SCORE EARLY, DEFEAT OTTAWA
June 15, Augusta, NJ – A three-run second inning set the tone of the game for the Sussex County Miners (18-10), as they went on to win game one of a three game set against the Ottawa Champions (9-16) at Skylands Stadium 5-3 in front of 1,219 fans on Friday night.
The Miners started the scoring in the second inning with five consecutive hits including a Martin Figueroa double that started the rally. Rubi Silva had a hit in the inning in his first game back in a Miners uniform at home since being traded from the York Revolution. RBI-singles by Luis Alen, Nick Zaharion, and Breland Almadova gave the Miners a 3-0 lead after two.
Sussex County extended the lead after an RBI-single by Audy Ciriaco handed the Miners a 4-0 lead. A fifth run crossed the plate after Ciriaco stole second base and allowed Jayce Ray to score making it 5-0.
Ottawa scored two in the sixth thanks to a homerun by Vincent Guglietti in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2. Miners starter Andrew Vinson, who threw 116 pitches in 6-plus innings, allowed six hits and three runs. He walked fiveand struck out two before being lifted in the sixth. A run by Sebastien Boucher, which was charged to Vinson, scored after Kenny Koplove got Tillman Pugh to ground out to inch closer by making the score 5-3.
Koplove came on and dominated the rest of the game, throwing 67 pitches and allowing just three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. He would earn the three-inning save, leading the Miners to a 5-3 win.
Tomorrow at Skylands Stadium, the Miners will take the field against Ottawa at 6:05 PM for Faith and Family Night, sponsored by Thrivent Financial, at the ballpark. Gates will open at 4 pm and there will be several attractions for fans in the Backyard Place. Fans are asked to bring non-perishable items for the Miners Pack the Bus.
Article: Nicholas Lehman with Bret Leuthner contributing
Photo: Sara Schaarschmidt/Sussex County Miners