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Military Appreciation Night and Post-Game Fireworks Tonight!

July 2, 2009 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Sussex Skyhawks News Release

Tonight marks our 4th annual Military Appreciation night, our annual event that recognizes the contributions servicemen and women make to the defense of our great nation. We still have some tickets available, so call the box office at 973-300-1000x21 to get your tickets now. Here's a preview of what we have on tap for you this evening.

First Pitch Appearances Picatinny Arsenal Brass and Returning Combat Veterans Colors Presented by the Marine Reserve Color Guard Baseball Buddies featuring children of Service Members T-Shirt Tosses Galore Displays of Antique and Current Military Vehicles Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways. Special Skyhawks Jersey Auction Unique Vendor Showcase in our concourse FIREWORKS AFTER THE GAME Much, Much More

So come by the stadium tonight and join us in our celebration of those who help keep America great!

Hitting Their Way to the Top Hunt and Jova Lead the League in Hits

Jeremy Hunt and Maikel Jova, after Sunday's game, have moved to the top of the league in hits. Both of these consistent hitters have recorded 39 hits in only 30 games. Hunt, the third basemen for the Skyhawks has hit his way to be one of the top hitters in the league. His average his .351 which was reached while recording 3 homeruns and 17 RBIs. This has earned him a spot in the leagues top 10 hitters. Also, Hunt along with teammate Jorge Moreno leads the league in doubles. Both of them have launched 11 balls to find themselves on second base with doubles. Hunt, however, has also found other means of finding himself on base this season. Currently he holds the 4th highest on base percentage, in the league, of .416.

Jova, the Skyhawks right fielder, has also been a hard hitter in the Skyhawks lineup. Through Sunday's game Jova has put up some impressive numbers. He has a .305 batting average, which was achieved hitting eight doubles and one homerun. Jova, also has knocked in 31 runs, which is a league leading number. The efforts of Jova and Hunt have allowed the Skyhawks offense to be one of the finest in the league. As a team they have a .295 average, which is second only to the New Jersey Jackals. The Skyhawks will continue to look to Jeremy and Maikel to lead the offense as the team enters its second month of play.

Skyhawks Drop 2 to in State Rivals Jackals Sqeak by in Two Straight

Game two versus the New Jersey Jackals started out just the way the Skyhawks would hope. In the bottom of the 1st inning the Skyhawks offense put together several hits off of starter Isaac Pavlik. These hits lead to two of the Skyhawks' runs, which led to a Skyhawks lead through six innings. The third and final run came in the 4th inning. While the Skyhawks offense seemed to be seeing the ball well Pitcher Justin Knoff was able to hold off the Jackals offense. In six innings of work Knoff was able to strike out 6 batters, walking only one and giving up 2 runs on just 3 hits. Last night brought Knoff's total strikeouts to 34 the most in the league.

However, with the game tied going into the 9th for the second game in a row the Jackals looked to keep the game out of extra innings. With a man on second, after Quinn Stewart roped a double, Juan Tejeda came to the plate. Tejeda worked the count until he got the pitch he was looking for. He swung and the ball traveled into shallow center field scoring Quinn from second. This would be all the Jackals would need for the win. In the bottom of the inning the Jackals closer Rusty Tucker earned his eleventh save by shutting down the hard hitting bats of the Skyhawks.

Game one of the series started out the exact opposite fashion. The Jackals offense was able to put up 3 runs in the first inning. However, the Skyhawks offense responded right away in the bottom of the inning. With Ryan Crespi on base Chris Brown smashed a double to score Crespi. Then Maikel Jova followed suite by hitting a double of his own scoring Brown. These back to doubles gave the Skyhawks their first two runs of the game. In the fifth inning the Skyhawks took the lead after a single by John Urick, which scored Jova.

In the top of the eight the Jackals battled their way back from a two run deficit to tie the game. This would send the game into extra innings after neither team was able to score in the ninth. However, extras did not last long. With the bases loaded and the Jackals up to bat, Skyhawks reliever Matt Petrusek walked in the game winning run. The Jackals were able to just sneak by with the win.

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