The NECBL Daily Rundown - 7/28/22 - Bristol, Newport Both Keep Pace for Top Two Seed, Playoff Bye (2023)

The NECBL Daily Rundown - 7/28/22 - Bristol, Newport Both Keep Pace for Top Two Seed, Playoff Bye (1)

July 29, 2022 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) News Release

Newport Gulls 11 - Mystic Schooners 6

W - Ryan Ginther 3-1 (Vanderbilt): 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K

L - Jared Burrows 1-3 (Bryant): 2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER (4 R), 3 BB, 2 K

Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, C.T. - The Newport Gulls (29-14) downed the Mystic Schooners (22-20), giving Mystic its second loss of the day.

Newport got the scoring started in the top of the second. A sacrifice fly from Joshua-Kuroda Grauer (Rutgers) and a two-run single off the bat of Alec Makarewicz (East Carolina) put the Gulls up 3-0. Mystic hit back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning thanks to a Kevin Ferrer (Connecticut) double and an Addison Kopack (U of Rhode Island) single. The Schooners added three more in the fourth to take the lead. Joseph Jaconski's (North Carolina) RBI double and another Kopack single, this time scoring two Mystic runners, made it 6-3.

The Gulls creeped within one in the fifth through an error and a Noah Martinez (Central Connecticut St) single. Newport continued scoring in the sixth, tying the game on a bases loaded walk. The next batter, Slate Alford (Mississippi St), crushed one over the fence for a grand slam, giving the away team a four-run lead. The score stayed at 10-6 until the ninth when another Mystic error granted Newport its eleventh run of the game.

Mystic's Kevin Ferrer led all hitters with three hits. Five players, three coming from the Gulls, had two hits. Three Newport relievers combined to give up just one hit over the last five innings.

Newport hosts Ocean State (21-21) today at 6:35 p.m. while Mystic hosts the Sharks (27-15) at noon.

Bristol Blues 9 - Valley Blue Sox 0

W - Tommy Hughes 1-0 (Southern Connecticut State): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

L - Nolan Sullivan 0-1 (Nichols): 5.0 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 4 BB, 7 K

Muzzey Field in Bristol, Conn.- The Bristol Blues (30-12) posted a shutout 9-0 win over the Valley Blue Sox (16-26) in their second matchup in back-to-back days.

The Blues didn't get on the board until the fourth inning, when center fielder Griffin Arnone (Elon) went big with a home run, followed by five runs in the fifth highlighted by runs off of a walk and hit by pitch for shortstop Chaz Myers (Pacific) and pinch runner Zach Stephenson (Connecticut) along with a single by designated hitter Ben Huber (Connecticut) that brought home first baseman Derek Tenney (Hartford) and Arnone for a 6-0 score.

The Valley Blue Sox had the bases loaded ready to get on the scoreboard, but came up short as a trio of flyouts halted the effort and the Blues finished off the game with another three-runs with a double by third baseman Carson Swank (Yale) and a single by second baseman Luke Broadhurst (Eastern Connecticut State) to end 9-0.

The Blues try to get closer to being number one in the league with a game against the North Adams Steeplecats (10-32) at home today at 6:30pm as the Blue Sox recoup and take on the Danbury Westerners (20-21) at 7:05pm at home.

Martha's Vineyard Sharks 5 - Mystic Schooners 3 (11 innings)

W - Camron Hill 5-0 (Georgia Tech): 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

L - Connor Harris 4-2 (George Washington): 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER (2 R), 0 BB, 3 K

S - Alejandro Torres 5 (Miami (FL)): 1.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, C.T. - The Martha's Vineyard Sharks (27-15) edged the Mystic Schooners (22-20) in extra innings.

A Cabot Maher (Villanova) single and a Marcus Franco (Nova Southeastern) sacrifice fly plated two Sharks in the top of the eleventh. After walking the leadoff batter to put two on and nobody out for the Schooners, Martha's Vineyard reliever Alejandro Torres (Miami (FL)) sat down the next three Mystic batters to close the game.

