FOURTEEN HIT BARRAGE DOWN IN-STATE RIVALS
July 13, Augusta, NJ – The Miners flexed all of their muscles Friday night as they rode hot bats and lockdown pitching to a convincing 12-2 win over their in-state rival Jackals.
New Jersey got out to a quick start, as Connor Hoffman lined David Rollins’ first pitch of the night into right-center field for a triple. The very next pitch, John Ruettiger lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, giving the Jackals the lead after the blink of an eye.
The Miners fought back quickly, however, as they plated three of their own on four singles in the bottom half of the first. Jayce Ray, Mikey Reynolds, and Audy Ciriaco all came around to score to give Sussex County a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Jackals got things going in the second with another leadoff triple off the bat of Nolan Meadows, who later came around to score after Kevin Torres found the outfield grass for a double. After that, however, it was smooth sailing for the Miners’ ace.
He went on to sit down ten consecutive Jackals, and when the next taste of trouble arose in the sixth, he escaped runners on the corners with nobody out. Seven strong innings, including five strikeouts, were plenty to give the Miners the win.
While the Jackals’ offense faded, the Miners’ offense only got stronger. An offense spearheaded by newly-signed Daniel Mateo (pictured), Sussex County went off for twelve runs on fourteen hits, including a moonshot from Audy Ciriaco that cleared all three walls in left field.
Mateo, who was playing his first game in black and yellow, did not disappoint either – he finished the night 3-for-4, including a long home run of his own in the third.
The Miners head to Yogi Berra Stadium to take on the Jackals in their home park before the two squads return to Skylands Stadium for the finale of the four-game set. First pitch tomorrow is set for 6:05 PM.
Article: Will Fowler
Photo: Sara Schaarschmidt/Sussex County Miners