POMONA, NY — The New York Boulders used an all-hands-on-deck effort to complete a sweep of the Windy City ThunderBolts on Thursday, winning 7-2 in the series finale at Clover Stadium.
The Boulders, who were short on starting pitching due a combination of rest and players on the injured list, used six different pitchers in the game. Aljo Sujak ultimately earned the win for New York, allowing just two hits in 1 2/3 innings. Andy Hammond, Brandon Backman, Ryder Yakel, Dawson Lane, and Mitchell Senger also contributed to the win on the mound.
New York (14-9) also had a solid showing on offense Thursday. Four Boulders batters — David Vinsky, Tucker Nathans, Chris Kwitzer, and Matt McDermott — recorded multiple hits in the win. Vinsky finished the day with two walks and a hard two-run double down the third-base line. Nathans, Kwitzer, McDermott, Gabriel Garcia, and Giovanni Garbella each drove in a run for New York.
Jake Boone drove in the first run for Windy City (9-15) after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning. Bren Spillane hit an opposite-field solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning for the team’s final run of the game. All but one ThunderBolts starter hit safely in the loss.
Kenny Matthews took the loss on the mound after allowing five earned runs in six innings of relief. The southpaw allowed eight hits and four walks — three of which were hit batters in the bottom of the seventh.
The game was originally scheduled for 10:30 a.m., but was pushed to 4 p.m. due to air quality concerns brought on from the wildfires in Canada. After back-to-back games with noticeable smog, Thursday’s contest featured relatively clear skies with pockets of sunshine.
New York will depart Clover Stadium for a six-game road trip starting Friday night at 7:05 p.m. against Sussex County, where the Boulders will have an opportunity to move into first place in the East Division of the Frontier League. The Boulders will return home June 16. For information on tickets, value packs and more, visit the Boulders’ official website at www.nyboulders.com.