Wild Things fall to Joliet in FLCS

WASHINGTON, Pa. — In the winner-take-all Game 5 of the Frontier League Championship Series, Joliet defeated Washington, 4-2, on Tuesday for its second title.

The Wild Things scored first as center fielder James Harris singled before left fielder Roman Collins walked. Two batters later, during Hector Roa’s at-bat, a wild pitch plated Harris to give Washington a 1-0 lead after one inning.

The Slammers scored the next two runs in the second inning, the first coming home on a triple by designated hitter Trenton Hill, and the second on an infield single by shortstop Chaz Meadows. Joliet added two on three hits and two errors in the third to make it 4-1.

Washington got a run back in the fourth on an RBI single by third baseman Dom Iero. That was all the scoring Washington could muster, as the eventual FLCS MVP Cody Clark came in and set down all 16 batters he faced in the deciding game of the series. He struck out eight.

The losing pitcher was Thomas Dorminy. He allowed four runs (three earned) over seven innings. He struck out nine.

The Slammers, with the win, have won their first championship since 2011, and the Wild Things remain without one.