Schooners Edged in 10 for NECBL Title
GROTON, CT - The final game of the NECBL season lived up to all of the hype after a rainout on Tuesday, as the Vermont Mountaineers outlasted the Mystic Schooners in game three of the championship series, 3-2, in 10 innings to win the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup.
Vermont put the pressure on the Schooners right away, tallying their first run of the game in the first inning. Jack Parenty (Stony Brook) began the contest with a single off of Mystic starter Joe Rivera (UConn) before Joe Dudek (Kentucky) drove him in one out later with a double to center field. Mystic's centerfielder Derek Jenkins (Seton Hall) made a diving attempt at the Dudek fly but the ball skipped over his outstretched glove and rolled all the way to the left field fence, allowing the Mountaineers to jump out to an early 1-0 advantage.
That would be the only run to come across until the top half of the fifth inning. With one out in the inning, Parenty earned a walk before Nick Ruppert (Dartmouth) joined him on base with a walk of his own. After Mike ORielly (Flagler College) struck out Dudek for the second out of the inning, a pitch to Vermont's next batter Isaiah Pasteur (Indiana) kicked away from Mystic catcher Lou Iannotti (Quinnipiac). Parenty and Ruppert both took off for the next bag on the play as Iannotti threw towards second base, but he misfired and the ball ended up in the outfield and allowed Parenty to come around and score his second run of the game to put the Mountaineers up by two.
The Schooners would get on the board in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a defensive mistake by the Mountaineers and a clutch two-out hit by Iannotti. John Brucker (Marist) began the inning with a single and advanced to second on a Jenkins sacrifice bunt. Nick Mascelli (Wagner) would earn a walk shortly thereafter to put runners on at first and second. After a flyout, Richard Slenker (Yale) hit a pop-up right in front of home plate, but miscommunication between Vermont's starting pitcher Tom Cosgrove (Manhattan) and catcher Ridge Smith (Austin Peay) allowed the ball to drop in front of the mound and Brucker scored to cut the lead in half. Cosgrove then intentionally walked Dan Hoy (Princeton) to load the bases before Iannotti delivered a single into left field to bring Mascelli in and tie the score at two apiece.
Nine innings would not be enough to settle the championship game, as the contest stayed knotted at two heading into the tenth inning. Vermont would take the lead in the top half of the frame after Garrett Copeland (Austin Peay), who reached on a single and advanced on a single by Kevin Stypulkowski (Maine Orono), scored from third on a one-out sacrifice bunt laid down by Smith that Mystic reliever Jason Foley (Sacred Heart) could not make a play on. In the bottom of the tenth, Mystic got the tying run to third base after Hoy reached on an error, took second on a groundout, and stole third but the Schooners could not bring him home to continue the game.
The win gives Vermont its third NECBL Championship in their history, and their first since 2007. The Schooners, who had their most successful season as a franchise, bow out after reaching their first ever NECBL Championship Series.
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New England Collegiate Baseball League Stories from August 12, 2015
- Mountaineers Take NECBL Title in 10 Innings - Vermont Mountaineers
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