Shane Reardon Tosses Complete Game, as Bay Sox Eliminate Waves with 6-1 Win in Home Finale
The New Bedford Bay Sox ended their 2019 home slate on a high note, as Shane Reardon (UMass Dartmouth) tossed a complete game, and his offense erupted in a five-run fifth inning to defeat the Ocean State Waves 6-1 in the second game of a doubleheader on Tuesday evening at Paul Walsh Field.
Reardon was exceptional in his seven-inning outing, allowing just a solo home run in the sixth as the only blemish on his night. He gave up five hits, with two strikeouts and just one walk, moving to 3-1 on the season. Reardon has demonstrated tremendous control all season long, as he has walked just seven batters in 31.0 innings of work, with tonight's first-inning free pass of Garrett Hodges becoming the first walk he has allowed to someone on a team other than the Martha's Vineyard Sharks.
Every Bay Sox hitter reached base at least one in the nightcap, with Paul Gozzo (UConn) and Sam Henrie (Southern New Hampshire) - who pitched the ninth inning in Game 1 - collecting three hits each in the victory. Andrew Rapoza (Barry) had an RBI triple in the fifth inning, as New Bedford scored all five runs with two outs, with Ocean State committing three errors to erase any chance of making the postseason.
After stranding two runners in the first and third innings, the Bay Sox took their first lead of the day with some timely baserunning and a clutch hit. Tommy Seidl (Harvard) reached with a one-out single, then stole second on the first pitch that Noah Rivera (Becker) saw with two down. That steal was big, as Rivera ripped an RBI single to left field to score Seidl and give New Bedford a 1-0 lead. It was the second play at the plate in as many innings, as Gozzo was gunned down by Hodges after a single to right field by Henrie.
Gozzo was able to walk across home in the fifth inning, as he reached with two outs on a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Waves' catcher Daniel Seres. The Bay Sox catcher/infielder scored easily after the second error of the inning from the road team, as SS Will McGillis booted a grounder from Rafe Chaumette (Trinity) that should have been out number three. The wheels fell off for Ocean State after those miscues, with a passed ball and a double that barely escaped the infield from the bat of Henrie making it 3-0. Rapoza followed with his second triple of the year, a rocket to the fence in straight away center that plated Henrie, and he came home on a wild pitch. Another error put Seidl on first base, as his grounder to third ate up Dillon Morton and hit him in a rough spot, and he came home for the sixth run on a single from Zach Buck (Holy Cross).
Waves reliever Blake DeCarr left after the Buck single, allowing all six runs - yet all but one was unearned. He was replaced by Joshua Rovner, who walked two consecutive batters and threw ten straight balls before finally retiring Josh Goldstein (Southern New Hampshire) on a grounder to second for the final out, as the Bay Sox sent 11 hitters to the plate in the five-run frame. Goldstein did make two stellar plays at shortstop in the second game, and was a star defensively in New Bedford's 4-2 loss in Game 1 as well.
Reardon cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two Waves to reach base, and he retired 12 consecutive batters before Ocean State scored their lone run of the game. Nicholas Elsen ended Reardon's shutout bid in the sixth, leading off with a towering blast over the fence in left field for his third home run of the season. The Waves loaded the bases in the seventh on two hits and a walk, but manager Chris Cabe showed his confidence in the New Bedford, MA senior, and he got revenge on Elsen by inducing a pop out to second to end the contest.
The win gives New Bedford (13-29) a winning record at home this season, as they are currently 12-9 with one "home" game left to play - in Winnipesaukee on Wednesday in the first game of another doubleheader that closes their season. Ocean State fell to 18-23 with the loss, and were officially eliminated from playoff contention.
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