SLAMMERS DEFEAT TRAVERSE CITY 6-1 ON MONDAY NIGHT

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-put together a nice team effort to defeat Traverse City 6-1 on Monday night at Silver Cross Field.

The Beach Bums struck first in the top of the 2nd against Joliet starter Travis Bradshaw. With one out Jovan Rosa doubled and he would score on another double from Sean Gusrang. The Slammers answered right back against Tanner Tripp in the bottom of the inning. They started out with four straight hits. Grant DeBruin singled and he scored on a Adam Giacalone double to tie the game. Danny Hernandez then doubled to score Giacalone to give Joliet a 2-1 lead. Jose Garcia then put down a beautiful bunt single. Adam Lewis bunted to push the runners to 2nd and 3rd. JD Dorgan bounced out to score a run and make it 3-1. Max Casper made it 4-1 on a RBI single to close out the scoring in the 2nd. Joliet added to the lead with a 2-run 4th inning as both runs came in on a base hit from Max Casper to push the lead to 6-1. Bradshaw, in the meantime, was very effective on the night. The went 7 innings and allowed just that one run on 5 hits with 7 strikeouts and one walk. Jordan Wellander pitched a nice 8th inning and then Kevin McNorton struck out two in the 9th to close out the 6-1 win. Tripp managed to settle in and finish the game for the Beach Bums, at one point retiring 13 of 14 but the damage was done. Garcia finished with three hits for the Slammers while DeBruin collected two more hits and has now hit safely in 28 of his last 31 games.

On Sunday, former Slammers starter, Blair Walters made his debut for the Atlanta Braves organization. The All-Star starter for Joliet earned the win for Class-A Lynchburg in a 6-5 victory where he went 6 innings and allowed just 2 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts and only one walk.

Before the game, Joliet got the news that second baseman Jake Gronsky had his rights purchased by the St. Louis Cardinals organization. In just 7 games for Joliet, Gronsky hit .385 with two doubles, four RBI and a .429 on-base-percentage. No word yet on where he will be assigned but it is possible he will be sent to the Class-A Peoria Chiefs. Gronsky was signed by the Slammers recently out of Monmouth University in New Jersey. He led them in batting average as a senior this spring at .330 and started all four years. Gronsky left with the 5th most hits in school history.

The Slammers series with Traverse City continues with Tuesday’s 7:05pm game. It will be a 2-dollar Tuesday where all reserved seats are just 2-bucks and hot dogs are just 2-bucks too! The six-game home stand then concludes on Wednesday at 7pm. Following a six game road trip to Windy City and Traverse City, Joliet will return for another six game home stand. That action will include a Fireworks Friday on August 1st that will also be Princess Night at Silver Cross Field. Slammers action this summer is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS FALL AGAIN TO WINDY CITY 5-3 ON SUNDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-lost game three of the series against Windy City 5-3 on Sunday at Silver Cross Field.

Both teams scored three times in the 1st inning. Colin Gotzon gave up a walk to the Windy City leadoff man Evan Button and then Michael Torres put down a beautiful bunt single. Kyle Robinson followed with a three-run homer into the “beach area” in right. Joliet responded against the ThunderBolts starter Travis Tingle. Jake Gronsky singled, Russell Moldenhauer walked and Grant DeBruin singled to load the bases with one out. Adam Giacalone singled to right to score two runs and make it 3-2. Seth Granger followed with an RBI grounder and that tied the game at 3-3. Both pitchers then found the groove and it stayed 3-3 until the 5th inning.

In the top of the 5th, Button led off with a double and Torres followed with another bunt single. Robinson drove in his fourth run of the day with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-3. Ryan McIntyre reached on an error by the new pitcher Matt Crim and that pushed the score to 5-3. That is how the game would finish as Joliet failed to score the rest of the way. They did have some chances however with 12 runners left on base for the ballgame including leaving the bases loaded in the 6th inning. Gotzon gave up four earned runs over 6-plus innings and Matt Crim did well out of the bullpen. He did not allow an earned run over 3 2/3 innings and then David Kubiak pitched a scoreless 9th. Daniel Carela picked up the save for Windy City.

Chris Epps made a great diving catch in the 3rd inning and took himself out with a bruised shoulder. JD Dorgan made his pro debut behind the plate for the Slammers and finished 2-4 at the plate and threw out a pair of base runners. Gronsky finished with two hits and two walks on the day and is hitting .385 in his 1st seven professional games..

