WASHINGTON INKS 3-TIME ALL-MAAC INFIELDER

The Wild Things announced their second acquisition of the 2018-19 offseason, with the addition of former Monmouth standout Shaine Hughes. Hughes is an infielder that comes Washington’s way fresh off his first professional baseball experience with the Martinez Clippers of the Pacific Association.

Hughes had quite the career at Monmouth. His freshman season was cut short due to injury. He’d go on to be named All-MAAC three times, being awarded first-team honors in 2016 and 2018, and second-team laurels in 2017.

The Sewell, New Jersey, native finished his career at Monmouth in the top 10 of five different career-offensive categories. His 238 hits rank him 5th on the Hawks’ all-time charts. He’s sixth in doubles with 49, 7th in both RBI, with 148, and walks, with 92, and 10th in runs scored with 141. Hughes had a career slash line of .338/.434/.482 with 49 career doubles and 16 home runs. He struck out just 87 times in 839 plate appearances.

The successful collegiate career came on the heels of a stellar high school career at Washington Township High School, where Hughes won three varsity letters and his team won three conference titles. He was named All-Conference First Team twice and was named All-South Jersey as a senior.

He’d go on to sign his first professional contract and play for the Martinez Clippers of the Pacific Association, before agreeing to sign with Washington. The initial agreement hit a snag, but assistant general manager Tony Buccilli and Hughes weathered the storm, and now Hughes is the first position player to sign with the Wild Things this offseason.

“It is nice to finally sign Shaine after our prior efforts were met by a few roadblocks. We are very excited to bring in a rookie with such a touted offensive resume,” said Buccilli. “His career speaks for itself when it comes to extra-base hits, run creation, run production and on-base ability. He plays the brand of baseball we look for and his defensive versatility across the infield is added value.”

The infield versatility Buccilli talked about was shown in Hughes’ time at Monmouth and in the Pacific Association. At Monmouth, Hughes played third base, second base and first base, and played the first two of those while he was with Martinez.

Hughes hit .331 with the Clippers in 42 games and had on OPS of 1.006. He hit eight doubles and nine home runs, while driving in 31 runs.

Hughes said he had a great experience with the Clippers and is excited to get started with Washington.

“After I graduated and my name wasn’t called in the draft I knew I wanted to keep playing baseball. I played well with the Clippers, and that’s how I ended up with the Wild Things,” said Hughes. “I am very excited to be joining a good team who is hungry for a championship.”

Some of the differences Hughes said he experienced in the jump from the college game to the pro game centered around playing everyday and the pitching.

“The jump from college to pro ball really taught me a lot about the game and helped me grow as a player,” said Hughes. “Pitchers in pro ball are more comfortable with all of their pitches so you see a lot more 2-0 and 3-1 off speed. And playing everyday is different as well. There is a lot less time to dwell on a bad game or celebrate a good game. The next day everything starts all over and you have to do it again.”

The Wild Things open the season Thursday, May 9 at River City, with the home opener slated for Friday, May 17 at Wild Things Park.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. In 2018, the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. Season ticket packages, with new-and-improved benefits are now available by calling the box office at 724-250-9555.

FORMER EVANSVILLE MANAGER WAYNE KRENCHICKI PASSES AWAY

The Frontier League is saddened to learn of the passing today of former Evansville Otters’ field manager Wayne Krenchicki.  Wayne passed away peacefully at his home in Pittsfield, Illinois.

Wayne managed the Otters for the 2009 season and the first half of 2010.  Wayne played Major League Baseball for eight seasons, from 1979 to 1986, for the Baltimore Orioles, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, and Montreal Expos.  He was a 1st round draft pick in the January phase in 1976 out of the University of Miami.  Miami inducted him into their Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Prior to Evansville, Wayne managed for four seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers’ organization followed by independent league stings with the Tyler Wildcatters (Texas-Louisiana League), Madison Black Wolf (Northern League), Newark/Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds (Atlantic League), Camden Riversharks (Atlantic League), and Newark Bears (Atlantic League).

