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Boulders Tied For 1st Place with Jackals After 3-0 Shutout

by Sunil Sunder Raj | Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2014

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Starting Rockland Boulders pitcher Joe Doninio dominated the New Jersey Jackals from the onset on Sunday at Provident Bank Park, limiting the Jackals to one hit over six innings, while striking out four and walking one as Rockland blanked New Jersey 3-0. With the victory, the Boulders and Jackals are tied atop first place in the Can-Am League with identical records of 55-40.

Doninio commented on the Boulders’ performance, saying, “I got bailed out as everyone was playing great defense behind me. We are doing the little things right, and hopefully, that will carry us into the playoffs. I worked on my mechanics in the past few weeks looking to get back on track.”

Rockland opened up the scoring in the 2nd inning on a Matt Nandin sacrifice fly to right field that brought in Carlos Guzman. The Boulders loaded up the bases on two singles followed by Michael Fischer being hit by a pitch. Rockland added additional insurance runs in the 8th inning. Jerod Edmondson led off the inning with a fly ball that landed down the 3rd base line shallow left field.

As New Jersey’s shortstop Richard Arias threw the ball back into the infield, it skipped by second baseman Jose Cuevas into right field, allowing Edmondson to advance to 3rd. Guzman followed looped a single into center field plating Edmondson. Next stepped up Guiseppe Papaccio, who laced a double over the head of left fielder Joe Dunnigan, allowing Guzman to score all the way from first base, making the score 3-0.

Rockland Boulders Manager Jaimie Keefe remarked about the team’s win over New Jersey on Sunday. “We are giving ourselves a chance on the last day.” On Joe Doninio’s performance, “He was awesome, throwing the ball so well against them. Anytime we can add insurance runs is huge.”

After a 39 minute rain delay, Shawn Gilblair relieved Donino in the 7th inning. Gilblair issued a leadoff walk, but settled down to strike out the side. Luis Sanz came in to pitch the 8th inning. Sanz struck out Dwight Childs, but allowed a single to Rob Zinsmeister. Consecutive steals landed Zinsmeister at 3rd base. However, Sanz got Cuevas to end the inning on a fly out to right field. Chad Robinson finished up in the ninth, but  ran into trouble right off the bat.

A violent collision occurred between Robinson and Sean O’Hare on a pop up in the infield. The ball fell between them as Robinson collapsed in a heap clutching his head. After several minutes, Robinson managed to get up and was able to finish up the game, recording his 14th save of the season.

On Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Provident Bank Park, the Boulders and Jackals will meet for the final time in the regular season. In addition, the Can-Am regular season title is on the line.

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