Schooners Split Doubleheader
Game 1 - Upper Valley 10, Mystic 3
After Tuesday's game at Upper Valley was cancelled, the teams were set to play two 7-inning games at Fitch High School. The first game the Nighthawks were the home team while the second game the Schooners would be the home team.
The Schooners were able to put a run on the board early with two doubles. Ryan Ramiz lined one through the gap in right center that put him in scoring position with one out. Brett Bond flew out to short left field, unable to advance Ramiz to third. Next up, Chase Lunceford ripped a two-out double off the fence in right field, scoring Ramiz and giving Mystic a 1-0 lead.
Joesph Rivera was brilliant through the first two frames striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. Rivera did not surrender a hit until the 3rd inning and the Nighthawks were able to hit him hard. The Nighthawks would go on to score three runs in the third and take a 3-1 lead.
The Schooners would score a run in the top of the fourth when Brett Bond scored off an RBI groundout by Aaron Hill cutting the lead to 3-2.
The Nighthawks were able to break the game wide open in the 4th and 5th inning going for 2 runs in the 4th off 2 hits and 5 runs in the 5th inning off 5 hits. This broke the game wide open giving the Nighthawks a commanding 10-2 lead.
Chase Lunceford hit a solo homerun, his third of the season, to right center field in the top of the 7th to make it a 10-3.
Game 2 - Mystic 9, Upper Valley 4
The Schooners were able to put runs on the board early again. This game they were able to tack on 3 off a Toby Handley double, Brett Bond RBI single and Rich Slenker RBI triple.
They added another run in the third, on an Aaron Hill RBI single that scored Chase Lunceford to make it 4-0.
Charlie Concannon hit a blast over the right centerfield fence for a two run homerun in the top of the 5th to put the Nighthawks on the board 4-2.
The Schooners responded in their half by exploding for 4 runs of their own. The highlight of the inning and the game was a three-run home run by Aaron Hill that was blasted over the right field fence that put the Schooners in the lead 8-2.
The Nighthawks were able to get back two runs in the 6th off 5 hits. Ryan Ramiz was able to gun down Zack Canada trying to score from 2nd base after a Charlie Concannon single up the middle. This was a key out that helped stop a Nighthawk rally and shifted momentum back to the Schooners.
The Schooners would score one run in the bottom of the 6th on a sacrifice fly by Brett Bond, scoring Toby Handley. This would make the score 9-4 heading into the ninth and it would end up being the final as the Nighthawks couldn't push any more runs across in the top of the 7th.
The winning pitcher was Doug Domnarski who went five innings giving three runs on five hits while striking out three.
With the loss and win, the Schooners move to 9-8 on the season tied with Danbury for 2nd place in the Southern division. The Schooners next game is Thursday at the North Adams SteepleCats. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, the Schooners probable starting pitcher is Zach Ours.
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