Wednesday, Jun 7
Comeback Kids Strike Again, Y’alls Beat Boomers
SCHAUMBURG, IL – Florence and Schaumburg traded the lead three times including twice in the final two innings, but the Y’alls, presented by Towne Properties, earned a hard-fought 7-6 victory over the Boomers Wednesday night at Wintrust Field.
Trailing 6-5 in the ninth inning, Florence (14-9) scored twice on a wild pitch and a Craig Massey RBI chop single over the drawn-in infield to pull ahead. The Boomers loaded the bases on three walks in bottom of the ninth inning, but Sean Hughes struck out pinch hitter Blake Berry and Brian Fuentes made a barehanded play at third base on a safety squeeze bid by Alec Craig to end the threat. The win marks the ninth come-from-behind victory for the Y’alls this season, which is the most in the Frontier League.
Schaumburg (13-9) fought hard to come back in the game and nearly had their own come from behind win. Trailing 5-1, the Boomers scored three runs in the seventh on consecutive doubles by Travis Holt and Brett Milazzo to get within a run. One inning later, Gaige Howard drove in two runs on a single up the middle with two outs to give the Boomers a lead going to the ninth before the lead slipped back in the Y’alls’ favor.
The Y’alls trailed from the jump but held a lead for the majority of the game. Down 1-0 after the first, Brennan Price hit his second home run of the series to pull even. Cole Brannen gave the Y’alls a 2-1 advantage with a RBI single in the third, Price drove in another run in the fifth, and two more runs scored in the seventh for the 5-1 lead before Schaumburg started to mount its comeback.
Price finished the game 4-5 with two RBI. Massey had three hits and two RBI, including the game-winning knock in the ninth. Zade Richardson and Marcos Castillo also had a multi-hit game. Howard, Milazzo, and Chase Dawson had two hits apiece for the Boomers, and that trio accounted for five of the six Boomers’ runs batted in.
Neither starter factored into the decision, but both turned in good starts. Miguel Reyes went six innings and allowed three runs for his fourth quality start of the year. Bobby Brabrand went six 2/3 innings and allowed four runs (three earned). Kristian Scott takes the blown save and the loss for Schaumburg, while Hughes gets the save.
The Y’alls, winners of six of the past seven games, have already secured the series win but try for the sweep tomorrow. Nate Florence, the Frontier League’s leader in ERA, gets the ball for the Y’alls opposed by Jackson Hickert for the Boomers. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM CDT/7:30 PM EDT.
The Florence Y’alls presented by Towne Properties are Northern Kentucky’s professional baseball team, and are proud members of the independent Frontier League, an MLB Partner League. With a purposeful focus on entertaining our fans, the Y’alls provide affordable, family-friendly entertainment. Y’alls home games are played at Thomas More Stadium, located at 7950 Freedom Way in Florence, Kentucky. For tickets and for more details, visit us online at florenceyalls.com (http://florenceyalls.com/) or call us by phone at (859) 594-4487.