The Schaumburg Boomers opened the second half of the season with just their second extra-inning loss of the season, falling 5-4 to the Washington Wild Things in 10 innings on Friday night in Washington, Penn.
The Boomers raced to a 3-0 lead against Washington starter Shawn Sanford.
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Steve McQuail drilled a 2-run homer just four batters into the game to hand the Boomers a 2-0 lead. McQuail won the home run derby as part of the league's all-star festivities at Washington on Tuesday and has 12 homers this season, tied for the league lead.
Brian McConkey extended the lead to 3-0 with a two-out, two strike single in the top of the third. Sanford settled in, working 7 innings.
Seth Webster was effective for the Boomers, working 62⁄3 innings. Making just his third pro start, Webster allowed only 1 run on 3 hits entering the seventh but Washington scored 2 runs to tie the game in the frame. Schaumburg scored in the top of the 10th on an RBI groundout from Jordan Dean, but the Wild Things won it with two in the bottom of the inning.
Stewart James led off with a homer to tie the contest, and A.J. Nunziato lined the first pitch from closer Dexter Price into right to score the winning run with two outs.
McQuail, Sean Mahley, and Chad Mozingo collected 2 hits apiece for the Boomers, who are 6-2 in extra-inning games this season.