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Sizzling Boulders win 11th Straight after Sweeping Joplin

550_rockland-boulders-primary-2011Make it back-to-back-to-back series that the Rockland Boulders have swept after taking a 3-game set from the Joplin Blasters of the American Association of Independent Baseball.

Rockland set the franchise record of 9 wins in a row on Tuesday edging Joplin 4-3. Rockland’s overall record stands at 48-26 and 4 games up on the Quebec Capitales in the Can-Am League standings.

The Boulders got it going early in the series opener on a Joe Maloney 2-run double in the 3rd inning. Rockland would add two more runs in the 5th but Joplin shaved the lead down to 4-3 in the 6th.  Luis Sanz worked a perfect 9th inning tallying his 14th save of the season. Fray Martinez(3-0) earned his 2nd win as a starter going 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking 3.

Bo Budkevics pitched a gem in game 2 of the series hurling a complete game eight hit shutout while fanning six as the Boulders crushed Joplin 8-0. Heading into the 8th inning, Rockland led 4-0 and put the game of reach scoring 4 more times.

Marcus Nidiffer clubbed his Can-Am League leading 16th home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the 5th while Steve Nyisztor belted a 2-run shot in the 4th.

In the rubber match of the series, the Boulders busted out the lumber in the 1st inning on back-to-back 2-run jacks by Joe Maloney and Nidiffer.

Maloney hitting his 11th of the year while Nidiffer upped his Can-Am League leading 17th of the season. Rockland enjoyed a comfortable 8-0 advantage through the first four innings but Joplin kept chipping away closing the gap to 8-7 by the 8th inning. Luis Sanz shut the door tossing a perfect 9th inning to register his 15th save of the season. Despite surrendering five runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings of work, Alex Gouin picked up his 6th win of the season.

“Right now things are clicking the way we have waited for all season” said Manager Jamie Keefe.

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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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