The Joliet Slammers captured the 2018 Frontier League championship on Tuesday, defeating the Washington Wild Things on Tuesday, 4-2, in a winner-take-all fifth game.
Cody Clark took over in a jam in the bottom of the fourth inning, escaped that and threw 5 1/3 perfect innings to clinch the title.
After falling behind 1-0 in the bottom of the first when Washington's James Harris scored on a dropped third strike, Joliet scored all four of its runs over the next two frames off of Washington starter Thomas Dominy.
In the second inning, Justin Garcia led off by being hit with a pitch. One out later, he was tripled home by Trenton Hill. Hill was then chased home by the next batter, Chaz Meadows, who hit a single to establish a 2-1 lead.
In the third inning, former Southern Illinois Miners outfielder London Lindley singled, moved to second on a groundout and took third on a single by Danny Zardon and scored on an error by the catcher.
Garcia then got into the action again, singling to center. The ball got past the center fielder, sending Zardon home with another unearned run for a 4-1 lead for the Slammers.
Carter McEachern doubled for Washington in the bottom of the fourth, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a single by Dom Iero.
Joliet then lifted starter Nate Antone for Clark, who got James Harris on a fly out to left field for the final out of the frame, starting his perfect night.
Clark got the win. Dominy was saddled with the loss despite a solid performance of allowing six hits and no walks in seven innings, striking out nine and allowing four runs, three earned.