MINERS FALL 4-1 IN OPENER, TAKE NIGHTCAP 5-2
Ottawa, ON – Ryan Dent went 4-for-4 with an RBI, Steve Nyisztor went 2 for 3, and Ray Hanson pitched 5 solid innings to help lift the Sussex County Miners (8-7) to a 5-2 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader at the Ottawa Champions (6-10) on Friday night. The Miners had lost the first game of the twin-bill 4-1.
The Miners offense pounded out ten hits off of starter Wilmer Font, who went the full seven innings in losing to the Miners for the second time in as many starts. Along with the efforts of Dent and Nyisztor, Sussex County also got an RBI triple from Jay Austin and Carl Thomore scored twice (once on a wild pitch to give the Miners a much needed insurance run in the sixth inning). Dent also made a sparkling defensive play in the field in the fifth inning, robbing Alexander Malleta of a possible hit with a diving catch down the left field line.
Along with Hanson, the pitching staff got spotless contributions from Nick Gonzalez and Josh Wood (who induced an innings ending double play in the sixth), all to set up a 1-2-3 seventh from closer Andres Santiago, who retook the Can-Am League lead with his sixth save of the season.
In the first game, starting pitcher Jamie Walczak was forced to battle for much of his 4 1/3 innings, as he allowed three runs (all unearned) on four hits while walking five batters. Ottawa got key fourth inning hits from Brian Van Kirk and Brian Erie to plate three runs. The rally in the inning started with controversy, as Nick Lombardi was charged with an error when Donal Duarte reached base despite it appearing that Nick Giarraputo tagged Duarte on the way to first base.
For the Miners in game one, Austin went 2-for-4 with the lone Miners RBI when he singled home Dent, who had tripled in the previous at bat. Elvin Soto went 1-for-2 with a walk.
The Miners and Champions will square off in the third game of this four game series on Saturday night at 7:05 PM. The pitching matchup is yet to be determined. Live coverage of this and all Miners games can be heard on the Miners Radio Network.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo courtesy Ottawa Indie Fest.