SHIKOKU ISLAND HOLDS OFF SUSSEX COUNTY

June 15 Recap

Photo Courtesy: Corbin Mills, Sussex County Miners

Shikoku Island 5 , Sussex County 4 – Box Score

Shikoku Island scored a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed after that, as the visitors from Japan defeated the Sussex County Miners 5-4 at Skylands Stadium.

Junichiro Kishi collected three hits and scored twice, and Hayato Hirama (pictured) had two hits and knocked home two runs for the Independents 9-hit attack on the night. Katsuya Shirikata also had a steal of home to score what would prove to be the deciding run for Shikoku Island, who have now split their first two games on their 19-game tour of the Can-Am League

Takumi Hagiwara pitched into the sixth inning to get the win for Shikoku Island, with four relievers combining to hold the Miners to just one hit in the final 3 1/3 innings. Hiroaki Shinohe would get the final three outs for his first save of the tour.

For Sussex County, Brandon Downes went 2-for-3 with a solo HR, his third of the season.

 

New Jersey 4, Rockland 2 – Box Score

The New Jersey Jackals rode a strong pitching performance from Justin Brantley to defeat the Rockland Boulders 4-2 at Palisades Credit Union Park.

Brantley went seven strong innings for the Jackals tonight, holding the Boulders to two runs on just four hits. He walked one batter while striking out 10. Reece Karalus and Dylan Brammer would each pitch scoreless innings to close the game out for New Jersey, Brammer earning his first career save for his work in the ninth.

Offensively, the Jackals got a pair of hits and a RBI from newcomer Nelson Ward, and a double and 2 RBI from Conrad Gregor to pace the Jackals attack.

For Rockland, Blake Grant-Parks hit a solo HR, his fifth of the season.

 

Cuba at Ottawa – POSTPONED

Rain in Ottawa prevented the Ottawa Champions and Cuban National Team from playing their game on Saturday night. The two sides will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12:30 pm.

 

Trois-Rivieres at Quebec – POSTPONED

Rain also got in the way of the battle of Quebec, as the Capitales and Aigles postponed their matchup at Stade Canac. The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow, with a Noon first pitch scheduled.

CHAMPIONS WIN IN A WALK-OFF OVER CUBA

June 14 Recap

Photo Courtesy: Marc Lafleur, Ottawa Champions

Ottawa 5, Cuba 4 – Box Score

Center fielder Steve Brown’s (pictured) two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning capped off a three-run rally as Ottawa defeated the Cuba National Team in a walk-off, 5-4.

The Champions plated a run in each of the second and fourth innings to grab a 2-0 lead. Cuba came back with two runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to overcome the deficit and take a 3-2 advantage. The national team would tack on another run in the eighth before Ottawa plated the three in the ninth to take home the win.

Brown went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs while LF Eduard Pinto added a pair of hits and a run.

Champions pitcher Jesse Lepore tossed three innings of relief and picked-up the victory. The righty gave up an earned run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Lepore is now 1-1 on the year.

For Cuba in the losing effort, C Yosvany Tardio went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

 

Rockland 8, New Jersey 4 – Box Score

After falling behind 3-0 through a half of inning, Rockland would take over as they scored in four of the first five innings of the contest and defeated New Jersey by the score of 8-4.

The Boulders had 12 hits in the contest with four batters having multi-hit outings. Rockland 2B Ryne Birk led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Boulders SS John Brontsema scored a run and drove in two in a 2-for-4 night while 1B Matt Oberste had a pair of hits in three at-bats to go along with a run.

Rockland starting pitcher JD Busfield allowed three earned runs over six innings of work and notched the victory. The righty gave up a pair of walks and four hits to go with four strikeouts. With the win, Busfield is now 3-0 on the year.

For the Jackals in the loss, LF Alfredo Marte went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

 

Sussex County 5, Shikoku Island 1 – Box Score

Sussex County starting pitcher Jeff Thompson tossed seven strong innings in leading the Miners to a 5-1 victory over Shikoku Island.

