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The Boulders celebrate Marcus Nidiffer's game-winning two-run homer in bottom of the 7th

Nidiffer lifts Rockland over Sussex in first of double-header; Boulders fall in game two

By Jackson Roberts, 06/12/18, 4:45PM EDT


The Boulders opened up a double header yesterday with a 4-2 win over the first place Sussex County Miners. Kegan Hopkins went 5.2 innings strong, allowing only two runs and four hits while fanning eight. It marked the second consecutive outing in which he allowed two runs.

After Jared McDonald singled to lead off the third, Conor Bierfeldt cranked his third homer of the season onto the left-field concourse. Though the game remained scoreless for the next three innings, Rockland broke through in the seventh on a Conrad Gregor two-run walk-off blast that hit the Mercedes Benz star in right center. The Boulders have now won back to back games and seven of their last ten.


Game two didn’t go in Rockland’s favor as they fell 14-10. In a game that featured three lead changes, the highlight for Boulders came in a five-run fourth. With two outs and nobody on, McDonald singled and then JC Rodriguez drove him in on a long home run. Then, Bierfeldt walked, Cody Regis singled, then Marcus Nidiffer delivered a three-run shot to give the Boulders a 5-4 lead. That was their only lead of the game, however.

The Miners went on to score two, two, and three in the fifth, six, and seventh respectively. Despite a two-run single from Alex Herceg in the bottom of the seventh, it wasn’t enough.

The two meet again tonight for game three of four in the series.