Equipe Quebec Rallies Past Boulders
Equipe Quebec made the first Frontier League game in Canada one to remember as they rallied for seven runs in the eighth inning to come away with a 10-8 win over the New York Boulders on Friday night at Stade Canac in Quebec City.
The game was the first contested in Canada by the Frontier League, which began operations in 1993. Equipe Quebec had played its first 55 games this season on the road in the United States as they awaited Canadian government approval to open the US-Canada border to visiting teams.
The loss was the sixth in a row for New York.
Trailing 6-3 in the bottom of the eighth, Equipe Quebec struck for seven runs to grab a 10-6 lead. An error by Boulders' shortstop Phil Caulfield allowed Gift Ngoepe to score and an RBI single by Jonathan Lacroix cut Quebec's deficit to 6-5. James Mulry was relieved by Luke Burton, who was greeted with a two-run double by Jesse Hodges that gave Quebec a 7-6 lead. Gunner Rainey followed with his first home run of the year to extend the Quebec advantage to 9-6. All the damage coming with no one out.
A Ngoepe two-out double rounded out the eighth inning scoring for Quebec.
The Boulders had snapped a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fifth inning to grab a 5-3 lead on a Kevonte Mitchell RBI single and a run-scoring double by Zach Kirtley.
New York had found itself down 3-0 in the game after just five batters in the bottom of the first. L.P. Pelletier led off with a single and David Glaude followed with a home run, his seventh of the season. Three batters later, Connor Panas' sacrifice fly plated Ruben Castro with the stanza's third run.
The Boulders tied it with three runs in the fourth on a solo home run by Kirtley, his 10th of the year, and a two-run shot by Ray Hernandez, his 16th of the season.
A Milton Smith, Jr. RBI single in the sixth increased New York's advantage to 6-3.
In the ninth inning, a Tucker Nathans sacrifice fly against reliever Stephen Knapp got New York within 10-7. With two runners on, Knapp gave way to Frank Moscatiello, who allowed an RBI double to Gian Martellini to cut the Boulders' deficit to 10-8.
Moscatiello regrouped, however, and got Phil Capra to end the game and secure his seventh save of the year.
The Quebec rally prevented New York starter Alex Mack from recording his first professional win. He lasted five innings and allowed only those three first frame runs. Meanwhile, in his first start of the year, Quebec's Karl Gelinas lasted 4 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs.
Evan Rutckyi picked up the win by throwing a scoreless eighth inning for Quebec. He improved to 1-1 on the year.
Frank Moscatiello got the final out of the gameMeanwhile, Mulry was tagged with the loss for New York, falling to 4-4 on the season.
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