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Bay Sox Claim Second Straight Win in Boisterous 6-3 Victory over Schooners

June 23, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - New Bedford Bay Sox News Release

A three-run eighth inning capped a wild back-and-forth contest on Sunday evening, as the New Bedford Bay Sox defeated the Mystic Schooners 6-3 at Paul Walsh Field.

New addition Jack Winkler (San Francisco) drove in the winning run with a single, plating Jeremiah Adams (Army) on his last night with the Bay Sox. Three batters later, Alex Brickman (Dayton) knocked a single to left that scored Winkler and Michael Goodrich (Trinity) for two insurance runs.

Kyle Johnson (Holy Cross) notched a 1-2-3 top of the eighth to earn his first win of the season, while Matthew Stansky (Bryant) pitched around a leadoff double by Mystic's Steve Barmakian to earn his first sa2ve and push New Bedford to their second straight win.

Brickman ended the night with two hits and three runs batted in, while Winkler reached base four times and scored twice. Adams, who will be returning to boot camp after tonight's game, was 2-for-2 with two walks and two singles, and recent addition Jake Suddleson (Harvard) was 2-for-4 to move his average to .643 (9-for-14) in his three games with the Bay Sox.

All three late-inning runs were scored after Bay Sox manager Chris Cabe was ejected. There were several incidents between New Bedford coaches and the umpires during the final four innings of play, as the entire Bay Sox bullpen was emptied during the middle innings. The full dugout led to a raucous environment, and the home squad used that as motivation to power past the top team in the Southern Division to move to 3-8 this season.

Both starting pitchers, New Bedford's Corey Cater (Trinity) and Mystic's Tyler Schoff did not make past the fourth inning, with the offenses ruling the first few innings of play on a beautiful summer night in New Bedford. Mystic (9-3) put the first two hitters of the game on base, but Cater battled back to strike out the next three batters to keep the Schooners off the board. New Bedford took advantage of Cater's gutsy first inning in the bottom of the frame, with Brickman's bloop double in shallow right field plating Winkler for a 1-0 lead.

After an RBI single from Mystic's Seamus Barry in the second tied it up at 1-1, the Bay Sox regained the lead, with Adams singling home Sam Henrie (Southern New Hampshire), who led off the inning with a double. The Schooners quickly tied the game at 2-2, as slugger Terry Bowens mashed his fourth home run of the season to deep left field. Adams scored in the bottom of the fourth on a wild pitch from Schoff for a 3-2 Bay Sox lead, which was prompted erased in the top of the fifth, as a groundout from Vincent Martin scored Matthew Toke from third base to make it 3-3.

Cater lasted just 3.2 innings due to a high pitch count, and was relieved in the fourth by Tylor Arruda (UMass Boston). Arruda went 3.1 innings, allowing one run on two hits, with two strikeouts and two walks. Both Johnson and Stansky shut down the Schooners in the final two innings, as New Bedford silenced a potent Mystic offense that entered Sunday's game with the second-most runs in the NECBL, averaging nearly seven runs a game.

The Bay Sox will look to stretch their winning streak to three games on Monday evening in Newport, and will return back home on Tuesday night (weather permitting) for a home tilt with the Upper Valley Nighthawks. Tonight's game was originally scheduled for June 20th, but was one of New Bedford's four rainouts during the first three weeks of the NECBL season.

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