NEWARK BEARS: Brick City Busts Some Rocks for Ninth Inning Win.
Series Tied 1-1
I - Boulders 8; Bears 4
II - Bears 6; Boulders 4
Game Three ~ Thursday
The Bears took their first ride up to Rockland Tuesday night where they dropped the first game of their series against the Boulders by an 8-4 final. Pedro Rivera was making his first start for Newark, and quite frankly, could have used a little more help. Two errors in the second inning led to Rockland's first two unearned runs. Another error led to Ryan Mollica's three run home run off Rivera in the third inning, bringing the number of unearned Boulder runs to five. Then in the sixth, Ryan Mollica sent Pedro Rivera off to the showers with his second home run of the game.
In the seventh inning, Newark committed yet another error; their fourth of the game; which opened the door for Rockland second baseman, Cole Kraft's 2-run home run off Damian Sequen, who pitched the seventh and eighth innings for Newark.
Newark's scoring came in the top of the second inning, and in the seventh. Eric McGee doubled home Burt Reynolds, and scored when Billy Alvino grounded into a double play. And in the seventh, Bryce Lane hit a solo run home run; his second.
Wednesday games mean morning games. And so the teams convened in Rockland at 10:30am for Game Two of this three game set. Making his second start, Mike Ness, pitched six full innings and left on the winning side of a 4-3 game. He gave up three earned runs on seven hits, and two walks. He struck out two.
Quentin Davis doubled and scored in the first inning. Courtney Billingslea hit a solo home run in the second. And after singling in the third, Quentin Davis scored again to give the Bears a 3-0 lead after two and a half innings of play.
Rockland got a run back in the bottom of the third. And picked up two more runs against Mike Ness in the fourth to tie the game. But the Bears picked up their pitcher with a go ahead run in the sixth. Once again, Quentin Davis factored in the scoring when he singled home Bryce Lane.
The Boulders remained stout and scored against Matt Fitton in the home seventh to tie the game at four. But then came back the Bears in the top of the ninth. Bryce Lane drew a bases loaded walk for the go ahead run. And for insurance, Daryle Ward scored on Courtney Billingslea's sac-fly.
Anthony Pluta was the beneficiary of those two runs and earned the win. Jorge Vasquez pitched the bottom of the ninth to close out the Bears' fourth win of the season.
Final Score - Bears 6; Rockland 4
Newark and Rockland will play the rubber game of this series Thursday evening.
So far this season, the Newark Bears, and last season's three-peat CanAm Champs, the Quebec Capitales, are first to four wins, and sit atop the five team circuit. Remember, there is no split season this year. The top two teams in the division after 100 games played will make the playoffs. So that's six down and ninety four to go. After the Bears wrap up this series with Rockland, they will host the defending champions for three games.