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Wild Things Race to 11-0 Opening Night Win

May 13, 2022 - Frontier League (FL) - Washington Wild Things News Release


WASHINGTON, Pa. - The Wild Things (1-0) launched into their 20th season of Frontier League play by shutting out the New York Boulders (0-2) 11-0 in a steamrolling of an opening day.

Washington rode to victory on the backs of right-hander Rob Whalen, with a dominant five-inning, eight-strikeout performance and a combined 16 Wild Things hits.

On the first pitch of the season, Nick Ward sent the crowd to their feet with an electric opposite-field home run to put the Wild Things up 1-0. The scoring show continued in the second with an Ian Walters' smash to deep right field bringing in Hector Roa, who had doubled to start the frame. Cole Brannen hit a hard ground ball that squeaked past the Boulders first baseman, bringing around Alex Alvarez to score from first. Brannen would then score on a Nick Ward double. Scotty Dubrule drove in Ward with a double capping off the inning at 6-0 Wild Things.

Nick Ward carried the momentum into the bottom of the third with a single to bring in Roa from second, extending the lead to seven runs. In the next half inning, LG Castillo tripled on a laser down the right field line and scored on an Andrew Czech ground out, pushing the lead to 8-0 Wild Things.

Ward found himself with runners in scoring position again, and after an error on his batted ball, another run came in to make it 9-0. Ward and Ramon Osuna each hit RBI singles to drive in runs during the bottom of the seventh, making it 11-0.

The Wild Things would take this led to the end of the ballgame with help from reliever Hayden Pearce, who set down all nine batters he faced with five strikeouts, as well as a clean ninth from Brailin Gonzalez.

Washington takes on New York again tomorrow, Saturday, May 14, at 7:05 p.m. for game two of their three-game opening homestand. The first 1,000 fans through the gates receive a Wild Thing-themed poster as part of the five-part 20 Seasons Poster Series promotion, presented by Key Bank. Gates open at 6 p.m. and tickets are available at wildthingstickets.com.


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