Caption - Marcus Nidiffer's two-run double led the Rockland Boulders to a 3-2 win over the Quebec Capitales in the first game of a double-header at Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY on Wednesday. Quebec rebounded to take a 10-4 victory in game two. (Photo - Drew Wohl, Rockland Boulders)
Cody Regis and Marcus Nidiffer combined for four hits and three RBI to fuel the Boulders in a 3-2 victory over the Québec Capitales in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader. Regis hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Nidiffer's two-RBI double drove in the game-winners in the sixth. Matt Kostalos worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the final inning to pick up the save for winning pitcher Marc Huberman.
Six Boulders recorded hits in game two, but Rockland fell 10-4 after the Capitales took the lead early with a four-run top of the first. Cody Regis and JC Rodriguez both homered for Rockland, while Mikael Mogues threw three scoreless innings of relief.
Rockland concludes the three game series against Québec tomorrow at Palisades Credit Union Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The Boulders announced some roster moves on Tuesday, acquiring the contractual rights to slugging infielder Conrad Gregor in exchange for Daniel Carela, and also adding infielder Rylan Sandoval. To make room for Sandoval, starting pitcher Justin Topa was placed on the disabled list. Topa was forced from his start on opening day due to an undisclosed injury.
Gregor, who hit 12 homers and drove in 75 runs with the Jackals last season, started this year with the Boston Red Sox' AA affiliate in Portland before his recent release. Sandoval played the last two seasons in New Jersey, totaling 12 home runs and 102 RBI while providing the versatility of playing multiple positions in the infield.
With the Opening Day looming, Boulders' Manager Jamie Keefe has made the hard decisions in trimming the roster to its 22-player limit. Familiar faces will be returning but the fate of the 2018 squad will also be placed in the hands of several newcomers, as the Boulders set their sights on returning to the post-season for the fifth straight season.
Justin Topa, who finished last season with an impressive 14-3 record and a 3.49 ERA, has been named the Opening Day starter and hopes to reclaim the form that saw him post a 6-0 record over his first seven starts in 2017.
Featured returnees include catcher/DH Marcus Nidiffer, as the team captain also embraced a new role as the team's pitching coach. Cody Regis, Mike Montville, Mikael Mogues, Aaron Wilson, and Alex Herceg are expected to provide the pop in the batting order.
Returning pitchers feature Tommy Lawrence, Nick Sarianides, Matt Kostalos, and a very familiar - and tall - face returns in the 6'10 frame of Garrett Johnson. The lanky left-hander last appeared in pro ball with the Boulders back in 2013, Jamie Keefe's first season at the help.
Off-season acquisitions of note include infielder JC Rodriguez, and pitchers Travis Hansen and Travis Hissong.
The Boulders square off with the Sussex County Miners on Opening Day, Thursday, May 17, in a 6:30 pm start, with post-game fireworks immediately following. The teams play a 6:30 double-header on Saturday (two 7-inning games), with Fireworks between games. And Sunday Funday wraps up the series with a 1:35 start.
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