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June 17, 2016 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Mystic Schooners News Release

GROTON - The Mountaineers had the lead throughout the ballgame but a huge three run bottom of the eighth lead the Schooners to a 6-4 victory Thursday night.

Vermont was able to score early in the top of the second, a Will Morgan single, Gabe Levanti walk and Slade Heggen loaded the bases. Jeremy Giles came up and was hit by a pitch scoring Morgan for the first run of the game.

The Schooners were able to counter with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Martin Figuroa singled and then was able to advance to second base when a pickoff attempt was misplayed by the first baseman. Nick Mascelli hit a high fly ball to centerfield that was dropped allowing Figuroa to score and tie up the ballgame.

In the top of the third, the Mountaineers were able to strike for another run but it could have been two. Troy Scocca hit a double into the gap in left field, trying to come around and score from first was Michael Osinski but a great throw in left by Taishi Terashima to the cut off man Nick Mascelli that was thrown into the catcher Brett Bond in time saved the run.

Starting Schooner pitcher Joseph Rivera went 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out four. He got into some trouble in the fifth walking two, bringing in relief pitcher Kellen Croce. A single by Slade Heggen scored two more runs for the Mountaineers and they went up 4-1.

Tall Righty Fitzpatrick Stadler came into the game for the Mountaineers in the bottom of the sixth. The Schooners were able to get to him and add two runs of their own. A Brett Bond RBI single and Chase Lunceford RBI fielder's choice both brought in a run to cut the lead to 4-3.

Vermont took the 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth and the Schooners broke the game open. Taishi Terashima started the inning by walking and scoring on a passed ball to notch the game at four apiece. Martin Figuroa singled to drive in Brett Bond and give the Schooners the lead. Rich Slenker pinch hit for Scott Bradley and drove in Figuroa on a fielder's choice to put the Schooners up 6-4.

Ryan Thomas was brought in to close out the game in the top of the 9th. Thomas got Mikael Mogues to strike out looking for out number 1. Michael Osinski grounded back to Thomas for out number 2. And Troy Scocca struck out looking to end the game.

The Schooners ended their losing streak and with the win improve to 3-4. The Schooners next game is away on Friday versus the Danbury Westerners. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.

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