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Bay Sox Fall to Westerners in Game Two

June 18, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - New Bedford Bay Sox News Release

Chalk up another "road" walk-off loss for the New Bedford Bay Sox.

Playing as the road team in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Danbury Westerners, the Bay Sox scored twice in the top of the seventh inning, only to witness a horrible bottom of the frame in a devastating 3-2 loss on Saturday night at Paul Walsh Field.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, T.J. Dixon (Samford) dropped a single into center field, which scored Alex Mata (St. Leo) and Chandler Debrosse (Central Connecticut), tying the game of their doubleheader at 2-2. It was the fourth time in seven games that the Bay Sox scored late to even up a game, but New Bedford (playing as the "road team" in the second game) had lost the previous three games in walk-off fashion.

Starting pitcher Austin Cline (Dayton) quickly retired the first two batters of the seventh on two groundouts, but his defense let him down, surrendering the game-winning run without allowing a hit. Danbury second baseman Nanno Santorelli hit a routine grounder to Ted Shaw (Sacred Heart), but the normally-nifty infielder had the ball go through his legs into right field. Jesse Uttendorfer hit another seemingly routine grounder to third baseman Robbie Doring (Dayton), who bobbled the ball and uncorked a terrible throw that escaped Keith Klebart at first and traveled all the way to the fence, which allowed Santorelli to score from first base.

Cline was terrific on the mound for the Bay Sox, tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just five hits and three runs (two earned) with four strikeouts and no walks. Danbury starter Dylan Stock was also stellar in his start, throwing six scoreless innings on four hits, two walks, and five K's. Stock failed to pick up the win, as reliever Justin Snyder allowed the two runs in the seventh but was awarded the victory.

Danbury scored twice in the bottom of the third inning, as they put runners on the corners on a hit-by-pitch and a weak single to left field. The Westerners again executed a perfect double steal to plate their first run, as the Bay Sox could not figure out how to defend that play in either of the two games during the home twin-bill. Danbury flashed more speed getting a runner to third base, which was driven in by a single to take a 2-0 lead.

Dixon was 2-for-4 with the two runs batted in for the Bay Sox, while both Doring and Mata also picked up two hits in the loss. New Bedford has now lost all four road games this season on the home team's last at-bat, with their previous loss on Friday night in Newport coming on a grand slam in the bottom of the 11th inning.

The 1-6 Bay Sox will have to quickly shake off the stunning defeat, as they take a long trip to Sanford to face the Mainers tomorrow evening. Their next home tilt is on Tuesday night against the Winnipesaukee Muskrats.

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