Ryan Munoz and three relievers combined for a five-hit shutout as the New York Boulders defeated the New Jersey Jackals 9-0 on Wednesday at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ.
Munoz went the first six innings and surrendered three of the hits while walking two and striking out two.
Luke Burton, James Mulry and Tanner Kiest followed Munoz to the mound and teamed up to toss three innings of two-hit shutout ball to finish off the Boulders’ win, their second in as many days over the Jackals, who suffered a sixth straight loss.
The Boulders struck for four runs in the sixth inning, breaking a scoreless tie pitching duel between Munoz and New Jersey’s Chris Tessitore.
Kevonte Mitchell led off with a single and swiped second base. One out later, Ryan Ramiz drew a walk that brought Tessitore’s day to an end. Reece Karalus came on in relief. However, a passed ball and wild pitch allowed Mitchell to score the day’s first run and send Ramiz around to third. Marcus Mastrobuoni then worked the Boulders’ third walk of the inning.
Phil Capra followed with a double that scored Ramiz and sent Mastrobuoni to third, from where he scored on Phil Caulfield’s sacrifice fly. Jack Sundberg then doubled in Capra with the frame’s fourth run.
The Boulders put the game out of reach with a five-run ninth inning against Devon Fisher, the fourth Jackals’ pitcher of the day. The rally included RBI singles from Milton Smith, Jr., Ramiz and Mastrobuoni and a sacrifice fly by Capra.
Ray Hernandez also picked up a ninth inning RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Munoz got the win for New York as he improved to 1-2 on the season, while Tessitore was tagged with the loss, his second of the year against one victory.
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