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By New York Boulders Baseball, 06/10/22, 1:45AM EDT


The Sussex County Miners scored five times in the third inning to grab control of the game and went on to defeat the visiting New York Boulders 11-5 on Thursday night ay Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ.

The victory gave the Miners the series win after the teams had split the first two games of the three-game set.

A sacrifice fly by the Miners’ Martin Figueroa in the bottom of the first and a solo home run in the top of the second by New York’s Jake MacKenzie, his fifth long ball of the season, left the game knotted at 1-1 before Sussex County grabbed the lead in the home half of the second inning when Dave Maberry hit a two-run home run, his second of the year and second in as many nights, the blast giving the Miners a 3-1 advantage.

In the third, the Miners seized control of the game by scoring five times. Juwuan Harris and Errol Robinson had RBI doubles in the frame, while Maberry added a run-scoring single. Bryan Leef and Figueroa drew bases loaded walks to force in the inning’s last two runs as Sussex County moved out to an 8-1 advantage.

The Boulders made things interesting with a three-run seventh inning that cut their deficit to 8-4. In the frame, Giovanni Garbella had an RBI double, Steven Figueroa a sacrifice fly and David Vinsky a run-scoring single.

However, the Miners added a trio of insurance runs in the eighth, two coming on a double by Ariel Sandoval and the third on a sacrifice fly by Harris.

The Boulders’ Steven Figueroa capped the night’s scoring with an RBI single in the ninth.

Willie Rios took the loss for the Boulders. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on three hits to go along with four walks and a strikeout. The defeat dropped Rios to 0-2 on the year.

Dwayne Marshall started and got the win for Sussex County. The righthander went 6 1/3 innings and surrendered four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out one. The win improved Marshall to 3-2 on the season.

Billy Layne, Jr., Robert Klinchock and Ivan Pineyro finished out the game on the hill for the Miners.

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