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Buddy Hayward, C.J. Dandeneau Dazzle on Hill for Bay Sox in Impressive 6-1 Win over Pilgrims

June 9, 2018 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - New Bedford Bay Sox News Release

The New Bedford Bay Sox struck for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat the Plymouth Pilgrims 6-1 on Saturday night at Paul Walsh Field.

Holding a slim one-run lead, the New Bedford offense broke out for four hits and four runs, with Austin Markmann (Sacred Heart), Elijah Brown (Sacred Heart), and Jacob Yish (Boston College) driving in runners to put the game out of reach.

Bay Sox starter Buddy Hayward (Harvard) earned the victory, tossing six strong innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Relievers R.J. Wagner (Dayton) and C.J. Dandeneau (UConn) kept the Pilgrims' offense, who entered scoring 29 runs in their first four games, off the scoreboard for the final three innings.

Plymouth had threats throughout the game but clutch defense and great pitching efforts prevented big innings from the road team. Hayward allowed a one-out single in the first inning, and an error by shortstop Logan Allen (Bridgeport) put runners on first and second for the Pilgrims. Hayward was able to work out of the jam by inducing a 6-4-3 double play, with Sam Henrie (Southern New Hampshire) making a great pick at first base to secure the final out of the first.

New Bedford responded in the bottom of the first, as Rafe Chaumette (Trinity) singled and showed off his wheels, moving from first to third easily on a single through the vacated right side by Andrew Rapoza (Barry). Rapoza stole second immediately, and Chaumette came home on a groundout to first base by Robert Emery (San Francisco) for the first run of the game.

The Bay Sox avoided trouble again in the top of the second, with Henrie making another nice grab to end the frame, and they tacked on a run in the bottom part of the inning. Chandler Debrosse (Central Connecticut State) hit a dribbler down the third base line that stood fair and drove in Brown after his one-out double to right field.

Henrie continued to dazzle at first in the top of the fifth, as an unconventional double play erased another possible threat. Plymouth's Tyler Wyatt grounded to third, and leadoff hitter Garrett Hiott was off and running from first base with one down. Markmann threw across the field to get Wyatt at first, and Henrie alertly noticed Hiott breaking for third, gunning him down with the help of Allen, who was covering from short to tag out Hiott for the 5-3-6 DP. Hiott did score the first Plymouth run in the third but got overaggressive and ran himself into the final out of the fifth thanks to stellar defense from New Bedford.

With the score remaining at 2-1 deep into the contest, the Bay Sox escaped a dangerous threat in the eighth inning, with Dandeneau picking up two huge outs with two runners in scoring position. Wagner started the frame, and after pitching a scoreless seventh, the junior gave up a single and a double (with Chaumette preventing a run with a terrific effort banging into the wall) before giving way to Dandeneau. The righty picked up a strikeout and a grounder to Allen at short to keep the potent Pilgrims offense off the board.

His offense returned the favor by plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth, as five consecutive Bay Sox reached base. Markmann drove in Emery with a single, Brown plated two with his own single, and Brown scored thanks to the first hit of the season by Yish.

The win is the second straight home W for the Bay Sox to start the season, and third win in four contests this year. They will look to continue their strong start to the season on Sunday evening, as the Keene Swamp Bats visit Paul Walsh Field. The Bay Sox will celebrate their 10th anniversary on June 10th, with the game beginning at 6:30pm. New Bedford will host Upper Valley on Tuesday night before taking to the road to visit Newport and Ocean State next week.

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