More information on Wayne and his passing can be found at The Haught Corner site.

BOOMERS FRONT OFFICE RECOGNIZED WITH AWARDS

The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, have started the offseason with multiple awards and nominations including winning the Frontier League’s Clint Brown Excellence in Marketing Award as well as the Schaumburg Business Association’s Rookie of the Year Award for GM Michael Larson. In addition, the Boomers were nominated for the Schaumburg Business Association’s Brian H. Burke Business of the Year Award.

The Schaumburg Boomers are proud and honored to be named the Frontier League’s first ever “Clint Brown Excellence in Marketing Award” for their creative marketing and promotional materials in 2018. The award was named for the late Florence Freedom owner who was appointed Vice President of Marketing on the Frontier League’s Board of Directors in 2010. “Clint’s background in marketing and marketing research lead to the development of this award,” Frontier League 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.”  The Boomers received the award at the annual Frontier League Meetings.

In addition to receiving the Clint Brown Award, the Boomers were also been nominated by their peers within the Schaumburg Business Association (SBA) for two major awards this season: the Brian H. Burke Business of the Year Award, and the Rookie of the Year Award. At the annual Toast of Schaumburg event the Boomers were honored to win the award for Rookie of the Year for first-year GM Michael Larson, who adds “The SBA is an amazing organization filled with great businesses and professionals. It is truly an honor to be recognized for our efforts as an organization here in the Schaumburg community and we look forward to what we can do in the future.”

Ticket packages for the 2019 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695.

2019 SCHEDULE UNVEILED!

The Frontier League has released its schedule for its 27th season, which will feature ten clubs playing a 96-game, full-season format.  Opening day for the 2019 season will be on Thursday, May 9, with the regular season concluding on Sunday, September 1.

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The regular season begins on Thursday, May 10, with three games, highlighted by the Joliet Slammers celebrating their championship against the Windy City ThunderBolts.  Opening Day also features a matchup of the 2018 division winners with the River City Rascals hosting the Washington Wild Things while the Florence Freedom welcome the Lake Erie Crushers to UC Health Stadium.

All teams are in action beginning on Friday, May 10, highlighted by a rivalry matchup when the Southern Illinois Miners travel to the Evansville Otters.  Other opening weekend games feature Lake Erie hosting the Windy City ThunderBolts, the Gateway Grizzlies hosting the Schaumburg Boomers, Joliet traveling to play Florence, and the continuation of the Washington-River City series.

Schaumburg and Windy City open their home schedules on Tuesday, May 14, while Southern Illinois and Washington open their 2019 home schedules on Friday, May 17.

“Frontier League fans will notice that the League will be at 10 teams in 2019,” commented Commissioner Bill Lee.  “While we would have liked that Traverse City and Normal remain in the League, their ownership groups decided to pursue other opportunities.”

The 2019 divisional alignment remains the same aside from the departures of Normal from the West and Traverse City from the East.  The West Division features Evansville, Florence, Gateway, River City, and Southern Illinois while Joliet, Lake Erie, Schaumburg, Washington, and Windy City compose the East Division.  Clubs play their divisional opponents 12 times each, along with 12 games against one rival from the other division.  The remaining four teams are played nine games each.  The two division winners plus two wild card teams, regardless of division, advance to the playoffs.

The 2019 playoffs will begin on Tuesday, September 3 with a potential game 5 of the Championship Series scheduled for Monday, September 16.

Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams in six Midwestern states, stretching from Pennsylvania to Missouri and from Kentucky to the Great Lakes.  More information and the complete 2018 schedule can be found at www.frontierleague.com.

BOSSE FIELD TO HOST INDIANA-USI CHARITY EXHIBITION GAME

Historic Bosse Field will serve as the host venue for a charity exhibition baseball game between the University of Southern Indiana and Indiana University on Saturday, October 20.

First pitch between the two programs is at 4 p.m. as the exhibition game will benefit the fight against Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA).

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Friedreich’s Ataxia is a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder that affects one in 50,000 people in the United States.

