The New York Boulders used a six run first inning to power themselves to a 15-7 win over the New Jersey Jackals, completing the sweep of their midweek series at Yogi Berra Stadium.
New York’s first run came on a bunt by Milton Smith Jr. that was thrown over the head of Jackal’s first baseman Riley Mihalik by catcher Jason Agresti, allowing Jack Sundberg to score all the way from first. Smith then reached home on a wild pitch by Jackal’s starter Chase Ingram to double the Boulder’s lead
Later in the inning Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a double with the bases loaded to score three runs, and then was brought home on a single by Phil Caulfield to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Jackals responded though, scoring four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Russ Olive and Dalton Combs each hit two-run homers off Boulder's starter Orsen Josephina, who struggled to find any rhythm.
Scoring continued in the third, with Ray Herandez and Agresti each hitting solo shots for their respective teams making the score 7-5. Hernandez’s blast over the left field wall was his 14th of the season, tying the league lead with Quincy Nieporte of Schaumburg.
Ingram gave up his eighth and final run in the top of the fourth on another home run, this time by Zach Kirtley to put the Boulders ahead 8-5. He picked up the loss, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks with just two strikeouts through four.
New Jersey continued to battle, adding two runs in the bottom of the fifth on back to back wild pitches by Boulder’s reliever Alex Mack. The runs were charged to Josephina, who earned the win despite 4.1 shaky innings where he gave up seven hits and five walks.
Mastrobuoni sparked another small rally in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double, but suffered an apparent hamstring injury when rounding first, and was subsequently replaced. The 27-year old finished with four hits, including three doubles, as well as three RBIs, and was just beginning to find consistency at the plate after missing all of June on the disabled list.
His replacement Phil Capra left right where Mastrobuoni left off though, driving in two of the Boulder's five runs in the top of the eighth on a single down the right field line.
New York’s bullpen shut down the Jackals lineup the rest of the way, with New Jersey failing to score after the fifth.
The Boulders will hope to keep this momentum going as they host the Washington Wild Things for a double header tomorrow evening.