Mystic 18, Keene 4
KEENE - The Schooners combined for six home runs on their way to an 18-4 beat down of the Keene Swamp Bats.
Everyone reached base for the Schooners and they scored a run in every inning but the seventh. In the first, Toby Handley led off the game with double and Nick Mascelli followed that with another double to give the Schooners a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the first.
The Swamp Bats would get their only four runs of the game in the first but only one of them was earned off of Doug Domnarski. Doug went seven innings and picked up the win while striking out five. The rest of the game was all about the Schooners offense.
Casey Baker walked to start out the second and a pitch hit CJ Moore to put two men on base. Toby Handley followed that with a classic Alumni Field home run that was hit sky high and cleared the shallow right-center field fence to tie the game at four.
Mystic would take the lead for good in the third with an RBI groundout off the bat of CJ Moore to bring in Rich Slenker who led the inning off with a double to make it 5-4.
The next run came in the very next inning when Martin Figueroa hit an RBI single to bring in Mascelli.
In the fifth Casey Baker led off the inning with a solo home run and Mascelli drove in two runs with an RBI double.
The sixth inning saw Casey Baker do it again with his second homer of the game to make the score 10-4. The Schooners did not get a run in the seventh but Mascelli was able to get a double to stay hot.
Martin Figueroa led off the eighth inning with a solo home run and three more came into score with a sac fly by Ryan Ramiz, and a two RBI single by Mascelli.
With one out in the ninth Slenker and Brett Bond started it off with back-to-back home runs. Two more were brought in with singles by Scotty Bradley and Mascelli who finished the day 6-6 with 6 RBI and 1 run scored. Mascelli has now reached base in 15 consecutive plate appearances and 19 out of 20.
When all was said and done the final score was 18-4, the most runs Mystic has scored this season.
With the win the Schooners improve to 22-12 on the season and 10-2 against Northern Division opponents. They now have a three game lead in first place in the South over the Newport Gulls.
The Schooners will travel to New Bedford on Friday to take on the Bay Sox. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
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