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Miners Pitcher Ray Hanson



Augusta, NJ – The Shikoku Island All-Stars (2-0) took advantage of three errors in the sixth inning and added timely hits in the ninth to pull out a 4-1 victor over the Sussex County Miners on Friday night in front of 2,727 fans at Skylands Stadium.

Shikoku Island got a three-hit performance from Yuki Tarui and two more hits and a ninth-inning insurance RBI from Takaya Furukawa to propel them to victory. The hitting came late for Shikoku Island, as they got to Miners closer Andres Santiago for four hits in the ninth.

The Miners got stellar pitching from Ray Hanson (1-2), who went seven innings and allowed just four hits over those seven innings. Hanson did not allow a base on balls and struck out six. Josh Wood and Nick Gonzalez worked the eighth, and while Santiago allowed the two runs on four hits in the ninth, only one of those hits were sharply struck.

The game winning run for Shikoku Island came in the sixth, when Sussex County committed three errors to benefit one player. Takahiro Hayashi reached on a two out error, stole second, and then advanced around the bases courtesy of two more throwing errors on the Miners defense.

Hideaki Matsumoto worked 5 1/3 innings to earn the win or Shikoku Island. He allowed five hits and one run, which was unearned thanks to two Shikoku Island throwing errors, allowing Jay Austin to score in the bottom of the sixth. Kohei Maso struck out two in his 2/3 of an inning, and Yato Kakazu threw a scoreless eighth to set up closer Junki Kishimoto, who threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save on the Can-Am League tour.

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Saturday is the third game in this four game set with Joe Donino is scheduled to start for Sussex County. He will be opposed by Itsuki Shoda for Shikoku Island. Come to Skylands Stadium for Fireworks Saturday—the biggest fireworks show in Sussex County. You can also enjoy sake specials and Japanese-themed fare at the stadium’s restaurant, wheelHouse Kitchen + Bar. For tickets, click here or call our box office at 973.940.0222. The broadcast of tomorrow’s game can be seen live on and Service Electric Channel 10, and heard on the Miners Radio Network.

Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Taylor Jackson.