Edmondson bests Can-Am’s most successful former star Colabello by smacking his 700th career hit
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(TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec) – The Rockland Boulders (24-17) beat the Trois-Rivieres Aigles (15-28) by a 5-3 final on Monday night to sweep the three-game series. Jerod Edmondson singled in the top of the fourth inning, breaking the all-time Can-Am League record for career hits. His 700 career hits breaks the record previously held by current Minnesota Twins outfielder Chris Colabello.
Rockland opened the scoring in the fifth inning with the first two runs of the ballgame. With Sean O’Hare on second base and two outs in the inning, Matt Nandin delivered an RBI single; scoring O’Hare. Nandin would score later in the inning on a play in which Antone DeJesus reached on an error by the Aigles’ starting pitcher, Ryan Bollinger. The error gave the Boulders a 2-0 lead after the top half of the fifth.
The Aigles would answer quickly, however, with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs and nobody on base, Sasha LaGarde tripled off of Rockland starter, Richard Salazar. LaGarde would then score on an RBI single by the next batter, Eric Grabe, to cut the Boulders lead to 2-1.
The Boulders offense responded in the eighth inning to help pad the lead. DeJesus began the inning with a leadoff triple and then scored on an RBI single by Ryan Stovall. Stovall then stole second for his tenth stolen base of the season. After a walk by Joe Maloney, Stovall advanced to third on a fly ball by Stephen Cardullo. Sean O’Hare would then deliver a two-run single; scoring both Stovall and Maloney and increasing the Boulders lead to 5-1 in the eighth inning.
Trois-Rivieres would chip away at the lead immediately in the bottom of the eighth off of Rockland reliever, Shawn Gilblair. With Jose Cuevas on third and one out, Michael Hernandez hit a two-run homer off of Gilblair to cut the Boulder lead down to 5-3, but this is as close as the Aigles would get. The Boulders would hold on to win by the same score of 5-3.
Richard Salazar (5-2) picked up the win for the Boulders. Salazar allowed just one run on six hits in six and two-third innings. He also did not walk a batter and struck out two. Ryan Bollinger (2-4) took the loss for the Aigles allowing five runs on ten hits in seven and two-third innings. Bollinger did not walk a batter and struck out six in the contest. Chad Robinson pitched a scoreless ninth for the Boulders to record his third save of the season.
Sean O’Hare delivered three hits and a pair of RBIs to help lead the Boulders to victory. Antone DeJesus and Ryan Stovall each also contributed with two hits each. However, the story of the game was Jerod Edmondson’s record breaking single for his 700th career hit. Rockland will celebrate the achievement for Edmondson on Friday when the Boulders return home. The Boulders will be back in action Tuesday night as they open up a three-game series with the Quebec Capitales in Quebec at 7 p.m. EST.