SIXTEEN HIT ATTACK, COMPLETE GAME SPARK FIRST PLAYOFF VICTORY
September 5, Trois-Rivieres, QC – The Can-Am League regular season champion Sussex County Miners banged out sixteen total hits – eleven in the first four innings – en route to a 5-1 victory over the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in Game One of the Best-of-5 Can-Am League Semifinal Playoff Series to take a one game to none lead at Stade Stereo+ on Wednesday night. The win marked the first playoff win in Miners history.
The Miners offense was paced by Daniel Mateo’s three-hit performance, in which the former Aigle knocked in two runs against his former team. Jared Mederos had two hits and two RBIs, and Jayce Ray knocked in a run with the game’s only extra base hit, a double in the fifth inning. Audy Ciriaco collected three hits of his own, while Jared McDonald and Martin Figueroa had two hits apiece as six Miners had multiple hit games.
On the pitching side, it was all Cory Jones. The Miners right-hander went the distance in a gutsy performance in which he threw a staggering 156 pitches. Jones allowed just one run on seven hits. He walked four and struck out four in the contest, in which he was hitting the radar gun in the low 90s in the ninth inning despite his high workload on the humid night in Trois-Rivieres. For his final out, he got Can-Am Player of the Year Taylor Brennan to fly out to right field.
Game Two of the Best-of-5 Semifinal series will take place Thursday night at Stade Stereo+ in Trois-Rivieres. A 7:05 first pitch is slated, with both teams having yet to announce their Game Two starters. Miners fans can catch the radio broadcast on the Miners Radio Network.