SAUGET — Gateway outfielder Jet Butler went 3-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored, leading the Grizzliesto an 8-6 win over the Schaumburg Boomers on Friday night at GCS Ballpark.
The Grizzlies are tied with Normal for first place in the West Division of the Frontier League.
Three other Grizzlies (5-2) joined Butler with multi-hit games. Second baseman Jonathan Johnson, first baseman Jon Myers and shortstop Vladimir Frias each had two hits.
Schaumburg (5-3) took a lead early. Designated hitter Steve McQuail hit a second inning home run making it 1-0 Boomers.
That lead was short lived though. Frias put Gateway up 3-1 in the bottom of the inning with a three run homer. Gateway would not trail again.
Second year Grizzlie Ja'Vaun West (1-0) gave up three runs on five hits in five innings pitched. The loss went to Schaumburg starter Cody Griebling (0-1). He lasted four innings and gave up seven runs. Four of them were earned on eight hits.
The Grizzlies led 8-6 when Zac Treece entered the game in the eighth. He pitched a one-two-three inning. Closer Richard Barrett pitched the ninth and got his third save of the season.
Gateway continues their three game series against the Boomers on Saturday. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.