It took 11 innings, but the Schaumburg Boomers halted the Southern Illinois Miners winning streak at 10 games Sunday. Quincy Nieporte hit a two-out, tiebreaking home run in the top of the 11th to deal the Miners a 5-2 defeat in the series finale.
Schaumburg scored in first, as Jack Parenty led off with a single and Clint Hardy walked before they were sacrificed to second and third base. After a groundout to first by Nieporte with the runners holding, Jamey Smart's throw to second base to try and double off Hardy bounced away for an error, allowing Parenty to score to make it 1-0.
Schaumburg starter Gunnar Kines made the lead stand up by allowing just three baserunners in the first five innings. In the meantime, the Boomers doubled the lead to 2-0 on a Parenty sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Southern Illinois got on the board in the sixth on singles by Yeltsin Gudino, Gianfranco Wawoe and Smart.
The Miners tied the game in the eighth when Gudino led off with a single, and scored all the way from first when Wawoe doubled over a leaping Parenty in left field to make the score 2-2.
Wawoe was in scoring position with no outs, but failed to score.
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The Miners got leadoff singles in both the ninth and 10th innings, but couldn't push a run across the plate.
With the international tiebreaker in effect in the 11th, Parenty doubled to put runners at second and third base with no one out against Nick Durazo (4-3).
Durazo then struck out Clint Hardy, and got Chase Dawson to hit a ground ball to Smart at first for the second out, with Smart throwing home to retire the lead runner. But Nieporte hit the first pitch he saw over the left field wall for a go-ahead, three run home run.
Southern Illinois went down in order in the bottom half to seal the end of the Miners' long win streak.
Gudino finished 3-for-5, while Wawoe went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Despite out-hitting Schaumburg 10-5 in the contest, Southern Illinois was denied the sweep.
After a day off on Monday, the Miners welcome in the West Division-leading Florence Freedom for a critical three-game series beginning Tuesday.