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May 29, Trois-Rivieres, QC – The Sussex County Miners (8-5) battled to a split of a doubleheader today with the Trois-Rivieres Aigles (7-5), dropping the first game 8-2 before rebounding in the nightcap 9-6 on Tuesday night at Stade Stereo+.

Fresh off of a 12-6 victory to open a four-game series against the Aigles, the Miners were looking to extend their winning streak of the season in a doubleheader on Tuesday. In the first inning, Alex Glenn drew a walk to lead off the game, stole second base, moved to third on a Jarred Mederos fielder’s choice, and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by cleanup hitter Mikey Reynolds. That lead only lasted momentarily, however, as four hits, two walks, and two wild pitches against Miners starter Gianni Zayas led to five unanswered run by the Aigles’ offense, allowing Trois-Rivieres to snag a lead that they would not relinquish.

After the eventful first inning, Kyle McNorton flipped on cruise control, repeating his strong performance last week against the Miners. McNorton tossed another complete game, allowing just two runs on four hits, striking out nine.

Offensively, it was Taylor Brennan once again leading the charge for the Aigles, as he was one of four Trois-Rivieres players to record multiple hits. His 2-for-3 day, capped off with 3 RBIs, was more than enough to knock out Zayas after just four innings. Mark McCoy threw two solid innings of relief, but it was too late – the Aigles cruised to an 8-2 victory.

Game two saw a similar start for Sussex County, as they once again had the bats working early. Martin Figueroa scratched across the game’s first run, but it was the newly-signed Nick Zaharion who delivered the big blow – his 2-RBI double in his first start with the Miners put them ahead 3-0 without having starting pitcher Kevin Grendell even throw a pitch.

Once Grendell finally did toe the rubber, he made quick work of Les Aigles in the first – however, Trois-Rivieres rallied soon after. One run in the second on a Brennan solo homerun, and a four-run fifth on back-to-back homeruns by Javier Herrera and Brennan again led to 5-5 ballgame and Grendell’s early exit.

This time, it was the Miners who pulled ahead. Luis Alen sent a pitch over the outfield wall in the sixth, and the Miners tacked on three runs in the seventh ensured that the Miners wouldn’t end the day without a win. Kenny Koplove, who entered in relief for Grendell, threw four innings of one-run ball, earning himself his second win of the young season.

After an action-packed Tuesday, the Miners and the Aigles will be back in action Wednesday at 7:05 pm, as two premier teams in the Can-Am League continue to battle it out.

Article: Will Fowler with Bret Leuthner contributing