SLAMMERS TOP BOOMERS TO WIN SEASON FINALE

Niko Vasquez

Joliet wraps up the season with a two games to one series victory over Schaumburg

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(Schaumburg, IL) – The Joliet Slammers (38-57) ended the 2013 season the right way.

Joliet tops the Schaumburg Boomers (59-37) in the final game of the season on Thursday night 5-2 at Boomer Stadium in Schaumburg, IL. The victory hands the Slammers the series victory two games to one as Joliet won the final two contest in a row.

Luke Goodgion (1-2) picks up the victory, throwing one inning in the sixth after relieving starter Chase Doremus who started the game perfect through three frames before allow two runs in the fourth and fifth. Preston Hatcher (2-3) suffers the loss after losing all sight of the strike zone in the seventh inning. The right-hander threw 1.2 innings and allowed three runs to score with three walks.

Joliet struck first in this game with Zach Colby leading the contest off with a bunt single and after a throwing error by the third baseman Frank Pfister putting Colby in scoring position, Marquis Riley double to deep right field to bring home the game’s first run.

The Boomers tied the game on a home run from Gerard Hall and then in the fifth inning, Schaumburg added another run to take a 2-1 lead. But in the seventh Joliet scored three times, being helped out with three walks issued by Preston Hatcher.

The Slammers win by a final score of 5-2 and finish the season with a record of 38-57.

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SLAMMERS USE THE LUMBER TO TOP BOOMERS

Niko Vasquez

Joliet’s offense combines for 15 hits on Wednesday beating Schaumburg 9-4

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(Schaumburg, IL) – Hitting for the cycle is considered one of the more difficult things to do in baseball and Niko Vasquez did just that on Wednesday night in Schaumburg, IL, helping his Joliet Slammers (37-57) belt their way to victory over the Schaumburg Boomers (59-35) 9-4 at Boomer Stadium.

The Slammer shortstop is easily the M&M Bank Player of the game after he is the first Joliet Slammer in franchise history to hit for the cycle, going 4-5 at the plate and scoring three times with two runs batted home. The offense tallied 15 hits on the board and after winning tonight it will set up the 18th rubber match of the year in the final game of the season on Thursday.

Mike Barsotti (2-3) records the victory after tossing six innings and allowing only three earned runs on six hits. Adam Tollefson (3-1) picks up his first loss of the season after surrendering the Boomers one-run lead in the seventh by allowing Joliet to score three runs on four hits.

Schaumburg struck first in the bottom of the second inning, taking a 3-0 lead over Joliet. However, the Slammers immediately responded in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs to tie the game up and the scoring was highlighted by two doubles from Zak Colby and Niko Vasquez.

The Boomers took the lead back in the fifth at 4-3 and the Slammers grabbed the lead for good in the seventh scoring three more runs with Vasquez hitting a solo-homer and Akins crushing home run number 21 to left field.

Joliet added three more insurance runs in the ninth and it was the triple from Vasquez, which secured the cycle that highlighted the frame.

Chase Doremus (4-4, 2.59) will start in the final game of the year on Thursday from Schaumburg, IL. First pitch at Boomer Stadium comes at 6:30 and the Slammer pre game show hits the air on 1340 WJOL at 6:20 p.m.

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SLAMMERS DROP GAME ONE TO BOOMERS

Nick Akins

Schaumburg’s starter Sanford out duels Shawn Kale for series opening win

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(Schaumburg, IL) – The Joliet Slammers (36-57) received another good start from Shawn Kale, but the offense is shut down by the Schaumburg Boomers (59-36), losing by a final of 3-1 at Boomer Stadium on Tuesday in Schaumburg, IL.

Kale (5-5) suffers the tough defeat after tossing seven complete innings while allowing only three runs on five hits with 5 strikeouts. Shawn Sanford threw six innings with six punch-outs and picked up victory number 10 after allowing only one run to score on four hits for Joliet.

Kale sent the Boomers down in order in the bottom of the first, however leading off in the second inning, Steve Mcquail crushed a baseball to deep left center field for his 20th home run of the season, putting Schaumburg on top 1-0. The Boomers added another run in the inning and would keep it a 2-0 game until the top of the sixth.

Joe Meggs walked with two outs and after a Riley single, Nick Akins recorded RBI number 62 on his second hit of the evening that cut the Boomers lead to one run at 2-1.

In the seventh inning, the Boomers added one insurance run to stretch their lead to 3-1, which they would hold onto after strand two Joliet base runners in the ninth.

