There would be no late-inning magic for the River City Rascals in game 2 of the Frontier League championship series. On Sunday night (Sept. 15), the Rascals fell 6-2 to the Schaumburg (Il.) Boomers at T. R. Hughes Ballpark. A three-run homer off the bat of Schaumburg’s Gerard Hall in the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Boomers square the series at one game each. Hall’s second homer of the playoffs drove home Tony Delmonico and Mark Nelson, who had reached base on Rascals reliever Patrick Crider as those runs gave the Boomers the winning edge.
Bryce Shafer started the game for River City and after getting touched for a run in each of the first two innings, Shafer settled down and was smooth from the third through the fifth inning.
Shafer logged five innings and gave just two runs, four hits, struck out five and walked two as the converted reliever was left with a no-decision for his efforts.
River City got the bulk of their hitting from St. Peters Native Jon Myers. Myers went 4 for 4 on the night with back to back home runs and a pair of singles.
Meyers first long ball came in the bottom of the second as he took Schaumburg starter Justin Erasmus deep over the right center fence to make it 2-1 and then followed that blast with a towering shot over the left field fence in the fifth that made it a 2-2 game.
In the sixth and seventh, the Rascals had chances to go ahead but came up empty in each frame. In the sixth, with Brian McConkey on first and Joe Staley on third, Hector Crespo grounded out to Boomers reliever Clark Labitan to end a rally. In the seventh with Curan Redal and Jon Myers on second and third, Eric Williams and Johnny Morales were called out on strikes to kill another threat.
River City struggled with runners in scoring position and uncharacteristically sloppy defense as the Rascals stranded six baserunners and committed four errors.
Schaumburg added an insurance run in the eighth. Crider was tagged with the loss. Erasmus pitched into the sixth inning and gave up just five hits in getting the victory.
The series resumes on Tuesday in Schaumburg on Tuesday (Sept. 16) for game three. Game four will be played there on Wednesday as well. Start time for game three is slated for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.