Most individuals have onset of symptoms of FA between the ages of 5 and 18 years but can occur anytime during adulthood. The Friedreich’s’s Ataxia Research Alliance is supporting research that will improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with FA and will lead to treatments that eliminate its symptoms. More information about FA can be found at CureFA.org.

Tickets for the exhibition game from Bosse Field are available now and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations: the USI Athletics office, Indiana Baseball Office, Southern Indiana Athletic Conference (SIAC) Baseball Programs, all Banterra Bank Evansville/Newburgh locations, and German American Bank Jasper locations. Fans also can purchase tickets online at curefa.org/baseball.

Southern Indiana’s Nathan Kuester was a group sales intern during the 2018 season for the Evansville Otters. Kuester is a senior from Rockport, Indiana and assisted the Otters with group outing sales and organizing group picnics throughout the season.

Bosse Field concessions will be open for the exhibition game October 20.

Historic Bosse Field is located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. For more information, visit gousieagles.com or call (812) 465-7165.

FORMER CHARTIERS VALLEY GRAD SIGNS WITH WASHINGTON

The Wild Things have signed their first player of the 2018-19 off-season by adding a Pittsburgh native, Josh LaPiana, to the pitching staff for 2019. The left-hander is getting ready to pitch in Australia’s winter league, and graduated from Utah in 2018, where he played his final three collegiate seasons.

LaPiana was a three-sport star at Chartiers Valley High School in nearby Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, as he not only starred on the baseball field, helping the Colts win two section championships on and off the mound, but was a two-year starting quarterback on the gridiron and a member of CV’s basketball team before his senior year.

His senior year on the baseball field was arguably his best, as he hit .500 and was 7-1 on the hill with a sub-1.00 earned run average. LaPiana then went to the University of Akron, where he pitched one season in 2015. He was teammates with current Wild Things’ pitcher James Meeker at Akron, before the school folded its baseball program at the end of that season.

LaPiana transferred to the University of Utah where he helped lead the Utes to the school’s first ever Pac-12 Championship in 2016. The southpaw logged 224.2 innings in his three seasons at Utah, and punched out 148 opposing batters in that timeframe. He appeared in 48 games at Utah, and started all but 11 of those.

“We highly value Josh’s experience competing in a league like the Pac-12. He has a resume full of pitching meaningful games versus the elite college programs and facing some of the best hitters in the country,” said assistant general manager of baseball operations Tony Buccilli. “His senior campaign was disjointed somewhat due to Utah’s needs but we believe he can be a steady contributor in our environment.”

Buccilli added, “Josh is very excited to return to Western Pennsylvania to begin his professional baseball career for his hometown Minor League team. The Pittsburgh baseball community has already expressed reassurance that we are signing not only a pro-ready player, but also a pro-ready worker.”

LaPiana will be the fourth player on the roster that hails from a WPIAL (PIAA District 7) school, joining outfielder Mick Fennell (Butler), infielder Ryan Cox (Hopewell) and Meeker (North Allegheny). LaPiana said he is thrilled to pitch in Pittsburgh again.

“I haven’t pitched in Pittsburgh in a long time and I love my hometown,” said LaPiana. “I know some of the guys on the team from growing up and playing and I’ll be excited to spend time with those guys again and have Mom, Dad, family and friends come to the park and watch me the same way I came to the park when I was younger watching Wild Things’ games in the past.”

The process for LaPiana signing with the team dates back to the end of his collegiate career.

“Tony and I had discussions last year about maybe playing, however I had a few games late in my college career where I was going 140-150 pitches a start, so it was time to slow down and get my arm back to healthy,” said LaPiana. “I had talked to him about an opportunity I’m headed to now that is playing in Australia for winter ball, and he was on board to allow me to do that. I went to Utah without them ever seeing me touch a baseball, so it was something similar here where they just signed me off word of mouth and now it’s up to me to come back in good shape ready to play.”

