FIVE-RUN EIGHTH NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME BIG NEW JERSEY START
Little Falls NJ – The New Jersey Jackals (36-23) put together seven runs in the first four innings, then held off a late Miners rally before scoring two insurance runs to defeat Sussex County (23-37), 9-6, in front of 1,264 fans at Yogi Berra Stadium.
The Jackals scored seven runs off of Miners starter Joe Donino (2-5) in the first 3-1/3 innings. The outburst included a three-run third inning in which the Jackals batted around the order. Michael O’Neil, Johnny Bladel, and Richard Stock all had RBI hits in the frame. D’Vontrey Richardson was the only Jackal with multiple RBI.
The Miners were buoyed by solid relief pitching from Michael Tamburino, who came on in the fourth in relief of Donino and held the Jackals at bay through the seventh. Tamburino’s strong effort allowed the Miners to mount a comeback in the eighth. Sussex County sent 11 batters to the plate and scored five runs. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Jose came in for New Jersey and got Austin to ground out back to the mound to finish the inning. Jose would then strike out the side in the ninth to earn his third save of the season.
3B Dustin Lawley (pictured) went 3-for-5, scored two runs, and collected an RBI. CF Jay Austin extended his hitting streak to 19 games, and DH Nick Giarraputo extended his to 10 games in the losing effort for the Miners.
The Miners and Jackals will play game two of their three-game series tomorrow night, with game time set for 6:05 PM. Neither team has officially declared a starting pitcher as of press time. Tomorrow night’s game, as well as all Miners games, can be heard on the Miners Radio Network.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.