02 Jun Record Setting Night Propels Miners
Offensive Onslaught Sink Jackals 17-7
June 1, Little Falls, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (3-1) set or tied 4 team records as well as tied a Frontier League record on Tuesday night en route to a 17-7 win over in-state rivals the New Jersey Jackals (3-2) at Yogi Berra Stadium. The win also moves the Miners into 1st place in the young season.
The offensive assault was led by Trey Hair, who went 3-for-4 at the plate. All of Trey’s hits were home runs, marking the first time in Miners history that a player has hit 3 HRs in a single game. Hair’s feat also tied the Frontier League record for most HRs in a game along with several other players, the most recent being Paul Kronenfeld of the River City Rascals back on August 17, 2018. Trey also had 7 RBI’s, breaking the old team record of 6 RBI set by Daniel Mateo in 2018, also at Yogi Berra Stadium.
But Hair wasn’t the only Miner raking on Tuesday. Nilo Rijo continued his hot start by getting hits in his first 4 at bats in going 4-for-6 with a triple and a pair of runs scored. Daniel Herrera also went 4-for-6 with a HR and 3 RBIs, Cito Culver had a 3-hit night, also going yard for his 1st HR of the season, and Audy Ciriaco, Martin Figueroa, and Aaron Knapp also had 2-hit night as the Miners set a franchise record with 21 hits in the contest.
Tyler Luneke (1-0) pitched 3 1/3 innings of excellent relief work after coming on for Mike Castellani to pick up the win on the mound. Luneke struck out 5 batters in that span, while allowing just 1 run on 1 hit, and walking 2 to go with the 5 strikeouts. Joe Baran and Robert Klinchock would pitchthe last 2 innings to close out the ballgame for the Miners, with Klinchock retiring all 3 batters he faced.
The Miners and Jackals get back at it Wednesday night for a 7:05 first pitch at Yogi Berra Stadium. Max Herrmann will make his 2021 debut for the Miners, with John Hayes slated to start for the Jackals. Tomorrow’s game can be heard on the Miners Radio Network, mixlr.com/scminers