Otters Clinch West Division Title, Despite Loss to Miners

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Otters Clinch West Division Title, Despite Loss to Miners
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MARION, ILL. (WFIE) - The Evansville Otters clinched their first division title since 1999 on Saturday, earning the title of Frontier League West Division champions.

The Otters will head into the Frontier League postseason as the top seed, claiming home-field advantage.

On Saturday, Evansville fell 10-2 to the Southern Illinois Miners, but with the Florence Freedom’s loss to the Windy City Thunderbolts, the Otters clinched the division title despite what happens on Sunday. Evansville owned the tiebreaker over Florence.

In Saturday’s game, the Otters scored first in the first inning off Frank Moscatiello on a wild pitch, allowing Keith Grieshaber to score, giving the Otters a 1-0 lead.

The Miners’ offensive explosion started in the bottom of the second, scoring four runs.

Gianfranco Wawoe had a bases-clearing three-RBI double and scored on a Jamey Smart RBI single to make it 4-1 Miners after two.

The Otters scored a run in the top of the third on a sac fly from Hunter Cullen, scoring Tanner Wetrich, cutting the Miners’ lead 4-2.

Yeltsin Gudino responded for the Miners with a two-RBI single in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-2.

The Miners would add four more runs in the last 4.5 innings, winning by a score of 10-2.

Evansville starter Anthony Arias was given the loss, tossing 4.2 innings, allowing eight runs on 10 hits. His record falls to 2-2.

Frank Moscatiello was given the win, throwing seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits while tossing seven strikeouts. His record improves to 2-0.

With the Frontier League postseason field set, the Otters will travel to River City for the first two games of the Frontier League Divisional Series.

The last game of the regular season will be Sunday at 5:05 p.m. from Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.

Broadcast coverage can be found on the radio at 91.5 WUEV-FM or with Dave Nguyen (play-by-play) and Zane Clodfelter (analyst) on the call.

The Otters are celebrating their 25th anniversary season in 2019.

The Evansville Otters want to thank all fans and corporate partners for their support and help in making the Otters' 25th anniversary season a success.

To purchase a playoff pass or a group outing, call (812) 435-8686 or visit the Bosse Field front office at 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville, Ind. The front office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Evansville Otters are the 2006 and 2016 Frontier League champions.

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