River City second baseman Hector Crespo picked a great time to come through at the plate for the Rascals.
Crespo went 2 for 3 at the dish to propel the River City to a 5-1 victory over the Schaumburg Boomers in game one of the Frontier League championship series Saturday night (Sept. 13) at TR Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon, Mo.
Crespo singled in the fifth and sixth innings, scored two runs and drove in a run to pace the Rascals attack. Joe Staley went 2 for 4 with a run scored and Curran Redal drove in two runs as well.
Rascals starter Tim Koons pitched well into the sixth inning as Koons struck out six, walked one and allowed just one earned run over 5 and 2/3 innings of work.
Patrick Crider picked up the win in relief for River City. Crider improved to 1-0 as he walked two but gave up no hits in his appearance.
Charlie Rosario the loss for Schaumburg (61-36). It was his second setback of the postseason.
Trailing 1-0 in the fifth, the Rascals scores runs in the bottom of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings to race to a 3-1 lead.
In the eighth, River City (62-35) added a pair of insurance runs thanks to a two-out RBI-double from Redal that plated Brian McConkey and Crespo making it 5-1.
River City and Schaumburg will square off in game two of the best-of-five championship series at TR Hughes tomorrow night at 5:05 p.m.