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MINERS FALL TO CHAMPIONS

ERRORS PROVE COSTLY IN LOSS TO OTTAWA

May 25, 2018 Augusta, NJ — Debuting new gold jerseys tonight, the Sussex County Miners (4-4) continued to swing the sticks well as they totaled twelve hits on the game. But they were bit by the error bug yet again, as they dropped the first game of this three game set against the Ottawa Champions (4-3) by a score of 7-4.

The Champions got things going in the top of the second as they put up a four spot on Cory Jones (1-1). Already with a 2-0 lead, Jordan Caillouet blasted a ball deep in to left field for his first home run of the season to double his team’s lead to 4-0.

After stealing an extra base hit from Coco Johnson with a catch at the wall, Breland Almadova hit a ball in the right-center field gap for a triple. Fellow outfielder John Fussell skied a ball to left field to drive in the run with a sacrifice fly, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

In the third inning, former Miner Steve Nyisztor scored a run on an RBI single by Vincent Guglietti. That extended the Champions lead to 5-1.

The bottom of Sussex County’s order continued to produce as Luis Alen and Fussell slapped a pair of hits to set up a 2 RBI double from Christian Correa out of the nine hole. After the hit the Miners trailed just 5-3.

After one more run allowed by Jones in the sixth to make the score 6-3, Miners’ left-hander Kevin Grendell came on and pitched masterfully in relief, giving his team three and one-third innings of one hit ball with three strikeouts.

Showing some resilience, the Miners put together a series of tough at-bats to force a bases-loaded walk to cut the lead down to 6-3 in the eighth inning.

The Champions pushed across one more run in the ninth and put the game just out of reach as the Miners’ threatened in their half of the inning but ultimately could not get it done as they dropped this game 7-4.

These two teams are back at it tomorrow night as Sussex County continues their home stand against Ottawa at 6:05 pm. It is the Memorial Day Game at Skylands Stadium. Veterans Go Free, a Beer and Burger BBQ Fest will take place, and the post-game fireworks show all cap the festivities on Saturday night.

Article: Zachary Smolen