DEFEAT BOULDERS 10-3 TO START 2018 CAMPAIGN
May 17, Pomona, NY – The Sussex County Miners opened their 2018 campaign with a 14-hit outburst en route to a 10-3 victory over the Rockland Boulders on Thursday night in front of 3,826 fans at Palisades Credit Union Park.
The Miners scored first on the season in the top of the first inning. Mikey Reynolds led off with an infield single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Reynolds was then singled home by Jarred Mederos (pictured) on a sharp single to make the score 1-0.
Sussex County would double their lead in the second. Martin Figueroa led the frame off with a double and would come around to score on Mederos’ second hit of the game, another sharp single to make it 2-0 in favor of the Miners.
Rockland would score once in the bottom of the second and again on a pair of Miner errors in the fifth to tie the score at two. Then the Miners broke out for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Reynolds led off with a single and would come around on a Jayce Ray RBI triple. Audy Ciriaco would single Ray home to make it 4-2 Miners, and then would eventually score on a wild pitch three batters later.
After the teams traded runs in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, Sussex County would break the game open in the ninth. The visitors would score four time on just two hits, with all of the runs coming across either on walks, wild pitches, or passed balls.
David Rollins threw six solid innings, allowing just four Boulders hits and striking out eight batters to earn the win (1-0). Andrew Vinson, Kevin Grendell, and Brent Jones combined to hold Rockland to just one run and hit in the final 3 innings to close the game out, with Jones earning his first save of the season.
The Miners return to Skylands Stadium for their home opener on Friday, May 18. Sussex County hosts the Boulders for game two of the series which will feature a Beer & Burger Fest, free Miners magnet giveaway from R. Poust, Inc. Heating & Cooling, performances by Rated R Band, national anthem sung by the Hilltop Country Day School, spectacular post-game fireworks, and more. Gates open at 5:00 PM and first pitch is at 6:05 PM.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.