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MINERS DROP HOME OPENER TO BOULDERS

4-RUN FIFTH DIFFERENCE IN LOSS

May 18, Augusta, NJ – It was Opening Night at Skylands Stadium, but the Sussex County Miners (1-1) could not take advantage of the great home crowd that was eager for Miners baseball after a full winter off, as they fell to the Rockland Boulders (1-1) 6-3 in front of 2,787 fans.

After a quick first two innings, the Boulders struck first as Kevin Krause drove in two runs to give Rockland a two-run lead. However, in the bottom half of the third, the Miners responded scoring three runs off of the Boulders starter Tommy Lawrence (1-0) thanks to a Jarred Mederos and Audy Ciriaco both hitting an RBI and 2-RBI singles, respectively. The game didn’t see any more runs scored until the top of the 5th inning, where Rockland put a four spot on the Miners due to a big three-run homerun by Marcus Nidiffer which secured the win for Rockland by a final score of 6-3.

Miners starter Gianni Zayas (0-1) went 4.2 innings giving up six runs on five hits, with only three of those runs earned. He allowed five walks and two strikeouts and would suffer the loss in the game. Kenny Koplove came in on relief and threw 3.1 innings allowing only one hit and striking out two. Alex Demchak also made an appearance, as he threw one inning and struck out one. Lawrence earned the win in the game for the Boulders, as he threw six innings allowing three runs and six hits. The Boulders bullpen combined for three innings of one hit baseball from Matt Kostalos, Garrett Johnson, and Kyle Hansen, who earned the save.

The Miners will be back in action tomorrow afternoon in Rockland as they will play a twilight doubleheader – two seven inning games – starting at 6:35 PM from Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY.

Article by Nicholas Lehman