The Slammers six-game home stand continues on Monday night at 7:05pm as Traverse City comes to town for a three game set. It will be a Military Monday honoring past and present Military members and the team will wear special uniforms. Tuesday’s 7:05pm game will be a 2-dollar Tuesday where all reserved seats are just 2-bucks and hot dogs are just 2-bucks too! Slammers action this summer is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS LOSE GAME TWO OF THE SERIES TO WINDY CITY 4-1

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-lost to Windy City 4-1 on Saturday night at Silver Cross Field.

Windy City scored in the 1st inning against Joliet starter Kody McFarland. Michael Torres double and scored on a Ryan Soares single to make it 1-0. McFarland settled in after that and allowed only one hit in the next three innings. Meanwhile the Slammers struggled against ThunderBolts starter Jake Fisher. Joliet managed just one single from Grant DeBruin through the 1st four innings. Fisher continued to cruise through the Joliet lineup. He allowed just one base runner on a walk over the next four innings and he struck out the side in the 6th as the score remained 1-0. The Slammers finally picked up their 2nd hit in the 7th on a infield single from Russell Moldenhauer but he was picked off by Fisher. McFarland entered the 8th inning with the game still 1-0 and allowed a leadoff double to Mike McGuckin. After a sacrifice bunt and then a RBI single from Torres, McFarland was lifted with the score 2-0. He went 7 1/3 quality innings allowing 7 hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Kevin McNorton gave up a sacrifice fly to Soares. Sam Moore came on and allowed an RBI double from Ryan McIntyre to make it 4-0 in the 8th. The Slammers finally scored in the bottom of the 8th on a RBI double off the wall in center from Jake Gronsky to make the score 4-1. In the bottom of the 9th, Joliet tried to make it another late rally. Max Casper led off with an infield single. Chris Epps walked. After two pop outs, Adam Giacalone walked to load the bases with two outs for Jose Garcia. He represented the winning run at the plate but popped out to the first baseman Davidson Peguero to end the game. Peguero made a spectacular catch leaning over and then tumbling over the fence by the 1st base camera well just past the Slammers dugout. That brought the ThunderBolts onto the field to celebrate the victory. Fisher allowed just the one run on four hits over 8 1/3 innings for the win. He struck out five and walked three.

Joliet concludes their series against Windy City with Sunday’s 1:05pm start. It will be a Family Day and Cancer Survivors Day at Silver Cross Field. As always on a Sunday, kids 12 and under eat free and can run the bases after the game and get autographs from the players. The six-game home stand then continues on Monday night at 7:05pm as Traverse City comes to town. It will be a Military Monday honoring past and present Military members and the team will wear special uniforms. Tuesday’s 7:05pm game will be a 2-dollar Tuesday where all reserved seats are just 2-bucks! Slammers action this summer is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS RALLY FOR A 6-5 WIN OVER WINDY CITY ON FRIDAY NIGHT

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-scored five runs in the last two innings to come from behind and defeat Windy City 6-5 on Friday night at Silver Cross Field.

Both teams scored in the first inning. The ThunderBolts tallied twice thanks to a 2-run homer from Ryan Soares and Joliet picked up a run on a sacrifice fly from Grant DeBruin to make it a 2-1 ballgame. Both pitchers settled in well after that. Joliet’s Andrew Busby gave up a harmless double in the 3rd but kept out of trouble until the 5th when the ThunderzBolts loaded the bases. He struck out Soares to end that threat. Windy City’s Daniel Cropper gave up three straight singles in the 3rd after two were out but did not give up a run. He retired seven in a row at one point.

The game stayed 2-1 into the 7th inning. Windy City started the inning with a single and walk off of Busby. That brought reliever Jordan Wellander into the game for Joliet. Windy City All-Star Kyle Robinson, who won the home run hitting contest during the All-Star festivities, ripped a three run homer to give the ThunderBolts a 5-1 lead. The Slammers started their comeback in the 8th inning. Adam Giacalone provided a two-run double to make it a 5-3 game. In the bottom of the 9th, Windy City brought in their closer Daniel Carela. Seth Granger led off with a single and moved to 2nd base on a wild pitch. He scored as Adam Lewis reached on an error to make the score 5-4. Chris Epps drew a walk and after Russell Moldenhauer struck out, Grant DeBruin came up. With two outs and two strikes, DeBruin drove a single to left field that scored Epps with the game-winning run to end the game 6-5. It is the 25th one-run game for Joliet and they are now 12-13 in that category. Windy City, on the other hand, has now lost their 9th straight one run contest.

