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Gulls Comeback against Sharks

August 1, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Newport Gulls News Release

NEWPORT, R.I. - Newport (26-17) defeated the Martha's Vineyard Sharks (27-16) with a final score of 9-6 in their final regular season home game at Cardines Field. For the Gulls, Mike Townsend picks up the win as Chris Stefl picks up the loss for the Sharks.

The Sharks bats got going right out of the gate as they scored one run on a Jackson Raper single that scored Rudy Aguilar from second in the top of the first. The Sharks would then tack on two runs in the second after Aguilar grounded into a fielder's choice that scored Josh Spiegel from third. Raper then knocked in Matthew Chamberlain in the next at-bat with an RBI single to make it a 3-0 Sharks lead.

The Gulls, however, would get one back in the third on an RBI single from Greg Cavaliere that scored Joseph Bellini. The Sharks would go on to add another run on yet another RBI single by Raper. They would then go on to tack on two more runs in the fifth off of a two-run home run by Brady Slavens to increase their lead to 6-1.

In the sixth inning however, the Gulls bats came alive as they scored eight runs off of five hits and two errors by the Sharks, giving them a 9-6 lead. The Gulls were then able to prevent a comeback by the Sharks thanks to a stellar pitching performance by Townsend. The right hander from UCLA struck out six batters in 4.1 innings of work, picking up the 26th win for the Gulls.

Newport will now make the trip up north on Thursday for a 6:05 matchup with the Winnipesaukee Muskrats for the final game of the 2019 regular season.

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