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Mystic 7, Danbury 5

July 5, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Mystic Schooners News Release

BRIDGEPORT - The Schooners and Danbury Westerners played a game at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, CT the home of the Bridgeport Blue Fish. Mystic continued to stay hot as they defeated Danbury 7-5 for their third straight win.

The Schooners scored first for the fourth game in a row when Chase Lunceford led off the second winning with a double. He was brought in by Martin Figueroa who singled to put the Schooners up 1-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning.

The Westerners, who came into the game leading the league in runs scored, did not take long to answer back. With one out in the home half of the second Ryan Nelson singled to tie the game at one run apiece.

Danbury took the lead in the very next inning when Gio Dingcong blasted a two run home run over the left field fence to give Danbury a 3-1 lead at the end of three innings.

In the fourth the Schooners took the lead right back when three unearned runs crossed the plate. Rich Slenker, Lunceford and Aaron Hill opened up the fourth with three straight base hits to load the bases. After two outs Danbury looked in position to get out of the bases loaded jam. But a routine fly ball off the bat of Tysh Terashima was dropped by the left fielder to allow all the runners to score and bring the score to 4-3 Schooners after four innings.

It took two more innings for the Schooners to add some insurance runs. In the seventh Toby Handley led off the inning with a base hit and was able to advance to third. Rich Slenker sent a ball to deep center field to bring in Handley to make the score 5-3 at the end of seven innings.

Two more runs came across in the eighth. After Aaron Hill walked, Martin Figueroa lifted one to left center field in the gap to score Hill all the way from first. And with the runner on second Scotty Bradley singled in that same gap to bring in the seventh run of the game for the Schooners.

With the Schooners up 7-3 in the bottom of the ninth Danbury threatened with four straight base hits to bring in two runs and make it a two run game. But Jason Foley retired the next three batters to give the Schooners the win.

Joe Rivera was the starting pitcher for the Schooners. He went four innings, allowed three earned on three hits and struck out two batters. Matt Ardente came in for the next three innings and picked up the win while Carson Teel threw an inning giving up two runs in his Schooner debut. And Jason Foley pitched the final inning of the game.

With the win the Schooners improve to 13-10 on the season and have won three straight. They will be back at the Shipyard on Wednesday night to take on the North Adams SteepleCats where all current and past sailors and their families can attend for free. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05

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