SUSSEX COUNTY LOSES SERIES BUT REMAINS IN FIRST PLACE
June 24, 2018, Ottawa, ON – After last night’s game was washed out at RCGT Park, the Sussex County Miners (24-12) and Ottawa Champions (14-19) met twice this afternoon to wrap up their three-game set. Despite outscoring the Champions 8-4 combined in the two contests, the Miners spilt the twin-bill, winning the first game 7-2, and dropping the second game 2-1.
In the top of the first inning of game one, the Miners’ first three batters reached base to set up and early scoring threat. Mikey Reynolds and Rubi Silva took advantage of the favorable scenario by slapping a pair of RBI singles to take a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, the Miners continued to pour it on by showing off their speed and capitalizing on some defensive mistakes by Ottawa. Jayce Ray and Audy Ciriaco drove in runs in back-to-back at bats to double their team’s lead. Then, with runners on first and second the Miners executed a double steal to put two men in scoring position. The next play was a wild pitch by Austin Chrismon which allowed Jarred Mederos to score, and an error by the catcher resulted in Mikey Reynolds crossing the plate, increasing the Miners’ lead to 6-0.
The Miners’ scored one more run in the contest and rode a two-run performance by starter Cory Jones (4-1), who outdueled Chrismon (3-4) to win by a final score of 7-2.
The action was not over as the two teams retook the field just a half hour later to begin their second matchup of the afternoon.
Ottawa started things off with a bang as the Champions’ lead-off hitter took Mark McCoy deep on just the sixth pitch of the ballgame to give his team a 1-0 lead after one inning of play.
The Miners’ bats were quiet the entire game as they managed just six hits against three Ottawa pitchers. However, they managed to scrape a run across in the top of the fourth inning, as Rubi Silva made a heads up play on a wild pitch to score and tie the game 1-1.
The Champions would take the lead for good when Johnson drove in Ottawa catcher Tyler Nordgren on a single to push the score to 2-1. Daniel Carela and Scott Maine combined to throw two innings of shutout ball to cement the Champions victory, with Maine picking up his sixth save of the season.
ElHajj Muhammed (0-1) took his first loss of the season after giving up the go-ahead run while recording just one out. Steve Borkowski (2-3) notched the win, allowing just one run and scattering four hits in four innings of two strikeout work.
The Miners have Monday off and will return to Skylands Stadium on Tuesday. They will look to extend their three-game lead over the second place Rockland Boulders at 7:05 PM.
Article by Zachary Smolen
Photo courtesy Malcolm MacMillan/TheBallparkGuide.com