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Boulders Rally to Even Series in Quebec

By Mike Zacchio, 08/20/23, 11:00AM EDT


New York now 3.0 games behind final playoff spot

The New York Boulders' earned a huge win in their push for the Frontier League playoffs Saturday night, rallying to defeat first-place Quebec in a 6-3 road victory.

New York strung together three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a one-run lead. Thomas Walraven hit a game-tying two-run double, the Chris Kwitzer put the Boulders ahead with an RBI groundout.

New York added two insurance runs in the ninth inning on back-to-back RBI singles by Kwitzer and Gabriel Garcia. The middle of the order consisting of Walraven, Kwitzer and Garcia went a combined 6 for 14 with five RBI and two runs scored for the Boulders.

T.J. White and Emile Boies each had one RBI for the Capitales in the loss.

The Boulders used a collection of five pitchers in the victory. Starting pitcher Alec Hurts struck out five and allowed two earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in the no decision. The win went to Mitchell Senger, who did not allow an earned run in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Brandon Backman (0 1/3 innings), Aaron Dona (1 inning) and Dylan Smith (1 inning) had scoreless outings in relief.

Smith earned his 15th save of the season, moving him into a tie with Quebec's Frank Moscatiello for the league lead.

With New York's win and Tri-City's loss to Sussex County, the Boulders picked up a game in the East Division playoff standings. The razor-thin playoff picture now features Quebec (52-30) and the New Jersey Jackals (52-30) tied for first place, and Tri-City (50-33) holding the final playoff spot in third place. The Boulders (46-35) currently sits three games behind Tri-City and half a game in front of Sussex County (46-36).

The playoff picture could see some significant change by the end of play Sunday, as New York and Quebec are slated to play a doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. to wrap up their series.