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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Baseball Miners Cling to Playoff Hopes

Edwin Mateo scored three runs in the Miners’ Aug. 27 game against Quebec. Photo by J. Phalon, 8/2003

With six games left in their season, the Sussex County Miners cling to a chance to edge their way into a playoff spot but they’d have to play like they did in the first half of the season.

The Miners remain seven games out of first place in the Eastern Division of the Frontier League but just three games out of third place and one of three playoff spots in the division. They finished a six-game homestand with three wins and three losses and have gone five for five in the past 10 games.

August 27, the Miners took their second of three from the Quebec Capitales 6-0 with a two-run homer by Gavin Stupienski and a three-for-five afternoon from Edwin Mateo, who scored three runs.

In the preceding road games, the Miners lost two of three games decided by one run against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles after having swept them the week before at home.

The Miners have several numbers going for them. They have the lowest ERA in their division and the second-lowest in the league. They’ve also given up the lowest number of runs in the Frontier League.

And while the Miners will need help from the other teams in the division to overtake the Tri-City ValleyCats and New York Boulders, they will return home for their final three games against the 17-73 Empire State Greys.

But Miners field manager Chris Widge emphasizes they aren’t taking anything for granted.

The Miners back on the field August 29 against the ValleyCats in Troy, New York, where they can gain significant ground and return to Skylands Stadium September 1 for their final three games of the regular season against the Greys.

Joe Phalon
Joe Phalon, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

Joe was lured out of retirement by the opportunity to be a part of the Ridge View Echo. During a decades-long career in publishing and journalism, he has covered government on many levels from local school boards to the United States Supreme Court.

Along the way, Joe has worked at American Lawyer Magazine, The National Law Journal and The Record among other publications, and as the Press Officer of Columbia Law School. His work has been recognized with several first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the New Jersey Press Association.

Being part of the Ridge View Echo brings Joe back to his roots and the kind of news coverage he loves: Telling the stories of people and local communities as well as keeping an eye on how their money is spent by their government officials.

Joe lives in Blairstown with his wife Rose, the founder of Quilting for a Cause, and their two wiener dogs. He is an artist in his spare time.