Traverse City Offense Leads To Win Joliet

JOLIET, IL- The Traverse City Beach Bums(36-46) used a huge start to blow out the Joliet Slammers(47-35) in the opener of this weekend’s three game set by a final score of 10-1.

 

Alexis Rivera and Noah McGowan started it off with walks in the second, then, two batters later, Ryan Kemp singled to load the bases. Josh Hauser drew a walk for the Beach Bums’ first run of the game. Orlando Rivera followed and slapped a two-run double down the left field line for a 3-0 lead. After Hauser scored on a wild pitch, Isaac Benard scored on an error then both Alexis Rivera and Connor Oliver hit RBI doubles for an 8-0 lead.

 

The Slammers got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Trenton Hill scored on a wild pitch. In the fifth, with two out, Hauser was hit by a pitch then stole second, and then scored on a single by Orlando Rivera. Ryan Kemp led off the seventh with a single then Hauser was beaned for the second time in the game. Two batters later, Benard plated Rivera with a sacrifice fly.

 

Matt Murphy picked up the win for the Beach Bums with a solid six inning effort. He allowed a run on four hits and three walks while striking out seven, improving his record to 3-4. Corey Kimber is dealt the loss to fall to 6-6 on the season. He went an inning and two-thirds, giving up eight runs, four earned, on three hits and six walks. Augie Gallardo pitched the last three innings of the game for his first save of the season.

 

On Saturday, the Beach Bums and Joliet Slammers play the middle game of this weekend’s three game set. Scot Hoffman starts for Joliet while Tyler Thornton goes for the Beach Bums. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm and Tom Willms will have the call, starting with the Budweiser pregame show, at 6:45. You can listen along from anywhere in the world at TCBeachBums.com.

 

The Beach Bums return home on Wednesday, August 29th against the Joliet Slammers. Wednesdays in 2018 are Double Header Nights, offering fans a chance to watch TWO games for the price of ONE! The Bums will take on the Joliet Slammers in the final double header of the season, so come on out for your last chance of the season to have double the fun that you won’t want to miss! Gates open at 4:00pm — First pitch set for 5:05pm. Arrive early to sign up for between inning contests! For information and tickets, go to TCBeachBums.com or call the office at (231) 943-0100.

Windy City Sneaks Past Washington

CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts played their fourth straight one-run game Friday night and held off the Washington Wild Things 3-2 to open their three-game series at Standard Bank Stadium

 

Washington (46-36) scored the first run of the game as the first two hitters walked and Hector Roa hit an RBI single.

 

The ThunderBolts (35-48) tied it up wit a run in the second inning. They loaded the bases on a hit batter and two walks before a Blair Beck double play scored Larry Balkwill.

 

In the third inning, Omar Obregon singled and scored on an Axel Johnson double that gave the ThunderBolts their first lead of the night at 2-1.

 

They added another run in the fifth. Balkwill walked and Tyler Straub moved him to third base on a double. Beck’s RBI single gave the ThunderBolts their biggest lead of the night at 3-1.

 

After Washington’s run in the first, Patrick Ledet settled in and allowed just five total hits over six innings. He struck out back-to-back hitters with a runner at third in the third inning and stranded another Wild Thing at third in the sixth with a strikeout and a groundout. Ledet finished with a career-high nine strikeouts.

 

Washington opened the seventh with two singles and got a run on an RBI groundout, but a double play ended that threat and, after they left another runner at third in the eighth inning, Devin Raftery shut them down with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his 14th save.

 

Ledet (6-7) allowed one run in six innings for the win and Jake Belinda (1-1) allowed three in six innings for the loss.

 

The ThunderBolts and Wild Things continue their series on Saturday night with Jake Welch (6-4, 3.66) starting against Chase Cunningham (6-5, 4.97). It is Elvis Night featuring a pregame concert from John Elvis Lyons with fireworks following the game. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.

Kronenfeld Leads River City Past Normal

O’FALLON, MO–The River City Rascals defeated the Normal CornBelters 12-9 on Friday night at CarShield Field, taking the series opener behind a three-home run, eight RBI performance from Paul Kronenfeld. The three home runs tied a Frontier League record and the eight RBIs were one shy of the league record, and set a team record.