Mike Barsotti (1-3, 3.02) picks up the baseball on the bump Wednesday for Joliet in the middle game of this three game series against Seth Webster (6-1, 2.18) for Schaumburg. First pitch comes home at 6:30 and the pre game show on 1340 WJO starts at 6:20 p.m. on 1340 WJOL.

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BEACH BUMS WALK OFF JOLIET FOR SERIES WIN

Niko Vasquez

Traverse City scores the winning run in the 10th to take the series two games to one

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(Traverse City, MI) – The Joliet Slammers (36-56) could not survive allowing two base runners aboard for the Traverse City Beach Bums (54-39) with no outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, eventually losing by a final of 4-3 on Sunday at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, MI.

The victory was big for Traverse City as it cemented at least a playoff birth following the regular season.

Ryan Hartman (0-1) suffers the loss allowing two runners on in the 10th and Matt Miller (1-4) records the victory for the Bums.

Andrew Busby still has not recorded his first professional victory with the rookie picking up the no decision remaining at 0-6 on the season. However, Busby struggled to start the ballgame, allowing two runs to score in the bottom of the first.

Ryan Still and Carlo Testa came home on a bases clearing double from Jose Vargus to put Traverse City up 1-0.

In the second inning and with two outs, Niko Vasquez cut the lead to one run by hitting his seventh home run over the left field wall, making it a 2-1 game. Then the game remained scoreless until the fourth when the Beach Bums added another run to make it 3-1.

In the seventh Joliet tied the game score two runs, one on a groundout off the bat of Jerod Yakubik, and the other on a fielder choice from Grant DeBruin with Niko Vasquez scoring just ahead of a throw to home plate by shortstop Sean Gusrang. The game remained at a 3-3 tie until the 10th inning.

Jose Vargus was hit by a pitch leading off, Chase Burch walked for the fourth time in the game and then after a huge 4-3 double play off the bat of Zach Kometani it looked like the Slammers and Brett Zawacki would survive the inning. But the next batter in Gusrang hit a ball on the ground up the middle scoring Vargus from third base, winning the game and series for Traverse City.

The Slammers have an off day on Monday before traveling to Schaumburg to take on the Boomers on Tuesday in the final three-game series of the season.

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JOLIET NO-HITS TRAVERSE CITY

Joe Meggs

Slammers use six pitchers to no-hit the Beach Bums after 10 innings

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(Traverse City, MI) – It took six pitchers, 10 innings and a total of three hours and four minutes for the Joliet Slammers (36-55) to record their second no hitter in franchise history this time against the Traverse City Beach Bums (53-39) on Saturday, August 30 at Wuerfel Park in Traverse City, MI.

Joliet won by a final score of 4-1 over Traverse City and it was the combined pitching efforts of Chase Doremus, Lucas Goodgion, Jason Sullivan, Cory Kimes, Matt Dillon and Bret Zawacki who secured the no-no on Saturday. It is the first no-hitter for the Slammers since Joliet’s inaugural season in 2011 when Andrew Moss threw the first against the Lake Erie Crushers on Jul. 13.

Kolin Conner was also behind the plate during the complete game and delivered two huge insurance runs in the 10th inning on a home run to left field.

The game turned out to be quite the memorable first professional start for Chase Doremus who tossed four and a third innings while only giving up one run with five walks and six strikeouts. Lucas Goodgion came on in the fifth frame and faced one batter in Carlo Testa who he got to ground out to second base.

Jason Sullivan was then called out of the pen and lasted an inning and a third while walking one batter with one strikeout. Both Cory Kimes and Matt Dillon were next and both relievers allowed one walk through one inning of work and Kimes struck out a batter with Sullivan fanning two.

Bret Zawacki (6-7) finished the combined no-hitter, pitching two innings in the ninth and the 10th with a walk and three strikeouts. The Slammers closer was also awarded the victory as Joliet broke the tie in the 10th frame.

The Slammers scored the first run of the ballgame in the top of the fourth and the inning started with a double from Zak Colby. A ground out by Riley pushed Colby to third base and a wild pitch tossed by Devine brought Colby home for a 1-0 Joliet lead.

Traverse City did not waste any time tying the game as the Beach Bums scored immediately in the bottom of the fourth. Chase Burch led off the inning with a walk and following was Zack Kometani who also received a free pass. An out later Andrew Heck lined out to right field and drove home Burch to tie the game up at 1-1 Slammers and Bums.

The game would remain that way with both pitching staffs taking over the ballgame until the game turned to extra innings in the top of the 10th inning.

