The Rockland Boulders scored early and often in this contest as they rolled out to an 8-0 lead after three innings and cruised to a 10-4 win over the Sussex County Miners. Rockland Centerfielder Jared McDonald was sensational offensively going a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, three RBI and four runs scored. (reprint: canamleague.com)
Rockland starting pitcher David Fischer twirled a gem and paved the way as the Boulders topped the Sussex County Miners 8-0. Fischer tossed eight scoreless innings and gave up just three hits and a pair of walks while racking up nine strikeouts. The defense behind him helped out with three double plays in the game. Reliever Donnie Joseph came on in the ninth and picked up where Fischer left off as he retired the side in order to end the game. Offensively, C Marcus Nidiffer and DH Jared Schlehuber each had three hits and one RBI in the game. RF Brendon Webb hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning for his first round tripper of the year. (reprint: http://canamleague.com)
With back-to-back three-run innings in the third and fourth innings, the Boulders won the opener of a doubleheader against the Miners by an 8-5 final. After 3B Riley Palmer homered to start the home half of the third for Rockland, DH Jared Schlehuber drove in two on a two-RBI single later in the frame. In the fourth, CF Jared McDonald hit a two-run home run, and LF Mike Schwartz checked in with an RBI double later in the inning. C Marcus Nidiffer also homered for Rockland, a solo shot in the second inning. On the mound, RHP Alex Gouin tossed two innings for the win, and RHP Hector Nelo worked a scoreless seventh for the save. For Sussex County, C Elvin Soto was 2-for-4 with two triples. In game two, DH Marcus Nidiffer blasted a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, and Rockland didn’t look back as the Boulders beat the Miners 5-2 in the nightcap of the doubleheader. CF Jared McDonald added an RBI single in the second, and a fifth run scored on a balk in the fourth. McDonald and C Alex DeBellis had two hits apiece for the Boulders in the win. RHP Bo Budkevics struck out six in six innings for the win, and RHP Daniel Carela struck out a batter in the seventh to pick up the save. For Sussex County, LF Carl Thomore was 3-for-3.
The Rockland Boulders protected their slim lead down the stretch and held on for a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Jackals. The Boulders took the lead in the third inning when DH Marcus Nidiffer recorded a sac fly that scored CF Jared McDonald, who went 2-for-5, and 1B Jared Schlehuber doubled home SS Junior Arrojo. Schlehuber added a crucial insurance run in the seventh as Arrojo scored from third when he bounced out. The Jackals cut into the lead in the eighth with a two-run home run from Michael O’Neill but New Jersey couldn’t pull any closer. Starting pitcher David Fischer earned the win after tossing 7.1 innings and allowing the two runs on four hits while striking out six. Reliever Hector Nelo picked up the four-out save. (Reprint from canamleague.com)
(reposted from: http://canamleague.com) A five run fifth inning for Rockland broke a 4-4 tie to propel the Boulders to a 10-6 victory over the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Earning his third win on the mound was starter Bo Budkevics who went six innings allowing five earned runs with four strikeouts. For Rockland, four players had two hits as both CF Jared McDonald and DH Marcus Nidiffer homered. Trois-Rivieres RF Yeixon Ruiz went 4-for-5 to lead the team while DH Bobby Coyle Jr. hit his first home run of the year.
DH Jared Schlehuber went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBI to lead the Rockland Boulders to a 14-4 victory over the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. Rockland outhit the Eagles 13-11 to back starter Richard Salazar who earned his third win of the year going 5.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts. Boulders’ 1B Alex DeBellis and LF Riley Palmer both had two hits. For Trois-Rivieres Aigles, 1B Daniel Mateo hit his second home run of the season and was one of the Aigles to record multiple hits.
Sunday’s baseball game was postponed due to weather. Quebec and Rockland will play their makeup contest on August 12 at Palisades Credit Union Park. Here’s Saturday’s recap — The Quebec Capitales earned their ninth win of the year defeating the Rockland Boulders by a final score of 2-1. On the mound, Jasvir Rakkar earned his second win of the year throwing six innings, surrendering just one earned run on six hits while reliever Jon Fitzsimmons earned the save for throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
(sports coverage from: http://canamleague.com) Seven runs combined in the first two innings propelled the Rockland Boulders to an 8-5 victory over the Quebec Capitales. Starter Richard Salazar earned his second win of the year throwing six innings, allowing just three earned runs on six hits and reliever Hector Nelo logged the save. Boulders’ Center Fielder Jared McDonald went 2-for-3 with a home run, three runs scored and two RBI while third baseman Mike Fransoso went 3-for-4 to lead Rockland’s offense.
(provided by: http://canamleague.com) Both the top batters in the Boulders’ batting order pushed three runs across the plate propelling Rockland to a 9-2 win against the Ottawa Champions. Center Fielder Jared McDonald went 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored and shortstop Junior Arrojo, battling second, went 2-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Catcher Alex DeBellis and secondbaseman Ray Frias both had two hits and two runs scored. That was enough run support for starting pitcher Bo Budkevics who earned the win for working eight scoreless innings and striking out 11 batters.
The Boulders played their final games this weekend, beginning on Friday with a win against the Trois Rivieres Aigles of 7-6. On Saturday they lost 4-3 and on Sunday, they lost again 7-2 and officially finished their season, unfortunately losing the playoffs.