Boulders Extend Winning Streak to Season High Four Games
Six times this season the Rockland Boulders were unable to extend a winning streak beyond three games but Monday night on the seventh attempt was a charm as they were able to achieve that accomplishment with a solid 4-1 win over the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. With the victory, the Boulders are now 10 games over .500 at 45-35.
Rockland’s starting pitcher Bo Budkevics(2-1) increased his scoreless innings pitched to twelve. Budkevics dominated as he went seven innings, yielding just three hits and walks while striking out four. In the first inning, the Redhawks loaded up the bases but Budkevics worked out of the jam retiring Brandon Tripp on a ground out to second base. At one point, Budkevics retired 13 batters in a row.
“A great game just not by me but by the whole team”, said Budkevics. “ A close game until the seventh, then we break it wide open.” “Getting the early runs is a relief off my back which means I can go out and pitch my game.” “I was a little up with my pitches in the first inning but then something clicked as I located my pitches more down.”
The Boulders raced out to another fast start in the 1st inning. After three consecutive singles by Matt Nandin, Antone DeJesus and Ryan Stovall off Fargo-Moorhead starting pitcher Shawn O’Neill(0-2), Jerod Edmondson’s sac fly to left field drove in Nandin from third base for the first run of the game. In the 3rd inning, after DeJesus reached safely on an error by Redhawks second baseman Anthony Kaskadden, Edmondson ripped a single into left field allowing DeJesus to advance to third. O’Neill uncorked a wild pitch plating DeJesus to make the score 2-0.
The Boulders added some insurance runs in the 7th inning. Giuseppe Papaccio was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning followed by Junior Arrojo’s single past a diving Kaskadden into right field. Stovall lashed a double down the right field line bringing in Papaccio and Arrojo around to make the score 4-0. The shutout bid was broken up in the 8th inning as Nic Jackson hit a towering solo shot into the right field concourse. Chad Robinson pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch ninth save of the season.
“We get one in the first and Bo was really locked in”, Boulders Manager Jamie Keefe commented. “Bo was struggling to get ahead of hitter but that team(Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks) is a fly ball team but our defense was working as in seven innings there were only two groundballs.” “A big ballpark where we can track the ball down.” “Offensively we came out early and got a couple” “We battled as the two late runs gave us a cushion.”
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