Thompson gave up a walk and seven hits to go along with six strikeouts in a 101-pitch outing. The righty earned the win and is a perfect 4-0 on the season.

Offensively for Sussex County, 2B Trey Hair had a strong outing at the plate going 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs. Miners SS Mikey Reynolds had two hits in five at-bats along with two runs scored while 3B Jarred Mederos plated a run in a 2-for-3 night. First baseman Audy Ciriaco also helped the Miners offense by launching a home run and driving in two.

Designated hitter Takai Yuka went 1-for-4 with an RBI in the loss for Shikoku Island.

 

Trois-Rivieres 7, Quebec 1 (11 Innings) – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres scored six runs in the top of the 11th inning to break a 1-1 tie and would coast from there to a 7-1 win over Quebec. The victory by the Aigles was their third straight.

The Aigles jumped on the board first in the top of the second inning as 1B Anthony Hermelyn came home to score on a single from C Joe Deluca. The Capitales would tie it up in the fourth as RF Brandon Fischer scored on a wild pitch from Trois-Rivieres starting pitcher Garrett Harris. The score stayed that way until the 11th when Trois-Rivieres plated the six runs and would win the contest going away.

Aigles leadoff hitter David Glaude went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs while Hermelyn had two hits in four at-bats and scored a run.

Trois-Rivieres pitcher Cortland Cox tossed two scoreless innings of relief and notched his first victory of the season. Cox allowed a walk and a hit while striking out three batters.

MINERS’ DUNCAN THROWS NO-HITTER IN WIN OVER JACKALS

June 13 Recap

Photo Courtesy: Phil Hoops/Sussex County Miners

Sussex County 3, New Jersey 0 – Box Score

Sussex County RHP Frank Duncan was sensational tonight as he throws a no-hitter in the 3-0 win over New Jersey. Duncan’s no-no was the ninth in Can-Am League history and the first one since August 7, 2018 when Eduar Lopez of the Jackals accomplished the feat.

The 27-year-old allowed only one base runner in the entire game and that was a two-out walk to New Jersey 1B Conrad Gregor in the first inning. Duncan threw 89 pitches, 59 for strikes, and struck out six batters. With the victory, the righty is now 2-2 on the season.

Offensively for the Miners, SS Mikey Reynolds went 2-for-4 with a run scored while C Troy Dixon had a hit in three at-bats and plated a run. Sussex County scored all three of their runs in the eighth inning.

 

Trois-Rivieres 6, Rockland 3 – Box Score

After falling behind 2-0 through 3 ½ innings of play, Trois-Rivieres took command as they scored three runs in the fourth to grab a 3-2 lead and would go on from there to take home a 6-3 win over Rockland.

The Aigles finished with 10 hits in the contest and was led by 3B Taylor Brennan who went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Trois-Rivieres CF Parker Sniatynski scored a run and drove in one in a perfect 2-for-2 night while RF Michael Suchy had a hit in four at-bats and two RBIs. Second baseman Tucker Nathans also helped the Aigles offense by drawing two walks and scoring a run.

Trois-Rivieres starting pitcher Chris Murphy tossed 6 1/3 solid innings and earned his first victory of the season. Murphy allowed two earned runs on six hits and struck out nine batters.

For the Boulders in the loss, 3B Richie Fecteau went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs.

 

Quebec at Ottawa (Postponed – Rain)

The game between Quebec and Ottawa was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday, June 21st beginning at 5:05 PM. Both games are scheduled for seven innings.

QUEBEC SCORES SEVEN IN THE FIRST AND ROLLS BY OTTAWA

June 12 Evening Recap

Photo Courtesy: Quebec Capitales

Quebec 11, Ottawa 6 – Box Score

Quebec jumped out to a big 7-0 lead after just one inning of play and would coast from there to an 11-6 victory over Ottawa.

The Capitales had five batters in the game with multi-hit outings including 1B Joe Lytle (pictured) who went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Quebec 2B Brandon Fischer scored a run and drove in two in a 2-for-5 night while RF Kody Ruedisili had two hits, including a triple, along with a run and an RBI. Leadoff hitter David Salgueiro and 3B Alan Mocahbee also chipped in two hits and two runs scored for the Capitales. In total, Quebec banged out 15 hits in the contest.

