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By New York Boulders Baseball, 05/28/21, 4:30PM EDT


Jason Agresti lifted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Stanley Espinal in the seventh inning and provided the New Jersey Jackals with a 4-3 opening night victory over the New York Boulders at Palisades Credit Union Park on Thursday.

The game was the first in Frontier League play for the former Can-Am League rivals.

Espinal had led off the seventh with a double down the left field line against Boulders' reliever Brandon Bingel, the fourth of five hurlers used by New York in the game.

Dalton Combs' walk was followed by a sacrifice bunt by Justin Wylie that out runners on second and third for Agresti.

The Boulders had tied matters at 3-3 with a two-run sixth inning, both runs scoring on a bases loaded infield dribbler to the right side by Milton Smith that plated Ryan Ramiz and Ray Hernandez.

Smith had three hits, stole two bases and opened the game with a diving catch in right-center on  a drive by Demetrius Moorer.

New Jersey took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Alfredo Marte lined a three-run double down the right field line that cleared the bases off Boulders' reliever Zach Schneider, who inherited the bases loaded, two-out situation from starter Dan Wirchansky.

The Boulders broke on top with a run in the home half of the third inning. Tucker Nathans reached on an error by Jackals' second baseman Justin Wylie, stole second and moved to third on a deep fly ball to right center by Zach Kirtley.

After Kevonte Mitchell walked, Ryan Ramiz' hit-and-run grounder to Wylie scored Nathans with the night's first run.

Jason Zgardowski got the win in relief for the Jackals, with Dylan Brammer going the final 1 1/3 for the save.

Bingel took the loss for the Boulders.

The Boulders conclude their two-game opening series with New Jersey tomorrow, Friday, May 26, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.