Frontier League


Omaña dominates as Bolts triumph


CRESTWOOD, IL – Henry Omaña tossed the Frontier League’s first complete game of the season and his first career shutout as the ThunderBolts defeated the Trois-Riviéres Aigles 4-0 in the opener of a three-game series at Ozinga Field Tuesday night.

The ThunderBolts (2-2) gave Omaña some offensive support early with a first-inning run. Bren Spillane walked and advanced to third on a Dan Robinson single. Micah Yonamine brought the run home on a groundout. It was the fourth straight game in which the Bolts scored first.

The 1-0 lead held steady for the next four innings. After allowing a leadoff single in the first, Omaña didn’t give up another base runner until the sixth inning.

The Bolts grew their lead with a Yonamine RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth and a Junior Martina groundout scored Yonamine to make it 3-0. An RBI walk for Martina in the seventh wrapped up the scoring.

Omaña ran into his worst trouble of the game in the ninth. At 106 pitches to start the inning, he gave up a leadoff triple to Nate Scantlin but Trois-Rivieres (1-3) couldn’t bring him home as Omaña didn’t allow another ball out of the infield.

Omaña (2-0) becomes the league’s first two-game winner with his five hit, nine strikeout performance. Ray Weber (0-1) took the loss in his professional debut despite pitching well for the first four innings. In all, he allowed three runs in 4.2 innings.

The ThunderBolts and Aigles will get a quick turnaround before game two of the series. The first of five school days at Ozinga Field this year starts at 10:35 Wednesday morning. Kenny Mathews (0-0, 0.00) makes his second start of the year for the ThunderBolts and Trois-Riviéres counters with Osman Gutierrez (0-1, 9.82). The broadcast can be found through

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