RECAP | Otters win series with doubleheader split
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Evansville Otters captured a series win at home Thursday after splitting a doubleheader against the Windy City ThunderBolts, falling in the first game 3-1 before bouncing back for an 8-5 win in the second game.
In game one, scoreless baseball lasted to the third, when Evansville notched a run with an RBI fielder's choice from Andy Armstrong.
Two home runs in the top of the fourth gave Windy City the separation they needed, as a solo home run from Jarius Richards and a two-run home run from Daryl Myers lifted the ThunderBolts to a 3-1 lead.
No scoring happened the remainder of the game, as Justin Watland and Layne Schnitz-Paxton ended the game solid.
The win went to Kenny Mathews, his second of the season. Watland received his second loss of the season, one out short of a complete game.
Game two started hot for the Otters, as Zach Biermann brought two runs in via a home run to right.
In the third, the Otters added five more runs after an RBI single from J.R. Davis and two-run home runs from Dakota Phillips and Miles Gordon.
Windy City began their offense in the fourth, bringing in a pair on back-to-back RBIs from Jake Boone and Jace Mercer.
A third run scored in the fifth on a solo home run from Payton Robertson, ThunderBolts still trailing, 7-3.
Evansville struck for the final time in the fifth - Andy Armstrong bringing in a run on a fielder's choice.
Windy City managed another two runs in the sixth but were held in the seventh by Logan Sawyer, as the Otters won 8-5.
Ryan O'Reilly finally earned his first win of the season, while Bryan Ketchie fell to 1-2. Sawyer earned his Frontier League-leading seventh save.
With the split, Evansville won the series 2-1, their third straight series victory and fourth of the year.
Up next, the Evansville Otters host the Gateway Grizzlies for the first time in 2022, a Friday, Saturday, Sunday set:
Friday: Deaconess Healthy Night, 80s Night - 6:35 p.m. first pitch, gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: Princess Night - 6:35 p.m. first pitch, gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: Schnucks and River City Pride joins us for PRIDE at the Park, Dog Days of Summer - 5:05 p.m. first pitch, gates open at 4:00 p.m.
The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.
The Otters play all home games at historic Bosse Field, located at 23 Don Mattingly Way in Evansville, Ind. Stay up to date with the Evansville Otters by visiting evansvilleotters.com, or follow the Otters on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
For more information, visit evansvilleotters.com or call (812) 435-8686.