ROCKLAND COUNTY – Equipe Quebec’s Connor Panas hit five successive home run derby dingers that clinched the win Saturday night over the New York Boulders on Saturday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.
Panas came up short on his first swing, but then hit his next five pitches out to rightfield, giving Quebec an insurmountable 10-1 lead in the third and final round of the home run derby.
Riley Pittman had opened the derby with four home runs for Quebec. Ray Hernandez answered in the bottom of the first round with one. Raphael Gladu hit one for Quebec, while Zach Kirtley came up empty on eight swings for New York, leaving the Boulders down 5-1 with eight swings remaining for each team.
After an active opening three innings, the Boulders led 5-4. It stayed that way until the top of the eighth when Quebec knotted the game at 5-5 against New York’s fourth pitcher of the night, Dylan Smith. With one out, Gladu doubled. After Gift Ngoepe flied out, Panas lined a single up the middle to even things at 5-5.
After a scoreless ninth inning, each team scored once in the 10th. Gladu’s single off Zach Schneider scored David Glaude, who, by the tiebreaker rule, opened the inning at second base. In the bottom of the inning, Milton Smith, Jr. started at second for New York and, after stealing third, came home when Quebec’s Frank Moscatiello balked, tying the game at 6-6.
Quebec moved ahead 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI single from Jeffry Parra, The Boulders answered with five in their half of the second on a run-scoring single by Hernandez, a two-run double from Jack Sundberg and a two-run single by Kevonte Mitchell. However, Quebec responded with three runs in the top of the third – one on a single by Glaude and two on a home run by Parra, his 11th of the season.
The pitchers settled down after that – Quebec starter Codie Paiva and New York’s Alex Mack, who came on to relieve starter Robby Rowland to start the fourth inning.
Mack was outstanding in his 3 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit, walking no one and striking out five. He gave way to James Mulry with a runner on first base and two outs in the seventh. Mulry walked Ruben Castro, but then got Glaude to fly out to left to end the inning.
Paiva went five innings, allowing all five of the runs charged to him in the second inning, eight hits, walking one and striking out three before yielding to Adam McKillican, who tossed scoreless sixth and seventh innings. Marshall Shill followed with two more scoreless frames for Quebec.
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Debuting in 1993, the Frontier League is the largest and longest-running of the modern independent leagues and features teams stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River and from the Ohio River to the St. Lawrence Seaway. In September of 2020, the Frontier League reached an agreement to become a “Partner League” with Major League Baseball.