Schaumburg bats explode in win over Florence

G. Michael Graham
G. Michael Graham
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The Schaumburg Boomers can out swinging and never looked back in an 11-6 win over the Florence Y’alls in Frontier League play Wednesday at Thomas More Stadium.

Schaumburg (35-31) broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third. The Boomers built a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth before the Y’alls (29-38) got on the scoreboard. But the Boomers added to their lead.

Florence loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Shortstop Alberti Chavez singled in infielder Luis Pintor to make the final score. Second baseman Ethan Stern struck out to end the game leaving the bases loaded.

“We want to fight to the last pitch of the game. You never know what can happen,” said Brian White, Florence manager. “We’ve proven that we can put up a six or seven-run inning at any moment. We had our power hitter on deck. We were one at-bat short.”

Schaumburg pounded out 16 hits chasing out Florence starter Bobby Brabrand after four innings. The Boomers had three home runs and six doubles in the win.

“I think we didn’t do a good enough job working ahead in counts,” White said. “We put some fastballs over the plate. They didn’t miss them. Once they got rolling, hitting is contagious. They just kept going.”

Florence had eight hits in the loss. Right fielder Anthony Brocato extended his hitting streak to 19 games in a row going 2 for 4 with a home run, double, one RBI and two runs scored. Chavez went 2 for 5 with one RBI and one run scored.

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Bryant Flete singled in Brocato in the bottom of the fifth inning to make it 6-1 Schaumburg. The Y’alls hoped to chip away at the lead at that point.

“I just made a couple adjustments at home plate when I was hitting,” Flete said. “I just tried to help my team every time. We lost. But we got some good ideas for tomorrow. I try to take good swings.”

Brennan Price hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. Brocato followed with a solo shot to cut the Schaumburg lead to 7-4.

Billy Damon pitched into the seventh inning in relief for Florence. Joe Dougherty, Karl Craigie and Flete also pitched for the Y’alls. The five pitchers combined to strike out 12 and walk three.

Schaumburg starter Blake Stelzer (6-3) pitched seven strong innings before Kristian Scott and Juan Pichardo finished the game. Stelzer struck out three and walked two.

The Y’alls are 1-5 against the Boomers this year. Schaumburg swept visiting Florence in a four-game series to start the month of July. That came as part of the 11-game Y’alls losing streak.

The rubber game between the two takes place Thursday at 6:34 p.m. back at Thomas More Stadium.

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