RESILIENT EFFORT RESULTS IN EXTRA INNING VICTORY
June 18, Augusta, NJ – Four separate times the Trois-Rivières Aigles took leads on the Sussex County Miners. And each time, the Miners found a way to pull back into the game. Finally, in the eleventh inning, Rubi Silva would finish off a resilient effort for Sussex County when he laced a single down the right field line, scoring Juan Duran and securing an 11-10 win over Trois-Rivières on Father’s Day in front of 1,750 fans at Skylands Stadium.
The Miners (14-14) would spot the Aigles (10-19) a three run lead after half of an inning before Justin Trapp would become the first Miner to start a comeback for the home side. His two-run single in the second cut the deficit to 3-2. Then, in the fourth, he knocked home Jay Baum a second time to make it 3-3.
Trois-Rivières would go back on top in the fifth on a two-run home run by Julio Martinez. But then the second Miner to lift the squad was Duran, who launched a three-run home run over the “Welcome To Skyland Stadium” wall in left field, pushing the Miner ahead 6-5.
The Aigles would then plate four runs in the seventh to take a 9-6 lead. And despite a baserunning error in the bottom of the seventh, the Miners once again would find someone to pick up teammates on base. This time, it was Silva’s turn. He scorched a bases clearing triple in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game 9-9.
Daniel Mateo would put Trois-Rivières on top for a fourth time at 10-9 when he hit a solo home run to straightaway center field. But the Miners would answer yet again when Alexi Colon singled, stole second base – which set a Miners club record for most stolen bases in a game at nine – would be sacrificed over to third base on a perfect bunt by Trapp. Trapp, who tied a Miners record with four stolen bases in one game, set the stage for Miners Manager Bobby Jones to put on the squeeze play. And Jarred Mederos, who came on for Chris Chiaradio in the ninth, would again execute brilliantly, scoring Colon and knotting the game up at ten.
A scoreless tenth set up the eleventh inning. With Ryan Brockett on at third as the international tie-break runner and one out, reliever Mark McCoy would make a run scoring play. Aigles DH Trevor Gretzky would hit a hard grounder back up the middle, but McCoy – in a twist of fate given Gretzky’s father is Hockey Hall Of Famer Wayne Gretzky – kicked his leg out and stopped the ball from going through the drawn in infield. The next batter, Mateo, would ground into a 5-4-3 double play to end the top of the eleventh. With Duran on at second as the Miners tie-break runner, Silva took a 0-2 pitch down the first base line, setting of the wild celebration.
McCoy (1-0) got the win for Sussex County, while Owen Boon (0-1) took the loss with the unearned run in the eleventh.
Trapp tied the Miners record for most stolen bases in a game previously set by Carl Thomore, who swiped four bags last season at the Rockland Boulders back on June 30th of last season. Trapp was joined by Baum’s two stolen bases, and one each for Adron Chambers, Jay Austin, and Colon. Austin’s was his league leading fourteenth of the season.
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Photo: Hunter Cox