Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight
Date: Dec 14, 2018
By Jonah Karp
WAKEFIELD, RI—The Waves entered Tuesday’s contest against the Valley Blue Sox riding a three-game win streak, but they had a tall task against the team with the best record in the NECBL. Ocean State (14-11) got the job done behind another fantastic offensive performance taking down Valley (17-8) 7-3 at home.
The Waves scored first in the home second on a Michael Turner single that plated Ryan Ward to put Ocean State up 1-0. That score held until the fourth inning when Tyler Kapuscinski drove home Jaylen Smith with a single to knot the game at one apiece.
That tie, however, was short-lived with Ocean State retaking the lead in the bottom of the frame. Garrett Hodges led off the inning with a double before Turner drove him home with his second RBI single in as many bats.
Three more hits came in the fifth for the Waves including an early exclamation point from Hodges who cracked his fifth homer of the season to lead the team, putting Ocean State up 5-1.
The Waves plated a run in the seventh on three more hits, and another in the eighth on the first home run of the year for Quincy McAfee.
The Blue Sox got two back in the ninth on three hits, including an Andre Marrero home run, but their rally fell short leaving two on base.
Every Wave reached base in the victory. Garrett Hodges went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored. Meanwhile, Nick Robinson earned his first win of the season, throwing seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts.
Ocean State is back at home on Wednesday to host Danbury at 6:30.