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Bravehearts Offense Stays Hot

July 29, 2019 - Futures Collegiate Baseball League (FCBL) - Worcester Bravehearts News Release

Worcester, MA - The Worcester offense stayed hot on Monday night against North Shore, prevailing for 10-6 win.

The scoring came early and often on Monday night as North Shore struck quickly in the first. Sean Lawlor homered to give the Navigators a lead. Worcester answered with solo two home runs of their own from John Thrasher and Ben Rice.

The game was tied right back up in the top of the second. Dominic Freeburger walked and was hit in on a double by Keagen Calero. In the bottom of the inning, Riley Livingston singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Mariano Ricciardi then singled in Livingston to once again give Worcester the lead.

Rice struck again in the third inning with a two-run home run, his second of the game, driving in Chris Rinaldi who walked.

The Navigators answered with four runs in the fourth. Freeburger singled and stole second base. Logan Bravo hit a two-run home run to cut the Worcester lead to 5-4. John Rodriguez tripled and was hit in on an error by right fielder Joe Pesce off the bat of Andrew Olszak. Sean Lawlor singled in Olszak to give the Navs a 6-5 lead.

Two consecutive singles in the bottom of the fourth by Ricciardi and Thrasher, followed by Rice getting hit by a pitch loaded up the bases for Mack Cheli. The first basemen Cheli was hit by a pitch to bring in Ricciardi.

In the sixth, Thrasher singled and Chris Rinaldi was hit by a pitch. Rice delivered once again with a double allowing Thrasher to score and Worcester to take a 7-6 lead.

In the seventh Worcester added on to their lead. Ben McNeill walked and Livingston was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. A sacrifice bunt by Pesce followed by a passed ball allowed McNeill to score. A Ricciardi double scoring Livingston increased the lead to 9-6.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Ben Rice continued his red-hot day as he hit his third home run of the night to make the score 10-6. Rice finished the game 4-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored, getting on base all five times he was up.

Troy Klemm got the win for Worcester while Griffin Green got the loss for North Shore.

Worcester will have a day off tomorrow before a double header matchup in Bristol against the Blues. They return home on Friday against the Nashua Silver Knights.

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