Tommyknockers cruise to win in rubber game

Tommyknockers cruise to win in rubber game
Mining City Tommyknocker Daulton Frank slides safely into second base for a steal Sunday night at 3 Legends Stadium. (Bill Foley photo)

Saturday’s offensive explosion was apparently no fluke for the Mining City Tommyknockers.

One night after a 13-5 victory over Western Nebraska, the Tommyknockers jumped out to a 9-0 lead and took the three-game series with an 11-4 victory over the Pioneers Sunday at a chilly Miners Field at 3 Legends Stadium. (Boxscore)

The Expedition League game was played in front of about 200 fans. The win lifted the Tommyknockers to 7-4 as they finished their first-ever homestand at 3-3.

Zach Camp was sharp again in his second start for the Mining City. He struck out six batters and gave up two runs through six innings. Through two starts, Camp has an ERA of 1.28.

The Smyrna, Georgia native was the first player to sign with the Tommyknockers in November. He pitches for Swarthmore College.

Camp got plenty of run support as the Knockers scored four in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take command.

Catcher Luke Trainer and first baseman each had a monster day at the plate to lead the Tommyknocker’s 16-hit attack. Trainer went 4 for 4 with a double and four runs scored. Jake Mastillo went 3 for 5 with a double and five RBIs.

Designated hitter Steven Strachan also had a big game, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a pair of runs batted in. Mike Ruggiero and Carter Dobrinski each had a two-hit game in the win.

Tyler Gerety hit a double and a single to lead the Pioneers.

The Tommyknockers have an off day on Monday. They head to Caldwell, Idaho to take on the Canyon County Spuds to begin a three-game set on Tuesday. They begin a three-game series in Casper on Friday.

The next home game for the Tommyknockers is June 15 against the Spearfish Sasquatch.

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