For the second straight game, the Gulls were the first to get on the scoreboard, but this time they held an early lead to defeat the Sanford Mainers, 9-3, in front of 2,477 fans at Cardines Field.
Gulls third baseman Reed Gamache started the rally early by lining a double down the right field line. He eventually scored on an RBI single by first baseman Tyler Green,giving the Gulls a 1-0 lead.
The Gulls struck again in the bottom of the third inning. Facing Sanford starter Aaron Howell, Green collected his second RBI of the game, driving in Gamache with an RBI double high off the left field wall. Nick Zammarelli continued the offensive onslaught, driving in Tanner Donnels with a sacrifice fly, putting the Gulls on top, 3-0.
The Gulls were able to capitalize with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Donnels drove in Derek Bauer with an RBI catcher’s interference, Green drove in his third run of the game with an RBI single. Zammarelli continued the momentum, lining a two-run double to left. However, Green was thrown out at third base, leaving the Gulls with a 7-0 lead at the end of four innings.
Getting the start for the Newport Gulls was southpaw Jack Patterson. Patterson, who just finished his freshman season with the Bryant University Bulldogs, went five innings, allowing three runs on seven hits while striking out six hitters. The lefty also retired seven hitters in a row between the first and third innings.
However, the Mainers bats came alive in the sixth inning, as the Mainers were able to accumulate a walk and two hits against Patterson. Eventually, Cory Raley drove in Nick Lovullo with an RBI fielder’s choice. In the next two at-bats, Kendall Patrick and Caden Bailey each had RBI singles, trimming the Gulls lead to 7-3.
Coming into the game for Patterson was 2013 Gull Mark McCoy. Despite allowing Bailey’s RBI single, McCoy was able to strike out Dan Hetzel, which was followed by a groundout by Matthew Pagano. McCoy threw 2.2 innings in relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three hitters.
In the eighth inning, the Gulls were able to capitalize on another bases-loaded situation. Tanner Donnels led the charge with an RBI single, while Green got his fourth RBI with a groundout that drove in Shea Donlin. When the dust settled, the Gulls had expanded their lead to 9-3 over the Mainers.
Armand Rugel, who hails from Middletown, made his Gulls debut in the ninth inning
after relieving McCoy. Despite allowing a single to lead off the inning, Rugel
struck out Drake Parker, secured a
ground out by Matthew Rabbito, and
caused a line out by Lovullo. Rugel’s effectiveness on the mound helped the
Gulls secure a 9-3 win, which was their first of the season.
Newport improves to 1-1 with the victory, following last night’s road loss to the Ocean State Waves, and will head back on the road Saturday to face the Danbury Westerners at 6:30. Newport returns for a two-game homestand on Sunday, facing the Wareham Gatemen at 6:35 in an exhibition contest against the Cape Cod Baseball League squad, and the Plymouth Pilgrims at 6:35 on Monday night.
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