August 10, 2017 - Frontier League (FL) - Windy City ThunderBolts
JOLIET, IL - The ThunderBolts built an early 7-0 lead but the Joliet Slammers scored eight unanswered and walked off to an 8-7 win over the Bolts at Slammers Stadium Wednesday night.
Kyle Wood and Tim Zier singled for the ThunderBolts (39-33) to start their first scoring rally in the second. Corey Bass followed with a grounder to third and the Slammers (32-40) tried to turn two to end the inning but Melvin Rodriguez's throw sailed into the dugout to score Wood. Ransom LaLonde followed with a two-run homer.
Riley Krane singled and stole second with two outs in the third. Larry Balkwill walked and Krane scored on a Wood single. Zier walked to load the bases and Bass walked to score another run. LaLonde doubled his RBI total for the day with a two-run single that made the score 7-0.
Joliet started their comeback with an RBI triple for Melvin Rodriguez in the bottom of the third. Rodriguez doubled home a run in the fifth to make it 7-2.
The ThunderBolts were held to only one hit after the third inning and the Slammers' bats burst out in the eighth. Ridge Hoopii-Haslam doubled and Edwin Gomez hit a two-run homer. Spencer Navin followed with a solo home run to make it 7-5.
In the ninth, with one out, Rodriguez singled to start the game-winning rally. Hoopii-Haslam singled and Gomez walked to load the bases. Danny Zardon tied the score with a two-run base hit and Navin became the fifth straight man to reach base when he singled to score pinch runner Luis Diaz and win the game.
Skylar Janisse (5-3) threw three shutout innings of relief for the win and Brian Loconsole (1-2) blew his first save in his last 25 chances to take the loss. Zac Westcott threw six good innings, allowing two runs but did not factor in the decision.