Mystic 10, Valley 0
HOLYOKE - The Mystic Schooners played a great brand of baseball Monday night. Their bats came through and they were backed by their first shutout of the season on their way to a 10-0 win over the Valley Blue Sox.
With no score heading into the third inning the Schooners started things off with a bang. With one out and a runner on base, Alex LeFerve sent the ball deep to left and one hopped the fence for a double to score the first run of the game for Mystic. After back-to-back walks to load the bases, Rich Slenker was hit by a pitch to bring in the second run of the inning and Chase Lunceford had a sac fly to bring in another. Two more came around when Aaron Hill sent the ball to the left-center gap to make the score 5-0 at the end of three innings.
The Schooners would get three more in the sixth inning. The inning was highlighted by a monster leadoff blast over the right field fence by Martin Figueroa. Mystic would follow up the home run with a single by CJ Moore and a walk by Casey Baker. They would both be brought in on a sac fly by Alex LeFerve and an RBI single off the bat of Nick Mascelli to bring the score to 8-0 after six.
The final two runs of the game came in the eighth inning. Nick Mascelli led things off with a base hit and Ryan Ramiz got to second on an error by the center fielder. Rich Slenker brought in Mascelli with an RBI groundout and Chase Lunceford singled to bring in Ramiz.
Everyone in the Schooner lineup got on base in the game. The only thing that may have been better than the bats was the pitching. The Schooners threw their first shutout of the season.
Kyle Dube got the start and the win. He went five innings, gave up no runs on just three hits and struck out five batters. Carson Teel came in for the next three innings and was just as effective. Teel went three shutout innings and gave up only two hits while striking out four. And Mason Kukowski threw a no hit ninth while striking out one batter.
With the win the Schooners improve to 19-12 on the season and are now 10-2 over Northern Division opponents. They sit one game ahead of the Ocean State Waves in first pace of the Southern Division.
The Schooners will be back at the Shipyard on Tuesday to take on the New Bedford Bay Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.
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