Boomers Four-Run Inning Hurts Otters
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Evansville Otters fell short of the Schaumburg Boomers Friday 6-3 as a four-run third inning provided Schaumburg with enough insurance to take game one of the series from Bosse Field.
The Boomers' offense was aggressive early against Otters starter Randy Wynne, who Schaumburg just saw less than a week ago at their place.
After scoring two runs in three games against the Otters last week, the Boomers scored six runs on twelve hits Friday.
The run-scoring started in the first as back-to-back doubles by Dylan Jones and Nick Oddo were able to give the Boomers the early 1-0 lead.
Jack Meggs was able to tie the game for the Otters in the bottom of the second on an RBI groundout that scored Dakota Phillips.
In the top of the third, Schaumburg sent eight men to the plate, scoring four runs; two of them on a two-run home run by Jones and a two-run RBI single by Trey Ganns, who was a recent pickup after Southern Illinois released him, giving the Boomers a 5-1 lead.
Connor Oliver tripled in the fourth and scored on a single by Jack Parenty to put the sixth run on the board for the Boomers.
Ryan Long's RBI double in the fifth scored David Cronin as the Otters cut the deficit to four, which ended the night for Schaumburg starter Matt Miller, who made his club debut.
Miller would earn the win, going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
One of the tougher outings for Wynne, being dealt the loss. Wynne surrendered six runs on 11 hits in six innings.
The Otters would add a third run in the eighth on a sac-fly by Hunter Cullen, but it would not be enough.
Schaumburg closer Connor Eller finished the game in the ninth for his seventh save of the season.
Game two will be Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at Bosse Field. Broadcast coverage will be on the Otters Digital Network via YouTube or on the Radio at 91.5 FM WUEV with Dave Nguyen on the play-by-play and Bill McKeon as the analyst.
The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.
Saturday will be the 25th Anniversary Season Celebration, featuring a commemorative hat giveaway by Heritage Federal Credit Union, with postgame fireworks with Slay's Restoration, and Girl Scout Night.
Sunday's series finale will be presented by WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone.
To purchase a season ticket or group outing package, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up-to-date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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