Martha's Vineyard scored the first run of the game in the top of the third. A Logan Chambers (Tennessee) RBI single got the Sharks on the board. Mystic responded with two in the fifth to take the lead. An error and a Jackson DeJohn (St Bonaventure) single put the Schooners on top. Another DeJohn RBI, this time a sacrifice fly, in the seventh extended Mystic's lead to two. Martha's Vineyard's Thomas Bramley (Penn St) stroked a two-run single into the outfield to tie the game at three in the eighth. Both teams were held scoreless in the ninth and tenth before the Sharks scored two in the eleventh to secure the victory.

Each team used five pitchers, with each starter knocked out of the game in under five innings. Mystic's bullpen gave up just four hits in over six innings. The Sharks' bullpen one-upped the Schooners, letting up just three hits, all of which coming before the eighth inning.

Martha's Vineyard outfielder Thomas Bramley led all hitters with four hits and two RBIs. Sharks shortstop Jadyn Jackson (Georgia Tech) and Schooners designated hitter Kevin Ferrer (Connecticut) were the only other players with multi-hit games.

The Sharks and Schooners face each other in Mystic again today at noon.

Keene Swamp Bats 8 - Sanford Mainers 3 (7 Innings)

W - Grant Besser 2-2 (Florida Southwestern State): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

L - Gavin Stellflug 0-2 (Maryland College Park): 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K

S - Cason Henry 1 (Northwest Shoals): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine - The KeeneSwamp Bats (16-24) took down the Sanford Mainers (20-21) in an 8-3 win in half of a double header due to weather conditions.

The Swamp Bats and Mainers each got a run in the opening frame when Keene's designated hitter Jackson Ross (Florida Atlantic) hit a sacrifice fly and Sanford's shortstop Jake Rainess (Maine Orono) hit a double to make the score 1-1. Keene pushed the score higher with a five-run effort when left fielder Jaden Brown (Texas Arlington) got home during a double play in the second and catcher Caleb Pendleton (Florida Atlantic) and first baseman Brandon Anderson (Louisville) hit singles that got three players home along with another run off of a wild pitch by Matt Almonte for a 6-1 score.

The Mainers answered back in the fifth and sixth with two sacrifice flies by center fielder Calvin Hewitt (Vanderbilt) and catcher Adam Dapkewicz (Georgetown), but it wasn't enough as they could not catch up to Keene in the final inning where Keene punched in two more runs with a single by center fielder Tyler McKenzie (Vanderbilt) and shut out the Mainers to seal the game 8-3.

The Swamp Bats get back home today for a game against the number one Vermont Mountaineers (31-11) at 6:30pm as the Mainers try to get back to .500 in a matchup with the Upper Valley Nighthawks (18-23) on the road at 6pm.

Danbury Westerners Sweep the North Adams SteepleCats

Rogers Park in Danbury, CT - The Danbury Westerners swept the North Adams SteepleCats in a very high-scoring doubleheader.

Game One: Danbury Westerners 13 - North Adams SteepleCats 11

W - Sam Wajewski 2-1 (Mitchell): 2.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

L - Ben Chrzanowski 0-1 (UMass Amherst): 1.2 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

S - Carter Heller 1 (Gardner-Webb): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

The flurry of runs started in the top of the second inning when North Adams's Ryan Magdic (Florida Southern) drove Dixon Black (Monmouth) on an RBI double. In the bottom of the inning, Billy Gerlott (Penn State) responded with an RBI single to tie it up. The SteepleCats led the third inning off with a pair of walks by Trey Ciulla-Hall (Stonehill) and Hunter Pasqualini (Central Connecticut State). Ciulla-Hall was driven in on a Vincent Bianchina (Northwestern) sacrifice fly. Pasqualini stole second base and was driven in on a Cedric Rose (UMass Lowell) RBI single to make it 3-1. Ryan Galanie (Wofford) hit an RBI single, and Dixon Black hit a solo home run to extend the lead to four runs.