The Rascals jumped out to an 11-0 lead, after scoring four in the first and seven in the second. After Mike Jurgella singled in the game’s first run, Kronenfeld hit a three-run blast to make it 4-0. In the second, the Rascals got three straight hits to begin the frame, and later got a grand slam from Kronenfeld.

After the CornBelters put up four runs each in the fourth and sixth inning, Kronenfeld hit his third home run with two outs in the sixth. Chris Iriart led-off the top of the ninth with a homer for Normal, moving into the league lead in the category with 22 on the season.

Both teams recorded 13 hits on the night, and Santiago Chirino drove in three runs for the CornBelters, including a two-run double in the sixth inning. Both Trevor Achenbach of the Rascals and Derrick Loveless of the Belters hit triples in the game, with Loveless’ bringing in a run in the sixth inning.

Josh Kimborowicz (6-4) earned the win for the Rascals, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five earned runs, walking three and striking out four. Jacinto Garcia (5-4) took the loss for the CornBelters, allowing nine earned runs in 1 1/3 innings. Anthony Herrera gave the Belters 4 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

The Rascals (42-41) look to take the 2-0 series lead over the CornBelters (43-36) tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 pm CT. Hector Hernandez will make the start for the Rascals and will be opposed by Zack Kirby of the Belters.

Schaumburg Tops Lake Erie In Opener

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning to steal a 3-2 win over the Lake Erie Crushers in the opener of a weekend series on Friday night.

 

The starting pitchers for both teams were dealing through the contest. Lake Erie scored a pair of runs in the top of the third, stringing together three consecutive hits against Schaumburg starter Quinn DiPasquale. DiPasquale settled down, retiring eight in a row at one point and only allowing one hit the remainder of the outing. Jake Repavich retired the first seven batters of the game and the sat down 12 straight after allowing two hits in the third. Jack Parenty ignited a two-out rally in the eighth by stroking a two-strike double to left. Sean Godfrey followed by cracking his sixth homer of the year, a liner over the wall in left, to tie the game. Kenny Towns drove in the winning run by coaxing a four-pitch bases loaded walk.

 

DiPasquale threw a season and career high 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Darrell Thompson picked up the win in relief with Jake Joyce notching his 12th save of the season. Both teams finished with six hits. Zack Weigeldoubled in the seventh to extend his franchise record on-base streak to 36 games.

 

The Boomers (41-41) continue the season long nine-game homestand with the second game against Lake Erie on Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in another key contest in the tight playoff chase. RHP Kit Fowler (1-6, 5.50) starts on short rest opposite RHP Alex Romero (8-6, 3.29) on Back to School Night featuring postgame fireworks. The Boomers have eight home contests remaining this year. Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer before it is gone by calling (847) 461-3695.

Evansville Tops Florence To Open Series

FLORENCE, Ky. – Trailing by a run going into the top of the eighth inning, the Evansville Otters rallied for three late runs to topple the Florence Freedom 10-8 on Friday night at UC Health Stadium.

Jeff Gardner put Evansville ahead 1-0 in the first with an RBI single to right field.

Florence responded and grabbed the lead in the bottom of the inning on a Keivan Berges three-run homer.

Brant Whiting tied the game at 3-3 in the second with a two-run homer, his second of the season.

The Otters got back in front in the third. Ryan Long tripled to open the inning and Travis Harrison brought him home with a double. After advancing to third on a fly out, Harrison scored on an Austin Bush groundout to put Evansville ahead 5-3.

Florence got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a Skylar Ewing RBI single.

In the fifth Evansville plated two more runs with Bush driving home a man with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single from Whiting, giving him three RBIs on the day and putting Evansville ahead 7-4.

In the bottom of the fifth, Florence got it back to a one-run game on a two-run homer from Berges, his second home run of the game.

After an error from David Cronin allowed the inning to continue and put a man on first, Ewing took advantage and doubled home the runner to knot the score at 7-7.

Jordan Brower slugged a solo homer to give Florence the lead, 8-7, in the bottom of the seventh.

With two outs in the eighth, the Otters strung together four straight hits to plate three runs and take a 10-8 lead. Cronin started it with single and Long followed him with another base hit. Harrison then picked up his third hit of the night, a single, driving home Cronin to tie the game. Following Harrison, Gardner came through in the clutch with a two-run double to give Evansville a 10-8 edge.

