Schooners Hold on for 6-5 Victory
SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Mystic Schooners held off a comeback effort in extras as they took down the first place Ocean State Waves 6-5 on the road.
The first seven innings moved quickly at Old Mountain Field as both teams were not able to gets the bats going. Both teams' starting pitchers worked their way through the game not getting into too much trouble.
Joe Rivera started for the Schooners and went four innings. He gave up one earned run on seven hits, he struck out three and walked two. Rivera worked very quickly while he was on the mound, the one run he gave up was in the fourth. In that same inning the Waves had a chance to add more with the bases loaded but a poor base running decision helped out the Schooners out and kept the score at just 1-0 at the end of four.
Mystic had trouble getting hits but they finally were able to tie it up in the seventh. Martin Figaroa led things off with a base hit and was sacrificed to second. Then Chase Lunceford hit a sharp ground ball up the middle to score Figaroa and tie the game at one apiece.
The score remained would remain tied at the end of the ninth and the Schooners and Waves went to extras for the second time in three meetings.
In the top if the tenth the Schooners broke it open with a big four run inning. After Lunceford and Ryan Ramiz both reached base, Zach Goldstein hit one deep to left field to bring in two runs. Right after that Casey Baker skied one to left that was misplayed by the left fielder allowing Goldstein to score. And with Baker on base Rich Slenker drove him in with a single to make the score 5-1 heading into the bottom of the tenth.
The Schooners were in pretty good shape but the Waves had other ideas. Ocean State loaded the bases in the home half with a single, a ground rule double and a walk to bring up David Real. Real went opposite field and banged one off the scoreboard in right center for the grand slam to tie the game at five with nobody out.
Schooner pitcher Mason Kukowski did not let it get to him, he retired the next three batters to give Mystic a chance to take the lead again in the eleventh.
And they did just that. Tysh Terashima launched a one out triple to left field and he was brought in by Nick Mascelli to put the Schooners 6-5.
Kukowski retired the Waves 1-2-3 in the home half of the eleventh to give the Schooners their second win in a row.
With the win the Schooners get to the .500 mark with a record of 6-6. They will be back in action on Friday to take on the Newport Gulls at Cardines Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.
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