LATE RALLY NOT ENOUGH FOR MINERS
June 14, Pomona, NY – Despite racking up nine runs on fifteen hits, the Sussex County Miners (17-10) were unable to complete a late comeback on the Rockland Boulders (14-13), dropping the series finale, 11-9 on Thursday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.
In a series that has been dominated by potent offenses, Thursday night proved to be no different – the Miners, after putting up 24 runs in the first three games against Rockland, quickly put up a three-spot in the third inning, courtesy of a Jarred Mederos solo home run, an RBI single from Martin Figueroa, and a, RBI groundout off the bat of the newly acquired Rubi Silva.
The lead was short-lived, however; the Boulders tied the game in the third and hung seven runs on the Miners in the fourth.
Ahead 10-3, the Boulders would tack on another run in the fifth after a JC Rodriguez groundout drove in Mike Montville, putting Sussex County in a hole that would be near impossible to claw out of.
The Miners weren’t done, though – a run in each of the next three innings, coupled with a stellar relief outing from Mark McCoy, closed the gap to 11-6, and for a moment, it appeared a repeat of Sussex County’s eight-run comeback against Trois-Rivieres might have been in the cards.
Sussex County refused to go down without a fight, and back-to-back singles from Mikey Reynolds and Martin Figueroa set the stage for Silva to leave an even bigger stamp on an already impressive debut. Silva wasted absolutely no time – he sent a first pitch fastball over the outfield wall, and the Rockland lead was suddenly down to two.
A Luis Alen walk put the tying run on base for the Miners in the form of Breland Almadova, but Sussex County’s luck finally ran out – a tailor-made double play ball to shortstop saw the Miners’ rally stifled, as the Boulders escaped with an 11-9 victory and avoided a sweep at home.
Despite the loss, the Miners still sit atop the Can-Am League by half a game. Their next step in their quest to return to the postseason is a home weekend series with the Ottawa Champions, with first pitch on Friday slated for 7:05 PM at Skylands Park.
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