The Otters held on to win by that final of 10-8, with Alex Phillips coming on in the ninth and tossing a perfect frame, striking out two hitters, to end the game and earn his fifth save of the season.

Matt Chavarria picks up his third win of year out of the bullpen for the Otters. Chavarria went two innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and two strikeouts.

Evan Korson takes the loss for Florence. Korson went 1.1 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out two.

Austin Nicely started for Evansville and receives a no-decision. The lefty tossed five innings, allowing six runs on eight hits while striking out four.

Florence starter Steve Hagen also gets a no-decision. Hagen went just two innings, allowing three runs on five hits and punching out two hitters.

The Otters and Freedom will continue their series tomorrow evening at 6:05 p.m. ET at UC Health Stadium.

Coverage of the series with the Freedom can be found on WUEV 91.5 FM presented by Kruckemeyer & Cohn with Sam Jellinek the call.

Washington Tops Traverse City To Clinch Series Win

TRAVERSE CITY, Mi. (August 16) – The Washington Wild Things claimed their sixth consecutive series Thursday night with a 7-6 road victory over Traverse City at Wuerfel Park.
Things got complicated late, as the Wild Things had a 7-2 lead entering the bottom of the ninth and allowed four runs to score, but were able to end the late-inning theatrics and claim their 46th victory of 2018.
Washington kicked off the scoring early, plating two runs in the top of the first inning. With center fielder James Harris standing on third base, right fielder Hector Roa sent a deep fly to center field to bring in Harris on a sacrifice fly to give the Wild Things the 1-0 advantage. Catcher Kyle Pollock drove in the second run of the first inning by bringing in first baseman Reydel Medina on an RBI single.
Washington tacked on another run in the top of the second when left fielder Roman Collins drove in second baseman Ryan Cox on a sacrifice fly to create a 3-0 game.
Both teams were able to score in the fourth inning with Washington scoring four and Traverse City scoring two. Washington’s scoring plays in the fourth included a 2-RBI single from Medina, third baseman Mike Hill’s RBI fielder’s choice, and an RBI single from Pollock. Washington held a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth.
Traverse City’s scoring plays in the fourth included designated hitter Alexis Rivera’s RBI triple and first baseman Noah McGowan’s RBI groundout to cut the Beach Bum deficit down to 7-2.
No scoring took place for the next four innings, but Traverse City’s Kendall Patrick reversed the trend in the bottom of the ninth when he drove in Rivera on an RBI groundout to create a 7-3 game. Right fielder Isaac Bernard stepped up a few at-bats later and drove in McGowan and left fielder Alec Olund on a 2-RBI double to bring the score to 7-5. A wild pitch by Wild Thing’s relief pitcher Zach Strecker allowed second baseman Ryan Kemp to score to put the Beach Bums within one run at 7-6.
Strecker was able to force a pop out the next at bat to cease the late-inning drama, securing his 18th save of the season and giving Washington the 7-6 victory.
Washington starter Michael Austin (2-2) took his second win of 2018 in his fifth-straight quality start. He threw six complete innings while giving up two runs (both earned) on six hits. He struck out six and did not allow a walk.
Luke DeVenney (1-4) suffered his fourth loss of the season. He threw three complete innings while allowing seven runs (all earned) on six hits. He walked three batters and could not record a strikeout.
Washington was led offensively by Harris, Medina, Pollock, and shortstop Brett Marr who all had multi-hit performances. Medina and Pollock also evenly split four RBI in the contest.
Washington (46-35) will head to Windy City to take on the ThunderBolts Friday at 8:05 p.m. while Traverse City (35-45) will head to Joliet to face the Slammers.

So. Illinois Shuts Out River City Behind 7 Strong From Dubsky

O’Fallon, MO (August 16, 2018) – The Southern Illinois Miners broke a scoreless tie in the top of the sixth inning when Luke Bonfield doubled in what would become the only run of the game, backing a stellar seven-inning start by Austin Dubsky and netting the Miners a 1-0 shutout victory as well as a road series win over the River City Rascals on Thursday night at CarShield Field.

Both teams threatened with runners at first and third base in the first inning against the other’s starter, but the Miners came up empty against former Southern Illinois southpaw Dan Ludwig, and Dubsky (5-4) induced an inning-ending double-play ground ball back to the mound to hold the Rascals scoreless. The right-hander would retire the next 10 batters that he faced, settling into a groove.