Joliet continues their series against Windy City with Saturday’s 6:05pm start. It will be another Saturday Night Live and a Girls Scout and Family Sleepover Night. Sunday’s 1:05pm start will be a Family Day and Cancer Survivors Day. As always on a Sunday, kids 12 and under eat free and can run the bases after the game as well as get autographs from the players. Slammers action this summer is broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com. The audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen for free at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS WIN IN EXTRA INNINGS 7-4 ON SUNDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-went to extra innings to defeat Schaumburg 7-4 on Sunday.

Schaumburg scored twice in the 1st inning against Joliet starter Colin Gotzon. Joe DePinto had a big day for the Boomers and it started with his 2-run single early. The Slammers picked up an RBI single from Seth Granger in the 2nd to score Adam Giacalone who had singled. That made it 2-1 in the 2nd inning. The Slammers then took the lead with a 2-run 3rd as Giacalone walked with the bases loaded and another run scored on an error. It became 4-2 in the 6th when Jake Gronsky singled in Jose Garcia. DePinto’s RBI single in the bottom of the 6th kept the Boomers hopes alive in the bottom of the 6th and made it 4-3. It stayed 4-3 until the bottom of the 9th. David Kubiak made his Joliet debut out of the bullpen and after a double from Bobby Martin, Tyler Sciacca’s sacrifice fly tied the game at 4-4 sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the 10th Joliet executed perfectly to take the lead. Seth Granger walked and Gronsky singled. Adam Lewis pushed them to 2nd and 3rd with a sacrifice bunt and then Max Casper scored Granger with a perfect suicide squeeze bunt. After Chris Epps walked for the 3rd time in the game, Russell Moldenhauer ripped a 2-run double to make it a 7-4 Slammers lead. Kubiak then retired the 1st two men in the bottom of the 10th on strikeouts. But after a walk, an error and another walk, the bases were loaded. Alexi Colon then flew out to center to end the ballgame and give the Slammers the victory. Granger finished with 3 hits as did Gronsky. Lewis added two doubles to go with his two sacrifice bunts. The win means Joliet splits the four-game series with the Boomers.

The All-Star Break now begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Joliet will then open the second half of the season at Silver Cross Field on Friday at 7:05pm against Windy City. It will be a Fireworks Friday and a Zombie Night at the ballpark as well. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS SWEPT IN SCHAUMBURG ON SATURDAY 4-3 AND 7-6

The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-were swept in a doubleheader at Schaumburg on Saturday. The Slammers lost 4-3 and 7-6.

In game one, Joliet scored in the 1st inning as Max Casper led off with a single. He was erased on a fielder’s choice from Chris Epps who would eventually score as Russell Moldenhauer doubled to leftfield to make it 1-0. Casper’s slide into second base upset Schaumburg shortstop Gerard Hall. Hall complained to the base umpire after the inning ended and was ejected from the game. Boomers Manager Jamie Bennett joined in and was also kicked out. Matt Crim made his Slammers debut with the start in game one and gave up two runs in the bottom of the 1st. Ty Nelson walked with the bases loaded for their 1st run and Joe DePinto singled in the other to give them a 2-1 lead. Bobby Martin homered in the 2nd to give Schaumburg a 3-1 lead. That became 3-2 as Joliet’s Adam Giacalone walked and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the 3rd. The Slammers tied the game in the top of the 7th as Jake Gronsky led off with a single. He advanced the second base on a bunt and eventually scored on an error by second baseman Jordan Dean to make it 3-3. In the bottom of the 7th, with Brett Zawacki on the mound for Joliet, Justin Vasquez singled with one out for Schaumburg. With two outs Brian McConkey singled to push Vasquez to second. Ty Nelson followed with a two-strike single to rightfield to score Vasquez and win the game 4-3 for the Boomers.

