SUSSEX COUNTY GETS VICTORY IN BOBBY JONES’ DEBUT
Pomona, NY – Sussex County Miners C Elvin Soto went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs and starting pitcher Joe Donino (1-0) pitched six solid innings as the Sussex County Miners (1-0) notched a 4-2 victory in Bobby Jones’ managerial debut. The victory came against Jones’ former team, the Rockland Boulders (0-1), where he was the pitching coach for the past three seasons.
The Miners got their bats going just two pitches into the game, when LF Carl Thomore smashed a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right-center field. The opposite field shot gave the Miners an immediate 1-0 lead over the defending regular season champions from Rockland.
However, the Boulders would level the score in the bottom half of the frame. After Joe Donino hit the first two batters he faced, a groundout by Boulders C Markus Nidiffer would plate Jared McDonald with the tying run.
The score would stay even until the 4th, when DH Joe Dunigan led the inning off with a double. Two batters later, Chris Duffy reached when Boulders starting pitcher Markus Solbach committed a throwing error in trying to get Dunigan going to third. Dunigan and Duffy would move up 9 feet on a wild pitch, and a second wild pitch would plate Dunigan with the go-ahead run. Soto would then knock home Duffy with a RBI single, and the Miners would take a 3-1 lead.
That lead would shrink in the 6th inning, when Nidiffer led off the home half of the frame with a solo home run into the seats in left. Nidiffer’s first of the season would cut the Miners lead down to 3-2.
But undaunted, the Miners would get a much needed insurance run in the 9th. RF Sean Hurley led off the inning with a hard double to right-center. Then, with two outs, Soto would collect his third hit of the night as he brought home Hurley with a sharp single to right. Reliever Andres Santiago would pitch a perfect 9th to notch his first save of the season.
The Miners and Boulders square off in game two of this five-game home-and-home set Friday night at Skylands Stadium, with first pitch slated for 7:05 PM. Michael Suk is scheduled to take the mound for the Miners in their home opener.