Two Southern Illinois Miners played valuable roles for the Frontier League Wednesday night when they blanked the Can-Am League 7-0 in the leagues’ first All-Star Game in Pomona, N.Y.
Catcher Andy Cosgrove started and went 1-for-2 with a walk, singling in the sixth and scoring on a double by outfielder Ricky Ramirez, Jr. of Florence that upped the Frontier’s lead to 5-0. Pitcher Chase Cunningham worked the bottom of the seventh, surrendering a leadoff single but erasing it with an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play ball.
Miners second baseman Gianfranco Wawoe entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch-hitter and went hitless in two at-bats, fanning in the sixth and grounding to short on the first pitch of his eighth inning at-bat.
The Frontier League put its stamp on the game with four runs in the top of the third inning. Washington’s Hector Roa singled to plate the first run, followed by a three-run homer by his teammate, J.J. Fernandez.
Evansville catcher Rob Calabrese upped the margin to 6-0 in the seventh with a two-out infield single that scored Roa. In the ninth, Gateway center fielder Shawon Dunston, Jr. capped the scoring by chasing home Roa with a one-out sacrifice fly.
Roa led the Frontier League’s 14-hit attack by going 3-for-5 with three runs, while Fernandez collected a pair of hits.
Ten Frontier pitchers teamed up for a six-hitter, fanning 13 hitters. Starter Jonathan Tripp of Florence struck out the side in the first inning, and teammate Tyler Gibson worked a scoreless second to earn the victory.