CRESTWWOD, Ill. – Cole Martin drove in three runs and Zac Fuesser pitched into the seventh inning as the Wild Things remained tied for first place in the Frontier League’s East Division with a 7-5 victory over the Windy City ThunderBolts at Standard Bank Stadium.
Washington and Southern Illinois, which won at Rockford, 12-7, are tied for the division lead. Evansville lost at Schaumburg, 12-5, and fell one game behind the Wild Things and Miners.
Martin, a rookie out of the University Michigan, had only two professional at-bats before going 3-for-4 and leading the Wild Things’ 10-hit attack. Martin had a two-run down the right-field line that capped a three-run sixth inning and gave Washington a 6-1 lead.
Martin added a run-scoring single in the eighth to push the score to 7-1.
Fuesser (8-1) allowed one run on eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.
Windy City rallied against the Wild Things’ bullpen, scoring three times in the eighth and once in the ninth.
Jonathan Kountis, the fourth Washington pitcher, got the final three outs for his 27th save, which is one shy of the league’s single-season record.
Washington’s Carter Bell had a two-run single and William Beckwith drove in the game’s initial run with a double in the first inning. The Wild Things also scored a run in the seventh when Maxx Garrett crossed home plate on a passed ball.
Prior to the game, Washington announced that left fielder C.J. Beatty had his contract purchased by the Chicago White Sox.
Beatty, who has hit in the No. 3 spot in the Wild Things’ batting order all season, is second in the league in home runs (18) and fourth in RBI (57). He has a .275 batting average and 15 stolen bases.
Beatty, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., will be playing for his hometown team. He has been assigned to the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox’s affiliate in the high-Class A Carolina League.
“It’s a dream come true,” Beatty said.
This will be Beatty’s second stint in affiliated ball. He spent two years in the St. Louis Cardinals’ system after being drafted in 2009 out of North Carolina University. Beatty was in his second season with Washington and was named the All-Frontier League second baseman last year when he was second in the league in RBI (66).
Beatty was moved to left field this spring and played in the Frontier League All-Star Game last month.