BIG OUTBURST IN NIGHTCAP KEEP MINERS IN FIRST PLACE
June 12, Pomona, NY – The Sussex Couty Miners (16-9) split a pair of games with the Rockland Boulders (13-12), dropping the first game 4-2 before taking a wild nightcap 14-10 on Tuesday morning and afternoon at Palisades Credit Union Park.
In Game One, Miners reliever Kenny Koplove surrendered a walk-off two-run home run to Conrad Gregor as the Boulders took the opener 4-2 in seven innings. Sussex County’s starter Mark McCoy in the game threw three innings allowing two runs off a Conor Bierfeldt two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning, three hits, five walks, and three strikeouts. Kevin Grendell also threw one and one-third innings for the Miners surrendering three hits, two walks and two strikeouts. The Miners scored their only two runs of the game in the top of the second inning, when Rubi Silva, just reacquired in a trade with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, skied a sacrifice fly to center field to score Mikey Reynolds and a Luis Alen solo home run.
Game Two saw much more action than Game One as the Miners offense would come alive and take a wild game 14-10 also in seven innings. Rockland ended up with six errors in the game, including four from catcher Alex Herceg. One of those errors would be the cause of the Miners first run after Jayce Ray scored off his first error. Reynolds would score the second run two pitches later off a wild pitch. Cody Regis came back the next half inning and slapped an RBI-double to cut the lead in half 2-1. Jarred Mederos hit an RBI-single to re-take a two run lead, 3-1.
Martin Figueroa drove in Reynolds in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead. Breland Almadova hit an RBI-double to score Silva to claim a 5-1 lead. Almadova scored a run off another Herceg error to take a 6-1 lead. The next at-bat, Ray scored Johnny Ruiz to take the lead 7-1. That would be the end of Marc Huberman’s day, allowing seven runs, only three earned, five walks, and one strikeout. Regis cut into that lead in the bottom of the third, where he hit the Boulders third home run between the two games, 7-3. After David Palladino didn’t give up a run in the top of the fourth, two more Rockland hitters knocked balls out of the park. JC Rodriguez and Marcus Nidiffer both hit two-run and three-run home runs, respectively, as the Boulders took a 8-7 lead. Miners starter Cory Jones would end up getting the win in the game despite allowing eight runs on nine hits, three walks, and three strikeouts.
Tommy Lawrence, who would eventually be dealt the loss, came in and allowed two runs in the top of the fifth on two hits, three walks, and two strikeouts. Almadova scored off a wild pitch, which was followed by a Reynolds single that scored Ruiz to take back the lead 9-8. Matt Kostalos would come in during the top of the sixth and give up a double to Ray that scored Almadova and Ruiz to extend the Miner lead to 11-8. In the top of the seventh, Johnny LaRossa gave up a three-run home run to Silva to seal the game for the Miners 14-8. Despite Brent Jones allowing two runs on two hits, one walk and two strikeouts, it would not impact the game, as Grendell came in to grab the final out of the game and win for the Miners 14-10. The Miners stole a total of nine bases during the game.
The Miners will be back on the diamond at 6:30 PM at Palisades Credit Union Park tomorrow evening, once again taking on the Rockland Boulders..
Article: Nicholas Lehman with Bret Leuthner contributing
Photo: Drew Wohl