The Schaumburg Boomers returned home Tuesday night and picked up a 5-4 win over the Gateway Grizzlies in front a small, but boisterous crowd of 1,436 at Boomers Stadium.
Schaumburg, which connected for nine hits, earned its fourth victory in the last five games and its ninth overall.
“We did an outstanding job tonight,” Schaumburg manager Jamie Bennett said. “We were down a lot during our last road trip so to get up early with a lead felt great. That definitely gave our guys a little boost.”
Schaumburg pulled ahead 3-0 in the second inning when Mike Valadez connected for an RBI bloop single to short-center field, and Drew Heitoff’s groundout to the second baseman scored Sean Mahley (single). Valadez then came across on leadoff hitter Andrew Cohen’s reach on a throwing error by the shortstop.
Gateway came back with a run in the third on a run-scoring single, but Schaumburg added two more in the bottom half via an RBI double from centerfielder Jeremy Milons and a run-scoring single from Chad Mozingo to right field.
“There’s always a comfort level playing here,” said Bennett, whose team is 6-1 at home. “Which I think has been a big part of our success.”
Boomers’ starting pitcher Robby Donovan earned the victory, improving his record to 2-1, as he lasted six innings. He fanned one batter and walked two while scattering six hits. Defensively, Schaumburg turned two double plays.
“He did an outstanding job tonight despite not having his best stuff,” Bennett said. “He was a little erratic at times, but he battled through it and that’s what makes him a good pitcher. He pitched well and got ahead of hitters when he needed to.”
Gateway’s only other offense came in the sixth and ninth innings when it tallied two and one, respectively. The Grizzlies fall to 7-9.