Schaumburg Rally Falls Just Short

Saturday, August 19, 2017
by Tim Calderwood

SCHAUMBURG, IL —The Schaumburg Boomers, presented by Wintrust Community Banks, put the tying run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning but could not dig out of a 5-1 hole in dropping a 5-4 decision to the Joliet Slammers.

Joliet used three two-out runs, two in the second and one in the third, to build a 3-0 edge. Kyle Ruchim tripled and scored on a single from John Holland in the bottom of the third before the Slammers added a pair in the fourth. Schaumburg chased the Joliet starter in the fifth, amassing five hits to score twice and pull within 5-3. David Harris and Sean Godfrey posted two-out run scoring singles. Rock Shoulders hit his first homer with the Boomers in the eighth to pull within a run, but the Boomers left the tying run on base in the ninth.

Joe Hauser suffered the loss, allowing four earned runs in four innings. The bullpen did not allow a run the rest of the way as Derek DeYoung and Garrett Kelly spun two scoreless innings. Evan Boyd finished out with a blank ninth. The offense slugged 13 hits but stranded 10 on base. Ruchim tallied three hits and scored twice.

The Boomers (56-27) continue to own the best record in the league and hold a commanding lead in the East Division while closing in on a playoff berth with a magic number of four for the division and three for a playoff berth pending results elsewhere. The homestand comes to a close on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. with the finale against Joliet as LHP Lars Liguori (6-4, 3.98) takes the ball on the hill. Make the Boomers part of your plans this season by calling (847) 461-FOWL (3695). Hear all of the game action this season on AM 1410 WRMN with the voice of the Boomers, Tim Calderwood.