Friday, August 05, 2016

Newport Gulls advance in NECBL playoffs with 6-5 win over Danbury Westerners

Cole Fabio (1) had three hits, scored two runs and
knocked in one RBI against Danbury.
Photo by Darla Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2016 TexSport Publications

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND (August 7, 2016) The Danbury Westerners got out to an early 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Newport Gulls tallied six runs in the middle innings to down their New England Collegiate Baseball League rivals by the score of 6-5 to win the best-of-three playoff series.  The game, which was played at Cardines Field in Newport on Friday, August 5, 2016, saw 2,105 fans, saw Danbury cut the Newport lead to one in the eighth inning. Newport held on after the late three-run onslaught, to advance in the playoffs.

Newport scored two runs in the fifth inning; following up with a single run in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to secure the win. Second baseman Cole Fabio (Bryant University) was three-for-three at the plate, scoring two runs while third baseman Trey Harris (University of Missouri-Columbia) had three RBI while going one-for-two at the plate. Newport starter Andrew Gist (University of Georgia) received the win, his sixth on the season while pushing his ERA to 1.50. Dylan Stock (Binghamton University), starting for Danbury, was credited with the loss. The right-hander pitched 4-2 innings and gave up two earned runs off three hits while striking out five. The loss drops his record to 3-7 for the season. Paul Campbell (Clemson University) received the save pitching one inning in relief.

Danbury finishes the season with a 21-24 record and a 1-2 playoff mark. The Gulls post a 26-19 season record and a 2-1 mark in the playoffs. Newport will next face the Mystic Schooners (29-15, 2-1) beginning on Saturday, August 6 in Mystic, Connecticut. They will return to Cardines Field on Sunday, August 7. The third game, if needed, will be played back in Mystic on Monday, August 7.

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