Max Smith homered for the sixth straight game and starting pitcher Robby Rowland pitched into the seventh inning to pace the visiting New York Boulders to a 4-2 win over the Sussex County Miners on Friday at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ.
The victory was the Boulders 12th in their last 16 games as they continued to push for an Eastern Division playoff spot in the Frontier League.
Smith’s solo home run in the third inning snapped a 2-2 tie and gave the Boulders the lead for good.
New York had jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, scoring single runs in each of the game’s first two frames. In the first inning, a Tucker Nathans’ single scored Austin Dennis, who had doubled one batter earlier – both hits coming with two outs against Sussex County starter Connor Dand.
In the second inning, Francisco Del Valle hit a solo home run, his fifth of the season, to give the visitors a two-run advantage.
The Miners answered in the bottom of the second as Nilo Rijo’s two-run single evened the game at 2-2.
The Boulders extended their lead to 4-2 in the fourth innings with a Jake MacKenzie RBI double.
Rowland pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Boulders, allowing two runs on five hits. He walked three and struck out six as he improved to 5-5 on the season.
Dan Wirchansky relieved Rowland and closed out the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to register his first save of the year.
Wirchansky and Rowland combined to limit the Miners to only five hits.
Dand was tagged with the loss for the Miners, falling to 5-4 on the year. He surrendered four runs on six hits, while striking out five. Dand did not walk a batter.
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