VAULT BACK INTO FIRST PLACE WITH WIN
June 10, Ottawa, ON – The Sussex County Miners (32-18) rode a terrific start by Andrew Vinson (pictured) to take down the Ottawa Champions (22-27) by a score of 2-1 in front of 1,344 fans in RCGT Park. With the victory coinciding with a loss by the Québec Capitales, the Miners recaptured first place in the Can-Am League.
The first inning and a half went by without much noise, but that all changed in the bottom of the second inning. With runners on first and third and two outs Coco Johnson laced a single to score Zak Colby and gave the Champions a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
In the top of the fifth inning the Miners’ offense began rumbling. Rubi Silva walked to open the frame, and two batters later Breland Almadova singled to turn the lineup over with runners on first and second. With a full count and two outs, Jayce Ray hustled out an infield single to send home Silva and tie the game up at one apiece.
The Miners were able to get things going again in the next inning when the Can-Am batting average leader Martin Figueroa led off with a triple deep in the gap. Cleanup man Mikey Reynolds than lifted a pitch deep into the outfield, bringing Figueroa home on a sacrifice fly and pushing the Miners ahead 2-1.
With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Miners manager Bobby Jones showed some confidence in Vinson to finish what he had started. And he did just that, striking out the next two Champions to wrap up the 2-1 victory.
Vinson (5-2) allowed one run on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven to earn the win in his first career complete game. Austin Chrismon (4-6), lost his third consecutive start against the Miners, allowing two runs on six hits, walking three and matching Vinson with seven strikeouts.
These two teams will play the rubber game of the series Wednesday night at 7:05pm in Ottawa before the Miners return home for a series against the Jackals.
Article: Zachary Smolen
Photo: Black Raven Imagery