In game two, the Boomers scored twice on Jordan Wellander in the 1st inning on a 2-run single from McConkey. Joliet picked up a run on a solo homer from Grant DeBruin in the top of the 2nd. DeBruin was 0-3 in game one to end his 14-game hitting streak. Schaumburg scored two more in the bottom of the 2nd on RBI singles from Vasquez and Tyler Sciacca. The Slammers responded with three more of their own to tie the game at 4-4 in the 3rd. Epps and Moldenhauer had RBI singles and then DeBruin tied it with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in rightfield. Sciacca’s single off of Joliet’s Kevin McNorton in the 4th meant Schaumburg was back in front 5-4. Casper singled to lead off the 5th for Joliet and he would score to tie the game 5-5 when Moldenhauer hit into a double play. Going to the bottom of the 6th with the game still tied, the rain started and the tarp was put on the field. After a quick 15 minute rain delay the game resumed. Kevin McNorton gave up two singles and Zawacki came on for Joliet. After an intentional walk, Zawacki hit Sciacca to push across the lead run and then another scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-5. In the top of the 7th Moldenhauer doubled to score Chris Epps who had tripled. That made the score 7-6 but DeBruin grounded out to end the game and earn Schaumburg the sweep.

The M & M Bank players of the game were Russell Moldenhauer in game one for two hits and 2 RBI and Max Casper in game two with two hits and two runs scored.

The Slammers and Boomers wrap things up in their four-game series on Sunday at 1pm. The All-Star Break then begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Joliet opens the second half of the season at Silver Cross Field on Friday at 7:05pm against Windy City. It will be a Fireworks Friday and a Zombie Night at the ballpark as well. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS TROUNCE THE BOOMERS 14-3 ON FRIDAY

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The Joliet Slammers -Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- scored early and often in defeating Schaumburg 14-3 on Friday.

The Slammers took control of this game in the 2nd inning when they sent 11 men to the plate and scored 7 runs. Grant DeBruin had two doubles in the inning and extends his hitting streak to 14 straight games. Blair Walters pitched another fine ballgame to earn the win. He went 8 innings and allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

With a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, Hunter Ackerman stayed in the game for Schaumburg until the top of the 7th and allowed 12 runs on 14 hits to help spare the bullpen. Joliet batted around twice in the game with 10 men batting in the 7th as well. DeBruin finished with three hits on the day, as did Jose Garcia. Seth Granger ended with four singles, while Russell Moldenhauer had two hits and 3 RBI. Adam Lewis drove in a pair of runs and Chris Epps contributed a sacrifice fly and reached base three times. Adam Giacalone added a 2-run double, while newcomer Jake Gronsky had two hits and two RBI in his professional debut. Gronsky was signed out of Monmouth University before the game. Other roster moves on Friday included the release of pitcher Travis Reboulet and a trade involving Marquis Riley. Riley was sent to Southern Illinois in return for starting pitcher Matt Crim and reliever David Kubiak. Crim will be the Joliet starter in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader. The 14 runs and 17 hits are both season best numbers for the Slammers in 2014.

The Slammers and Boomers play a 5pm doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping things up on Sunday at 1pm. The All-Star Break then begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS LOSE ANOTHER TOUGH ONE 7-6 ON THURSDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- lose another close one late 7-6 to Normal on Thursday night.

The Slammers got off to a great start in the first. Marquis Riley led off the game with a home run and it was followed by Chris Epps hitting a solo homer of his own making it 2-0 after two batters against Normal starter Chris Carmain. Joliet made it 3-0 in the 2nd on a RBI grounder from Danny Hernandez. The first run for Normal came in the bottom of the 2nd inning as Jhiomar Veras singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-1. It became 4-1 Slammers on a solo homer from Grant DeBruin in the top of the 3rd. That moved his hitting streak to 13 straight games and he has now reached safely in 22 of his last 23 games.

Kody McFarland pitched well for Joliet. He went the 1st five innings and allowed two runs on six hits with 8 strikeouts and no walks. Kevin McNorton came on for him in the 6th. In the 7th , Riley hit a 2-run homer to give Joliet a 6-2 lead. He becomes the 1st Slammer to have a multi-homer game. He now has 15 multi-hit games on the year. Normal came right back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th. The first scored on a wild pitch and the next on a RBI single from Mike Schwartz. They then tied the game with two more runs in the 8th. Ozney Guillen came up with two men on base and hit a fly ball to deep leftfield. Riley got to it for Joliet but dropped it as he got to the warning track and both runs scored to tie the game at 6-6. Normal then won the game in the bottom of the 9th in weird fashion. Mike Schwartz led off with a bloop to medium left that dropped just out of reach of DeBruin and Riley. Sam Judah followed with the identical bloop hit to medium right this time that dropped just out of reach this time of Jose Garcia and Epps to score Schwartz and end the game 7-6.

