NJ Jackals Rebound From Tough Loss
The New Jersey Jackals did not let an embarrassing loss on Sunday affect them for their Tuesday nights game. The Jackals, after losing 16-3 on Sunday against the St Paul Saints, rebounded to defeat the Rockland Boulders 3-1, Tuesday night.
After a 15 minute rain delay, the Jackals came out swinging and took a 1-0 in the bottom of the first off a RBI double by right fielder Carlos Mesa.
The Jackals would then give up the lead in the top of the 3rd inning, when Rockland tied the game at 1-1 on a sac fly, but come back to take the lead in the 4th inning off a two-run single by third baseman Steve Nikorak that proved to be the game winning hit.
“It feels great to get the W,” said Nikorak on the Jackals victory. “Going down 16-3 last game, you have to have a short memory in this game and our guys came out ready to go today, put some great at bats together and Isaac did a great job on the mound”, said Nikorak who went 2-3 with those two important RBI’s on the night.
On his game winning hit Nikorak said, “It feels good. I’m trying to do anything I can to help the team win and I got a lucky timely hit up the middle and scored two runs.”
The biggest star though for the Jackals on Tuesday night, was their starting pitcher Isaac Pavlik. Pavlik had a solid performance going 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits with four strikeouts. Pavlik on his performance said, “The chips fell my way tonight. I was able to work all my pitches, got some of their batters to swing through my slider, and overall it was just a great team performance all around.”
With his performance last night, Pavlik improved to 3-0 on the season, with a impressive 0.98 ERA. Pavlik on season so far and coming back from his ACL injury from last season said, “I feel great. I’m a 100 percent healthy. I have no worries on the injury whatsoever and I have been able to go out there and perform at the best of my capabilities. From this start I am really excited to see how things will this season.”
Following Pavlik’s great performance, the Jackals bullpen backed up their starter with a great showing of their own. Jackals relievers Shaun Ellis and Salvador Sanchez combined to go 2 ⅔ innings, giving up zero hits and striking out four Rockland batters. Sanchez, who earned the save for the Jackals said on his and the bullpens performance “We did a good job closing it out. For me I had a tough outing last time, but I just kept my head up and it feels good come back and get the win for my team.” Sanchez save last night marked his 4th save of the season.
With the win, the Jackals improved to 7-3 on the season and show how tough minded of a team they are coming back from a humiliating 16-3 loss on Sunday.
The Jackals will finish this home and home series with Rockland on Wednesday and Thursday night up in Pomona NY, and then come back home for a three game series with the Quebec Capitales starting Friday.
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