Coutts, Murphy Reel in NECBL Week 2 Awards
Date: Jun 18, 2018
By Jonah Karp
PLYMOUTH, MA—Well, it’s not often you find extra-inning games finish in less than three hours. That was exactly the case in the Waves’ (3-3) 3-2 victory over the Pilgrims (4-3) on Tuesday.
No stranger to crawling back from deficits, Ocean State found itself down multiple times in the game. Early on, both teams were locked in a pitching duel. Jake Walker started on the mound for the Waves and threw four sparkling innings allowing just one run.
Not to be outdone, AJ Kullman poured in six innings of two-hit ball, giving up an unearned run. The game was knotted at six until a softly hit fly ball to left dropped in for an RBI single to score Garrett Hiott in the home sixth.
With the Pilgrims leading 2-1 in the eighth, the Waves sought to turn up the aggression dial. Cullen Smith led off the inning with a walk but was retired on a pickoff to leave no one on base for Ryan Ward. The second basemen promptly responded with a one-out double. Casey Dana singled and Michael Turner walked to load the bases.
Grant English had the equalizer, ripping a fielder’s choice to second to bring home Ward.
A scoreless ninth pushed the game to extras for the third time this season for Ocean State. Ryan Ward led off the tenth with a single and two batters later, Grant English poked a base hit through the hole on the left side of the infield to give the Waves their first lead of the night.
Ward finished 4-4 with a walk and all three runs scored for Ocean State.
The entirety of the contest lasted a mere two hours and 45 minutes, the shortest game the Waves have played this season.
Ocean State is back at home on Thursday when the team plays host to New Bedford at 6:30.