Southern Illinois’ offense got runners on in every inning against Ludwig (2-4), but could not break through until the sixth inning. Chance Shepard led off with a walk, and after a lineout to right field for the first out, Romeo Cortina’s groundout to second baseman Trevor Achenbach moved Shepard safely to second base. Bonfield then came up huge, as the rookie outfielder parked a go-ahead double into the left field corner to make it 1-0 Southern Illinois.

That would end up being all the offense the Miners needed- Dubsky pitched into the eighth inning on the night, walking three and allowing just three hits while striking out six batters to flummox the River City offense. The Rascals would threaten in the eighth after Dubsky departed following a leadoff single by Clint Freeman, as with two outs in the frame after two pop-outs were induced by Zach Hartman, they loaded the bases on a single by J.D. Hearn and a walk by Achenbach, putting the tying and potential go-ahead runs in scoring position. But Hartman would strike out Tuesday night’s walk-off hero Paul Kronenfeld looking to preserve the 1-0 lead.

In the ninth against John Werner, Mike Jurgella led off with a walk, and the potential tying run moved to second base after a pop-out and a fielder’s choice along with an error. With two outs in the inning, however, Werner got Freeman to fly out to left field to end the game, notching his seventh save of the season and securing the two-games-to-one series victory for Southern Illinois after they had dropped the opener on Tuesday.

Bonfield would finish 3-for-4 in the game with the lone RBI as Southern Illinois held the Rascals to just four hits, outpacing them nine to four in that category on the night. Having now won seven of their last nine games overall, the Miners will head back home to begin a three-game series against the Gateway Grizzlies on Friday, August 16th, at 7:05 p.m. Geno Encina will toe the rubber in the series opener against Gateway’s Alec Kisena at Rent One Park.

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

So. Illinois Collects 14 Hits In Win Over River City

O’Fallon, MO (August 15, 2018) – The Southern Illinois Miners bounced back on Wednesday evening against the River City Rascals behind a stout offensive effort, amassing 14 hits as a team along with nine runs in a 9-3 victory at CarShield Field, evening the weekend series against their West Division rivals.

The Miners grabbed the early lead for the second game in a row, this time in the top of the second inning when Nolan Earley hit his tenth home run of the season to the opposite field for a 1-0 advantage. Romeo Cortina immediately followed with a double against Rascals starter Justin Garcia (1-2), and Kurt Wertz, Jr. brought him in with a single for a 2-0 lead.

With Kurt Heyer shutting the Rascals out through five innings, the Miners’ bats tacked on four more runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Joe Duncan, a sac fly by Kyle Davis, and a two-out, two-run home run by Chance Shepard, with the latter’s 21st long ball of the year pushing the lead out to 6-0. That same inning, with two outs, the Rascals got to Heyer (7-6), scoring three times with six straight runners reaching base to cut the Miners’ lead in half and make the score 6-3. They also loaded the bases, putting the tying run at first to threaten the Southern Illinois lead.

But Patrick Duester got the Miners out of trouble by inducing an inning-ending flyout to left field from Ransom LaLonde, and Southern Illinois would come up clutch to add on late against the Rascals’ bullpen and pull away. In the seventh inning, Max Dutto singled with two outs to score Cortina from third base and make it 7-3, and in the next inning, it was Cortina and Wertz coming up with back-to-back, two-out, RBI singles to extend the lead out to 9-3. The Miners’ bullpen held the Rascals’ offense off the board to ensure the victory as well, Southern Illinois’ 40th of the season to surpass their win total from a season ago.

Dutto led the charge in the Miners’ 14-hit attack with a 3-for-4 game that included two doubles and an RBI, while Earley, Cortina, Wertz and Harrison Bragg added two hits apiece. Wertz and Shepard knocked in two runs each as well, as eight of the nine batters in the Miners’ lineup finished with at least one hit, while seven scored at least one run and seven more added at least one RBI.

Southern Illinois will look to win the series on Thursday night, August 16th, at CarShield Field. Austin Dubsky will pitch in the rubber match of the three-game set, with former Miner Dan Ludwig opposing him for River City.

