Ryan Stovall’s 2-Run Walk-Off HR Lifts Boulders Past Quebec, 10-9
The fireworks were scheduled for after the game, but Ryan Stovall provided his own fireworks display in the 9th inning. The Boulders were down to their last out and last strike when Stovall clubbed a 2-run walk-off home run deep into left field, giving Rockland a dramatic come-from-behind 10-9 victory over the Quebec Capitales at Provident Bank Park.
“To get a win against them is big because they are chasing us,” said Stovall. “We are not looking ahead of us, just trying to get a win. It’s one game at a time. We are a pretty good team when facing adversity.”
In the top of the 8th inning, after Fray Martinez issued a walk followed by a single to Aaron Brill, Matt Helms smacked a 3-run blast off of the patio awning in right field, giving Quebec the 9-8 advantage. The Boulders had an opportunity to tie the game up in the bottom half of the inning, but Stephen Cardullo was tagged out at home plate on a fly out to right field by Giuseppe Papaccio.
Rockland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning on a ground out by Ryan Stovall to second base that allowed Matt Nandin to score from third. Nandin led off the inning with a double down the left field line. The lead was short lived and Quebec scored 3 times in the top of the 2nd inning off of Boulders starting pitcher, Sean Bierman, who was pitching on short rest. After a lead off single by Balbino Fuenmayor, Rene Leveret belted a deep double off the base of the Green Monster in center field. Tim Smith’s single brought Fuenmayor in from 3rd to tie the game up at 1-1. Next stepped up Yuniesky Gurriel who doubled down the 3rd base line plating Leveret to give the Capitales a 2-1 lead. Mike Provencher’s broken bat ground out to second plated Smith increasing the lead to 3-1.
In the 2nd inning, there was a controversial call on a rocket shot off the bat of Cardullo that appeared to go over the left field wall, but after a lengthy discussion, the umpires ruled no home run. Quebec added to the lead in the top of the 4th as Jonathan Malo singled to lead off the inning, stole 2nd and came around on Fuenmayor’s line drive fly ball that hit off the top of the right field wall.
The Boulders erupted in the 4th inning loading the bases up after 2 walks and a single. Marcus Nidiffer ripped a 2-run single to left field, cutting Quebec’s lead to 5-3. Papaccio followed with a colossal 3 run homer deep into the left seats putting Rockland back on top 6-5. In the bottom of half of the 5th, Rockland displayed more firepower and Joe Maloney drilled a 2-run blast into the left field seats, increasing the margin to 8-5. The Capitales cut the lead to 8-6 in the 6th inning, as Rockland relief pitcher Luis Sanz hit Provencher with the bases loaded.
Boulders Manager Jaimie Keefe commented, “We obviously played to the end and this is what this group does. They got each other’s backs through and through every single day. We made a lot of mistakes to lose that game. We go at you and they better get 27 outs.”
Fray Martinez(3-1) earned the victory in relief, while Jay Johnson(1-4) took the loss for Quebec. A crowd over 6,000 were in attendance for Pink In The Park for Breast Cancer Awareness. The Boulders and Capitales conclude their series on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at Provident Bank Park.
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