Jack Winkler, Austin Markmann Pace Another Late Inning Outburst in Bay Sox' 7-3 Win over Swamp Bats
Another late four-run inning guided the New Bedford Bay Sox to their third home win and fourth in five contests, as they defeated the Keene Swamp Bats 7-3 on Sunday night at Paul Walsh Field.
Starting pitchers Jared Shuster (Wake Forest) and Jacob McLinskey were dueling through the first five innings, but the Bay Sox exploded for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to erase a 1-1 tie, and tacked on two more runs in the eighth to secure the win. New Bedford scored four times in the eighth inning on Saturday in their 6-1 win over Plymouth, with five straight hitters reaching base to put that game out of reach. Four consecutive Bay Sox hitters reached in the seventh, and they all crossed the plate in the big inning.
Jack Winkler (San Francisco) and Austin Markmann (Sacred Heart) each had three hits, with Winkler driving in three runs, and Markmann moving his average to a ridiculous .611 (11-for-18) on the season.
For the second straight game, the home squad jumped out to a quick lead after a dominant top of the first inning. After Shuster struck out the side - all looking - to begin the contest, the Bay Sox put a run on the board to take an early 1-0 lead. Leadoff hitter Elijah Brown (Sacred Heart) drew a walk, moved to second on a grounder to the pitcher by Christian Aybar (New England College), and scored on a two-out double to the gap in right-center from cleanup hitter Robert Emery (San Francisco). Emery now has a hit in each of his four games with the Bay Sox this season, and also cranked the team's only homer of the year in New Bedford's 8-7 win at Ocean State on June 7th.
One night after turning the rare 5-3-6 double play, the Bay Sox earned an out in an interesting way in the second and turned another rare double play in the third. With Keene's Brandon Smith on first after a single, DH Cordell Dunn Jr. singled to right in the second inning. Smith hesitated and stopped between first and second, allowing Tommy Seidl (Harvard) to fire to second for the out. New Bedford retired two batters with a strikeout in the third, as Shuster whiffed Jake Whitcomb, and catcher Andrew Rapoza (Barry) was interfered with trying to gun down Mitchell Golden at second on a steal attempt for out number two.
A defensive miscue led to a Keene run in the fourth, as the Bay Sox should have picked off Alex Carballo for the second out of the inning. Shuster threw to first, and had Carballo stuck between first and second, but Karsten Sherman (Keiser) had a tough time getting the ball out of his glove to toss it to second. Immediately after the delayed steal, Smith doubled to right to drive in the first Swamp Bats' run of the evening. Shuster did strand Smith in scoring position with his seventh strikeout through the first four innings of work.
Shuster went six strong innings, with nine strikeouts and just one walk allowed in his second no-decision of the year. The sophomore from New Bedford had ten Ks on Opening Night in just 4.2 innings vs. Newport, giving him 19 strikeouts in just 10.2 innings this season.
Tyler Zell (Suffolk) tossed a 1-2-3 seventh in relief, and the Bay Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the frame on a walk by Sherman and consecutive singles by Markmann and Seidl. Jack Winkler ripped a single up the middle to score Sherman, and an error from Carballo allowed Markmann to come home. Anthony Raucci (St. Joseph's) drove in Seidl with a sac fly to right for a 4-1 lead, and Brown followed suit with his own sac fly for the fifth New Bedford run.
Keene put a rally together in the top of the eighth, as an error and a hit batter in the first two pitches placed runners at first and second. Zell bounced back to retire the next two batters, but Carballo reached on the third error of the contest by Raucci, and both Golden and Jake Whitcomb scored as the ball went to the backstop. Rapoza retreated the errant throw and tried to beat Whitcomb to home plate, as no one covered the dish, and the two collided, with Whitcomb taking a shot to the head from Rapoza's glove. Both players were shaken up, but both remained in the game.
The Bay Sox loaded up the bases again in the eighth on three singles, with Winkler driving in two more runs with a single to left, as New Bedford regained their four-run lead. Zell earned the victory, and Michael Young (Stonehill) hurled a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the victory.
New Bedford will seek their fourth straight home victory on Tuesday night as they face Upper Valley at 6:30pm in their next contest. The Bay Sox also have home games with Winnipesaukee on Friday, and a doubleheader with Danbury starting at 5pm on Saturday.
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