Spivey Launches Walk-Off Three Run Homer
A bench clearing brawl, a walk-off homerun, and a firework show headlined the evening in Little Falls, NJ, as the New Jersey Jackals rebounded from a poor Friday evening performance in an emphatic way, defeating the Rockland Boulders, 5-3, on Saturday night at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Jackals third baseman Seth Spivey delivered the big blow, a three run homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to win the game.
New Jersey got off to an early lead thanks to a leadoff single in the 1st inning by Connor Hofmann. He then stole second and third base, and scampered home on a wild pitch by Boulders starter Travis Hissong.
Jackals starter Mat Latos made it through three scoreless innings with the lead until Kevin Krause homered to left field to tie the game.
The score remained tied until the top of the 6th inning, when the plot took a turbulent twist, for better or worse. Latos issued a one out walk to Boulders catcher Marcus Nidiffer. Conrad Gregor followed with a double into the left-center field gap. Nidiffer attempted to score on the play, and was called safe after a collision with Jackals catcher Kevin Torres knocked the throw to the plate loose.
Both teams calmly wandered from their benches, only to retreat quickly. Less than two minutes later, a 1-0 fastball from Latos sailed over the head of Krause. Rockland relief pitcher Ryan Deemes charged the mound from the dugout, and absolute chaos ensued. Both benches cleared once again, with multiple punches thrown. Latos and Deemes were ejected, and Jackals first baseman Danny Canela exited the game with an undisclosed injury.
Once the game regained a sense of normalcy, Mikael Mogues added an RBI single to put the Boulders up, 3-1.
Both offenses were retired quietly until the bottom of the 9th inning, when the Jackals sent the heart of the batting order up against Boulders closer Matt Kostalos. Carlos Triunfel started the rally with a bloop single, followed by a laser of a single by Dean Green. Both runners would advance on a wild pitch, when an infield single by David Harris brought a run home to close the gap to 3-2. And, on firework night at Yogi Berra Stadium, Seth Spivey provided just that by launching a 3-2 fastball high into the dark weekend sky and over the right field wall for a three run homer to send the fans home happy. Kostalos was unable to record a single out in the 9th inning, and the Jackals plated four runs in the 9th to win the game by a score of 5-3.
Evan DeLuca picked up his first win for the Jackals after tossing a scoreless ninth frame. Boulders starter Travis Hissong pitched well, surrendering one run on four hits and tallying seven strikeouts through six solid innings, but earned a no-decision.
The rubber game of this series will be played on June 10 at Yogi Berra Stadium. First pitch is set for 2:05 pm.
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