Marquis Riley led off the inning with a single then Niko Vasquez grounded into a 6-4-3 double play. With two outs in the frame it looked like the Beach Bums would get out of the top of the 10th but then Jerod Yakubik singled to right field and Grant DeBruin doubled home the winning run to make it 2-1 Joliet.

That is when Kolin Conner added two-insurance run, blasting a ball to deep left field for a two-run bomb, putting the Slammers up 4-1.

In the bottom of the inning and Zawacki back on the hill, Ryan Still struck out and then Carlo Testa walked. With a runner on and one out Zawacki got 2012 Frontier League MVP Jose Vargus to ground into a game ending 6-4-3 double play to cement the no-hitter in the books for Joliet.

The series finale is tomorrow and first pitch comes at 4:05 central time with Andrew Busby (0-6, 2.98) on the hill.

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SLAMMERS DROP GAME ONE TO BEACH BUMS

Joe Meggs

Joliet out hits Traverse City 11-9 but gets out scored 5-3 in series opening loss

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(Traverse City, MI) – The Joliet Slammers (35-55) continue to slide, now at a season worst 20 games below the .500 mark after falling to the Traverse City Beach Bums (53-38) 5-3 on Friday in the series opener at Wuerfel Park.

Mike Barsotti (2-2) records the loss after allowing four runs to score on five hits with six strikeouts. Jake Sabol (10-5) gets the win on five innings of work with only three runs scoring off him.

Joliet started the scoring in the first inning against Sabol with Joe Meggs reaching on a single and scoring on a double from Nick Akins putting the Slammers up 1-0. But the game would tilt back and forth from that point on.

Traverse City tied the game in the bottom of the inning with Carlo Testa scoring on a single from 2012 Frontier League MVP Jose Vargus. In the second inning Joliet took the lead back when Grant DeBruin reached on the free pass to first base and scored on an infield single off the bat of Darian Sandford to make it 2-1.

The Beach Bums tied the game in the bottom of the second inning with Sean Gusrang scoring on a groundout hit by Andrew Heck. In the third and fourth Traverse City added two more runs and then both starters settled down until the fifth inning when the Slammers made it a 4-3 game with Joe Meggs scoring on a single from Marquis Riley.

The Bums added insurance in the eighth inning to make it a 5-3 score and that would be enough for Traverse City with Nick Capito closing the game down in the top of the ninth.

Chase Doremus (4-4, 2.52) receives his first start of the season tomorrow and the right-hander will try to even this series at one game apiece in the middle contest against the Beach Bums. First pitch comes at 6:05 central time and you can hear all the action with Slammers Baseball live on 1340 WJOL at 5:50 p.m.

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OTTERS SWEEP JOLIET IN FINAL HOME SERIES

Darian Sandford

Slammers offense shut down again by Evansville pitching in 3-1 loss

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(Joliet, IL) – The Joliet Slammers (35-54) in the final home game of the season on Thursday at Silver Cross Field fall in another low scoring affair 3-1 to the Evansville Otters (47-42) who bolster their playoff hopes with the victory.

The loss marks the fifth loss in a row for Joliet and puts the Slammers at a season worst 19 games below the .500 mark with six games to play.

Chuck Lofgren (7-7) battled into the sixth inning but the main reason the lefty suffers the loss is because of his Franchise Record eight walks on the night. Lofgren gave up two runs and four hits with also three strikeouts. Trevor Walch (3-3) picks up the victory lasting six innings and allowing only one run on seven hits.

Lofgren was strong to start the game, retiring Evansville in the first inning but in the bottom of the second the southpaw walked four batters and forced in two runs to put the Otters up 2-0.

Joliet made it a one run game in the bottom of fifth when Darian Sandford scored on a single from Nick Akins. Sandford was a huge bright spot for the Slammers in the three games. He set a franchise record in game two, stealing four bases and he tied the record immediately tonight with four more steals.

In total, Sandford scored all of the four runs that Joliet brought across the plate in the three games and had 10 stolen bases.

In the seventh inning Frank Martinez put Evansville up 3-1 with a solo home run to right field and the Otters would hold on for the victory with Eric Massingham closing the game down in the ninth.

The Slammers hit the road on Friday and travel north to take on the Beach Bums in Traverse City for a three game series with Mike Barsotti (1-2, 2.66) taking the baseball for Joliet in game one.

