By Sports Reporter Sunil Sunder Raj for The Every Day Fan Sports
Despite an up and down 2021 season in the Frontier League, the New York Boulders began to turn things around in a series against Equipe Quebec at Stade Canac last week. Initially dropping the series opener, the Boulders rallied to win the remaining two games, including a thrilling home run derby contest in the series finale.
Returning home to Palisades Credit Union Park this week, the Boulders started a stretch of 12 games at home with one single game on the road against the New Jersey Jackals at Yogi Berra Stadium on Thursday, August 5th.
In the series opener on Tuesday night, starting pitcher Orsen Josephina hurled a gem. Tossing six stellar innings on the mound, Josephina allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out five.
In a low-scoring contest, first baseman Marcus Mastrobuoini produced the game’s only run, clubbing his second home of the season into the left-field bleachers in the fifth inning.
Manager TJ Stanton handed the ball off to right-handed pitcher Nathan Alexander who spun three spotless innings on the hill and whiffed three hitters to preserve the shutout victory.
An early turnaround the next day with a morning game against New Jersey with an 11 a.m. first pitch, there was a unique ceremonial first pitch with His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan on the mound.
After the pre-game festivities concluded, the Jackals struck first against New York starter Nate Roe, scoring twice in the top of the second inning. The Boulders answering back in the bottom half of the frame.
Third baseman Ray Hernandez pulverizing his team and Frontier League 18th home run onto the concourse in the left field with one out. With two outs in the inning and a runner on first base, centerfielder Milton Smith Jr. got into the long ball act and golfing a two-run shot into the Short Porch area in right field.
New Jersey jumped back in the lead on a sac fly to right field from Santiago Chirino in the fourth inning. The Boulders responding in the bottom half of the inning on a bases-loaded sac fly from right fielder Kevonte Mitchell.
In the fifth inning, designated hitter Ryan Ramiz led off in thunderous fashion smashing his fourth home of the season onto the top of the awning in the Short Porch area in right field.
With Nate Roe exiting the game after three innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits, manager TJ Stanton called on Ryan Munoz to take over the pitching duties. Munoz lived up to the task with three shutout innings, yielding three hits and whiffing two hitters.
The pitching duo of Dylan Smith and Zach Schneider for the Boulders dominated on the hill in the game’s final three innings. They permitted just three hits, walking one and fanning seven with Smith striking out six. Ryan Munoz earned his second win of the season while Schneider notched his second save.