Starting pitcher Arik Sikula allowed three earned runs over seven innings of work to earn the win for Quebec. The righty gave up seven hits to go along with seven strikeouts in a 96-pitch outing. With the victory, Sikula evened his mark at 2-2 on the season.

For Ottawa, CF Steve Brown went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

 

Trois-Rivieres 7, Rockland 3 – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres scored a run in the second inning and four more in the third to take a 5-0 lead and would go on from there to beat Rockland by a final of 7-3.

The Aigles collected 11 hits in the game with eight batters picking-up at least one. Trois-Rivieres DH Levon Washington went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with a double and a pair of runs scored while C and Batter of the Week recipient Joe Deluca tallied two runs and drove in one in a 2-for-2 night. Right fielder Michael Suchy also helped the Aigles offense by collecting a double and driving in three runs.

Trois-Rivieres starter Brandon Barker threw 5 1/3 innings and notched his first victory of the season. Barker allowed two earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts. The bullpen was terrific for the Aigles as relievers Cortland Cox, Cam Lafleur, Tyler Ferguson and Garrett Mundell combined to give up only one hit while fanning five batters in the final 3 2/3 innings.

Catcher Blake Grant-Parks went 2-for-3 and scored a run in the loss for the Boulders.

JACKALS ROLL TO FAST START AND CRUISE BY MINERS

June 12 Afternoon Recap

Photo Courtesy: New Jersey Jackals

New Jersey 10, Sussex County 7 – Box Score

New Jersey scored early and often as they jumped out to an 8-1 lead after two innings of play and would cruise from there to defeat Sussex County by the final of 10-7.

The Jackals collected 12 hits as a team with five batters having multi-hit outings. New Jersey LF Alfredo Marte led the way at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Jackals 1B Conrad Gregor had two hits in four at-bats with a pair of runs scored while C Jason Agresti had a home run and three RBIs in a 2-for-3 day. Designated hitter Richard Stock also chipped in two walks and two runs for New Jersey.

Jackals starting pitcher Eduard Reyes (pictured) tossed six solid innings en route to earning the victory. The 28-year-old gave up two earned runs on four hits and struck out eight batters. With the win, Reyes is now a perfect 3-0 on the season.

For the Miners in the loss, 3B/SS Mikey Reynolds went 1-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

THREE-RUN FIFTH PROPELS CHAMPIONS PAST CAPITALES

June 11 Evening Recap

Photo Courtesy: Marc Lafleur, Ottawa Champions

Ottawa 4, Quebec 2 – Box Score

The Ottawa Champions scored three runs in the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie and would go on to top Quebec by the score of 4-2.

After a scoreless first inning, Ottawa would jump out to a 1-0 lead in the second as CF Steve Brown came home to score on a groundout by 3B Jordan Caillouet (pictured). Quebec tied up the score at 1-1 in the following inning as DH Tyson Gillies brought SS Michael Baca home on a groundout. The Champions would then take the lead for good in the fifth as they plated the three runs via a sacrifice fly, a single and a bases loaded walk. The Capitales added a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to 4-2 but that is as close as they would get.

Ottawa starting pitcher Danny Garcia tossed six solid innings and earn the victory. The lefty gave up an earned run on four hits and struck out 10 batters. With the win, Garcia is now 2-1 on the year.

For Quebec in the losing effort, Gillies and 1B/LF Rian Kiniry each collected a hit and a run batted in.

 

Empire State Grays at Sussex County (Doubleheader – Postponed)

The doubleheader between the Empire State Grays and Sussex County was postponed. Both games will be made up with doubleheaders on Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3. The twinbills will be scheduled for 5:05 PM.

BOULDERS GET OFF TO QUICK START AND ROLL PAST AIGLES

June 11 Afternoon Recap

Photo Courtesy: Rockland Boulders

Rockland 10, Trois-Rivieres 1 – Box Score

It was all Rockland from the start as they scored seven runs over the first four innings and coasted from there to a 10-1 victory over Trois-Rivieres.