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EVANSVILLE TOPS JOLIET FOR SERIES WIN

Andrew Busby

Slammers fall to the Otters in another pitchers duel 4-1

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(Joliet, IL) – For the second straight night on Wednesday at Silver Cross Field the Joliet Slammers (35-53) fall in another pitchers duel, this time 4-1 to the Evansville Otters (46-42).

Shawn Kale (5-4) was good for Joliet in seven innings of work, allowing only one run on six hits with six strikeouts but he was out gunned by Ryan Gibson (1-5) who shutout the Slammers through six inning while only surrendering three hits.

This is the second night in a row where the Slammers get a tremendous pitching performance and the offense cannot support the pitcher with Andrew Busby losing in game one after throwing a complete game and setting a single game strike out record at 12.

The game started with three scoreless innings and in the top of the fourth with two outs John Nester hit his fifth home run to break the 0-0 tie and put Evansville up 1-0. The Otters added one insurance run in the eighth to go up 2-0 but Joliet made it a one run game in the bottom of the inning.

Darian Sandford led off the inning with a walk and then he put himself on third by stealing second and third base and with one out, Marquis Riley lined out to center field to drive Sandford home and put the Slammers on the board.

However in the top of the ninth Evansville score two more times and took a 4-1 lead that they would hold onto for the win, setting up a chance to sweep the series in the finale on Thursday night.

Chuck Lofgren (7-6, 4.31) will try to salvage one game for the Slammers in the final home game of the season. First pitch of Fan Appreciation night comes at 7:05 p.m. at Silver Cross Field.

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EVANSVILLE SNATCHES SERIES OPENER FROM SLAMMERS

Andrew Busby

Andrew Busby produces one of best performances of the year but comes up empty

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(Joliet, IL) – It is not too often a starting pitcher can surrender zero earned runs a still lose.

But that is exactly what happened to Andrew Busby (0-6) and the Joliet Slammers (35-52) losing to the Evansville Otters 3-2 on Tuesday in the final home series opener at Silver Cross Field.

Busby suffered one poor inning in the top of the first, giving up a three-run homer to Nick Schwaner to start the ballgame and after that the rookie from Crane Hill, AL was untouchable. The right-hander tossed all nine innings of the contest and struck out an incredible 12 batters while only allowing five hits.

Joliet scored in the bottom of the third and in the bottom of the fifth with Darian Sandford leading off both innings and Joe Meggs sending Sandford home both innings. But the two runs would be all the Slammers could score losing by a final of 3-2.

Shawn Kale (5-3, 4.09) tries to even the three game series on Wednesday at one game apiece and he faces off against Ryan Gibson (0-5, 3.78) for Evansville. First pitch comes at 7:05 and the pre game show on 1340 WJOL starts at 6:50 p.m.

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AVIATORS WALK OFF JOLIET IN SERIES FINALE

Joe Meggs

Jeff Kremer launches a three-run bomb in the ninth to give Rockford the series win

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(Loves Park, IL) – The Joliet Slammers (35-51) drop a heartbreaker in the series finale, being walked off 10-8 by the Rockford Aviators (33-54) at Aviator Stadium.

Jeff Kremer is one of the best batters with runners in scoring position and he proved it again in the bottom of the ninth hitting a walk off home run down the right field line with two runners on to steal the final game from Joliet and grab the series two games to one. The rookie Rockford slugger is batting .516 when runners have a chance to steal with two outs.

Bret Zawacki (5-7) records the loss and the blown save after being one strike away from the victory with Kremer at the plate. Andrew Snowdon (3-1) picks up the win for Rockford.

Both starting pitchers, Cory Kimes for the Slammers and Seafth Howe for the Aviators, struggled tonight as the game was a slugfest through first four innings.

Joliet scored first in the very first inning with Joe Meggs scoring on a two out infield single off the bat of Niko Vasquez giving the Slammers a 1-0 lead. But in the bottom of the inning Rockford took the lead away from Joliet scoring three runs and sending eight batters to the plate.

Nick Akins was a bright spot for Joliet all series and he continued to impress in the final game, launching his third homer of the three games an this time in the top of the fourth, his three-run long ball capped off a five run inning for Joliet and put the Slammers back up over the Aviators 8-6.

In the bottom half Rockford chipped away with one run making it 8-7 and the game remained that way until the ninth when the Kremer hit the home run giving Rockford the 10-8 win.

The Slammers have an off day on Monday before starting the final three game home series with the Evansville Otters coming to Silver Cross Field. Andrew Busby (0-5, 3.72) will start in game one with first pitch from downtown Joliet coming at 7:05 and the pre game show starting at 6:50 p.m.

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