Rockland used two big innings, scoring nine runs combined in the sixth and seven innings, to win their second straight over the Newark Bears, 13-8
First baseman Daryle Ward, who celebrated his 37th birthday on Wednesday, hit a sacrifice fly that drove home Mike Richard, to put Newark up 1-0. Richard reached on a single, stole second base and advanced to third on an Alex Bardeguez ground out, before scoring.
The Boulders’ offense cranked it up in the third inning, scoring a run on a sacrifice fly from center fielder Chris Valencia. In the following inning, first baseman Ryan Scoma hit a home run to lead off the inning and give Rockland a 2-1 edge.
Newark came back to tie it in the bottom half of the inning, when second baseman Juan Martinez had an RBI ground out that scored Danny Santiesteban.
For the second consecutive inning, the Boulders led off with a home run, as left fielder Jon Smith hit a solo shot, giving Rockland a 3-2 advantage.
Catcher Billy Alvino struck back with a solo blast of his own in the bottom half of the inning, to once again nod the game up.
With the help of some defensive miscues from Newark, the Boulders posted a four-run sixth inning. There were three errors in the inning, leading to four unearned runs and a 7-3 Rockland lead.
Ward helped the Bears temporarily close the gap to 7-5, when he hammered a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Boulders would eventually pull away.
Rockland scored five runs in the seventh inning to take a 12-5 lead, and would add an insurance run in the ninth to make it, 13-5.
Left fielder Burt Reynolds had a three-run home run for Newark in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not nearly enough to close the gap, as the Boulders took home a five-run victory.
Starter Brian Parker (0-4) went six innings, giving up seven runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk. He struck out two hitters on the day.
The Bears will take on the Boulders in the series finale on Thursday at 1:05 p.m.
The Bears will be visited by NBA Draft hopefuls Scott Machado and Jordan Theodore. Fans who attend the Bears game tomorrow afternoon can save $3 on tickets to the draft, which takes place at the Prudential Center at 7 p.m.
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