SHIKOKU ISLAND MOWS DOWN 11 MINERS, RACKS UP 14 HITS
Augusta, NJ – The Shikoku Island League All-Stars (1-0) slashed out fourteen hits and scored seven times en route to a 7-1 win over the Sussex County Miners (10-10) in the opening game of the International Series on Thursday night in front of 1,349 fans at Skylands Stadium.
Shikoku Island was led by a four RBI performance from Zak Colby, who also knocked his first home run of the All-Stars’ trip to North America. Taiju Furukawa also went 3-for-3 with two RBI, and Takahiro Hayashi also had a three hit performance, going 3-for-5 at the plate for Shikoku Island.
Yuki Harada (1-0) held the Miners in check for the first five innings. He allowed just one run on three hits over those five innings before turning the task over to his bullpen. Kohei Maso came on and struck out five of the six batters he faced. Yuto Kakazu and Osamu Taira would come on and throw one scoreless inning apiece to finish the game out for Shikoku Island.
The Miners bright spots on the evening were the first home run of the season for 1B Chris Jacobs, who hit a towering home run over the wall in left field, and Carl Thomore, who went 2 for 3 and also drew a walk. Jamie Walczak (0-2) couldn’t make it through the fifth inning for Sussex County, as the Miners drop back to .500 on the season with the loss.
As was the case last season, the visitors bowed to the fans in attendance after the game and then formed a line outside the main gate to thank the fans for coming out to the game at Skylands Stadium.
Tomorrow the two teams go back at it for game two of the series, with Ray Hanson going for the Miners, and Hideaki Matsumoto scheduled to pitch for Shikoku Island. Enjoy sake specials from wheelHouse Kitchen + Bar and Craft Beer Friday at Skylands Stadium. For tickets, click here or call our box office at 973.940.0222. The games will also be broadcasted live on the Miners Radio Network and CanAmLeague.tv.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.