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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – It is tough to win on the road in professional baseball, and the Frontier League’s schedule-maker did the Wild Things no favor by giving them seven road games to start the season.

The Wild Things will return for their home opener tonight but they will bring with them the worst record in the league.

Clint Hardy hit a three-run homer and Schaumburg pitched out of a jam in the eighth inning to defeat the Wild Things 6-4 Thursday afternoon.

Washington will take a 2-5 record into tonight’s home opener against the Lake Erie Crushers (4-2).

The Wild Things tied the score against Schaumburg at 1-1 when Blake Adams hit a solo home run in the third inning. The Boomers, however, scored four times in the bottom of the third against Washington starter John Havird (0-1). Hardy capped the big inning with his home run that made it 5-1.

Washington scored twice in the sixth on an RBI fielder’s choice by Hector Roa and an ensuing throwing error.

Trailing 6-3, Washington loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth but did not score becase of a popout and inning-ending double play.

In the ninth, the Wild Things’ Lucas Herbert doubled and scored on a single by Brett Marr.

After having 17 hits in a win Wednesday, Washington was held to five by five Schaumburg pitchers.

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