LaPiana’s role isn’t determined yet, but he said he’d be comfortable with anything, saying he wants to be a dominant option in whatever that role is. Ultimately, he wants to stay healthy and be ready for the whole season, in an effort to help the Wild Things continue the team’s recent success.

“I know [the Wild Things] had a great year last year and were very close to winning the whole thing,” said LaPiana. “I’m excited to learn from the guys that were there and what they thought made them successful and try and emulate that as best I can.”

The team is expecting to announce two more signings next week, as the off-season kicks into full gear. Fans can stay updated on signings and all things Wild Things by following the team’s social media accounts and website, washingtonwildthings.com.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. The 2019 schedule has not been released, but the Wild Things enjoyed a ton of success in 2018, as the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com. The organization is expecting a release of the 2019 schedule next week.

MINERS INK LEAGUE HOME RUN CHAMPION CHRIS IRIART

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have signed former Normal CornBelters first baseman Chris Iriart to a contract for the 2019 season, adding an experienced, powerful bat to their lineup for next year.

Iriart was one of the premier sluggers in the Frontier League in 2018, blasting a league-best 25 home runs for the CornBelters in just 88 games along with 17 doubles, 59 RBIs and a .253 average to earn postseason all-star honors at first base. The Chino Hills, California native posted a .560 slugging percentage, good for second in the circuit, and was voted as the starting first baseman on the Experienced team at the All-Star game. He also made just six errors defensively for a .990 fielding percentage, ranking third-best among all Frontier League first basemen.

“We are very excited to add Chris to the Miners Family,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “Chris adds a big-time, power bat to our lineup as well as strong defensive skills at first base. He has the kind of power that doesn’t come around very often, and it’s the kind that can impact the game in a hurry. Chris had a lot of places to choose from on where to continue his professional career, and we are thrilled that he chose to join us in Southern Illinois.”

Prior to joining the CornBelters, Iriart played three years in the Oakland Athletics organization, advancing as high as Class A-Advanced Stockton while smacking 37 homers in only 234 games, including a 22-homer, 21-double, 63-RBI season across three levels in 2016. He was a 12th-round selection by the A’s in the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Houston, where he hit .302 with 15 long balls and 40 RBIs in 63 games as a junior to earn Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors.

Be sure to follow the Miners online at southernillinoisminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

MINERS SIGN ALL-STAR UTILITY PLAYER GIANFRANCO WAWOE

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that they have signed utility player Gianfranco Wawoe for the 2019 season, their first new addition to next year’s roster.

Wawoe comes to Southern Illinois after playing seven years in the Seattle Mariners organization, signing with them as a 16-year old from Willemstad, Curacao in 2011. In his last season with Seattle in 2017, he was a mid-season California League All-Star at Class A-Advanced Modesto, batting .270 with 17 doubles, six triples, 62 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 97 games while also seeing time at Double-A Arkansas (14 games) and Triple-A Tacoma (two games).

Before that, Wawoe batted .288 with 17 doubles, eight homers, 55 RBIs and 114 hits in 102 games at Class A-Advanced Bakersfield in 2016. In total, over 523 professional games, he has hit .274 with 93 doubles, 12 triples, 26 homers, 507 total hits, 300 runs scored and 79 stolen bases. Defensively, he has played primarily second base and shortstop, but also has seen game action at third base and in the outfield.

“We are very excited to add Gianfranco to our club,” Miners manager Mike Pinto said. “He was one of the top prospects in the Mariners organization and he brings us not only a great offensive player with good speed, but also great positional flexibility. From the calls I have gotten from people who know him well with the M’s, we are getting not only a very good player, but a great person and teammate as well.”

Be sure to follow the Miners online at southernillinoisminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.southernillinoisminers.com.

DIAMONDBACKS ACQUIRE WASHINGTON RHP JESUS BALAGUER

For the fourth time franchise history, the Washington Wild Things have had a player purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organization. Friday, the Wild Things announced the D’Backs have purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Jesus Balaguer.