Joliet now opens a four game series at Schaumburg on Friday at 6:30pm. Those two teams will then play a 5pm doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping things up on Sunday at 1pm. The All-Star Break then begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS WIN A THRILLER AT NORMAL 5-4 ON WEDNESDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy- won a wild one 5-4 on Wednesday against the Normal CornBelters.

The Slammers took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning on a long solo homer from Grant DeBruin. That extended his hitting streak to 12 games and now means he has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games. DeBruin also took the league lead in hits at 64 with that home run. Normal pitcher Mike Devine settled down after that however and retired the next 16 straight Slammers. Meanwhile, Joliet’s Andrew Busby was pitching well too. He allowed a run on a double-play off the bat of Mike Schwartz in the 3rd inning to tie the game at 1-1. By then he had allowed six hits through three innings but had given up just that one run. He went on a roll himself then, going the next four straight innings without allowing another hit.

In the top of the 8th, Joliet took a 2-1 lead. Jose Garcia walked and advance to 2nd base on a bunt from Seth Granger. Garcia scored on a RBI single to right off of reliever Alan Oaks. He entered the game as an All-Star out of the bullpen with a 0.84 ERA. In the bottom of the 8th, Busby gave up a leadoff single to Tyler Shover, his first hit allowed since the 3rd inning. Santiago Chirino also singled and then with 2 outs, Sam Judah hit a 3-run home run to give Normal a 4-2 lead. In the top of the 9th for Joliet, still facing Oaks, Russell Moldenhauer singled. DeBruin walked and with two outs, Jose Garcia came up. With a 3-2 count and Joliet down to their final strike, Garcia crushed a long 3-run homer down the leftfield line to give the Slammers a 5-4 lead. Jordan Wellander had come in to get the final out of the 8th and retired the side in order in the bottom of the 9th to give the Slammers a thrilling late rally win.

The Slammers continue their 8-game road trip on Thursday at 7pm against the CornBelters. Joliet will then open a series on Schaumburg on Friday night at 6:30pm. Those two teams will then play a 5pm doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping things up on Sunday at 1pm. The All-Star Break then begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.

SLAMMERS LOSE SERIES FINALE TO EVANVILLE 7-1 ON SUNDAY

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The Joliet Slammers-Presented by ATI Physical Therapy-lost 7-1 to Evansville on Sunday to close out the home series against the Otters.

Evansville scored a run in the 1st inning against Joliet starter Blair Walters. John Schultz singled and scored on a base hit from Nik Balog. The Otters scored another in the top of the 2nd as Jeremy Nowak walked and advance to 2nd base on a ground out. He went to 3rd on a fly ball and then scored on a wild pitch from Walters to make it 2-0. The Slammers scored in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI double from Marquis Riley that pushed across Adam Giacalone, who had singled.

The game stayed 2-1 until the 7th inning. Both starters pitched very well. Blake Monar went six innings and allowed just that one run on two hits He struck out 11 and walked three. Walters was lifted with two outs in the 7th, after Evansville scored another run on a single from Phillip Wilson. Walters was tagged with the loss after going 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

In the 9th inning, Tyler Thicke made his Slammers and professional debut. He came in after Kevin McNorton allowed a RBI single to Wilson and run-scoring triple to Josh Allen. After a sacrifice fly from Schultz, Shayne Houck hit a long solo homer to make the score 7-1. The home plate umpire Jim Mecha ejected Thicke after a high and inside pitch to the next batter. Catcher Tylert Roberts argued in defense of his pitcher and he was ejected as was Manager Jeff Isom who came out to argue the other ejections. Sam Moore came on for Joliet to record the final out of the inning. The Slammers failed to score in the bottom of the 9th and have now lost 10 of their last 13 games.

The Slammers take Monday off and then start an 8-game road trip with a Tuesday 6pm doubleheader against the Normal CornBelters. They then play back-to-back 7pm games in Normal before opening a series on Schaumburg on Friday night. The two teams will then play a 5pm doubleheader on Saturday before wrapping things up on Sunday at 1pm. The All-Star Break then begins as Joliet will host the Dutch National Women’s Fastpitch Softball team in an exhibition game on Monday July 14 at 7pm at Silver Cross Field. Slammers action this summer will be broadcast live on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com and the audio/video feed of home games this season can be seen at independentprofessionalbaseball.com.

The Joliet Slammers presented by ATI Physical Therapy play at Silver Cross Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League. The Frontier League is a 14-team league entering its 22nd season of play in 2014. Full, partial, and group tickets are available by calling the Slammers office at (815) 722-BATS or by visiting www.jolietslammers.com.