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Rockland Boulders sweep doubleheader against Les Aigles

By Dan Popoloski, 07/10/16, 8:00PM EDT


Boulders sweep the doubleheader behind the power of Nidiffer, and pitching of Adams and Salazar

TROIS-RIVIERES, QUEBEC- The Rockland Boulders swept the Trois-Rivieres Aigles in a doubleheader Sunday, behind the power of Marcus Nidiffer, winning the first game 6-4, and the second game 4-1 at Stade Stereo.

                In the first game, Richard Salazar started for the Boulders (29-20) but dug himself an early hole, giving up two runs in the first two innings. However, in the top of the third, Marcus Nidiffer evened the score with a two run home run, his ninth of the season. After Salazar allowed a run each in the fifth and sixth, Rockland trailed by two heading into their last inning.

                With one out, Devin Harris hit his first home run with the Boulders to pull the team within one. However, it wasn’t until Jared Schlehuber, down to the Boulders’ final strike, walked in the tying run with the bases loaded that extra innings were forced.

Edgar Valle (4-0) was called in to stabilize the situation, and he continued his hot pitching since returning from the disabled in June. Since coming back, Valle has posted an impressive 2.70 ERA, which has been marred by only too rough outings and struck out 13 batters. After Devin Harris scored again in the top of the eighth, Hector Nelo came in and shut down Les Aigles (13-35) in the bottom half, earning his ninth save of the season.

                In the second game, rookie Mike Adams (2-1) came on for his third career start, and he continued to impress. The righty threw six innings while only allowing one run, and striking out four. In the seven inning format for doubleheader games, that left Pat Butler only needing to work one inning to get his first save of the season and for Rockland to complete the doubleheader sweep.

                On the offensive side, it was Marcus Nidiffer again that drove the Boulders, as he blasted his tenth home run of the season, marking the second time this year that he hit home runs in both games of a doubleheader. He also became the first player in franchise history to hit ten or more home runs in three consecutive seasons. Jared McDonald also strongly helped the scoring effort, going 2-4 with two RBI, as the Boulders never trailed.

                After Trois-Rivieres eliminated Rockland en route to their championship last season, they have struggled to get a win against the red, white and blue. In the first ten games this year since that playoff series, the Boulders have won nine.

                The Boulders will take a day off before returning to Palisades Credit Union Park on Tuesday to square off against the New Jersey Jackals on Camp Day, with the first pitch scheduled for 11 AM.