ValleyCats rally to win in Frontier League debut

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, balls marked with Cactus League spring training logos are in a basket during Kansas City Royals baseball practice at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Major League Baseball has slightly deadened its baseballs amid a years-long surge in home runs. MLB anticipates the changes will be subtle, and a memo to teams last week cites an independent lab that found the new balls will fly 1 to 2 feet shorter on balls hit over 375 feet. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, balls marked with Cactus League spring training logos are in a basket during Kansas City Royals baseball practice at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Major League Baseball has slightly deadened its baseballs amid a years-long surge in home runs. MLB anticipates the changes will be subtle, and a memo to teams last week cites an independent lab that found the new balls will fly 1 to 2 feet shorter on balls hit over 375 feet. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

AUGUSTA, N.J. — The Tri-City ValleyCats’ first game in the Frontier League proved to be dramatic.

The ValleyCats scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to erase a 1-0 deficit Thursday and beat the Sussex County Miners 2-1.

Denis Phipps singled with one out and scored on Carson Maxwell’s triple. Maxwell came home on Avery Tuck’s single.

Three ValleyCats pitchers held the Miners to two hits. Starter Carlos Santos struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings. Samuel Perez (1-0) struck out four in 2 1/3 innings. Trey Cochran-Gill struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth to earn the save.

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