Sixth Bay Sox Error Proves Costliest in New Bedford's 7-6 Loss to Mystic
In a back-and-forth, sloppy affair, the last of the combined 11 errors committed on Tuesday night between the New Bedford Bay Sox and the Mystic Schooners turned out to be the costliest one, as the Bay Sox fell 7-6 at Paul Walsh Field.
All seven Mystic runs were unearned, with the last coming after the Bay Sox attempted a 5-4-3 double play with no outs in the top of the eighth. With Michael Young (Stonehill) on the mound, Logan Allen (Bridgeport) threw wide of first base, allowing Mystic's Sebastiano Santorelli to score to put the Schooners ahead for the fourth and final time.
The loss puts New Bedford at 9-8 on the season and cost them a chance to move within a half game of first place in the crowded Southern Division. Entering Tuesday's slate of games, five teams were within one game, with first place Newport (10-6) having the night off.
The Schooners put the first run on the board in the top of the second, as Shane Kelly reached on an infield single with one down. Shortstop Jack Winkler (San Francisco) made a great diving stop to prevent the ball from hitting left field but uncorked a wide throw that moved Kelly to second base. After a swinging bunt for another single put runners at first and third, Kelly came across the plate on a sac fly to give Mystic a 1-0 lead.
The Bay Sox bounced right back with two runs in the bottom of the frame, as Winkler and Ryan Markey (St. John's) crossed the plate to give New Bedford the lead. Winkler began the inning with a single through the hole at short, and was on the move when Robert Emery (San Francisco) grounded to the left side. He was joined on the bases by Markey after another single, and Jacob Yish (Boston College) drove in the first run by hitting a fly ball that fell in front of Mic Wilson, as the center fielder initially broke back before seeing it fall down for the third single of the inning. Anthony Raucci (St. Joseph's) struck a sac fly to right to bring Markey home and give starter Buddy Hayward (Harvard) a lead.
That lead was short lived, as the Schooners matched New Bedford's second inning output. Two more errors, one from Raucci at second and one from Chandler Debrosse (Central Connecticut State) in left added to the three base hits Mystic produced to result in a 3-2 lead for the road team.
The back-and-forth nature of the game, along with the abundance of poor fielding, continued in the bottom of the third, as the Bay Sox took the lead again thanks to three Schooners' errors. Andrew Rapoza (Barry) struck out to begin the inning but reached on an errant throw to first from catcher Anthony Cruz. He moved up twice on a passed ball and a wild pitch and scored on the second hit of the evening by Winkler to tie the game at 3-3. Winkler advanced 180 feet on a steal and another Cruz error, and scored on the second hit from Markey for New Bedford's second lead. The two teams combined for six errors and five unearned runs through the first three innings on Tuesday night.
Debrosse atoned for his earlier error by laying down a perfect bunt for a single in the fourth, then advanced to third on a stolen base and the third error from Cruz behind the plate. The New Bedford native came home on a sac fly from Rapoza.
Hayward's night ended after five innings, as he prevented the Schooners from scoring in the final two frames of his outing. The Harvard sophomore allowed eight hits and three unearned runs with four strikeouts and just one walk. He was replaced on the hill by Tylor Arruda (UMass Boston), who gave up another three unearned runs in the sixth, as New Bedford matched Mystic with a grand total of five errors in the game, with Raucci and Emery committing errors and a couple bad bounces in the infield - including one up high into the chest/throat of Winkler at short that plated two runs with two outs - put the Schooners back on top 6-5.
The Bay Sox tied it up in the seventh on three walks from Markmann, Emery, and Markey, and a fielder's choice by Yish. But the Schooners regained the lead yet again in the eighth, with reliever Jack Owens (Bryant) allowing a single and a walk before being removed by Young. Young was victimized by the sixth New Bedford error, and the relief tandem of Matt Geoffrion and Thomas Girard prevented the home team from rallying for a walk-off win.
Owens picked up the loss, while Markey (3-for-4, 1 run), Winkler (2-for-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI), and Yish (1-for-4, 2 RBI) led the way offensively for the Bay Sox.New Bedford will continue an extremely busy week, as they play six more games in five days after the heartbreaking loss on Tuesday. Next up is a road encounter with the Gulls on Wednesday night before back-to-back home games with North Adams on Thursday and the same Schooners squad on Friday.
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