The New Jersey Jackals used a five-inning fifth to beat the New York Boulders 10-6 on Friday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.
Dalton Combs was the first of five straight Jackals to reach base to start the inning, hitting a leadoff triple off Boulders starter Danny Wirchansky. Jackals' third baseman, Santiago Chirino, capped off the inning with a two-run single to extend the lead to 7-0.
The Boulders did make things interesting however, with a five-run fifth of their own in the bottom of the frame. Kevonte Mitchell led off the inning with a homerun to put the Boulders on the board, and then with the bases loaded and two-outs, recently acquired catcher Gian Martellini hit a grand slam to cut the lead to two, at 7-5.
Unfortunately the home team couldn’t muster any more runs, despite loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth.
The Jackals got to Wirchansky early, taking a 1-0 lead on a Russ Olive double in the top of the first. Olive then homered with two-outs in the top of the third to double the Jackals lead at 2-0, which would remain the score until the wild fifth inning.
Wirchansky, who faced the Jackals for the third time this season, struggled heavily. In three innings he gave up seven runs on six hits and four walks, with just three strikeouts.
The Jackals tacked on two more runs off Boulders’ reliever Zach Schneider in the top of the eighth to extend the lead to 9-5. Schneider, who hadn’t given up a run yet all season, gave up the two runs, as well as three hits and two walks in a sloppy outing.
A wild pitch by Matt Valin in the top of the ninth allowed the Jackals final run to score, in a wire-to-wire win.
The Boulders will look to avenge the loss when they host the Jackals on Saturday night in Pomona for the second of a three game set.