In the first game of the Memorial Day double header, the Boulders shutout the Champions 10-0 behind a gem by starter Justin Topa (2-0). Topa pitched five scoreless innings to pick up the win. Ottawa starter Daniel Cordero (0-1) gave up seven runs in four short innings of work to earn the loss. Earlier in the day, third baseman Cody Regis was named the CanAm Player of the Week and he lived up to the award with a 3-for-3 game that included a walk, a double, three RBIs, three runs scored, and a homerun.
The Boulders started the scoring early in the game with two runs in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Jared McDonald reached base safely after a wild pitch followed by a walk by Dylan Tice. Captain Marcus Nidiffer would drive in McDonald with a single while Regis would notch an RBI single two batters later to bring home Tice.
Regis would strike again in the third inning with a homerun to up the score to 3-0. This was the third baseman’s third straight game with a homerun. The Boulders would then knock Cordero out of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a Joe Maloney single and back-to-back walks to Regis and Mike Montville, Jon Smith singled to right field, which scored Maloney from third. On the play, Ottawa right fielder Ardon Chambers, lost his grip on the wet baseball as it hit the grass, allowing Regis to join Maloney across home plate and extend the Boulder lead to five runs.
Southpaw James Mulry came on in relief of Cordero and the Boulders proceeded to add to their lead. Mike Montville hit an RBI groundout to second base and Dylan Tice joined in by hitting an RBI single to center field scoring Smith, making it 7-0.
The Boulders added three more runs in their half of the sixth inning off Mulry. Nidiffer and Maloney led the inning off with a pair of singles and Regis followed with an RBI double to right, scoring Nidiffer. Smith came up with an RBI double to right field, which scored both Maloney and Regis, making it 10-0 Boulders.
Danny Lawrence relieved Topa and pitched two shutout innings in the sixth and seventh. The innings included two double plays turned by the Boulders.
After a dominant first game, Rockland would have the script flipped on them losing 10-2 in the second contest. Starting pitcher Jason Byers (0-2) struggled in his first start of the season giving up four runs in 3.1 innings. Meanwhile, Ottawa starter Austin Chrismon (2-1) pitched well surrendering just two runs, going the distance for the win.
The Boulders got off to another good start by scoring a run in the first inning. After a Dylan Tice base hit, Mike Fransoso singled. Ottawa left fielder Matt Helms would commit an error that would allow Tice to score all the way from first to put Rockland on the board first.
Ottawa would answer back with a solo homerun from center fielder Steve Brown to tie the game. The Boulders would take the lead again in the bottom of the third. After Tice singled again and stole second base, Fransoso would move him to third with a groundout and Marcus Nidiffer would bring him home with a sac fly to make the score 2-1.
The game would quickly go south for the Boulders, as they would give up three more runs in the top of the fourth. Brian Bistagne would work a walk and proceed to steal second and third. Brown would then walk and Rick Oropesa would drive both home on a double. Rockland turned to their bullpen bringing Ethan Elias in to pitch but he could not stop the bleeding. Third baseman Gustavo Pierre would single and a wild pitch brought Oropesa home to up the Champions lead to 4-2.
The Champions would continue to score in the fifth. Adron Chambers led off the inning with a walk, followed by a bunt from Bustagne that Elias would commit an error to keep everyone safe. The next batter Sebastian Boucher grounded out, which allowed the runner to move out. Brown would follow it up with a sac fly bringing Chambers home making the score 5-2.
In the sixth inning with relief pitcher Matt Kostalos on the mound, Pierre led off with a double, Helms walked, and Daniel Bick crushed a ball for a three-run homer to make score 8-2. The Champions continued the onslaught into the seventh. Oropesa would double, followed by a Pierre walk, a Kostalos wild pitch and error by Joe Maloney to bring home two more runs to make the score 10-2.
Maloney gave the Boulders a run with an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh but it was not nearly enough as Rockland lost 10-3.
This was the first time the two teams met since the championship series last season in which Ottawa won in five games. The two teams will have an off day tomorrow before meeting again on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. to continue the series. The Boulders move to 10-3 while Ottawa is now 4-7 on the season.
The Rockland Boulders defeated the Quebec Capitales by a score of 4-1 behind a pitching gem by ace Richard Salazar (3-0). Salazar gave up just one run in seven innings of work and recorded six strikeouts, with the defense providing three clutch double plays in the process to earn his league leading third win. Quebec’s starter Keugan Yuhl pitched his first game of the season for the Capitales and surrendered three runs in four innings of work to take the loss.
The game started shaky for Salazar as the Capitales started the game off with two singles, but a strikeout followed by a double play quickly erased the runners. Quebec would have two base runners reach again in the second, but Salazar got another double play from his defense to get out of the jam.
Rockland would capitalize on Quebec’s missed opportunities in the bottom of the inning, as Cody Regis, Mike Montville, and Jon Smith would all single to load the bases for newly acquired designated hitter Joe Bennie. Bennie would then come through with an RBI single to put the Boulders on the board first. Jared McDonald would tack on another run with a sac fly to give the Boulders a 2-0 lead.
The score would remain the same until the bottom of the fourth when Montville, Smith, and McDonald would all single again, giving the Boulders a 3-1 lead, and giving McDonald his second RBI of the afternoon. Quebec would finally get on the board in the top of the fifth, after an RBI single by shortstop Yordan Manduley.
The Boulders would score again in the sixth to build a 4-1 lead via a solo home run by Cody Regis, his second in as many nights and his third of the season. The score would hold up the rest of the game as closer Mayckol Guaipe came in to record his fourth save of the season, which ties the league lead.
Today’s victory gave Rockland the series win over Quebec and improved their record to 9-2 on the season, good for first place in the Can-Am. Next up for the Boulders will be a Memorial Day double header tomorrow against the Ottawa Champions at home. First pitch for the first game will be at 1 p.m. with the second contest beginning shortly after.
The Rockland Boulders got back into the win column tonight thanks to a 9-3 victory over the Quebec Capitales to even the series. The Boulder bats came alive as the team hit five homeruns and four off of Quebec starter Arik Sikula (0-2), who gave up six runs in as many innings. Rockland starter Bo Budkevics (1-0) had a quality start giving up just two runs over six innings to secure his first win of the season.
Rockland got off to a good start manufacturing a first inning run with a walk and stolen base by Dylan Tice, who would be driven home by the very next batter, Mike Fransoso, with an RBI single. The Capitales would strike back with a run of their own in the top of the second. After a leadoff double by Yurisbel Garcial and a groundout that would move him to third, Garcial would score on a wild pitch to even the score. However, Cody Regis would give the Boulders the lead again with the first blast of the night.
The score would hold up until the bottom of the fourth when Marcus Nidiffer would crush a two-run homer to bring home Fransoso and give the Boulders a 4-1 lead. Rockland would strike again the following inning with a solo shot by Jon Smith, who made a phenomenal diving catch earlier in the fourth to rob Quebec of a hit, for his fourth homerun of the season.
The Capitales would try to battle back in the sixth with an RBI single by Jordan Lennerton, but Joe Maloney would smash a pitch out of the park in the bottom of the inning to erase Quebec’s efforts and make the score 6-2.
The Capitales would turn to their bullpen in the seventh inning but Maloney would strike again with a three run blast off of relief pitcher Andrew Elliot to give him two homers on the night and his league leading fifth of the season in the eighth to break the game wide open at 9-2.
Quebec would score one more in the ninth, but it was not nearly enough as the Boulders secured their eighth win of the season to improve to 8-2 and snap their short losing streak. The rubber match of the series will be tomorrow at 2 pm.