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Gulls Fall to Schooners in Extras

Date:  Source: NECBL Newport Gulls

Gulls Fall to Schooners in Extras

By Zach Letson – Media Operations Assistant
Newport (5-4) rallied in the ninth inning, but it was ultimately the Mystic Schooners (8-2) that came away with a 16-8 win in 10 innings at Cardines Field Wednesday Night. 

The Gulls got on the scoreboard first when Chris Hamilton and Colton Bender hit back-to-back doubles to give Newport a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Both Hamilton and Bender had strong multi-hit games and reached base a combined six times.

Mystic immediately answered with a two-RBI single from Vincent Martin to give the Schooners a 2-1 advantage in the top of the second inning. Neither team had more than a two-run lead until the 10th inning, as the teams traded runs.

Newport trailed 6-5 and was down to their last strike of the game in the ninth inning when a clutch single from Ryan Toohers drove in Hamilton and tied the game at six.

The Gulls were on the verge of a walk-off victory on the very next at-bat when Austin James knocked a single into left field, but a throw from Schooners left fielder Nolan Kissinger was right on target and Toohers was tagged out at home plate, sending the game to extra innings.

Mystic capitalized on the game-saving throw from Kissinger, as the team put up 10 runs in the 10th inning, including a grand slam to help seal the victory. 

Newport is back in action Thursday Night when they travel to Old Mountain Field to take on the Ocean State Waves (4-6) at 6:30 pm.