Category: Corny

The Normal CornBelters surged back from a 6-0 deficit but lost 7-6 in 10 innings to the Joliet Slammers on Wednesday night at the Corn Crib in Frontier League action. The Slammers scored almost immediately as Niko Vasquez doubled to lead off the game and traded places with Michael Wing on a double just inside third base. A double damaged the CornBelters in the second inning when a two-base hit to the left center field fence by Kyle Maunus scored Seth Schwindenhammer, who reached via lead-off walk. Maunus went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Ben Hewett single to right to increase the visitors’ lead to 3-0. Marquis Riley then drilled a three-run homer to right to give the Slammers a 6-0 advantage. After that homer, the Slammers only reached Belters starter Luis Noel for one walk as Noel faced the minimum number of hitters in his remaining 5 2/3 innings, striking out 10. The CornBelters cut the margin to 6-2 in the fourth inning on a two-run homer to right field by Oscar Garcia, driving in Mike Schwartz after his lead-off walk. Normal tied the game in the sixth with a two-out rally fueled by a pair of walks and an RBI single by Mike Mobbs and a three-run homer just over the right field fence by Tyler Shover. Joliet earned the go-ahead run in the tenth inning when the relay on a double-play attempt that would have ended the frame was thrown away, sending Marquis Riley to second and then home on a single to right by Michael Wing. Brett Zawacki (3-5) took the win while the loss went to Ross Davis (2-4). Justin Erasmus pitched the tenth for his 11th save.

-Bob


Normal CornBelters left fielder Romulo Ruiz blasted  a three-run homer off  of Windy City Thunderbolts pitcher Rich Hawkins for a 7-6 victory in there Frontier League home-opener before  2,713 fans at the Corn Crib. The Belters (3-1) led the entire way until Windy City (1-4) scored three unearned runs in the sixth to grab a 6-4 lead. The top five hitters in Normal’s lineup contributed 11 of the team’s 12 hits. Mike Schwartz, Pat McKenna and Ruiz had three hits each. Mitch Mormann (1-0), who relieved starter Drew Provence in the fifth, earned the win. Casey Upperman pitched two innings of hitless relief for his second save. The two teams meet again Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. for the second game of the opening series.

-Bob

The home run derby may have been scheduled for Tuesday night but no one told the players that, as the 2012 State Farm Frontier League All-Star game saw the two teams combined for a total of seven long balls on the evening, with the Eastern Division’s best prevailing over the All-Stars from the West 9-6 Wednesday night at the Corn Crib. London Rippers first baseman Joash Brodin was honored with the game’s Most Valuable Player Award, going 4-5 with a homerun and three runs scored. The squad from the East treated fans at the Corn Crib to souvenirs early and often, with Traverse City’s Jose Vargas opening the scoring in the top of the first when he belted a two-out, solo shot to the top of the berm in left. Southern Illinois Miners outfielder Chad Maddox extended the East’s lead when he too hammered a solo home-run in the top of the second inning. Normal CornBelter catcher Pat Trettel gave the hometown fans something to cheer about as he helped cut into the East’s lead with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, bringing in Schaumburg Boomers outfielder Chad Mozingo. The next batter, River City outfielder Jason Patton, knocked in Gateway’s Jarod Yakubik with an RBI single of his own, bringing the score to 9-6, but the West would get no closer. Lake Erie Crushers left hander Paul Fagan picked up the win for the East, while Gateway right handed pitcher Tim Brown took the loss. Regular season games resume on Friday.

-Bob

Russell Moldenhauer of the Lake Erie Crushers belted his way to a victory defeating Florence’s Jim Jacquot in the State Farm Frontier League Home Run Derby with five home runs in the final Tuesday night at The Corn Crib before 4,290 fans. Round one saw Jacquot, Moldenhauer, London’s Joash Brodin, and Traverse City’s Jeff Flagg hammering the most long balls, narrowing the field of 14 to the final four contestants. Flagg advanced by overpowering Windy City’s Chad Cregar and River City’s Charlie Lisk in a tiebreaker for the final spot. “I was surprised I got there. It went way better than I ever imagined,” the 6-1, 210-pound Jacquot said. “I had to go opposite field with the wind, not necessarily ideal for hitting home runs. But he (Moldenhauer) did a good job. It was going to be tough to beat him.” Normal’s Pat Trettel did not clear the fence in his allotted eight first-round swings. The festivities continue tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. when the Western Division All-Stars face off against the Eastern Division in the 2012 State Farm Frontier League All-Star Game. Click here for complete results.

-Bob

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