The Boulders banged out 12 hits in the contest and scored in every inning except the fifth and eighth. Rockland 3B John Brontsema (pictured) led the way at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Boulders C Adam Ehrlich scored a run and drove in two in a 2-for-5 day while DH Blake Grant-Parks added a solo home run and SS Cito Culver collected a pair of hits.

Rockland starting pitcher Justin Valdespina allowed an earned run over five innings of work to notch his first victory of the season. Valdespina gave up three walks and three hits to go along with six strikeouts.

For Trois-Rivieres in the loss, C Anthony Hermelyn hit a solo home run to account for the team’s only run.

DELUCA, McNORTON GIVE AIGLES SWEEP OF WEEKLY AWARDS

Thornhill, Ontario – The Trois-Rivières Aigles swept the Can-Am League’s June 3-9 weekly awards, with 1B/C Joe Deluca named Batter of the Week and RHP Kevin McNorton earning Pitcher of the Week honors, as selected by PointStreak, the league’s official statistician. The Aigles went 4-2 on the week, including a three-game sweep of the New Jersey Jackals Tuesday through Thursday.

Deluca, 23, appeared in all six games and went 10-for-18 (.476) with a 1.143 slugging percentage, belting four home runs and driving in 11. Most notably, on Saturday, June 8, he was 3-for-5 with two home runs and six RBI in a 13-7 loss to Ottawa, while on Tuesday, June 4, he went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and four RBI in a 12-3 win over New Jersey.

Currently, the Cicero, N.Y., native is tied with teammate Taylor Brennan for the league lead with five home runs to go along with a .277 average and a team-high 17 RBI. He is in his third professional season, having spent the 2017 and 2018 campaigns in the American Association and Frontier League following a college career at the College of St. Rose (N.Y.).

Meanwhile, McNorton was masterful in his only appearance of the week on Thursday, June 6, hurling six shutout innings, fanning seven and earning the win as the Aigles defeated the Jackals, 4-2. On the season, the native of Columbiana, Ala., is 2-2 with a 4.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 28.2 innings pitched.

The 27-year-old is in his third season with the Aigles, going 8-4 and leading the league with 128.1 innings pitched and 20 starts in 2018. He had previously spent parts of four seasons in the Frontier League after pitching collegiately at the University of Tampa (Fla.).

This week, Trois-Rivières, currently in fifth place with a 9-15 record, will face Rockland at home Tuesday through Thursday before traveling to Québec for a three-game weekend series.

BOULDERS HOLD OFF LATE RALLY BY JACKALS TO WIN

June 9 Recap

Photo Courtesy: Rockland Boulders

Rockland 5, New Jersey 4 – Box Score

Rockland scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead and would have to hold off a late New Jersey rally to win by a 5-4 final. With the victory, the Boulders took two of three in the series and have now won seven of their last nine games.

The Boulders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a double by 1B Matt Oberste and a single by C Adam Ehrlich. New Jersey would cut the deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by LF Alfredo Marte. The Boulders and Jackals would each score a run in the fourth before Rockland plated two more in the fifth to grab a 5-2 advantage.  New Jersey added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings to make it 5-4 but would come up short in their comeback.

Oberste went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI while DH Richie Fecteau launched a home run and 3B John Brontsema plated a pair of runs.

Boulders starter Pasquale Mazzoccoli (pictured) allowed an earned run over six innings of work to earn the win. The 27-year-old gave up two walks and five hits to go with three strikeouts. Mazzoccoli is now 2-1 on the season with the victory.

 

Trois-Rivieres 8, Ottawa 7 – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres jumped out to a 6-1 lead after three innings of play and would have to hold on late to edge past Ottawa by the score of 8-7.

After the Aigles rolled out to the five-run lead, the Champions plated four runs in the fifth to cut their deficit to 6-5. Trois-Rivieres would add single runs in the sixth and seventh to push the lead back out to 8-5 before Ottawa made a rally in the ninth, scoring a pair of runs and getting the tying run thrown out at the plate to end the contest.

