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Bay Sox Unable to Hold Leads, Drop Second Game of Doubleheader 7-3 to Gulls

June 19, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - New Bedford Bay Sox News Release

The New Bedford Bay Sox surrendered one-run leads twice in the second game of their doubleheader on Tuesday night, ultimately dropping a 7-3 contest to the Newport Gulls in a seven-inning home tilt.

New Bedford took the first game 10-8 in dramatic fashion, which was started last Wednesday in Newport and concluded in a different ballpark, but could not come up with the sweep on a beautiful summer evening.

Newport took the lead for good in the fifth inning, as Zach Britton and Jack Gethings each plated two Gulls with base hits. Jacob Yish (Boston College) was 2-for-3 with a run scored for New Bedford, while Yish, Elijah Brown (Sacred Heart) and Game 1 hero Ryan Markey (St. John's) came across the plate in the loss.

The aggressiveness of the Bay Sox, which has been on display all season long, produced the first run of the abbreviated second game. Brown led off the game by drawing a walk, his ninth free pass of the season, and continued to wreck havoc on the bases. Brown swiped second base cleanly, then stole third and came home on an errant throw to third by Newport catcher Logan Harvey. Brown entered the game tied for the team lead in steals with five, was second in on-base percentage (.412), and has reached base in every game that he has appeared in this season.

Newport's Zach Hoguelsson, who had two homers in the first game of the two-city doubleheader earlier on Tuesday, launched a 1-2 fastball over the fence in right field off of Bay Sox starter Buddy Hayward (Harvard) to tie the game at 1-1. The Gulls loaded the bases with two down in the second on three straight walks, but Hayward got out of the jam to strand all three ducks on the pond.

The Gulls took the lead in the fourth inning, as three consecutive batters reached base which ended Hayward's evening. Liam O'Regan drove in Harvey with a single, but reliever Noah Stern (Barry) was able to strand two runners in scoring position and prevent the road team to put a crooked number on the board.

New Bedford took their second lead of the night thanks to two unearned runs. Markey and Yish reached on a walk and a single, putting runners on the corners with no outs. New pitcher Nic Enright was greeted by Rafe Chaumette (Trinity), who grounded to Gethings at second base. Gethings could not handle a short hop, and the ball squirted into right field, allowing both Bay Sox runners to score.

Newport continued the back-and-forth nature of the game, with the Gulls loading the bases with one down in the fifth on a single, a hit batter, and a walk. Britton sent home two Gulls with a double to right field, giving Newport a 4-3 lead. Michael Young (Stonehill) entered the game with runners at second and third, and allowed a single with two outs from Gethings to plate two more runs and push Newport's lead to 6-3.

Hoguelsson continued to abuse Bay Sox pitching with an RBI double in the sixth inning for his seventh RBI of the doubleheader. The slugger from Arizona State entered the day with zero homers and four RBIs, but amassed four hits and three long bombs - one that occurred at Cardines Field last Wednesday night - in the twin-billing.

The loss is New Bedford's first in their three meetings with their closest rival in the NECBL, and drops the Bay Sox to 7-6 on the season. They have a busy week ahead, with games on Wednesday through Sunday. The Bay Sox are on the road to face Mystic tomorrow, then have back-to-back home games against the Pilgrims and Mainers on Thursday and Friday at Paul Walsh Field.

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