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Miners Sweep Boulders in Doubleheader, Take 2 of 3

By New York Boulders Baseball, 07/18/21, 8:15PM EDT


The Sussex County Miners topped the Boulders 8-4 in game 1 of the doubleheader after Saturday’s game was postponed due to thunderstorms. Following game 1, the Miners completed the doubleheader sweep with a 5-2 win over the Boulders.

The Miners struck first with a home run to start the 3rd inning, followed by a run in the 4th on a sacrifice flyout by Audy Ciriaco to give the Miners a 2-0 lead over the Boulders.

However, the Boulders bounced right back in the bottom of the 4th. Ray Hernandez led off the 4th with a three-run homer over the short porch in right field. It knocked in Zach Kirtley and Marcus Mastrobuoni who reached base prior to the rain delay on Saturday, giving the Boulders a brief 3-2 lead.

After a stretch of four scoreless innings, the Miners began to pour it on the Boulders in the 8th and carried it into the 9th inning.

With two men on and no outs to start the 8th, Kaleo Johnson ripped a line drive into right field, scoring both baserunners to give the Miners a 4-3 lead. An error and a sac fly helped the Miners tack on two more runs to end the 8th.

Willie Estrada led off the top of the 9th with a single to right field, followed by a Lucas Burton error. Chuck Taylor ripped a single to right to drive in the two base runners, giving the Miners an 8-3 lead.

The Boulders were able to load the bases in the bottom of the 9th, but only managed to drive in one run, resulting in an 8-4 final.

In game two, the Boulders took an early 1-0 lead thanks to an RBI double into left center by Kevonte Mitchell, scoring Kirtley from first base.

Andrew Hammond was in control for the Boulders giving up only one hit through the first three innings. However, the Miners got to him in the 4th. Two singles to start the inning led to a Ciriaco double into right field, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead.

Gian Martellini answered for the Boulders in the bottom of the 4th. A solo shot to left field tied the game 2-2.

The Miners broke the silence in the top of the 7th. Tanner Kiest walked the first two batters, and Chuck Taylor doubled into center to score two runs, giving the Miners a 4-2 lead. Taylor scored on the following at bat after a wild pitch.

Michael Mediavilla took care of business in the bottom of the 7th for the Miners to seal a 5-2 win for the Miners.

The Boulders look to get back on track as they take on the New Jersey Jackals on Tuesday at 7 p.m.