An early outburst by the Boulders’ offense ended up being too much for the Bears to overcome, as Rockland was victorious on Tuesday night, 4-1.
It did not take Rockland long to get on the scoreboard as leadoff man Chris Valencia sent the second pitch of the game over the right field fence against Newark starter Matt Fitton, to start what would be a three-run first inning for the Boulders. Second baseman Cole Kraft scored on a defensive error following a single by Ryan Scoma. Ryan Mollica would drive home the Boulders’ third run on an RBI ground out that plated Scoma.
Left fielder Burt Reynolds hit a solo home run in the third inning, cutting Rockland’s lead to 3-1.
Mollica, the Boulders’ designated hitter, hit a solo shot off of reliever Mike Petrowski to extend Rockland’s lead to 4-1 in the eighth inning.
Fitton (2-2) pitched seven innings, allowing three runs on eight hits and three walks, while striking out five batters.
The Bears and Boulders will meet again on Wednesday at 11:05 a.m.
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