Valley Cats Walk off against Boulders
The Tri-City Valley Cats got a sacrifice fly from Oscar Campos and walked off with a 2-1 Frontier League win over the New York Boulders on Thursday night at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy.
In a game that featured a combined seven hits - four by the Valley Cats, the winning rally against Boulders' reliever Tanner Kiest, New York's fourth pitcher on the night, began with a lead-off walk to Brandt Broussard.
Keaton Wiesz followed by pushing a bunt to the right side of the infield that was run down by Kiest, who hurried his throw to first and threw wildly, allowing Broussard to race around to third base.
Campos then hit a line drive to right field that was caught by Kevonte Mitchell, who slipped and fell to the turf as he tried to set himself to attempt a throw to the plate.
The Valley Cats struck first, pushing across a run in the third inning against Brandon Bingel, who relieved Boulders' starter Mike Pascoe to begin the frame. Two walks and a Juan Silverio single loaded the bases for Colton Whitehouse, whose fly ball to left field scored Daniel Angulo.
Silverio had three of Tri-City's four hits on the night - the other was Wiesz' bunt in the ninth.
New York knotted the game at 1-1 in the fourth, scoring without the benefit of a hit. Tucker Nathans led off with a walk and Kevonte Mitchell was hit by a Josh Hiatt pitch to put runners on first and second. Ryan Ramiz bounced into a fielder's choice that advanced Nathans to third.
Zach Penprase's sacrifice fly scored Nathans and tied the game at 1-1.
Hiatt, meanwhile, was on a roll on the mound for the Valley Cats, not allowing a hit until Zach Kirtley's one-out single in the sixth inning. Kirtley also singled in the ninth. The only other hit for New York was a one-out eighth inning single by Ray Hernandez.
Hiatt went eight innings, allowing two hits, one run, walking two and striking out one on his way to a no decision. Ryan Parker tossed a scoreless ninth, allowing one out and striking out three to get the win for Tri-City.
Following Pascoe to the mound, Bingel gave New York 5 2/3 innings of four-hit, one-run ball before yielding to James Mulry with runners on first and second and two outs in the eighth. Mulry struck out pinch-hitter Mike Gulino to end the threat.
The Boulders return home on Friday to start a four-game series with the New Jersey Jackals with a doubleheader beginning at 4:30 p.m. The series continues with games on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
A complete New York Boulders' 2021 schedule, as well as information regarding season tickets and packages for the 2021 season are available by calling 845-364-0009 or sliding to www.NYBoulders.com. Individual game tickets are on sale now.
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