POMONA, NY – The New York Boulders defeated the Windy City ThunderBolts, 9-4, in their first ever visit to Clover Stadium on Tuesday.
After just one hit in their previous game, the Boulders (12-9) bats were hot tonight as they racked up 13 hits against the ThunderBolts (9-13). The bulk of the damage came in the seventh inning, in which four hits resulted in six runs for the Boulders. Aiding the offensive eruption were six balls that got past ThunderBolts catcher Matt Morgan.
The Boulders took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Chris Kwitzer, but the lead diminished quickly in the top of the fourth inning on a grand slam by Morgan to give Windy City the lead. Boulders catcher Joe DeLuca ended an 0-for-25 hitless streak in the bottom of the fourth with a bunt up the third base line, eventually scoring on a two-run double by Tucker Nathans to pull the Boulders within one.
New York tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Kwitzer scored on a combination of three passed balls and wild pitches. The comeback was capped with a two-run single from Matt McDermott and RBIs from Nathans and Patrick Kivlehan. Nathans finished the game 3 for 3 with three RBI. Thomas Walraven also had three hits for the Boulders.
New York starting pitcher Garrett Cooper allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. All of Cooper’s earned runs came from the grand slam by Morgan. Zach Schneider earned the win for the Boulders following 1 2/3 innings of relief. Jose Alcantara tossed a scoreless ninth inning in his Boulders debut.
The Boulders and ThunderBolts will continue their series Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Clover Stadium. To purchase tickets, value packs and more, head to the Boulders’ website at www.nyboulders.com.