Schooners Fall 4-3
NEW BEDFORD - The New Bedford Bay Sox snapped the Schooners four game-winning streak taking it 4-3 at Paul Walsh Field Sunday night.
The Bay Sox did not take long to get the first run of the game across the plate. In the first inning, Andrew Penner got a lead off base hit to start it off against Schooner starter Kevin Magee. Penner was sacrificed to second and Ryan Baldwin singled him in from second to make the score 1-0 at the end of the first inning.
Schooner hitting was only able to get one hit through the first four innings but they finally were able to make things happen in the fifth. Nick Mascelli led off the fifth with a walk and Martin Figuroa singled to get Mascelli into scoring position. Zach Goldstein brought in Mascelli with a single to tie the game at one heading into the sixth inning.
The Bay Sox immediately took the lead back with a two run inning. Matt Ardente, who picked up the loss came in for relief after Magee and walked the first two batters he faced. Ardente was taken out of the game for Ryan Connolly but the walks would prove to be costly. A sac fly brought in the first runner and a double steal scored the second to put the Bay Sox back on top, 3-1 at the end of six.
The Schooners made it a one run game in the seventh when Goldstein started the inning off with a walk. Goldstein would advance to second and with two outs, Toby Handley lined one to left center to bring in Goldstein to make it 3-2 heading into the eighth.
The Bay Sox plated a much needed insurance run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single to give them a 4-2 lead going into the ninth for the Schooners last chance at the plate.
The Schooners had a chance in the ninth. With runners on first and third with one out, Toby Handley beat out a double play to score Goldstein from third and make it a one run game. Handley would steal second but it would not be enough as Rich Slenker struck out swinging to end the game with a 4-3 loss.
The Schooners snap a four game winning streak and their record drops to 8-7. They will have an off day before heading to face the Upper Valley NightHawks on Tuesday. It will be the first ever meeting between the teams at Maxfield Sports Complex in Hartford, Vermont. First Pitch is scheduled for 6:30.
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