Tuesday, July 23, 2019 | by Dylan Daniel


Joliet Slammers Contact:

Heather Mills – General Manager





The Slammers would get on the board first in tonight’s game thanks to back-to-back doubles from Jared Morello and Dash Winningham. Morello missed a homerun by about an inch as the ball hit the yellow line on the fence. Slammers led 1-0 after the 1st inning.


After cruising through the first 4 innings, Keegan Long ran into some trouble in the 5th. He allowed the first two hitters to reach base via a walk and single, then gave up a 2-run double to David Cronin. Cronin also scored in the inning giving Evansville a 3-1 lead.


The Slammers were able to get a run back in the bottom half of the 5th inning. Clayton Harp led the inning off with a double in the right-center field gap, moved to third on a single from London Lindley, then scored thanks to a sacrifice fly from Chaz Meadows. Slammers trailed 3-2 after 5.


After watching Evansville add another run in the 6th inning, the Slammers showed great resilience in their half of the 6th. Trailing 4-2, Riley Krane led off with a single, Harrison Bragg followed him with a double, then they both scored thanks to RBI’s from Peyton Isaacson and Jimmy Roche to tie the game at 4.


Just like the 6th inning, the Slammers scored 2 more runs in the 7th. Jared Morello reached base with a walk, Dash Winningham followed up with a double down the left field line, then Riley Krane brought them both home with a single up the middle giving the Slammers a 6-4 lead. They would add another insurance run in the 8th after Chaz Meadows collected his 2nd RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly, pushing the lead to 7-4.


Keegan Long didn’t have the greatest outing but he was able to keep the Slammers within striking distance. Long pitched 6 innings and gave up 4 runs on 6 hits. He did have some command issues as he walked 6 while only striking out 2. Isaac Sanchez came on in relief and was brilliant. Sanchez went 2 innings, struck out 4, and would be rewarded with the win.


Jake Welch pitched 6 innings for the Otters. He allowed 4 runs on 7 hits, struck out 6 and didn’t issue a walk. Welch would get a no decision as Drew Beyer, who came on in relief, would be the losing pitcher.  


With the win, the Slammers improve to 24-36 and have now won two in a row. The Otters fall to 34-26 with the loss. Game 2 of this series will be Wednesday, July 24th. First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 a.m.


Tonight’s Merchants and Manufacturer’s Bank Player of the Game is: Riley Krane (2-4, 2 RBI).


About the Joliet Slammers: The Joliet Slammers play at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet, Illinois, and are members of the professional, independent Frontier League.  The Frontier League is entering its 27th season of play in 2019.  Visit the Slammers online at or call the ticket office at 815-722-2287 for more information! Don’t forget to “Like” the Slammers on Facebook at or follow them on Twitter at @jolietslammers!


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