“When talking to him yesterday, he was very excited about the opportunity moving forward and so grateful for the time he spent in Washington,” said assistant general manager of baseball operations Tony Buccilli. “He was able to come to the ballpark with a smile on his face every day, play with a great group of guys and be part of something very special as a Wild Thing.”

Balaguer becomes the fourth player from the Wild Things’ to have his contract purchased by the Arizona organization, joining Stewart Ijames, Scott Kalamar and Troy Marks. The three of those players moved into the D’Backs organization between 2014 and 2015.

The Cuban-born right hander is the second Wild Things’ pitcher to move on to affiliated ball directly from the Wild Things’ active roster in 2018, as left hander Nick Wegmann was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in June.

Balaguer played parts of two seasons in the Houston organization after three professionally in Cuba to start his pro career. Once he was released by the Astros, he came to Washington and dominated. In 10 regular season games, Balaguer had a K/9 of 17.0, fanning 34 batters in 18 innings of work, while scattering 12 hits and seven runs with 11 walks.

He’d go on to pitch in seven playoff games, including appearing in all five of the Frontier League Championship Series’ games. In 7.2 playoff innings, he didn’t allow a run and only allowed two hits while striking out 13 opposing batters. Had Washington won the series, Balaguer was a candidate for the Series MVP award.

“Jesus quickly became one of the best strikeout artists in the league upon joining us. The stability he brought our bullpen and the electricity he provided crowds were key factors in our push to the championship [series],” said Buccilli. “We heavily relied on Jesus and his demeanor carried over to others on our staff.”

One of the things the Frontier League prides itself on is its ability to move players back into, or to affiliated baseball. It’s no different for the Wild Things, or any team in the league. The Frontier League has had more than 70 players purchased by affiliated organizations since May of 2016.

“We are in the business of creating memories for our fans and creating dreams for our players. We are always proud of success stories like Jesus’ today, earning an opportunity to chase down his dream with Arizona,” said Buccilli. “Not everyone’s path is direct and streamline to their ultimate goal. We strive to make their experience in Washington, for however long that is, both memorable and beneficial to their future endeavors.”

From the Wild Things’ perspective, three players (all pitchers) that have played for the Wild Things have appeared on a big-league roster: Vidal Nuño, Tom Cochran and Chris Smith. Having a player’s contract purchased is nothing new for the organization, either. Balaguer is the 38th player to have his contract purchased in the team’s history, which is over two per year on average. Besides Wegmann going in the draft, Jesus is the first pitcher to move to the next level since pitchers Zac Grotz and Trevor Foss were purchased by the Dodgers and Indians, respectively, in 2016.

The Wild Things wish Balaguer the best of luck in the next step of his career as he moves back into affiliated ball to chase his dream. The team is set to follow Balaguer’s path, and will continue to look fondly on Jesus’ days with the team, and the success he helped bring the organization on the field in 2018.

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON WILD THINGS

The Washington Wild Things are a professional baseball team in the Frontier League that plays in Washington, PA. The 2019 schedule has not been released, but the Wild Things enjoyed a ton of success in 2018, as the team won its first East Division Championship since 2007 and came within two runs of winning the first Frontier League title in franchise history. Fans and media can stay aware of all the happenings in the Wild Things’ organization by following the team’s social media and website, washingtonwildthings.com.

SLAMMERS ADD JOHN WILSON AS VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES & MARKETING

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are excited to announce the addition of John Wilson to the front office staff.  Wilson will join the Slammers as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

John comes to the Slammers with significant, high-level experience in sports.  Wilson is a graduate of Indiana State University and has worked in sports since 2004.  He has spent time with the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA, Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the NFL, Sacramento River Cats and Pawtucket Red Sox both Triple A affiliated baseball teams, and most recently served as General Manager of the Frontier League’s Southern Illinois Miners.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to come to Joliet and apply my energy, passion and experience in to making the Joliet Slammers the preferred affordable family destination in the area.  Our goal will be to provide superior customer service to all of our corporate partners and fans,” said Wilson

Slammers owner Nick Semaca added, “We are thrilled to have someone with John’s experience join our staff and look forward to what he brings to the Slammers.”