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

Normal Wins Slugfest In Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Normal CornBelters, presented by Illinois Corn Farmers, used a six-run fifth inning to hold on for a 13-11 win on Tuesday night at Bosse Field.

 

The game featured a combined 30 hits, 18 by the CornBelters. The Belters tied the contest with two runs in the fourth inning before plating a half-dozen in the next frame to take the lead for good.

 

Normal scored three times in the seventh inning for a cushion that proved to be valuable as the Otters tallied five runs in the bottom of the frame after the stretch to cut the margin to 13-11, but that would be the end of the game’s scoring.

 

Andrew Godbold led the Belters’ offense with a 3-for-5 evening at the plate with 4 runs batted in. Derrick Loveless was 3-for-4 with 3 runs and Justin Fletcher was 3-for-6 with a run.

 

Connor Root (4-1) worked five innings for the victory, giving up five runs (earned) on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Jonathan De Marte worked a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save. Tyler Beardsley (4-7) took the loss with 4 1/3 innings, surrendering 12 hits and 9 runs (8 earned) with a walk and five strikeouts.

 

The CornBelters (42-34) increased their Frontier League West Division lead to three games over the River City Rascals and the Southern Illinois Miners, and 3 ½ games over the Florence Freedom with 20 games remaining.

 

The teams rematch at 6:35 p.m. Wednesday at Bosse Field as right-hander Jack Landwehr (7-3, 3.05 ERA) starts for the CornBelters while the Otters give the ball to lefty Spencer Medick (4-1, 3.11).

River City Walks-Off Southern Illinois

O’FALLON, MO–The River City Rascals earned their third straight win on Tuesday night at CarShield Field, beating the Southern Illinois Miners by a score of 5-4 in the series opener on a walk-off single in the 10th inning from Paul Kronenfeld.

The Miners struck first, getting two runs in the first inning. Romeo Cortina hit an RBI single to left, and a second run scored on the play on an error by Kevin Suarez. The Rascals tied the game at 2-2 on JD Hearn’s two-run shot in the third, and took a 4-2 lead on Kronenfeld’s two-run homer in the fourth.

The Miners tied the game 4-4 in the fifth, on an RBI single from Kyle Davis and a wild pitch that scored Davis. The game remained tied until the bottom of the tenth, when Hearn reached on an error by the Miners’ Max Dutto and Trevor Achenbach was hit by a pitch. After the next two batters struck out, Kronenfeld hit a grounder just past second baseman Jake Willsey, allowing Hearn to score.

Jonny Ortiz took a no-decision for the Rascals, going 4 1/3 innings and allowing four runs, striking out six. Cody Mincey (5-2) took the win, pitching the final two innings without allowing a hit and striking out three.

Miners starter Steven Ridings also had a no-decision, allowing four runs in six innings, striking out five. Reliever Zach Hartman (1-1) took the loss, allowing the winning run, though it was unearned.

Both Kronenfeld and the Miners’ Daniel Comstock finished with three hits on the night.

The Rascals (41-39) and Miners (39-37) play the middle game of their series tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:35 pm CT. Justin Garcia is expected to make the start for the Rascals.

Schaumburg Survives Late Rally To Top Windy City In Series Opener

SCHAUMBURG, IL — The defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, held off a late surge from the Windy City ThunderBolts to tally a 5-4 win in the series opener on Tuesday night.

 

Schaumburg jumped ahead early, scoring twice in the bottom of the first. Collin Ferguson tallied a two-run single with the bases loaded and two outs to open the offense. The Boomers furthered the lead with two runs in the third. Darrell Miller, Jr.notched an RBI infield single while another run scored on an error. The final run crossed in the fourth. Sean Godfrey led off with a triple and scored on a Ty Mooresacrifice fly. Windy City did not record a hit until the fifth inning, but chipped away, scoring three in the fifth, and placed the tying run on base in the eighth and ninth.

 

Kit Fowler collected his first win of the year by throwing six innings and allowing two earned runs on just two hits while walking three and striking out six. Ivan Vieitez shut the door for his first save. Zack Weigel tallied two hits to extend his team record on-base streak to 33 games. Ferguson also picked up a pair of hits in the win.

