O'FALLON, Mo. — The Gateway Grizzlies allowed eight runs in the first two innings Thursday night and never recovered in a 9-4 loss to the River City Rascals at CarShield Field.

Gateway (36-51) lost back-to-back games to finish the season series in a tie, 6-6, over 12 meetings with the Rascals (46-41).

Audie Afenir went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a walk and a run scored.

Justin Ellison and Blake Brown were both 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored each. Brown added a double.

Joe Hauser (0-1) took his first loss with the Grizzlies. He allowed eight runs (all earned) over seven innings and struck out two.

Gateway will finish its eight-game road trip with a three-game series over the weekend against the Florence Freedom at UC Health Stadium. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT. Mike Elwood is the Grizzlies' probables starter.


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.