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ThunderBolts drop back-and-forth affair to Schaumburg

Boomers 8 Bolts 7

CRESTWOOD, IL – The ThunderBolts jumped out to a 4-0 lead but couldn’t hold on as the Schaumburg Boomers came from behind to take game one of the weekend series 8-7 in front of 2,670 fans at Standard Bank Stadium Friday night.

Reggie Lawson and Blair Beck started the second inning with singles for the ThunderBolts (17-8) and Corey Bass followed with a three-run homer to put the Bolts on top. Cody Keefer singled and scored on a Taylor Smart double to make it a four-run second inning.

Schaumburg (11-14) was quick to bounce back. They got a run in the third on a passed ball that followed a Jordan Dean triple.

Four more runs followed in the fourth. James Keller and Justin Byrd each came up with hits before Josh Gardiner knocked them both in on a double. Jordan Dean’s base hit scored Gardiner and Dusty Robinson singled home Dean to make it 5-4 Boomers.

Paul Kronenfeld’s home run made it 6-4 the following inning but the Bolts fought back. They loaded the bases in the sixth on two walks and a hit batter and Kevin Barker singled in two runs to tie the score.

Byrd’s seventh-inning single scored Shawn Payne to put the Boomers back on top and Chris Robinson, who had been hit by a pitch, came home as part of a double steal attempt, to go ahead 8-6.

Lawson singled with two outs in the ninth and scored on a Blair Beck double to tighten the score to 8-7 but Dexter Price struck out Bass to lock up his second save.

Jake Joyce (3-2) picked up the win, throwing 1.1 scoreless relief innings. Brandon Boyle (4-1) allowed the two seventh-inning runs to take the loss.

Game two between the ThunderBolts and Boomers will be played on Saturday night. It is Beatles Night at the ballpark sponsored by Standard Bank and “Kaleidoscope Eyes” will be performing a pregame concert starting at 4:30. On the field, Ryan Strombom (2-1, 5.57) will take the mound for the Bolts against Schaumburg’s Seth Webster (2-1, 2.82). First pitch from Standard Bank Stadium is scheduled for 6:05 and the broadcast can be heard on WXAV 88.3 FM and wxav.com.

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