August 31, 2014 – Frontier League (FL) Florence Freedom (Evansville, IN) – The Florence Freedom (41-52) pounded out 11 hits in a 6-4 victory in game one of Sunday’s double header with the Evansville Otters (55-35) but got shutout for the fifth time this season in a 3-0 loss in game two.
The offense provided plenty of run support for Chuck Weaver (7-6) in game one as they grabbed the lead in the second inning against Evansville starter Connor Little (2-1). Buddy Sosnoskie drew a lead-off walk and stole second. Adam Taylor singled him home for the first run of the game.
In the third, newly minted Frontier League Post-Season All-Star Sam Eberle singled with one out. Sosnoskie doubled him home to extend the lead to 2-0. Eberle finished 6-8 in the double header.
Bryan Soloman got things started in the fourth with a single. Chance Ross bunted him over and Zak Blair doubled him home. Eberle singled home Blair and just like that it was 4-0 Freedom.
The Otters got one back in the bottom of the fourth as J.R. Higley tripled and scored on a fielder’s choice. But the Freedom tallied two more runs in the fifth. With one out Taylor singled. He stole second and stole third as well. Then Gaby Juarbe drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Although it would have been an extra base hit if not for a spectacular diving catch by Chris Sweeney.
Soloman followed with a double and Ross singled him home to make it 6-1 in favor of Florence.
They would need the insurance as Evansville got to Weaver for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Higley smacked a RBI single and Chris Elder doubled home two runs to cut the Freedom lead to 6-4.
Weaver went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits, walking two and striking out five to get the win. Daniel DeSimone pitched a perfect sixth and Ed Kohout picked up his seventh save of the season with a scoreless seventh.
Game two didn’t go the Freedom’s way. Dave Middendorf (5-8) pitched well but allowed a solo home run to Kolin Conner in the third. Evansville added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth thanks to a bases loaded walk and a RBI fielder’s choice.
The Freedom tallied five hits and drew five walks in game two but left all 10 men on base as the Otters pitching staff shut them out.
Freedom Split Double Header with Otters