THREE-RUN EIGHTH PROVES TO BE THE DIFFERENCE IN QUEBEC’S WIN OVER ROCKLAND

JULY 14 LEAGUE RECAP

 

Quebec 8, Rockland 5 – Box Score

Quebec scored three runs in the eighth inning to take an 8-4 lead and that proved to be the difference in the contest as they downed Rockland by the score of 8-5.

The Boulders took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run blast from DH Marcus Nidiffer. The Capitales came back and tallied a run in each of the first and second innings to tie the game up at 2-2. Quebec took the lead at 4-2 in the fifth on a SS Jonathan Malo RBI double and a run producing single by 2B TJ White. White then added a solo home run in the seventh to make it 5-2 before Rockland scored a pair in the eighth on a SS JC Rodriguez blast to cut it to 5-4. The Capitales then put the game away for good in the eighth on an RBI single by RF Edgar Lebron and a fielder’s choice. Nidiffer added his second home run of the night in the ninth to round out the scoring for the Boulders.

Lebron and McOwen each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs while White added three hits in five at-bats and drove in a pair of runs.

Quebec starting pitcher Arik Sikula tossed 7 2/3 innings and picked-up his league leading eighth win of the season. Sikula gave up four earned runs on eight hits and struck out three batters.

For Rockland in defeat, Nidiffer went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.

 

New Jersey 6, Sussex County 5 – Box Score

New Jersey scored two runs in the seventh inning to make it a 6-3 contest and that proved to be enough in a 6-5 win over Sussex County.

The Jackals jumped out on top 2-0 in the first inning as CF David Harris launched a two-run home run. The Miners then came back and plated a pair of runs in the second to tie it at 2-2. Sussex County took the lead at 3-2 in the fourth on a single by C Luis Alen before 2B Rony Cabrera hit a two-run blast in the same inning to give the Jackals back the advantage at 4-3. The lead would stay way until the seventh when New Jersey put the game out of reach as they tallied the two runs on an RBI single by Harris and an error by Miners pitcher Kevin Grendell. Sussex County scored two runs in the ninth to cut the deficit to one but left the tying run at second base to end the game.

Harris went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs while Cabrera scored two runs and drove in two in a 1-for-2 night. Leadoff hitter Connor Hofmann also chipped in a pair of runs and three hits for the Jackals.

New Jersey starting pitcher Mariel Checo allowed three earned runs over five innings pitched to notch his second win of the year. Checo gave up three hits and five walks to go along with five punchouts.

 

Trois-Rivieres 12, Ottawa 4 – Box Score

Trois-Rivieres won their fifth consecutive contest as they rolled past Ottawa by the score of 12-4. The Aigles tallied 10 runs over the first three innings, including eight in the third, to take control of the game early and win going away.

Third baseman Taylor Brennan again led the offense for Trois-Rivieres going 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBIs. Brennan has now homered in four consecutive games and has 20 on the season, which leads the Can-Am League. Aigles RF Michael Suchy also went deep in a 1-for-2 night while 2B Taylor Oldham and LF Javier Herrera each collected a hit and drove in two runs.

Trois-Rivieres starter Chris Murphy tossed seven innings and nabbed his sixth win of the season. Murphy allowed three earned runs on six hits and fanned six batters.

For the Champions, leadoff hitter Chase Harris went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

 

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