SAUGET, Ill. — The Gateway Grizzlies racked up a dozen hits Monday night en route to an 8-1 rout of the Florence Freedom at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.

Gateway (13-15) has won back-to-back games and earned a split of the four-game series.

Blake Brown and Jonathan Piron both hit home runs for the Grizzlies in a four-run sixth inning. Brown's was his third of the season — a solo shot — and Piron's was a two-run jack for his fourth big fly of the year.

Mike Elwood (2-1) tossed seven innings and allowed only one run on three hits. He struck out six in the victory, and lowered his ERA to 3.37 for the season.

Florence (11-16) opened the scoring on a first-inning solo homer from Keivan Berges, but the Grizzlies followed with eight unanswered runs — two in the second, four in the sixth and two in the seventh.

Gateway will close its seven-game homestand with a three-game series Tuesday night against the Washington Wild Things at GCS Credit Union Ballpark.


ABOUT THE GATEWAY GRIZZLIES: The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 100-yards from I-255 (10 minutes from downtown St. Louis). The Grizzlies offer baseball fans entertainment, the likes of which are difficult to find - affordable, family, fun in the comfortable GCS Credit Union Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. For tickets or general information please visit or call 618.337.3000. 

ABOUT THE FRONTIER LEAGUE: The Frontier League is a professional, independent baseball organization. Since its inception, the Frontier League has provided millions of fans to a fun and exciting baseball experience within the American Midwest. Consisting of 12 teams in two divisions and 96 game schedules, the league is recognized for the amount of talented athletes that are picked up by various MLB teams every year.