 

The Boomers (39-40) continue to battle in a crowded playoff race in the Frontier League in the final three weeks of the season. Schaumburg continues a nine-game homestand on Wednesday night against Windy City at 6:30 p.m. on Pro Wrestling Night featuring appearances by Kevin Nash, Billy Gunn and Abyss. RHP Payton Lobdell (4-7, 2.74) is scheduled to start for the Boomers against RHP Eddie Avila (2-6, 5.23). Make the Boomers part of your plans this summer before it is gone by calling (847) 461-3695.

 

Normal’s Chirino and Lake Erie’s Romero Take Home Weekly Awards

Normal CornBelters Santiago Chirino and Lake Erie’s Alex Romero were named Frontier League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively as chosen by Pointstreak, the official statistical provider of the Frontier League and the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

 

Santiago Chirino has spent his entire Frontier League career as part of the Normal CornBelters, he earned his player of the week honors by posting a .519 average while driving in 10. Chirino has also hit safely in all six games while collecting four doubles and one homerun.

 

The Frontier League all-time hits leader is batting .327 over his career while collecting 106 doubles and 19 homeruns and driving in 254. The Venezuelan native and four-time All-Star has also collected 707 hits during his career.

 

Alex Romero who is in his first season with the Lake Erie Crushers and earned his honor this week by going 2-0 with one complete game. Romero started two games and pitched 15 innings while striking out 21 batters faced and not allowing a run.

 

Romero is in his ninth year in professional baseball and has spent time with both the Cincinnati Reds organization as well as the Baltimore Orioles organization. The Venezuelan native has posted a career earned run average of 3.71 through 139 games. Romero who has appeared in 604.2 innings pitched while striking out 459 and posted a 2.56 strikeout to walk 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.

Hensley and Chavarria toss combined no-hitter as Evansville Tops Florence

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Ty Hensley and Matt Chavarria combined for the third no-hitter in Evansville Otters franchise history as the Otters won the second game of a doubleheader 2-0 against the Florence Freedom, following a 5-2 loss to Florence in the first game.

In the first game, Caleb Lopes clubbed two, two-run home runs to lead the Freedom to the win.

Florence plated two runs in the first inning on the first two-run homer from Lopes.

Taylor Bryant put the Freedom up 3-0 with an RBI double in the top of the fourth.

The Otters got on the board in the fifth on back-to back RBI singles from David Cronin and Ryan Long.

Lopes hit his second two-run homer in the seventh to restore Florence’s three run advantage.

That home run helped finish off the Otters as Jonathon Tripp picks up the six-out save to secure the 5-2 victory for the Freedom.

Evan Korson gets the win after retiring one hitter.

Randy Wynne is hit with his eighth loss of the season while picking up his fourth complete game of the season. Wynne allowed five runs on 10 hits while striking out six.

Steve Hagen gets the no-decision for the Freedom. Hagen went 4.2 innings allowing two runs on three hits while striking out three.

The Otters tossed a combine no-hitter against the Freedom to clinch a 2-0 victory to split the doubleheader.

Evansville jumped ahead in the first on a Long solo homer, his tenth of the year.

In the second, J.J Gould beat out an infield single to short and Mike Rizzitello hustled all the way home from second to put the Otters up 2-0.

Those two runs stood tall as Hensley and Chavarria combined to no-hit the Freedom.

Hensley went the first five innings, walking four and striking out seven to earn his first win with the Otters.

Chavarria went the final two frames, walking one and striking out three, to garner his second save of the season.

Freedom starter Christian DeLeon is dealt the loss despite throwing a complete game. The righty went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out seven.

The Otters series with the Freedom wraps up tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. at Bosse Field. It will be another opportunity to take advantage of the family fun day family package for $40 courtesy of the Evansville Courier and Press.

Following an off day for the Otters, the club finishes their six-game homestand with a midweek series against the Normal Cornbelters. Tuesday, August 14 is a $2 Tuesday with $2 popcorn and $2 General Admission tickets presented by 14 WFIE, and Thursday, August 16 is another Thirsty Thursday with special-price select beers and drafts.

River City Snaps Streak While Toping Normal on the Road

NORMAL, IL–The River City Rascals snapped their six-game losing streak on Saturday night at the Corn Crib, beating the Normal CornBelters 8-5 to even the series at a game apiece. In the process, they snapped Normal’s eight-game winning streak, and nine-game home winning streak. Braxton Martinez, Zach Lavy, Ransom LaLonde and Trevor Achenbach each had two RBIs on the night, with Martinez finishing with three hits.

