Bay Sox Struggles Continue as Vermont's Herrmann Tosses Shutout in 9-0 Loss to Mountaineers
In a matchup of two teams hanging on to their slim playoff lives, the New Bedford Bay Sox ran into a superb pitching performance from Vermont's Brian Herrmann, who tossed a complete game shutout in the Mountaineers' 9-0 victory on Thursday night at Paul Walsh Field.
Herrmann threw 127 pitches, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six Bay Sox hitters, as New Bedford fell to 16-24 and lost for the 14th time in their last 17 contests. The Bay Sox had a rough time at the plate and in the field, committing five errors which compounded their problems all night long.
Buddy Hayward (Harvard) was making his last start of the season for the Bay Sox, and had a rude greeting from Vermont leadoff hitter Bryce Kelley. Kelley struck a 2-2 pitch right off the back of the 6'7" hurler, resulting in a base hit which definitely left a mark. Hayward regained his composure, picking up a tailor-made 4-6-3 double play for the first two outs, and getting a nice pick at third base from Austin Markmann (Sacred Heart) for the final out of the first.
The Mountaineers took the lead in the top of the third inning, as a costly error from Markmann with two outs allowed an unearned run to cross the plate. Jarficur Parker lined a one-out double down the third base line, and a slow grounder from the speedy leadoff hitter Kelley made Markmann uncork a high throw to bring home Parker. It was the tenth error in 25 games for the Bay Sox third baseman and makes New Bedford the third team in the league with 60 or more errors this season (Winnipesaukee - 61, Mystic - 70 entering Thursday night).
Hayward committed an error in the fourth inning, turning what could have been an inning-ending double play into Vermont having runners on the corners. DH Samuel Duran made New Bedford pay for their second error in as many innings, blooping a single to center field to drive in the second Mountaineers' run of the evening. Nolan Tressler followed with another single to drive in the third run, and a ground out to Jack Winkler (San Francisco) at short gave Vermont a 4-0 lead.
Tyler Zell (Suffolk) took over on the hill after the lengthy fourth inning, which also saw Karsten Sherman (Keiser) replace Andrew Rapoza (Barry) at first base. Rapoza looked to be injured on the RBI grounder to Winkler at short, as the throw went high and Rapoza collided with Parker after fielding the air-mailed toss.
Zell tossed his best outing of the year on Thursday night, hurling three shutout innings with aces wild on his stat sheet - one hit, one walk, and one K. Jack Owens (Bryant) came in for the eighth inning, but continued to be erratic, hitting two batters and giving up an infield single to load the bases with one out. Owens hit Parker for his third HBP of the outing, then allowed a single from Benjamin Bavly to plate two more runners. Another bad Bay Sox play in the field, this time from second baseman Kevin Huscher (Quinnipiac), scored two more Mountaineers for a 9-0 lead. Owens surrendered just two hits in the inning but had three hit batters en route to the five-spot in the eighth inning for Vermont.
Noah Stern (Barry) pitched the ninth and was effective, working around a two-out single to keep the Mountaineers from cracking double digits.
Recent addition Ryan McCormick (UMass Boston) broke the no-hit bid of Vermont starter Brian Herrmann in the sixth inning, lining a one-out single up the middle. Sherman belted a leadoff double deep to the wall in center field in the seventh but was stranded there. Markmann reached on an infield single in the eighth, and All-Star Rafe Chaumette (Trinity) singled in the ninth for the four Bay Sox hits off of Herrmann.
The Bay Sox have four games remaining on their 2018 schedule, with two road games against Newport on Friday and Sanford on Saturday before the All-Star Game on Sunday afternoon. They have a makeup game with Valley at home on Monday, then close out the season hosting Ocean State on Wednesday night.
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