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Career Days by Kirtley, Nathans, and Mitchell Lead Boulders to Victory

By New York Boulders Baseball, 06/20/21, 6:00PM EDT


Zach Kirtley, Tucker Nathans, and Kevonte Mitchell sealed an 18-10 victory for the Boulders. Kirtley finished the day with three hits, four runs, and four RBIs. Nathans was four for six today tallying five RBIs and Mitchell tied the record for the most hits by a Boulder in a single game with five hits and two RBIs. As a whole, the Boulders tied the franchise record for the most hits by a Boulders team with 21 hits.

After last night’s game cancellation due to the rain, the New York Boulders were back in action this afternoon for the final game of their weekend series against the New Jersey Jackals at Palisades Credit Union Park.

Brandon Bingel got the starting nod for the Boulders today on the mound, marking his first career start. However, the Boulder’s defense struggled early which the Jackals found a way to capitalize on.

After a Zach Kirtley error at the top of the first, Stanley Espinal put out to center field, sending Chris Carpio home for the first run of the game. After a single to right field by Todd Isaacs, which sent home Santiago Chirino and Russ Olive, the score was 3-0 at the bottom of the first.

Zach Kirtley helped the Boulders claw their way back at the bottom of the first with a solo home run. After a quiet second and third inning, the Boulders continued to slowly chip away in the bottom of the fourth. Kevonte Micthell led off with a single to third base. He was sent home after a Zach Penprase single to right field making the score 3-2 at the top of the fifth.

Bingel’s day came to an end after four innings pitched. He gave up three runs on four hits and three runs. He struck out three batters out of 19 batters faced.

Tucker Nathans put the Boulders ahead during the bottom of the fifth after a two-run home run, making it 4-3 in favor of New York. The Jackals evened the score at the top of the sixth after an RBI-double to left field by Chris Carpio. However, New York took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

Gian Martellini led off with a triple to right field. Kirtley later sent him home after nailing a single for the first run of the inning for the Boulders. Nathans and Mitchell followed each with an RBI single of their own. Ray Hernandez grew the lead even further for the Boulders after blasting his fifth home-run of the season, making the score 10-4 New York.

The Jackals answered back at the top of the seventh. Isaacs singled to center field, sending home two runs. Demetrius Moorer later blasted a three-run home run making the score within one for New Jersey at 10-9.

Kirtley and Nathans both continued their career days in the bottom of the seventh. First Kirtley singled to center field, sending home two runs. Nathans followed with a two-run home run. Marttellini then doubled, sending two more runs home making the score 16-9 in the top of the eighth. New Jersey put one final run on the board after a homer by Olive.

James Mulry picked up the win for the Boulders allowing one hit and two earned runs in ⅔ of an inning pitched.

Spencer Hereford was tagged the loss for the Jackals pitching five innings, allowing nine hits and six earned runs.

The Boulders end their nine game home span with a win and travel to New Jersey for a two game set against the Jackals on June 22.