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Mainers Break Even in Doubleheader with Waves

June 21, 2019 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Sanford Mainers News Release

SANFORD - The Mainers played an entertaining brand of baseball throughout their fifteen innings at Goodall Park, earning a doubleheader split with the Ocean State Waves.

Their offense sprang to life in game one while pitching and defense made for an entertaining game two. In the end, despite taking a 2-1 extra-inning loss to end their night, the Moose have plenty of reasons to call the day a success.

Game one saw the Mainers put up runs in each of the first four innings as they built a big lead on timely hits and walks. Drew DeMartino (Pittsfield, Mass./Hartford) led the way offensively by going 2-for-3, driving in a run in each of his first four plate appearances including two bases-loaded walks. Connor Tate (Bishop, Ga./Georgia) was not too far behind, finishing the game 3-for-4 with a run batted in and three runs scored. Nick Howie (Oakville, Ontario, Canada/Eastern Kentucky) drove in a pair himself while Elliott Curtis (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada/Kentucky), Jack Van Remortel (Carmel, Ind./Michigan), and Sterling Hayes (San Diego, Calif./Vanderbilt) each touched home plate twice.

While the offense was the main story, starting pitcher Jake Noviello (Franklin, Mass./Fairfield) flew under the radar with a quality start. Although he was unable to go the distance, Noviello turned in a strong six-inning performance, allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out four to earn his first win in 2019.

In their 12-3 win, the Mainers tied a season high with nine hits and 10 walks. Of the 20 at-bats taken by the first four batters in the lineup, they reached base 12 times. After only scoring more than three runs in one other game, the Moose offense finally put it all together and made their early-season struggles a thing of the past.

Game two saw a much more competitive battle as both pitchers had their way with their opponent's lineup. Both teams combined for just six hits and three runs, setting up a thrilling finish to an action-packed day.

Darren Williams (Maysville, Ky./Eastern Kentucky) got the start in game two and dazzled in front of the Goodall Park crowd once again. Aside from giving up an RBI single in the second inning and a long double in the third, Waves bats could not touch the lanky right-hander. Williams fanned eight batters in his seven innings of work and allowed just one run on three hits, showing why he earned a spot on the NECBL Week One Honor Roll.

After going down 1-0 in the second inning, the Moose tied the score in the fourth. DeMartino led off the frame with a line-drive double to right field and moved up to third base on a Shane Marshall (Webster, N.Y./Binghamton) infield single. Howie drove a fastball to left one batter later, bringing the Hartford second baseman to the plate on his second sacrifice fly in as many games.

With the score tied 1-1 through seven innings, the fans in attendance witnessed a historic moment for both the Mainers and Waves. Game two marked the first extra-inning game of the season for both teams, as well as Goodall Park, under the league's new format.

The top of the eighth started with a runner on second base and Connor Peplow (Plainfield, Ill./Illinois State) taking over on the mound in relief. Things looked good initially as Peplow punched out the first batter he faced, but a stolen base and a sacrifice fly saw the Waves restore their lead at 2-1.

The Mainers looked primed for a quick response in the bottom half of the inning as Robbie Armitage (Falmouth, Maine/Marist College) starting the inning on second and Hayes earning first on a hit by pitch. Unfortunately, after two deep flyouts from Tate and DeMartino, the Waves worked out of danger and picked up the win.

The Moose will be on the road tomorrow as they set sail to face the Martha's Vineyard Sharks at Vineyard Baseball Park. You can catch all the action starting at 6:30 PM on the NECBL Broadcast Network and 104.3 FM/1220 AM "The Legends" back in Sanford. In the meantime, head over to sanfordmainers.com and follow the team on social media to stay in the loop about all things Mainers.

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