Frontier League


Evansville’s big innings beats Bolts


CRESTWOOD, IL – A pitchers’ duel was turned sideways at Ozinga Field Thursday night as the Evansville otters scored seven runs in the sixth inning on their way to beating the ThunderBolts 9-5.

Adrien Reese, making just his second pro start, tossed five shutout innings out of the gate. He pitched out of one bases loaded jam but allowed only one hit during that timeframe.

The Bolts (11-19) broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth. After Dan Robinson singled and stole a bag, Will Riley scored him on a bunt single.

The lead was short-lived as Evansville (18-12) batted around in the top of the sixth. Jeffrey Baez’s triple and George Callil’s double started the rally but it continued when the ThunderBolts committed a pair of errors that extended the inning and allowed four unearned runs to score.

The Bolts tried to make a game of it, getting a run in the sixth on a Micah Yonamine base hit. They scored two more in the eighth thanks to big knocks from Will Riley and Jake Boone but the Evansville bullpen shut the door and walked away with a four-run win.

Tim Holdgrafer (5-2) pitched well, allowing two runs over six innings for the win and Reese (0-2) took the loss. Three of the five runs he gave up were earned over a 5.1 inning outing.

The ThunderBolts begin a new three-game series on Friday night as they host the New Jersey Jackals for the first time in franchise history. Game one of the series is on Grease Night at Ozinga field with a fireworks show set to follow the game. Cole Bellair (1-5, 6.10) is expected to make the start for Windy City. First pitch is set for 6:35 and fans not in attendance can catch the broadcast through

Search Archive »