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July 24, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Mystic Schooners News Release

Groton - All summer long the Schooners have been winning games with their bats, averaging almost six runs a game. As of late, the offense has been red hot, in their last eight games they have averaged 8.5 runs a game and have hung double-digit runs in three of their last seven games. So it was rare to see a low scoring game by Schooner standards but it was great to see the pitching staff carry this team over nine innings.

Schooners' pitching all around was excellent on the night; starting pitcher Justin Cashman had one of his best performances of the year. Cashman worked quickly and effectively early. He only allowed three base runners during his 5 and 2/3 innings pitched. When he would allow base runners he would immediately retire the next batters, not allowing them to advance any further.

The Schooners would grab the lead in the 3rd inning off a double by Rich Slenker. With two outs Nick Mascelli would draw a four-pitch walk, Chase Lunceford was then hit by a pitch to put two runners on. Slenker on a 2-1 count smacked a double to right-center field to give the Schooners a 2-0 lead.

Mystic would add to their lead in the 6th inning off of two singles. An Aaron Hill single would score Rich Slenker from third, who singled then took second on a wild pitch and then third on a passed ball. Hill would score off a Casey Baker single to left field.

Carson Teel would come in for relief to get the last out in the 6th inning and then go on to retire the Westerners in the 7th and 8th innings. He gave up a single to the leadoff batter in the 7th. But would go on to strike out the next three batters. Jason Foley was brought on in the 9th inning to get the final three outs. He sat them down in order while striking out two.

The pitching got the job done for the Schooners shutting out the Westerners for their second shutout of the year. They allowed just three hits and four baserunners during the entire game. The Schooners are now 23-13 and have a three-game lead over the Newport Gulls for first place in the Southern Division. Their next game is Sunday against the Plymouth Pilgrims. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 PM.

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