About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at the Joliet Route 66 Stadium downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  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!

CHICAGO WHITE SOX PURCHASE MILLER JR FROM BOOMERS

The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, are proud to announce that catcher Darrell Miller, Jr. has had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox.

Miller Jr., who signed with the Boomers in late July, appeared in 21 games for Schaumburg hitting a .238 average with 12 RBI’s. The former UCLA Bruin dealt with injuries which caused him to be off and on the disabled list, ultimately limiting his playing time in Schaumburg.

Prior to joining the Boomers in July, Miller Jr. played for the Kansas City Royals Rookie Ball affiliate, the Idaho Falls Chukars in 2017 where he led the Pioneer League in batting average hitting .376. The California native was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2018 where he played for the Great Lake Loons, a Class A affiliate, and batted a .310 average and 2 home runs in 15 games before being released.

Before being a professional baseball player, Miller Jr. grew up in an athletically gifted family. His father, Darrell Miller, was drafted in the 9th round in 1979 MLB Draft and played 5 seasons in majors with the California Angels. His uncle, Reggie Miller is a basketball Hall of Famer, an honor he received after an 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, Reggie also obtained an Olympic Gold Medal in 1996. Finally, his aunt, Cheryl Miller, is also a basketball Hall of Fame inductee and Olympic Gold Medalist.

Miller Jr. was a 2012 Rawlings All-American his senior year at Servite High School in Anaheim, California. He was drafted in 2012 by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 34thround out of high school. Attended and graduated college at UCLA where he won a National Championship with the team his freshman year in 2013.

Ticket packages for the 2019 season can be reserved by calling (847) 461-3695.

MINERS PROMOTE CATHY PERRY TO GENERAL MANAGER

The Southern Illinois Miners announce that Cathy Perry has been named the team’s new General Manager, replacing John Wilson.

“I am excited and honored to be given the opportunity to further contribute to this great organization,” Perry said. “Being a resident of Southern Illinois all my life, I take pride in being a part of this team. I look forward to working with all of our staff to continue providing a great experience for Southern Illinois to enjoy.”

Having joined the Miners in 2009 as their Director of Finance in 2009, Perry has been with Southern Illinois for nine years. She added the title of Assistant General Manager in 2016, helping to oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. She was born and raised in Marion, graduated from Southern Illinois University in 1995, and currently resides in Carterville with her husband, Jason, and daughters, Brianna and Emily. She had previously worked as a controller for a manufacturing company for 13 years before coming to the Miners.

“I am very excited to name Cathy to this new, expanded role with the organization,” Miners COO Mike Pinto said. “Cathy has been an integral part of the leadership team of the Miners for many years and has been incredibly dedicated to our success. She has great management and organizational skills, and has vision on how we can make what we do even better. Our corporate partners and employees have all enjoyed working with her, and her ability to help us execute past events such as the Dr. Pepper Concert Series and the Colt League World Series this summer helped ensure their success.”

Be sure to follow the Miners online at siminers.com and on social media as they prepare for the 2019 season!

The Southern Illinois Miners are the Frontier League’s most-successful franchise since debuting in 2007, winning the 2012 Frontier League Championship as well as division titles in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016. They have been awarded the Frontier League Organization of the Year award three times since their inception, and also set a new Frontier League attendance record in their inaugural season. For ticket information, contact the box office at (618) 998-8499. For additional information, visit our website at www.siminers.com.

Joliet Crowned 2018 Frontier League Champs

Joliet, IL — The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy are Frontier League Champions after taking game 5 from Washington by a score of 4-2.  Washington jumped on the scoreboard early with a run in the first, but the Slammers quickly scored 2 in the top of the second on a triple by Trenton Hill and single by Chaz Meadows.  London Lindley and Danny Zardon would score 2 more runs for the Slammers in the top of the 3rd.

Cody Clark, who came on in relief in the 4th inning pitched 5 1/3 innings, retiring all 16 batters he faced, including 8 strikeouts.  Clark was named the Frontier League Championship Series MVP.

