Friday, Jul 28
Y’alls Outslugged in Wild Series Opener
FLORENCE, KY – The Florence Y’alls (26-38), presented by Towne Properties, came out on the losing end versus the Schaumburg Boomers (38-24) in a game that featured 28 runs and 34 hits. The Y’alls ultimately fell 15-13 in 10 innings in what became the highest scoring game to be played at Thomas More Stadium so far this year.
Both teams exchanged blows and scored two runs through three innings. Florence first cracked the scoreboard in the first when first baseman Brennan Price hit solo home run. In the third, the Y’alls’ second run came home when catcher Zade Richardson hit an RBI single to score second baseman Tristin Garcia from second base. In the middle innings, Florence padded its lead with two runs in the fourth on Brennan Price’s two-run home run. In the fifth, Zade Richardson hit a two-run home run to put the Y’alls ahead 6-2.
The Boomers answered back with an offensive barrage in the late innings. Schaumburg plated three runs in the sixth against Y’alls starter Carter Spivey (6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K) when second baseman Kokko Figueiredo hit a three-run home run – one of three home runs for the Boomers on the night. In the seventh, Schaumburg took the lead against Florence lefthander Michael Kirian, who allowed nine hitters to bat and six to score. Left fielder Chase Dawson’s two-run home run gave Schaumburg the lead before center fielder Brett Milazzo’s RBI single and catcher Sonny Ulliana’s three-run home run helped Schaumburg vault ahead 11-6.
With nine outs to play with, the Y’alls responded with an inspired comeback effort. Florence scored a pair in the seventh, first on designated hitter Craig Massey’s solo home run. Three batters later, left fielder Hank Zeisler’s sacrifice fly scored Richardson from third base to cut the Schaumburg lead to 11-8. In the eighth, Florence retook the lead when Massey hit a two-out, three-run home run to tie the game and notch his first multi-homer game of the season.
The 11-11 score would hold into the tenth despite both teams leaving two runners on base in the ninth inning. In the 10th, righthander Brian McKenna loaded the bases for first baseman Kyle Fitzgerald, who grounded into an RBI fielder’s choice that kept the bases loaded. Two batters later, Brett Milazzo’s bases-clearing double put Schaumburg ahead 15-11. The Y’alls rallied in the bottom of the 10th for two runs, but shortstop Ed Johnson grounded out to the pitcher to end the game and leave the tying runs aboard.
Catcher Zade Richardson finished 6-for-6 on the day with two doubles and a home run. The Y’alls return to Thomas More Stadium for Game 2 against the Boomers on Saturday, July 29th. First pitch is scheduled for 6:36 p.m. ET.
The Florence Y’alls 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. More details can be found online at florenceyalls.com (http://florenceyalls.com/) or by phone at (859) 594-4487.