The New York Boulders used a six run first inning to power themselves to a 15-7 win over the New Jersey Jackals, completing the sweep of their midweek series at Yogi Berra Stadium.
New York’s first run came on a bunt by Milton Smith Jr. that was thrown over the head of Jackal’s first baseman Riley Mihalik by catcher Jason Agresti, allowing Jack Sundberg to score all the way from first. Smith then reached home on a wild pitch by Jackal’s starter Chase Ingram to double the Boulder’s lead
Later in the inning Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a double with the bases loaded to score three runs, and then was brought home on a single by Phil Caulfield to extend the lead to 6-0.
The Jackals responded though, scoring four of their own in the bottom of the inning. Russ Olive and Dalton Combs each hit two-run homers off Boulder's starter Orsen Josephina, who struggled to find any rhythm.
Scoring continued in the third, with Ray Herandez and Agresti each hitting solo shots for their respective teams making the score 7-5. Hernandez’s blast over the left field wall was his 14th of the season, tying the league lead with Quincy Nieporte of Schaumburg.
Ingram gave up his eighth and final run in the top of the fourth on another home run, this time by Zach Kirtley to put the Boulders ahead 8-5. He picked up the loss, giving up six earned runs on eight hits and three walks with just two strikeouts through four.
New Jersey continued to battle, adding two runs in the bottom of the fifth on back to back wild pitches by Boulder’s reliever Alex Mack. The runs were charged to Josephina, who earned the win despite 4.1 shaky innings where he gave up seven hits and five walks.
Mastrobuoni sparked another small rally in the top of the seventh with a leadoff double, but suffered an apparent hamstring injury when rounding first, and was subsequently replaced. The 27-year old finished with four hits, including three doubles, as well as three RBIs, and was just beginning to find consistency at the plate after missing all of June on the disabled list.
His replacement Phil Capra left right where Mastrobuoni left off though, driving in two of the Boulder's five runs in the top of the eighth on a single down the right field line.
New York’s bullpen shut down the Jackals lineup the rest of the way, with New Jersey failing to score after the fifth.
The Boulders will hope to keep this momentum going as they host the Washington Wild Things for a double header tomorrow evening.
New York’s fourth-inning rally proved to be enough, allowing them to take game one of a three-game series against the Sussex County Miners. The Boulder's six-run inning sealed an 8-3 victory tonight, July 16th, at Palisades Credit Union Park.
Kevonte Mitchell started things off in the fourth blasting his sixth home run of the season. Phil Caufield then knocked a two-run RBI double sending home Tucker Nathans and Ryan Ramiz, who both singled early in the inning to get on base. Right after, Jack Sundberg tallied his first home run of the season, sending home Phil Capra and Caufield. Sundberg was three for five on the night adding a double and a single to his line. Ramiz was three for four, notching three singles.
The Boulder’s defense found ways to escape an early jump by the Miners in the first two innings. Milton Smith Jr. hit Caufield at the cutoff who saved a run from scoring at the top of the first. At the top of the second, after walking two straight batters, the Boulders pulled through to avoid advancing any Miners home, keeping the game scoreless at the end of two.
Sussex County found a way to capitalize first off of Orsen Josephina’s shaky start for New York at the top of the third. Juan Kelly blasted a two-run home run sending home Martin Figueroa to put the Miners up 2-0 on the Boulders.
The Miner’s third inning stance was not enough to halt the Boulders, who came out firing at the bottom of the fourth.
In the bottom of the sixth, New York added to their lead with a two-run home run from Phil Capra. Sussex County tacked on one final run at the top of the ninth after a sacrifice fly from Aaron Knapp which sent home Cito Culver, sealing an 8-3 Boulder victory.
Josephina’s night came to an end after pitching six innings in which he walked four, struck out two, and allowed two earned runs on six hits, picking up the win for New York.
Max Herrmann tagged the loss for Sussex County, pitching six innings in which he allowed eight earned runs on ten hits, striking out two and walking one.
The Boulders and Miners are set to play game two of the series tomorrow night, July 17, at 6:30 pm at PCU Park.
Quebec Scores 13, Takes 2 out of 3 Against Boulders
Offense was on display as Equipe Quebec defeated the New York Boulders 13-9 on Thursday night at Palisades Credit Union Park. Six of Quebec’s nine runs came in the top of the fifth, which was highlighted by Jeffry Parra’s three-run home run, which tied the game at 6-6. Jonathan Lacroix’s two-run triple later in the inning gave Quebec an 8-6 lead that they never gave up.
Parra and Lacroix along with Connor Panas all finished the game with four RBIs for Quebec.
The road team took a first inning lead for the third straight game against New York on Panas’ three-run home run. The homer occurred two batters after David Glaude reached on a mishandled ground ball by Boulder’s first baseman Marcus Mastrobuoni, which would have been the third out of the inning.
The Boulders got one back in the bottom of the first though, when Jack Sundberg led off with a single and was quickly brought home on a double by Zach Kirtley to deep left field.
New York rallied in the bottom of the fourth, tying the game on a two-run home run by Mastrobuoni, and took the lead when Phil Caulfield, the next batter, homered as well. For Mastrobuoni it was his first hit since May 29th after a long stint on the dislabled list, while for Caulfield it was his first home run since joining the team.
Ryan Ramiz’s two-run double later in the inning put the Boulders ahead 6-3, a lead they quickly relinquished.
Boulders starter Ryan Munoz settled in for a few innings before allowing the first four runs of the fifth. Munoz exited the game with six earned runs on seven hits and two walks, to go along with his three strikeouts. He took the loss as his record fell to 0-2.
New York entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 10-6, and got within a run after Ray Hernandez’s two-run homer and Sundberg’s sacrifice fly, but stranded the tying run on second after Kirtley grounded into a double play. Hernandez continues to show off his power, now with 12 home runs on the year.
Quebec didn’t give the Boulders another chance, adding their final insurance runs in the top of the eighth. The team finished with 16 hits, led by Nathan Etheridge with three of his own.
Pablo Arevalo picked up the win, improving to 1-1 on the year.
The Boulders will try to right the ship tomorrow night when they host Sussex County.