POMONA, N.Y. --While rain fell steadily at Palisades Credit Union Park on Saturday night, Boulders’ shortstop Junior Arrojo didn’t hesitate to break out his rain dance, driving in a career-high six RBI in Rockland’s 8-1 victory over Sussex County in the first game of rain-shortened double-header.
The Miners’ offense drew first blood with a two-out rally in the top half of the second inning, as Sussex catcher Gaby Juarbe ripped an RBI single to center-field, bringing home second baseman Ryan Lashley to make the score 1-0. But Rockland would return the favor in the bottom half, as third baseman Brian Ragira crushed a solo-shot into the right-field bleachers in his first at-bat with the Boulders, knotting the score at 1-1.
The hitting spree wouldn’t end there for Rockland, as Arrojo continued the frenzy with a three-run double down the left-field line, increasing the Boulders’ lead to 4-1. Two innings later, Arrojo would take advantage once again, smashing a three-run homer to left-field to place the score at 7-1, followed by an RBI double from Alex DeBellis to put Rockland ahead by seven.
The scoring would end after four, but Boulders’ starter Richard Salazar came out to pitch the fifth, earning the victory with five strikeouts while allowing only two hits and one earned run. Relievers Richard Cruz-Sanchez and Donnie Joseph pitched the latter two innings, limiting the damage to a pair of walks and a single.
Miners' starter Francisco Rodriguez was credited with the loss, lasting only 3.2 innings with a total of eight runs and 11 hits tagged to his name.
For Arrojo, the 27-year-old’s hot start remains eye-opening, as he has driven in nine runs in his first three games.
The victory handed the Boulders its first win at home this season, improving the team’s record to a young 2-1. With the loss, Sussex County dropped its second straight, dropping to 1-2.
The second game of the scheduled double-header was suspended due to rain. While the make-up date is to be determined, the game will be made up as part of a double-header, one of two seven-inning games. No further information has been announced.