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Mystic 8, New Bedford 2

July 3, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Mystic Schooners News Release

NEW BEDFORD - The Mystic Schooners defeated the New Bedford Bay Sox 8-2 Sunday night at Paul Walsh Field to get back above the .500 mark on the season.

The bats came alive for Mystic early and often as they plated three runs in the first inning. Nick Mascelli got it started with a one out double and Rich Slenker followed that up with a single and stole second to put both runners in scoring position. Chase Lunceford was up next and he roped one into left center that brought across both Mascelli and Slenker to make the score 2-0. The third run of the inning came off the bat of Martin Figuroa who lined a single to right field to score Lunceford from second to give Mystic a 3-0 lead at the end of one.

The Schooners would add their fourth run of the night in the very next inning. After Tysh Terashima walked and was brought to scoring position, Rich Slenker got his second single of the game to drive in Terashima to make the score 4-0 at the end of two innings.

Schooners starting pitcher Kevin Magee was tremendous in his five innings of work. He gave up two runs on six hits and he struck out seven batters on his way to the win. The two runs for New Bedford both came in the third inning.

With a 4-2 score heading into the fifth inning the Schooners added two more runs. Chase Lunceford led the inning off with a double and Aaron Hill singled to put both runners in scoring position. With one out CJ Moore hit a sharp groundball through the right side of the infield to bring in both runners and extend the Schooners lead to 6-2.

In the sixth the Schooners tacked on two more runs both coming with two outs. Slenker and Lunceford both singled and advanced to second and third on a balk. Then back-to-back RBI singles by Aaron Hill and Martin Figuroa drove those runners across the plate to give the Schooners their 8-2 lead at the end of six.

John Signore made his Schooner debut on the mound and pitched the final four innings of the game. He gave up just two hits and struck out two batters as he consistently threw strikes and sat the Bay Sox down.

With the win the Schooners improve their record to 11-10 on the season and move into second place in the Southern Division. The Schooners will be back in action on Monday at the Shipyard for the fourth of July to take on the Winnipesaukee Muskrats. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05.

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