ROCKFORD, Ill. – Stewart Ijames homered and drove in five runs Sunday night to power the Wild Things to a 12-7 victory over the Rockford Aviators in the opening game of a Frontier League doubleheader.
Rockford rallied for a 4-3 victory in the nightcap to snap Washington’s five-game winning streak. The Wild Things had won eight straight road games.
The Wild Things scored six runs in the top of the first inning of the opener as their first six batters reached base. Ijames hit a two-run single to start the scoring and William Beckwith’s two-run double made it 5-0.
C.J. Beatty had a run-scoring single make the score 7-1 in the second inning, and Garret Rau drove in two runs with a double to push Washington’s lead to 9-3 in the fifth.
Ijames capped his big game with a three-run homer in the sixth.
Washington starter Shawn Blackwell (2-0) gave up four runs over six innings.
Washington forged a 3-0 lead in the second game, but Rockford scored a run in the third and three more in the fifth for the win. Brian Bistagne hit a two-run double to tie the score at 3-3 and came home with the game-winner on Jose Martinez’s sacrifice fly.
Washington scored three runs in the top of the third on a squeeze bunt by Nick Ratajczak, an RBI-single by Danny Poma and a run-scoring double by Scott Kalamar.
Washington starting pitcher Tim Flight pitched only one inning, leaving the game for precautionary reasons after being hit by a line drive.
Rockford’s Joey Wagman (3-1) gave up only three hits in six innings. Gerardo Sanchez pitched the seventh inning for his fourth save.
Washington loaded the bases with one out against Sanchez but pinch-hitter Yeury Tejeda and Poma struck out to end the game.
Pat Butler (1-1), the fourth of five Wild Things pitchers, took the loss.
Washington is off until Wednesday when it hosts the defending Frontier League champion Schaumburg Boomers in a doubleheader.