CRESTWOOD, Ill. – Even without all-stars C.J. Beatty and Daniel Poma out of the lineup, the Wild Things managed to set a season high for hits Wednesday night and regained sole possession of first place in the Frontier League’s East Division.
First baseman William Beckwith drove in three runs and had three of Washington’s 17 hits as the Wild Things overpowered the Windy City ThunderBolts 10-2 at Standard Bank Stadium.
The win, combined with Rockford’s 6-2 victory over Southern Illinois, moved the Wild Things to one game ahead of the Miners. Evansville, which lost at Schaumburg, 6-1, is two games behind Washington.
The Wild Things played for the second night in a row without Beatty, who had his contract purchased by Tuesday by the Chicago White Sox, and center fielder Poma, who sat out another game with a pulled muscle.
Third baseman Carter Bell had three hits and drove in a pair of runs for the Wild Things, and second baseman Garrett Rau had two RBI.
Beckwith, who scored three runs, had a run-scoring single in the sixth inning to give Washington a 7-1 lead and tacked on a two-run double in the Wild Things’ three-run eighth inning.
Scott Dunn (7-3), who was staked to an early 5-0 lead, allowed six hits and two runs over seven strong innings. He struck out seven.
Windy City starter Daniel Cropper (6-7) had his four-game winning streak snapped.
The Wild Things and ThunderBolts will conclude their three-game series tonight.