New Bedford Forces Game 3
NEW BEDFORD - The Mystic Schooners fell to the New Bedford Bay Sox 2-1 in game two of the first round of the NECBL playoffs to force a game three.
The Bay Sox's all star closer Darien Ragins got his first start this season and was spectacular in six shutout innings. Ragins only gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four batters while throwing one hundred-eleven pitches.
Kevin Magee was great as well for the Schooners going six innings, he gave up two runs, just one earned on three hits while striking out four.
The Bay Sox got the first two runs of the game in the sixth on an RBI single off the bat of Alex Mata and a sacrifice fly by Ted Shaw to take a 2-0 lead going to the seventh inning.
The Schooners would cut the lead in half in the seventh when Ryan Ramiz led off with a base hit and stole second, he was brought in with a single by Toby Handley. Mystic should have tied it at two but were robbed of a run by the umpires when Rich Slenker slid into second and the New Bedford shortstop fell over on his own. Slenker was called for interference and they waved off the run that had crossed the plate to keep it a 2-1 game.
That would be the final.
With the loss the Schooners will face the Bay Sox in a pivotal game three to advance to the Southern Division Championship series. First pitch from The Shipyard at Fitch High School will be Friday at 6:05.
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