MARION, ILL. – First baseman William Beckwith drove in three runs and hit a sixth-inning homer as the Wild Things defeated the Southern Illinois Miners, 8-2, in a Frontier League game late Friday night at Rent One Park.
Beckwith notched his first RBI during the top of the second inning, when his groundout to the shorstop scored Scott Kalamar from third base. Ryan Kresky added an RBI triple in the inning to give the Wild Things (38-22) a 2-0 lead. C.J. Beatty hit a two-run homer in the third to put Washington on top, 4-0.
Wild Things starting pitcher Zach Fuesser backed the offense’s play with seven strong innings of three-hit ball while allowing one run and striking out five. His gave up a solo homer by Phil Butler in the third inning, but it didn’t take Beckwith long to answer.
He hit a two-run homer in the sixth and Washington added two more runs in the sixth on a single by Kalamar.
Southern Illinois (34-25) pitcher Tyler Lavigne surrendered six runs after allowing 13 last Sunday at Evansville.
The Miners added a run in the bottom of the eighth and loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Wild Things reliever Pat Butler entered to get the game’s final out.
Prior to the game, Washington released first baseman Connor Lewis and put starting pitcher Scott Dunn on the 7-day disabled list. The Wild Things transferred catcher Maxx Garrett from the 7-day to the 14-day DL. Washington is at the league minimum 22 active players.