LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT ON ROAD
June 22, Ottawa, ON – The Sussex County Miners (23-11) fell to the Ottawa Champions (13-18), 6-4, on Friday night at RCGT Park, despite outhitting their opponent 11-7. The Miners offense had been on fire entering the game, and they would face Ottawa’s Jake Hale less than a week after defeating him at Skylands Stadium.
Audy Ciriaco began the scoring for Sussex County, as he drove in Breland Almadova in the top of the third to take an early 1-0 lead. Ottawa responded with a Coco Johnson sacrifice fly that scored Vincent Guglietti to tie the game at one apiece. An error by Sussex County’s starter Andrew Vinson scored Daniel Bick to give the Champions a 2-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Miners tied the game at two after a Rubi Silva sacrifice fly scored Martin Figueroa. The stalemate last until the top of the sixth, when the Champions opened up the lead by scoring four in the inning. First, Zak Colby scored Sebastien Boucher to break the tie 3-2. Following him, Guglietti struck for a 2 run double scoring Jordan Caillouet and Steve Brown to extend the lead to 5-2. Chase Harris sacrifice flied to scored Colby to add to the lead 6-2. Vinson finished the day allowing six runs, five earned runs, six hits, three walks, and two strikeouts.
Lance Thonvold and Kevin Grendall shut down the Champions in the final three innings, allowing only one hit the rest of the game. Sussex County mounted a rally in the eighth inning with Mikey Reynolds slamming a double into the outfield to make it 6-3. With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth, Jarred Mederos narrowly missed a grand slam but drove in Luis Alen to cut the lead to 6-4. Despite still having ducks on the pond, the Miners were unable to push across any further runs against Champions reliever Scott Maine and had their six-game winning streak snapped.
Article by Nicholas Lehman
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