Second baseman David Glaude led the way offensively for the Aigles going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Trois-Rivieres RF Francis Desilets had a three-hit game with a run scored while 1B Joe Deluca and DH Levon Washington each had two hits in four at-bats along with a run scored and an RBI. In total, the Aigles had 13 hits in the contest.

Trois-Rivieres starting pitcher Garrett Harris tossed five innings and picked-up the win. The righty gave up four earned runs on five hits and struck out five batters. With the victory, Harris is now a perfect 4-0 on the season.

 

Sussex County 8, Quebec 6 – Box Score

Sussex County scored five runs in the sixth inning to overcome a 6-3 deficit and beat Quebec by the score of 8-6.

The Miners had 10 hits in the contest with three batters having multi-hit games. Sussex County RF Noah Cummings went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs while SS Jarred Mederos had two hits in five at-bats along with two runs batted in. First baseman Audy Ciriaco also helped the Miners offense by scoring two runs and driving in one.

Sussex County pitcher Kevin Grendell tossed three scoreless innings of relief to pick-up his second win of the season. Grendell had a walk and five strikeouts in the 10 batters that he faced.

For Quebec in the losing effort, SS Michael Baca went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

SIX-RUN FIFTH LEADS CAPITALES TO THIRD CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

June 8 Recap

Photo Courtesy: Quebec Capitales

Quebec 7, Sussex County 3 – Box Score

Quebec scored six runs (five unearned) in the fifth inning to pull ahead 7-1 and would go on from there to defeat Sussex County by a final of 7-3. The win by the Capitales was their third straight.

Quebec had four batters in the game with multi-hit outings including RF Kody Ruedisili who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored. Capitales 3B Alan Mocahbee drove in a pair of runs in a 2-for-4 night while CF David Salgueiro (pictured) and DH Tyson Gillies each collected two hits and scored a run. In all, Quebec had 12 hits in the contest.

Capitales starter Scott Richmond allowed one earned run over 6 1/3 innings of work to notch the victory. The righty gave up a walk and 12 hits to go with three punchouts. Richmond is now 2-2 on the season.

Second baseman Trey Hair went 3-for-4 with a run scored in the loss for the Miners.

 

Ottawa 13, Trois-Rivieres 7 – Box Score

After Trois-Rivieres jumped out to a 3-0 lead through three innings of action, Ottawa took over scoring 13 runs over the next five and coasting to a 13-7 win over the Aigles.

The Champions pounded out 18 hits in the contest with six batters having multi-hit games. Ottawa 2B Maikol Gonzalez led the way going 3-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBIs. Champions CF Steve Brown scored a pair of runs and drove in two in a 3-for-6 night while RF Jiandido Tromp and 3B Jordan Caillouet each collected four RBIs. In total, all Ottawa batters scored at least a run and eight of them pick-up at least a hit.

Champions starting pitcher Phillippe Aumont threw five innings and notched his third win of the year. Aumont gave up four earned runs on eight hits and struck out four batters.

For Trois-Rivieres in defeat, C Joe Deluca had a 3-for-5 day with a pair of home runs and six RBIs.

 

Rockland 7, New Jersey 4 – Box Score

Trailing 3-1 through six innings of play, Rockland came alive scoring six runs over their final three trips to the plate and taking home a 7-4 win over New Jersey.

The Boulders jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning as DH Blake Grant-Parks hit a solo home run. The Jackals plated three runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead thanks to a two-run double by DH Richard Stock and a run-producing single by C Jason Agresti. The score would stay that way until the seventh when Rockland started their comeback by plating four in the inning and grabbing a 5-3 lead. Grant-Parks drove in a pair with a single while 3B Richie Fecteau launched a two-run home run. The Boulders would add two insurance runs in the ninth and the Jackals picked-up a run in the bottom of the inning.

Grant-Parks went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs while Fecteau scored two runs and drove in two in a 2-for-4 night.

Rockland pitcher Nick Kennedy tossed two scoreless innings of relief to grab the win. Kennedy gave up two hits and two walks to go with a strikeout.