The two newest teams in the independent Frontier League — the Schaumburg Boomers and the London Rippers — made their debuts last night, both on the road.
Four Boomers pitchers combined to shut out the Lake Erie Crushers, 4-0, at All Pro Freight Stadium. The Boomers scored in the top of the first and never looked back: With two outs Gerard Hall poked the first hit in franchise history with a single to right. Frank Pfister followed with a single and Nate Baumann put the Boomers on the board by singling on the first pitch of his professional career.
For the Rippers, the opening game was less successful, with the team losing 7-0 to the Southern Illinois Miners at Rent One Park. Miners starter Dave Harden went six innings and only gave up one hit, striking out five.
Both teams will open at home this week. The first game for the Rippers at Labatt Park is set for May 25, while the Boomers will open that same night at Boomers Stadium.
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