ALEXANDER, THREE RELIEVERS QUIET CHAMPION BATS
May 26, Augusta, NJ – Tyler Alexander threw six scoreless innings, scattering just three hits, and the Sussex County Miners offense scratched across a pair of runs to defeat the Ottawa Champions (4-4) by a score of 2-1 in front of 2,666 fans at Skylands Stadium on Memorial Day Saturday night in a game that took all of two hours and two minutes to play.
The pitchers duel between Alexander and Ottawa’s Steve Borkowski was as expected, as both ptichers kept the bats quiet through four innings. Alexander kept the zeroes going into the fifth and sixth, striking out five of his six batters in the middle three frames of the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Miners got to Borkowski (0-1). A leadoff single from Martin Figueroa, which was followed up by an opposite-field single from Breland Almadova. With runners on the corners and no outs, Luis Alen hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Figueroa and give Sussex County a 1-0 lead.
The Miners doubled the lead one inning later. Jarred Mederos led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on a passed ball. Mederos would then score on a sacrifice fly by Mikey Reynolds to give the home side a 2-0 lead after six innings.
From there, the MIners bullpen took over for Alexander (1-0). Alex Demchak threw a 1-2-3 seventh, Kenny Koplove had a bloop double come around but held strong in the eighth, and Brent Jones worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record his 3rd save of the season.
The Miners are next in action tomorrow afternoon when they wrap up the three-game series against Ottawa. Fist pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm.
Article: Bret Leuthner
Photo: Dennis Mark