The Rascals jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the second inning. After a leadoff walk from Mike Jurgella and a double from Kronenfeld, Martinez brought in Jurgella on an RBI groundout, which was followed by a run-scoring single from LaLonde and a sacrifice fly from Achenbach. In the third inning, they scored four more runs, on a two-run, bases-loaded double from Lavy, a sacrifice fly from LaLonde, and an RBI single from Achenbach. The Rascals made it 8-0 on an RBI single from Martinez in the fourth.

The CornBelters, who were held without a hit through the game’s first three innings, got a leadoff single from Derrick Loveless in the bottom of the fourth, immediately followed by a two-run home run to right field by Andrew Godbold. The Belters would score three more unanswered runs to chip away at the Rascals lead, after an RBI groundout from Santiago Chirino in the fifth, a run-scoring single from Chirino in the seventh, and an RBI groundout from Cody Erickson in the eighth.

Joe Iorio came on to pitch for the Rascals in the ninth, and after allowing a leadoff hit to James Davison Jr., he struck out Chirino and got Derrick Loveless to ground into a game-ending double play to seal the win, earning his third save of the season.

Josh Kimborowicz (5-4) got the win, going five innings and allowing three runs, walking three and striking out four. Belters starter Jacinto Garcia (5-3) took the loss, allowing eight runs in four innings. He was ejected two pitches into the fifth inning for throwing at LaLonde.

The Rascals (39-39) and Belters (41-33) play the rubbermatch of the series tomorrow night, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 pm CT. Hector Hernandez is expected to start for the Rascals, opposite Zach Kirby of the CornBelters.

Washington Sweeps Double Header Over Windy City

WASHINGTON, Pa. (Aug. 11) – Washington swept the double header Saturday against Windy City by scores of 4-3 and 5-0, respectively. Both games saw solid pitching from both Wild Things’ starters. Michael Austin (1-2) tossed six innings while only giving up three hits, one walk and two runs. Austin also struck out four batters over his six innings. In game two, Jake Belinda (1-0) made his first start for the Wild Things and picked up the victory. Belinda tossed five scoreless innings while only letting up two hits, two walks and struck out six batters, as the Wild Things swept the doubleheader.
Washington (43-33) drew first blood early in game one after a two-run blast from catcher Kyle Pollock. That marked Pollocks 10th homer of the year and marked RBI numbers 45 and 46 for the two-time All Star.
Windy City (32-45) retaliated immediately in the top of the third with a two-run double by second baseman Tim Zier.
The game remained tied until the sixth when Hector Roa led off the inning with a single. Two batters later second baseman Carter McEachern followed up with a single of his own. After a walk was issued to first baseman Conner Simonetti, third baseman Ramsey Romano hit a sacrifice fly to score Roa and break the tie making it 3-2.
In the top of the seventh Wild Things closer Zach Strecker (5-3) took the mound to try and close out the game. Windy City was able to plate a run however, effectively giving Strecker his fourth blown save.
The bottom of the frame saw the Wild Things battle back and take game one of the series after a walk-off single form McEachern gave Washington its 43rd win of the season. The run that scored also gave Strecker his fifth win this year.
In the later contest of the night, Washington (44-33) capitalized early in the third inning with an RBI single from short stop Brett Marr. After two consecutive strikeouts from Harris and Collins, first baseman Reydel Medina knocked in another run to increase the lead. One batter later Roa recorded an RBI single of his own. Designated hitter Kyle Pollock walked to load the basses. McEachern would then be hit by a pitch to bring another run making it 4-0.
The Wild Things would plate another run in the sixth inning when Roa knocked in Collins to make it 5-0.
In the top of the sixth, Jesus Balaguer took the mound in relief after Belinda’s only needed 69 pitches to record five scoreless innings. The Havana, Cuba native tossed two scoreless innings only letting up one hit, one walk and struck out five batters.
Windy City (32-46) was not able to get any offense going after fantastic pitching from Washington’s starter and bullpen. The combined effort from both pitchers effectively ended the ThunderBolts short stop Omar Obregon’s 27-game hit streak.
Washington is back in action tomorrow to potentially sweep the series from Windy City. Chase Cunningham is on the mound opposing right hander Jake Welch. First pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.