Houck Sets Homer Record, Otters Drop a Game in Division
All-Star third baseman, Shayne Houck breaks former Otter, Jeff Goldbach record of 19 home runs during the 2005 season with his 20th in Tuesday’s 12-5 loss against the Schaumburg Boomers.
Houck’s homer was one of few highlights in the game one of the three game road series as the Boomers started strong with one run each in the first and second innings off Otters starting pitcher, Trevor Walch before adding five more in the bottom of the third.
The team closed the gap a bit in the top of the fourth with three runs to bring the score to 7-4, however it was short lived as Schaumburg answered with three of their own in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead 10-3. Another two runs in the bottom of the fifth gave the Boomers a 12-4 lead until Houck’s record-setting homer in the top of the ninth gave Evansville their fifth and final run of the game.
Houck’s 20th home run also keeps in the lead for most homers in the Frontier League, two ahead of Washington Wild Things outfielder, C.J. Beatty.
The loss coupled with wins by both Washington and Southern Illinois drops the Otters to one game back from the division lead with Wild Things and the Miners tied at the top.
The Otters will look to get back on track during game two of the series with Schaumburg this afternoon. First pitch scheduled for 1:00pm.