Rockland County (July 20, 2021) – Gian Martellini and Zach Kirtley each homered and knocked in three runs and Milton Smith, Jr. had three hits as the New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals 12-6 on Tuesday at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ.
Martellini connected for his fifth home run of the season in the third inning, his fifth of the year; while Kirtley’s homer was a three-run shot in the fifth, his seventh of the season.
New York scored three times in the first inning, five times in the third and tacked on four more in the fifth to grab a commanding 12-4 lead.
In the first inning, the Boulders got a two-run triple from Kevonte Mitchell and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Martellini. New Jersey answered with four runs of New York starter Nate Roe in the bottom of the frame on a two-run double by Russ Olive, a sacrifice fly by Dalton Combs and a run-scoring double from Justin Wylie.
Roe, though, would settle in after that, going six innings and surrendering only two more runs along the way – one in the fifth on an RBI single by Jason Agresti and another in the sixth on a run-scoring single from T.J. Ward. Roe, in just his second appearance of the season, picked up his first win of the year against no losses.
Meanwhile, New York took the lead for good in the third inning. Ray Hernandez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4 before Martellini hit a two-run home run to give the Boulders a 6-4 advantage. Later in the stanza, Smith, Jr. pulled a triple, his third hit of the evening, down the right field line that plated two runs and extended the New York leas to 8-4.
In the top of the fifth, Jack Sundberg’s sacrifice fly scored one run before Kirtley smashed a three-run home run to put New York up 12-4.
Spencer Hereford allowed eight runs in three innings to take the loss for Jackals. He fell to 1-4 on the season.
Meanwhile, James Mulry (one inning) and Alex Carrillo (two innings) combined to toss three scoreless frames to close out the win for New York.
A complete New York Boulders’ 2021 schedule, as well as information regarding season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. Individual game tickets are on sale now.
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