NJ Jackals Comeback Falls Short
It wasn’t the outcome the New Jersey Jackals wanted on Saturday night. After having a no hitter in game two of a doubleheader against the Three Rivers Eagles (Trios-Rivi`eres Aigles), the Jackals lost a tough one 12-10 to Three Rivers on Saturday Night.
From the start, the Jackals looked to be in for a uphill battle. In the second inning, Three Rivers scored six runs off of Jackals starting pitcher Isaac Pavlik and it looked like the Jackals were in for a rough one.
Down 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Jackals started showing some life. With two men on base, DH Joe Dunigan hit a monstrous three run home run to put the Jackals on the board and make it a 7-3 ball game.
After Three RIvers would add another run to make it an 8-3 game, the Jackals would make it a four run game again in the bottom of the sixth when first baseman Jon Talley would score on a RBI groundout to make it an 8-4 game. With the same score at the bottom of the seventh, Dunigan was at it again. He hit another no doubt three run shot to right center field to make the game 8-7. Dunigan on his great performance Saturday night said “It’s great. I mean we didn’t get the win so we have to go out there next time and get the W. Overall though, it felt great I’ve just been staying positive at the plate and put a good swing on the ball.” Dunigan with his two home runs now has 20 on the season which leads the CanAm league. On leading the league in home runs, Dunigan said “It’s nice. It helps when you have guys around you that get on base and hit well too. At the end of the day individual stats are nice, but the fact that we’re still in the race to make the playoffs is the only thing that I care about.” Dunigan also had six RBIs in the game which raised his total to 52 on the year and is a Jackals team high.
The 8-7 score would be the closest the Jackals would ever come the rest of the game. Three Rivers would come back and score three runs in the eighth inning and add another run in the ninth to score a whopping 12 runs in the game. The Jackals wouldn’t go away quietly and tried to stage a comeback. The Jackals would score a run in the eighth inning when the score was 11-7 on a RBI single by left fielder Jorge Cortes. Then in the ninth, the Jackals would score two runs on a home run hit by third baseman Steve Nikorak to make the game 12-10 which ultimately ended up being the final score. Nikorak on the home run said “It felt great. Any time you hit a home run it’s awesome. I mean at the time it was huge for us trying to come back in the game. Overall, I’m not a home run hitter but I was able to put a good swing on it and it carried out for me.” It’s been a busy couple of days for Nikorak. For the first time in his professional career he pitched in game two of the doubleheader the Jackals played on Friday against Three Rivers. In his relief outing, Nikorak pitched two solid innings only giving up one hit and struck out three. Nikorak on getting the chance to pitch said “It was a lot of fun. I haven’t pitched since my junior year of college. We’ve been playing nonstop lately so I said I could pitch and help the team out. Joe gave me my shot and I did a pretty good job at the end of the day.” he joked.
With the loss, the Jackals now fall to 34-27 on the year and have lost two straight games.
Jackals Update: The New Jersey Jackals would fall again to the THree River Eagles on Sunday afternoon losing this time 7-4. They are now 34-28 on the year and are on a three game losing streak.
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