Rockland County, NY (June 5, 2022) – Jake MacKenzie had three hits and drove in five runs as the host New York Boulders completed a sweep of their three-game series with the winless Empire State Greys after a 12-7 win on Sunday at Clover Stadium in Pomona.
The loss was the 21st straight to open the Frontier League season for the Greys.
The Boulders snapped a 5-5 tie with five runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Jake MacKenzie drew a walk from Ernesto Huizar to give New York the lead. Francisco Del Valle followed with two-run single before Gian Martellini doubled in one to make it to make it 9-5.
Jesus Rosario came on to pitch for the Greys and eventually issued a bases loaded walk to David Vinsky that pushed the Boulders' advantage to 10-5.
In the seventh, MacKenzie added a pair of insurance runs with a two-run home run, his fourth long ball of the season.
The Greys opened the scoring in the first inning on a Jordan Holloman-Scott RBI single. New York answered with three runs in their half of the first - one on a Max Smith single and two via a MacKenzie double.
Martellini led off the bottom of the second with a solo home run, his second of fhe year, that made it 4-1.
The Greys, though, knotted things at 4-4 with three runs in the fourth inning. Willies Estrada started the frame with a solo home run, his second of the year. A bizarre sequence followed that saw the Greys plate two more runs on two singles, three Boulders' errors and a sacrifice fly by John Benevolent.
A Tucker Nathans run-scoring double gave the Boulders a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the fourth, but the Greys knotted the gamed at 5-5 in the fifth on a Taigo Sato single.
Will Decker added an eighth inning RBI single for the Greys.
Jose Mercado had three hits in the loss for the Greys, who also got a pair of hits from Decker, Trey Woosley and Sato.
Alex Mack tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win for the Boulders, raising his season mark to 2-0.
Marco Becerril was tagged with the loss for the Greys, his second of the season versus no wins.
Information regarding season tickets and packages for the Boulders’ 2022 season are available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com.
Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In September of 2020, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.
As a “Partner League,” the Frontier League and its teams will meet on a regular basis with MLB representatives to discuss joint marketing and promotional opportunities, as well as collaborate on initiatives to provide organized baseball to communities throughout the United States and Canada.
More information can be found at www.frontierleague.com.