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Wild Things and Grizzlies Split Doubleheader Saturday

August 31, 2019 - Frontier League (FL) - Washington Wild Things News Release

SAUGET, Il. (August 31) - After pounding out 14 hits and scoring 15 runs to aid Michael Austin's effort in his first complete game of his career and winning game one 15-1, the Wild Things dropped game two of Saturday's doubleheader at Gateway, 6-4.

Game one featured 14 Wild Things' hits, 12 Gateway pitching free passes issued and a 15-1 final, won by the Wild Things. Michael Austin tossed his first career complete game, scattering 11 hits over seven frames and one earned run, getting his sixth win of the campaign in his final start.

Washington had two, five-run innings in the victory, while six players drove in two or more runs, led by Stephen Lohr's four RBI with a grand slam in the seventh. Lohr also walked three times. JR Davis, Shaine Hughes, Cody Erickson, Terrence Pinkston and Brett Marr all knocked in two apiece. Pinkston had three doubles and his two RBI were the first two of his professional career.

Game two was a story of Gateway home runs, as the first four Grizzlies' runs came via solo shots, including the third inning starting with back-to-back-to-back solo homers from the eight, nine and one hitters. A pair of RBI hits after those in the game made the difference, as Washington managed three in the third before the four Grizzlies' runs in the bottom half. Washington brought the tying run to the plate after an RBI double by Drew Bene in the sixth, but inched no closer.

Washington and Gateway play a rubber game tomorrow for both teams' season finale. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. The winner avoids the Frontier League's cellar.

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