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Westerners Top Muskrats in Error-Filled Game 7-6

June 10, 2013 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Danbury Westerners News Release

The Danbury Westerners picked up their first win on the year, defeating the Laconia Muskrats 7-6 on Sunday night.

Steve Ascher (SUNY Oneonta) got the win in relieve for the Westerners. Errors plagued both teams in Danbury's lone trip to the City on the Lakes, as both sides combine for nine errors (5 on Laconia, 4 on Danbury).

"For the first couple of weeks, while everyone gets use to each other, a lot of these games are going to be won or lost depending on who makes the least amount of mistakes," said manager Jamie Shevchik. "They made a lot of mistakes and so did we. If were going to do anything well, we have to cut down on the errors."

Jimmy Murphy (Fordham) got the start for the Westerners, as he went five solid innings. Murphy gave up three runs, with only two of them being earned.

"I felt good today," Murphy said. "I started off a little shaky; left the ball up a bit, but I settled in and sprouted up with the curveball."

The scoring started in the bottom of the first inning on an error by shortstop Riley Palmer (Southern New Hampshire), which led to an unearned run for the Muskrats.

The Westerners answered back in the second inning on a two out RBI single by Rich Condeelis (Florence-Darlington Tech) that scored Alex Tuccio (Siena) to tie the game at 1-1.

Murphy got into a bases loaded, no out jam in the fourth, but limited the damage to two runs in the fourth. Danbury gave up a run on a double play for the first two outs. Muskrats shortstop Tyler Campbell would pick up an RBI single to increase their lead to 3-1.

Zach Blanden (Binghamton) added a run for the Westerners after he stole third and came around to score, as Laconia catcher Carter White's throw would sail into the outfield.

Errors haunted Laconia in the seventh inning, as four different runners would score for Danbury on four different errors. Condeelis would add his second RBI of the game to give the Westerners a 7-3 lead.

Danbury had fielding trouble of their own in the bottom of the seventh. Laconia was helped by two errors by Joe Runco (Fordham), which led to three runs, cutting the Westerners lead to 7-6.

The Westerners bullpen would settle in after the seventh as Zach Tax (Columbia) would pitch a 1-2-3 eight, and Craig Lejeune (George Washington) stuck up the final batter of the game to record the save.

Danbury's game against New Bedford Bay Sox on Monday night at Rogers Park has been postponed to a later date due to pending rain and poor conditions at Rogers Park. Wednesday June 12 is slated to be the Westerners home opener... weather permitting!

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