Andrew Czech led the way with three hits, including his 12th homer of the season, as the Washington Wild Things crushed the New York Boulders, 11-9 on Sunday night at Palisades Credit Union Park. The loss dropped the Boulders out of a tie for first place before they embark on a seven-game road trip against their two division rivals.
The Boulders got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first inning. Walks by Jack Sundberg and Zach Kirtley set the table for an RBI single by Kevonte Mitchell followed by a two-run single off the bat of Ryan Ramiz. It was the first of four hits on the day for Ramiz, who also scored a run and stole a base.
The lead wouldn’t last long with the Wild Things putting up a four-spot in the top of the third. Nick Ward, Bralin Jackson, Grant Heyman, and Hector Roa all contributed run-scoring hits to turn a their three-run deficit into a one-run advantage.
Nate Roe, making his third start of the season for the Boulders, struggled mightily. In 4 2/3 innings, he allowed eight runs on ten hits and two walks. The Wild Things tacked on another run off Roe in the fourth, two more in the fifth, and greeted reliever Alex Carrillo for two more runs to grab a 10-3 edge going into the middle of the sixth.
Despite being down seven runs, the Boulders wouldn’t go quietly into the rainy night. Ramiz and Ray Hernandez reached base in the bottom half of the inning, and Phil Capra drove them in with a three-run shot, his third of the year.
They weren’t done there. Back-to-back singles by Mitchell and Ramiz in the seventh inning preceded an RBI double by Gian Martellini and a run-scoring groundout by Capra, his fourth run driven in of the game. The Boulders had chipped the lead down to just two.
In the bottom of the eight, Sundberg led off with a single and Milton Smith Jr. walked to put the tying run on base with nobody out. Unfortunately, the Boulders couldn’t scratch any more runs across as Kirtley, Mitchell, and Ramiz went down in order to end the threat.
The Wild Things added an insurance run in the ninth, but the Boulders had a little fight left in them. Phil Caulfield scored another run on a groundout, but Zach Strecker shut the door for his 11th save of the season, sealing the win for Keven Pimentel while Roe took the loss.
The Boulders have a day off tomorrow, but will open up a three-game series with Tri-City starting on Tuesday.