MID-GAME BURST HELPS RECLAIM FIRST PLACE
July 8, Augusta, NJ – Sussex County retook first place over the Québec Capitales after David Rollins delivered a fantastic performance allowing only one run on six hits over eight innings en route to a Miners win by a final score of 9-2 on Sunday afternoon at Skylands Stadium.
The Miners scored the first run of the game in the 1st inning when Jarred Mederos scored off a Mikey Reynolds fielders choice to give them the early lead. The Capitales came back in the top of the 3rd inning when Nick Van Stratten drove in Gerald Bautista to tie the game at one.
Sussex County blew the game open in the bottom of the 5th, when Nick Zaharion started the big inning by scoring Luis Allen (pictured) on an RBI-double to retake the lead for the Miners 2-1. Connor Crane lined a fly ball into the outfield to score Breland Almadova and add to the Miners lead 3-1. Martin Figueroa came up with the big hit of the inning with a two RBI-triple to push the Miners lead to 5-1.
Sussex County would score in the next three innings, as Nick Zaharion collected his second RBI of the day scoring Rubi Silva to increase the lead to 6-1. Capitales starter Kagen Hopkins would finish his start allowing six runs on 10 hits and one walk. Connor Crane would score in the next inning off of a Mikey Reynolds ground out to continue the Miners scoring 7-1. Jarred Mederos came home on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 8-1. Mederos would also drive in a run, as his RBI-single in the bottom of the 8th scored Nick Zaharion to take a 9-1 lead. Lachlan Fontaine and Nolan Becker both pitched an inning for the Capitales in relief of Hopkins.
Alex Demchak came in to finish the game for Sussex County, pitching one inning on two hits and allowing his first earned run of the entire season to cross the plate. Luis Alen earned wheelHouse Craft Kitchen + Bar Miner of the Game honors with his 4-for-4 performance at the plate, including a double and a run scored. With the win, Sussex County moved back into first place in the Can-Am League by 0.5 games.
The Miners will travel up to the Canadian Capital tomorrow to take on the Ottawa Champions in the first of a three game set, beginning at 7:05 PM.
Article: Nicholas Lehman
Photo: Black Raven Imagery