The New York Boulders split Sunday's doubleheader with the Ottawa Titans after being forced to make up Saturday's game that was rained out. The Boulders won the first game 12-10 in extra innings, but were defeated 1-0 in the latter half of the twin bill. The doubleheader consisted of two seven-inning games.
The Boulders managed to come back from a 5-1 deficit in the early game thanks to a Thomas Walraven grand slam. A six-run sixth inning ultimately gave the Boulders a lead it would not relinquish.
Gabriel Garcia posted his second multi-home run game of the weekend, helping the powerful right-hander nearly match his season total heading into the series. Matt McDermott finished with two RBI. Austin Dennis, Tucker Nathans, Chris Kwitzer, and Giovanni Garbella each had an RBI of their own.
Taylor Wright and Jake Sanford both had three RBI for Ottawa.
Rookie relief pitcher Weston Lombard earned his second win of the season since joining the Boulders on August 1. Dylan Smith closed the door for a four-out save — his 13th save of the season.
New York’s bats were much quieter in the second game of the day, generating hits in the loss. Nathans accounted for half of the team's hit total.
The lone run of game two came from a Titans homer in the bottom of the third inning off the bat of Evan Berkey.
Dawson Lane got the start for New York (44-33) and pitched five innings of one-run baseball. Mitchell Senger tossed a clean inning of relief. Grant Larson pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout for Ottawa (41-37).
With the season winding down, New York is now in a push for the playoffs. The Boulders currently sit one place behind the final playoff spot in the Frontier League’s East Division.
New York has a chance to control its own destiny, as more than half of the Boulders' remaining 20 games this season are against first-place Quebec (49-28) and third-place New Jersey (47-30). The Boulders play a grueling seven games on the road against the Capitales and host the Jackals for a four-game homestead to end the regular season.
The Boulders return to Clover Stadium on Tuesday for a three-game series against the last-place Empire State Greys (15-63). For information on Boulders tickets, value packs and more, visit the Boulders’ official website at www.nyboulders.com.