SAUGET – The Frontier League All-Star Game belonged to the pitchers from start to finish.
The West, which includes the Joliet Slammers, grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning at press time Wednesday night, and that’s exactly where things stayed as the West won, 2-0.
There were 10 hits total in the game, with the East getting six. The two Slammers to appear, Russell Moldenhauer and Grant DeBruin, were hitless. Moldenhauer was 0 for 2 and DeBruin 0 for 1 with a walk.
Joliet left-hander Blair Walter was selected to the West team, but he signed with the Atlanta Braves in a deal announced earlier Wednesday.
Joliet will open the second half of the season at 7:05 p.m. Friday against Windy City at Silver Cross Field. It will be a Fireworks Friday and a Zombie Night. Saturday’s 6:05 start will be a Saturday Night Live and a Girls Scout and Family Sleepover Night. Sunday’s 1:05 start will be a Family Day and Cancer Survivors Day.
The Slammers will host Traverse City on Monday through Wednesday to conclude the homestand. The Beach Bums earlier this month signed right-handed pitcher Scott Vachon, a Plainfield North graduate. In four relief appearances covering seven innings, he is 0-1 with a 6.42 ERA. He has allowed 11 hits, six runs (five earned) and three walks while striking out four.
Vachon had been pitching for the Joliet Dirtbags of the Chicago Suburban Baseball League.
There he was 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 191⁄3 innings. He had allowed eight hits and two walks while striking out 24.