POMONA - Jared Mederos and Martin Figueroa recorded three hits each in a 14-hit attack as the Sussex County Miners downed the Rockland Boulders in the 2018 Can-Am League opener for both teams.

Sussex County posted solo runs in each of the first two innings, but JC Rodriguez cut the deficit in half in the home second with an RBI single, driving home Mike Montville to make the score 2-1.

Rockland starter Justin Topa settled in after a slow start, and the hosts rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth when a throwing error by Miners first baseman Figueroa scored Aaron Wilson from second.

Topa was forced to leave the game due to an undisclosed injury in the sixth inning and the visitors took full advantage of the Rockland bullpen, taking the lead with an eight run outburst over the final three frames, more than overcoming Rodriguez' seventh inning solo homer.

David Rollins took the win for Sussex County with Nick Kennedy tagged with the relief loss for the Boulders. The series shifts to Sussex for a Friday night game before returning to Palisades Credit Union Park for a 6:30 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday.

-- The Rockland Boulders


POMONA - The Sussex County Miners opened their 2018 campaign with a 14-hit outburst en route to a 10-3 victory over the Rockland Boulders on Thursday night in front of 3,826 fans at Palisades Credit Union Park.

The Miners scored first on the season in the top of the first inning. Mikey Reynolds led off with an infield single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Reynolds was then singled home by Jarred Mederos on a sharp single to make the score 1-0.

Sussex County would double their lead in the second. Martin Figueroa led the frame off with a double and would come around to score on Mederos' second hit of the game, another sharp single to make it 2-0 in favor of the Miners.

Rockland would score once in the bottom of the second and again on a pair of Miner errors in the fifth to tie the score at two. Then the Miners broke out for three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Reynolds led off with a single and would come around on a Jayce Ray RBI triple. Audy Ciriaco would single Ray home to make it 4-2 Miners, and then would eventually score on a wild pitch three batters later.

After the teams traded runs in the bottom of the seventh and top of the eighth, Sussex County would break the game open in the ninth. The visitors would score four time on just two hits, with all of the runs coming across either on walks, wild pitches, or passed balls.

David Rollins threw six solid innings, allowing just four Boulders hits and striking out eight batters to earn the win (1-0). Andrew Vinson, Kevin Grendell, and Brent Jones combined to hold Rockland to just one run and hit in the final 3 innings to close the game out, with Jones earning his first save of the season.

- Sussex County Miners