Playoff-bound Things sweep Grizzlies
Washington’s Carter Bell, shown in this file photo, hit a grand slam Saturday night to help the Wild Things clinch a Frontier League playoff berth. He followed up Sunday with an RBI and two runs scored in another victory over Gateway.
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SAUGET, Ill. – A day after clinching a berth in the Frontier League playoffs with an 11-4 win over Gateway, the Washington Wild Things stayed withing striking distance of first place in a tight Eastern Division race.
Andy Heck had a two-run single in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach and Zac Fuesser and Alfonso Yevoli combined on a six-hit shutout as Washington topped Gateway, 6-0, for a sweep of their three-game series.
The victory kept Washington (55-37) 1 1/2 games in third place behind division leader Southern Illinois (57-36), a 12-4 winner over Normal Sunday, with each team heading into its final series of the regular season. Washington has four games remaining against second-place Evansville (55-35) at Consol Energy Park starting with a doubleheader Tuesday, while Southern Illinois opens a three-game series at fourth-place Lake Erie (51-40) the same night.
Scott Kalamar and Carter Bell both drove in a run each, and Bell scored a pair of runs for Washington.
That was all the runs the Wild Things, who took a 2-0 lead into the ninth before scoring four times, would need.
Fuesser (9-2) struck out seven in six innings, while Yevoli earned his first save.
Saturday night, Bell hit a grand slam in the first inning and drove in five runs to back the pitching of Matt Sergey (3-0) as the Wild Things downed the Grizzlies.