Miners comeback, defeat Champions 13-6
14 team hits and four mulit-hit efforts wasn't enough, as the Champions drop the third game of a four game series against the Miners.
Dante De Caria
Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (33-15) defeated the Ottawa Champions (23-27), 13-6 on Saturday night at Skylands Stadium.
The Champions and Miners exchanged four different leads, as Sussex takes game three of the four game series.
With Ottawa leading 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning, Mikey Reynolds hit a two-run homer for the Miners to tie the game at six. Then in the sixth inning, Champions reliever Andrew Cooper (Loss, 0-1) gave up four runs, including an Audy Ciriaco two-run homer, putting Sussex County up 10-6.
Ottawa opened the scoring in the top of the first inning, and re-took the lead in the fourth after Malik Collymore homered and Leonardo Reginatto knocked in Miakol Gonzalez with an RBI single.
Champions starter Austin Chrismon, received the no decision, giving up six runs (five earned) over just four innings of work. Manager Sebastien Boucher used four pitchers out of the bullpen, as Heath Bowers, Andrew Cooper, Miles Sheehan and Evan Rutckyj all pitched one inning in relief of Chrismon.
Miners starter Frank Duncan (Win 6-2) earned the victory despite allowing six earned runs over six innings of work. Kevin Grendell and Jose Jose combined to toss three scoreless innings out of the pen, to close out the victory.
The Champions tally 14 or more hits in a game against the Miners, and lose, for the second time this season. Ottawa falls to just 18-7 wen out-hitting an opponent. Maikol Gonzalez, Steve Brown and Leonardo Reginatto each went 3-for-5 in the loss.
Danny Garcia will get the start in the series finale for the Champions tomorrow at 4:05 at Skylands Stadium. Ottawa will look to avoid their second four game series loss against Sussex County this season before returning home on Monday.