May 22, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (4-1) split a day/night doubleheader with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles (4-2) on Wednesday at Skylands Stadium, winning the morning game 8-1 before falling in the evening session 9-2..
Cory Jones got the start for the Miners in game 1, and was able to make quick work of the Aigles in the top half of the first, setting them down 1-2-3. The Miners had a quick start to the bottom half of the inning, two quick singles by Angel Reyes and Jarred Mederos put runners at first and third. A sacrifice fly by Trey Hair brought home Reyes to put the Miners up 1-0. Reyes then hit a deep home run in the 2nd inning to extend his hot start, and the Miners lead, to 2-0.
After some great pitching from Jones, he got in a bases loaded jam in the fifth, but avoided a disaster only allowing David Glaude to score on a Parker Sniatynski sacrifice fly to left field, which made the score 2-1 still in favor of the Miners. The Miners answered quickly though as, in the bottom half of the 5th, a Hair double scored Reyes to put the Miners up 3-1. The Miners were then able to extend their lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the 6th courtesy of a Jose Brizuela home run down the right field line.
Sussex County continued to add on in the seventh after a double by Hair (thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple) scored Mederos to give the Miners a 5-1 lead. The home side would cap their scoring in the 8th. Reyes would strike with another a big blow, smacking a two run double that would score Troy Dixon and Brandon Downes. The Miners were able to get one more run across to make the final score 8-1.
Jones (2-0) went 7 innings for the Miners to get the win in game 1, allowing just the 1 run on 3 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 8 Aigles. Jose Jose pitched the final 2 innings for the Miners. Kevin McNorton (0-1) took the loss for Trois-Rivieres.
Game 2 between the two sides would see the Miners first loss of the season. Right hander Frank Duncan took the mound for the Miners to start. Through the first four innings of work Duncan allowed only two hits while striking out seven.
For Trois-Rivieres, right hander Garrett Harris got the bid to start on the hill for the first time in his professional career. Through his first four innings of work, he only allowed one hit while striking out five.
The Aigles would strike first in the top of the 5th. Raphael Gladu singled to center, and a sacrifice bunt by Anthony Hermelyn moved Gladu to second. Thomas Roulis then doubled to left center, scoring Gladu from second and putting the Aigles on top 1-0. One batter later, Tucker Nathans would double to left to score Roulis and make the score 2-0. Duncan would work out of further trouble by inducing a groundball to first to end the frame.
The Miners would get on the board in the bottom half of the 5th. Jose Brizuela doubled on a ball hit to left field that was lost in the Sussex County night sky..3 batters later, Andy Paz would bloop a two-out single into right field to score Brizuela from 2nd base, cutting the Aigles lead to 2-1.
In the top of the 6th, the Aigles would add to their lead. Joe Deluca singled to right and later scored on a RBI double off the bat of Hermelyn, making the score 3-1 Trois-Rivieres over Sussex County.
In the bottom half of the 6th, the Miners would once again retaliate. Mederos singled on a hard-hit ground ball up the middle. The next batter, Trey Hair, ripped a RBI double to right center, scoring Mederos from first and making the score 3-2.
In the top of the 7th, with former Aigle Scott Kuzminsky in to pitch for the Miners, Trois-Rivieres padded their lead with another run. A walk to Glaude, followed by a passed ball and a soft single to right off the bat of Michael Suchy, made the score 4-2 in favor of the visitors.
In the top of the 8th, Trois-Rivieres would bust the game open. A pair of walks and a sacrifice fly would pad the Aigles lead to 7-2. Then in the top of the 9th, a bases-loaded single by Glaude scored Parker Sniatynski and Gladu to make the score 9-2.
Harris (1-0) got the win for the Aigles, while Duncan (0-1) got saddled with the loss for Sussex County. Both pitchers ztruck out 9 batters on the evening.
The Miners and Aigles wrap up their 3-game series tonight at Skylands Stadium before the Ottawa Champions come to town for a 4-game, Memorial Day weekend series.
Article: Joe Cammarota and Jon Ludwig
Editing: Bret Leuthner
Photo: Corbin Mills