Danbury's Korey Morton (Connecticut) led the bottom of the third off with a home run to make it 5-2. After the Westerners loaded the bases, Michael Becchetti (Fairfield) hit a 2-run single to bring the deficit to one. In the top of the fourth, Ciulla-Hall hit a 2-run home run to make it 7-4 in the SteepleCats' favor. Ryan Galanie drove more runs in on a double. In the bottom half of the inning, Korey Morton hit another solo home run. Sam Mongelli (Sacred Heart) followed that up with a walk, and was driven in on a 2-run home run by Hank Thomas (Ohio State). Alex Stone (Duke) and Harrison Feinberg (Southern California) followed that up with back-to-back doubles to make it 9-8 SteepleCats.

In the top of the fifth inning, Sam Majewski threw a shutout inning. In the bottom of the inning, Billy Gerlott doubled, Jermaine White (St. John's) singled, and Sam Mongelli walked to load the bases. Hank Thomas hit a grand slam to give Danbury a three-run lead. An RBI groundout and a Dixon Black RBI double for North Adams in the top of the sixth made it 12-11 Danbury. Billy Gerlott responded with a solo home run to make it 13-11. Carter Heller closed out the game successfully with a scoreless top of the seventh.

Game Two: Danbury Westerners 16 - North Adams SteepleCats 9

W - Vincent Bianchi 1-2 (St. John's): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K

L - Ashton Johnson 0-1 (Northampton CC): 1.0 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

The Westerners were down 7-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. With Sam Mongelli and Harrison Feinberg on base, Nicholas Romano (Georgia Tech) hit a 3-run home run.

Vincent Bianchi threw a scoreless top of the fourth inning, then Danbury went on an offensive rally. Joseph Skarad (Sacred Heart) led off with a solo home run. Jackson Taylor (Indiana State) singled, then Korey Morton hit his third home run of the day to make it 7-6. Mongelli doubled and was driven in on Hank Thomas's third home run of the day, which gave the Westerners the lead. Skarad hit an RBI single and Morton hit a 2-run single, then Michael Becchetti hit a 3-run home run to make it 13-7.

On North Adams' side, Ryan Galanie, Ryan Magdic, and William Binder (Albany) each had multiple RBI in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Westerners will be on the road today for a divisional matchup with the Valley Blue Sox at 7:05 p.m. The SteepleCats will also be on the road today for a divisional matchup, with theirs being against the Bristol Blues at 6:30 p.m.

North Shore Navigators 5 - Ocean State Waves 3

W - Jake Gigliotti 2-1 (Northeastern): 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K

L - Nick Payero 1-6 (Seton Hall): 5.0 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

S - Max Tarlin 2 (Endicott): 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

Fraser Field in Lynn, MA - The North Shore Navigators (13-29) defeated the Ocean State Waves (21-21) by the score of 5-3.

The Navigators were down 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning before they mounted a rally. Robert Wirtanen (Wheaton), Jonathan Luders (Seton Hall), and Jake Gustin (Bryant) led off with three consecutive singles, which resulted in a run. With two outs, Connor Bertsch (Dartmouth) walked, then Nathan Blasick (West Virginia) hit a 2-run single. Jake McElroy (Holy Cross) followed that up with an RBI single to make it 4-1 in North Shore's favor.

In the top of the eighth inning, Ocean State's Drew Holderbach (Marietta) scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. The Navigators responded in the bottom of the inning on an RBI hit-by-pitch, then the Waves scored another run on a Khyree Miller (Winthrop) RBI triple. However, Max Tarlin successfully closed it out to give the Navigators the victory.

The Navigators will have a day off today before going to Martha's Vineyard to face the Sharks at 7:05 p.m. tomorrow. The Waves will be on the road today for the regular season finale of the Pell Bridge Rivalry against the Newport Gulls.

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