Boulders break out the lumber in 10-2 rout against Trois-Rivieres Aigles
The Rockland Boulders were off and running in the first inning, scoring five runs en route to a 10-2 shellacking of the Trois-Rivieries Aigles at Provident Bank Park. Stephen Cardullo walloped two home runs while Antone DeJesus added another dinger.
DeJesus smacked a two-run shot that just cleared the wall in right field to give Rockland the early 2-0 lead. Joe Maloney belted a screamer halfway up the green monster wall in dead center field, plating Ryan Stovall, but Jerod Edmondson was thrown out at home plate. Cardullo clubbed the first of his 2 home runs on the day with an opposite field fly ball that just went past the outstretched glove of Aigles right fielder Carlos Guzman making the score 5-0. A sac fly by Stovall to shallow right field allowed DeJesus to race home making the score 6-0. Cardullo blasted a mammoth 2 run dinger off the left field scoreboard in the 7th inning increasing the lead to 9-2.
Starting Boulders pitcher Joe Donino did not yield a hit until the 5th inning when Steve Brown laid down an infield bunt single. Donino went six innings surrendering two runs on three hits to pick up his 2nd victory of the season. In the first inning Donino worked out of a jam after Aigles third baseman Jose Cuevas swiped both 2nd and 3rd bases plus issuing a walk to Michael Hernandez. Donino ran into a bit of trouble in the 6th inning when he gave up the two runs. Nathaniel Roe pitched the remaining 3 innings to notch his 1st save of the season.
With the victory Rockland is 10 games above .500 sporting a 33-23 record and extended their lead to a game and a half over the New Jersey Jackals. On Thursday evening at 7 p.m. the Boulders look for the sweep against the Aigles.
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