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MINERS ALONE IN FIRST PLACE

COMPLETE DOMINANT SWEEP OF TOURING DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

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June 10, Augusta, NJ – Fresh off an 18-2 pounding of the Dominican Republic Saturday night, the Sussex County Miners picked up right where they left off on Sunday, once again coming out on top by a score of 13-0 in five innings.

Jayce Ray got the offensive barrage going with a triple to lead off the bottom of the first, and he later came around to score on a Jarred Mederos base hit, giving Sussex County an early 1-0 lead. Audy Ciriaco followed him with a long fly ball that cleared the wall in left field, giving the Miners a 3-0 lead after three batters.

The runs continued to come, as Christian Correa deposited his first home run of the season into left field in the second and a passed ball in the third allowed Mederos to score, making it 5-0 after three.

The fourth inning is where the Miners would bust the game open. Five walks, five hits, and a balk with a runner on third allowed eight Miners to cross the plate in the inning, putting Sussex County ahead 13-0 on a day that was plagued with rain.

On the mound, Andrew Vinson was on cruise control – he went the full five innings, striking out seven and allowing only one hit, which came in the first. Aside from an error in the third, Vinson retired the final thirteen batters he faced, earning him his second win of the season.

The result, coupled with a Quebec Capitales loss, put Sussex County in sole possession of first place – the latest point in franchise history that they’ve been on top of the standings. After outscoring the Dominican Republic 41-6 in the weekend series, the Miners will take on the Rockland Boulders in a four-game mid-week series. The series begins with a two-game doubleheader on Tuesday, with first pitch at 10:35.

Article: Will Fowler

Photo: Sara Schaarschmidt