COME BACK FROM 8-RUN DEFICIT TO TAKE GAME 12-11
May 27, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (6-4) won by far the wildest game of the season thus far, as they battled back from 8 runs down to win the series and persevere to a 12-11 win over the Ottawa Champions at Skylands Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Miners started the scoring thanks to a Mikey Reynolds RBI single to score Alex Glenn and crack the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Sussex County would strike again in the third from an run scoring via the walk, which resulted in an RBI for Breland Almadova.
After cruising through three innings, Miners starter Andrew Vinson surrendered four runs in the top of the fourth to give Ottawa a 4-2 lead. The next inning would not be favorable for the Miners as Ottawa got to the Miners bullpen and defense for six runs on one hit which saw twelve Champions batters appear at the plate in the top of the fifth. The Miners committed four errors in the inning alone, along with four walks. Mark McCoy, who finished the fifth came back with a quick top of sixth inning, which set the stage for the Miners enormous climb back into the game.
The Miners came back with a six spot of their own. Four hits and two errors, which got started with an Almadova single, brought the Miners right back into the game at 10-8. The inning was highlighted by a three-run double off the bat of Jarred Mederos. Kevin Grendell would come on and pitch two hitless innings to keep Sussex County in the game.
The relentless Miners came back in the bottom of the eighth to complete the rally, as four runs crossed the plate that saw ten batters come to bat, with the highlight being a Luis Alen pinch-hit, two-run single that put the Miners in front. Tempers would flare after that as Manager Bobby Jones was ejected after contesting a no-call, and a subsequent bench clearing gathering added to the intensity of the game.
Brent Jones would give up a run in top of the ninth inning, but go on to earn the save and secure for the Miners an incredible 12-11 comeback win. The game in total saw 23 runs, 18 hits, 6 errors, 20 walks and lasted three hours and thirty-six minutes after a thirty-five minute rain delay.
Article: Nicholas Lehman with Bret Leuthner