RUN HOME WIN STREAK TO 15
July 4, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (30-15) paid tribute to military members and emergency officers in the best way they knew how: a 4-1 victory over their in-state rival New Jersey Jackals (22-21) in front of a packed Skylands Stadium crowd of 4,709 fans on America’s 242th birthday. With the win, the Miners swept the Jackals and extended their Can-Am League record of fifteen straight home victories.
After a quiet inning and a half to begin the contest the Miners erupted in the bottom of the second inning. Can-Am League batting average leader Martin Figueroa got things going with a lead-off single. The bases were quickly loaded after another single and a hit batsman, to set up a dribbler from Christian Correa to drive in the first run of the evening. Breland Almadova, Jayce Ray and Jarred Mederos then collected three consecutive RBI singles to bring the lead to 4-0.
In the top of the sixth inning the Jackals worked some two-out magic to provide some offense. Designated hitter Dean Green stepped up to the plate and laced a double to the right-centerfield gap and was followed by a David Harris single to whittle their deficit down to 4-1.
Miners’ starter Andrew Vinson came on to begin the ninth inning and was lifted for reliever El’Hajj Muhammad who blew away Harris with a bevvy of 96-97mph fastballs. Alex Demchak then needed just one pitch to wrap up the victory as Daniel Canela wrapped into the Jackals fourth double play of the evening.
Vinson (4-2) notched the victory in this one, going a career long eight-plus innings while allowing just one run on eight hits and one walk; he struck out three in the effort. Yasmani Hernandez (3-2) took the loss after surrendering four runs (two earned) over seven innings of work and allowing all thirteen Miners hits and striking out three with one walk. Demchak earned his fifth save of the year for the Miners.
The Miners have tomorrow off before hosting the Quebec Capitales on Friday at 7:05pm to start off a three game series featuring the top two teams in the league.
Article: Zachary Smolen with Bret Leuthner contributing
Photo: Sara Schaarschmidt/Sussex County Miners