It took Rockland extra innings to take game one, when Ryan Scoma hit a walk-off home run for the Boulders off of Bears’ closer Jorge Vasquez in the 3-2 victory over Newark.
In the top of the first short stop Mike Richard and center fielder Quentin Davis singled to open the inning, but Daryle Ward, in his first game back from the disabled list, grounded out to the pitcher, for the first out of the inning. Even though right fielder Ryde Rodriguez followed Ward with a walk to load the bases, the Bears couldn’t score, and were retired in order to end in the inning.
Rockland made Newark pay in the bottom half of the inning, when third baseman Phil Cuadrado doubled in left fielder Keith Brachold to make it 1-0.
The Bears responded with two runs in the top half of the second. Second baseman Juan Martinez doubled to center to drive in James Roche to tie the game at one. Martinez then came into score on a sacrifice-fly by Richard to put Newark up 2-1.
After cruising through four innings, Bears starter Greg Lane couldn’t hold the lead, as Rockland short stop Cole Kraft hit a solo home run to tie the game. Overall, Lane was solid. He went five innings, giving up only five hits and two runs.
In game two, it was all Rockland. Bobby Blevins threw a complete-game, seven-inning shutout, allowing just four hits and two walks, while striking out three hitters.
Brachold led the way for the Boulders’ offense, going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI. Ryan Mollica and Kraft each added two hits in the 8-0 win for Rockland.