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Boulders late rally falls shy at Trois-Rivièries

After taking two of three games against the defending 2017 Can-Am League champs in the Quebec Capitales, the Rockland Boulders hit the road for seven games in Canada, the first stop with a three-game set at Trois-Rivièries.

It would be no easy task in the opener having left Pomona, New York at 5 a.m. on Friday morning, the Aigles wasted no time taking the lead tagging Boulders starter Kagen Hopkins for seven runs on seven hit and two home runs in the first inning.

Not throwing in the towel, the Boulders managed to score twice in the following inning off starter Chris Murphy. With Hopkins departing after only one inning on the mound, Rockland’s bullpen consisting of Nick Kennedy, Trey Haley, Garrett Johnson and Matt Kostalos held the fort surrendering two runs on six hits, walking three and striking out six.

Down 8-2 after the fourth inning, the Boulders continued to chip away plating four runs in the fifth. In the eighth, Rockland added two more runs to make it a 9-8 contest but that would as close as the Boulders would get. On the positive side, Rylan Sandoval drove in two runs while the red-hot Cody Regis continued to tear the cover off the baseball going 4 for 5 increasing his batting average to a league leading .419. Mike Montville had a solid night as well going 3 for 4 with two runs scored.

“We were down 7-0 after the first, chipped away and battled,” said Manager Jamie Keefe. “The guys played their hearts out.”

Cody Regis on the game, “It was a tough one to lose after fighting all the way back like that but it showed a lot about our team that we were able to fight back into it.”

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Sunil Sunder Raj

Since July of 2014 Sunil Sunder Raj has been with In The Zone. Sunil has experience covering minor league baseball, high school and college sports. A beat writer for the Rockland Boulders for six years, Ramapo College men’s basketball for four years, NJIT men’s basketball and Seton Hall women’s basketball. Now focusing on feature articles about athletes, coaches and sports media professionals. A graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
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