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Miners Celebrate Record-Setting Win Against the Jackals




July 3, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (29-15) collected a record 14th straight win at home tonight, as they defeated the New Jersey Jackals (22-20) 6-4 in the Battle for New Jersey at Skylands Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Miners started the scoring in the 1st, when an Audy Ciriaco fielder’s choice scored Jayce Ray (pictured below) and sacrifice fly by Rubi Silva drove in Ciriaco to give the Miners a 2-0 lead early in the game. Miner’s starter Cory Jones allowed a solo home run to the Jackals’ Carlos Triunfel to cut the lead in half.

The Miners put up a three-spot in the fourth inning, the first run scoring on a throwing error by Kevin Torres to score Connor Crane. Mikey Reynolds drove in Ray and Ciriaco with a 2 RBI-single to take a 5-1 lead. Jackals starter Vic Black allowed five runs on eight hits, six walks and two strikeouts.

Jones then allowed two back-to-back solo home runs in the sixth by David Harris and Daniel Canela to bring the Jackals back within two runs at 5-3. Jones finished the game allowing just those three runs on six hits over six innings.

Sussex County got an insurance run off of Justin Martinez as Ciriaco’s sacrifice fly to center field scored Ray for his third run scored of the day to make it 6-3. After Kevin Grendell finished a strong performance allowing only one hit over two innings, Kenny Koplove and then Alex Demchak would finish the gae off in the ninth, with a second Harris home run the only blemish in the ninth inning.

The Miners will go for the sweep tomorrow night over the Jackals on Hometown Heroes Night, which also includes the July 4th Fireworks Spectacular! Gates open at 4:30 PM with first pitch at 6:05 PM.

Article: Nicholas Lehman with Bret Leuthner contributing

Photos: Black Raven Imagery (team) and Sara Schaarschmidt (Jayce Ray)