Schooeners Top Valley 9-2
After a rare two days off, the Schooners were back in action Wednesday night versus the Valley Blue Sox at Fitch High School.
The Schooners were able to get their offense going early and often scoring 9 runs off of 11 hits. But Schooners batters were also very disciplined at the plate, not swinging at anything outside of the strike zone; they drew eleven walks on the night.
The Schooners began the game with back-to-back walks from Zach Goldstein and Casey Baker. After a fielder's choice and a strikeout, Martin Figuroa came up with 2 outs. After taking a ball the next pitch Martin saw he blasted over the right field fence for a 3 run home run. It was Martin's first home run of the season and it put the Schooners in the lead 3-0.
When the Schooners came up again in the 2nd they struck for 2 more runs again off a home run. C.J Moore led the inning off with a four-pitch walk. The number 9 hitter Ryan Ramiz hit a line drive home run over the fence in right to put the Schooners up 5-0.
After watching Mystic hit 2 home runs the Blue Sox knew they needed to add some offense of their own if they wanted to make this a close ballgame. Brodie Leftridge led off the third with a double to the gap in left-center. Travis Jones drew a walk on 5 pitches to put men on first and second with 1 out. During Erik Ostberg at bat, a rundown occurred in the first base path after Jones was going to steal second. Jones got almost all the way to second base before realizing that Leftridge had not tried to advance to third, leaving Jones out of position. Schooner catcher Brett Bond ran at Jones causing a rundown in the first base path allowing for Leftridge to not only advance to third but also home when nobody was there covering it. All the runners were safe, Leftridge scored and Jones was able to advance to second on an extremely wacky play.
The Schooners were able to answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the third. Aaron Hill led off with double off the wall in left field. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored off a Chase Lunceford sacrifice fly to center field.
Starting Schooner pitcher Doug Domnarski was able to get the win for the Schooners, going 5 and 2/3 innings strong giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, walking 4 and striking out 6. He got in some trouble in the sixth when he allowed the bases to get loaded after hitting a batter, an error and a single with 2 outs. On a full count, Domnarski walked Tyler Johnson bringing in a run. Matthew Ardente was brought in to get the final out of the inning and halt a Blue Sox comeback.
The Schooners answered right back again with two more runs of their own. Brett Bond roped a double to left center field bringing in Ryan Ramiz and Casey Baker increasing the lead 8-2.
Chase Lunceford added an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th hitting a solo homerun over the centerfield fence into the woods.
The win for the Schooners put them at 5-6 for the season. They will be back in action Thursday night in Rhode Island, versus the Ocean State Waves. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM at Old Mountain Field.
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