Grizzlies Stumble In Road Loss To Florence 

Florence, KY (June 20, 2023) – The Gateway Grizzlies out-hit the Florence Y’alls on Tuesday night, but stranded 10 runners on base in a 6-2 loss at Thomas More Stadium, dropping the series opener. 

Zac Ryan (1-1) held his own in the first two innings, but ran into trouble in the third when Florence used the long ball to go ahead. Craig Massey led off with a solo shot, his first of the season, and after a single, Brennan Price curled a two-run homer around the pole in left field to make it a 3-0 game. 

Florence then chased Ryan with a pair of one-out hits in the fourth, and Massey reached on an error to make the score 4-0, followed by a Ray Zuberer double that plated two and made it a 6-0 game. The Grizzlies’ bullpen held the line from there, with Nathanial Tate tossing three innings in his pro debut and only allowing the Zuberer double, and getting around five walks with two double play ground balls. Zac Treece and Nate Garkow backed up the rookie with scoreless appearances of their own. 

The Grizzlies’ offense continued to struggle to score runs, as Nathan Florence (4-1) shut them out until the seventh inning, when after a Jairus Richards single and a D.J. Stewart double set Gateway up, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Mark Vierling cut the deficit to 6-2. Gateway also got two runners on base in the eighth and ninth against Carter Poiry, but did not score, suffering the loss. 

The Grizzlies will look to bounce back tomorrow night, June 21, at 5:31 p.m. CT, with Joey Gonzalez on the mound against the Y’alls and right-hander Edgar Martinez at Thomas More Stadium. 


The Gateway Grizzlies are a professional baseball team, located a mere 10 minutes from downtown St. Louis in Sauget, Illinois. The Grizzlies offer baseball fans affordable, family fun at Grizzlies Ballpark with a great view of the St. Louis skyline. They have also won two Frontier League Organization of the Year Awards, three West Division titles, and the 2003 Frontier League Championship. For tickets or general information, please visit or call (618) 337-3000. 

The Frontier League debuted in 1993, and is the largest of the Major League Baseball Partner Leagues, featuring teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River, and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. More information and the complete 2023 schedule can be found at 

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