Ivan Vieitez twirled the eighth and Jake Joyce the ninth for his sixth save. The pitching staff struck out 12 and overcame 13 Evansville hits, all singles. Moore matched the single game record by tripling twice as the Boomers finished with nine hits. Hardy and Keller also notched up two each.

 

The rubber game of the series comes on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. with Military Appreciation Night featuring $2 tickets for active and former military. It is also a Thirsty Thursday. Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer by calling (847) 461-3695.