The Slammers will host an open house to welcome the team back to Joliet on Wednesday, September 19th at Joliet Route 66 Stadium from 5-7pm.  Fans can take pictures with the trophy and help celebrate the Slammers 2nd Frontier League Championship.  Concessions will be available.

Fans can purchase playoff shirts online at www.jolietslammers.com, the Slammers Box Office at 1 Mayor Art Schultz Drive, Joliet or by calling 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 26th season of play in 2018.  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!

Game 5 Has Been Postponed Until Tuesday, Sept. 18 At 7:05pm EDT

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Sept. 17) – The Frontier League has announced the postponement of Game 5 of the Frontier League Championship series, which was set to be played at Wild Things Park tonight at 7:05 p.m. The game is now scheduled to get underway at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, September 18.

Washington won to even the series Saturday in Game 4 of the best-of-five set at Joliet Route 66 Stadium. The winner of game five will take home the 2018 Frontier League Championship.

“Based on today’s weather conditions, game 5 of the Frontier League Championship Series will be postponed tonight,” said Frontier League Commissioner Bill Lee. “We want to make sure that, for a Game 5, it is played under the best conditions possible for both teams. The forecast for Tuesday is good and Game 5 will be rescheduled to start 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, September 18.”

Washington Vice President and General Manager Steve Zavacky echoed the sentiments of the Commissioner.

“We agree with the leagues decision and believe tomorrow’s weather forecast provides the best opportunity for the players to perform and for the fans to enjoy Game 5 of the Frontier League Championship Series,” said Zavacky.

Tickets are available at washingtonwildthings.com and by calling the box office at Wild Things Park at 724-250-9555. Fans who already have purchased tickets for game 5 can use those tickets for the game tomorrow.

All tickets are $5 to sit anywhere in the park, while kids 12 and under get in free and eat for free, as part of the organization’s “Kids Eat Free” promotion. The Wild Things have also announced the inclusion of two other daily promotions for Game 5. Fans will be able to purchase $1 hot dogs and fans 21 and older will enjoy $2 domestic pints throughout the game.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m.

Washington Tops Joliet To Force A Game 5

JOLIET, Il. (Sept. 15) – With their backs against the walls and the season on the line, the Washington Wild Things escaped Joliet with a series-evening 2-1 victory in game four, forcing a decisive game five in the Frontier League Championship Series Monday night in Washington. The difference was the arms of Dillon Sunnafrank, Jesus Balaguer and Zach Strecker, as well as a two-run, sixth-inning single by Hector Roa, as Washington held on to win in the low-scoring affair.
Sunnafrank allowed only two hits in six innings of work and change, as he walked the first batter of the seventh before being lifted from the game. The former Wheeling Jesuit Cardinal struck out four and walked three on his way to his first postseason win in what was his first postseason appearance as a professional.
One of the two hits Sunnafrank allowed was a second-inning double by Joliet catcher Brian Parreira that plated right fielder Travis Bolin. The scoring would cease until Roa’s two-run single in the sixth, as he flared a slider from Corey Kimber to right field with two outs to give the Wild Things the 2-1 lead they wouldn’t let up in game four. The single came after Washington had runners on second and third with nobody out, due to a lead-off walk to third baseman Dom Iero and an error that allowed James Harris to reach and go to second. The next two Washington hitters were set down before the difference-making hit.
Jesus Balaguer inherited the tying run at second with nobody out in the seventh, but was able to retire all six he faced, including two strikeouts, as the Things maintained a 2-1 lead. Strecker came on and allowed the winning run to reach for the Slammers before a double play ended the game, sending the series back to Washington.
Game five, weather permitting, will be played Monday night, September 17 at 7:05 p.m. in Washington, Pennsylvania. Tickets are $5 to sit anywhere in the park and kids 12 years of age and younger get in and eat for free.
Thomas Dorminy will pitch for Washington. Joliet has not named its starter yet. The winner of Monday’s game wins the 2018 Frontier League Championship.