Around The Bases With The Bay Sox [Week 5]
It was a short week for the New Bedford Bay Sox thanks to Hurricane Arthur canceling the July 4th game at the Newport Gulls. Despite the bad weather, the Sox made the best of this week playing four really close games. They won two of their four games to improve to a 5-19 record on the season. They are still in last place in the NECBL Southern Division, 13 games behind the division leading Plymouth Pilgrims. Let's take a look at this past week in Bay Sox baseball...
July 5th - Bay Sox 5 vs. Newport Gulls 1
July 6th - Bay Sox 1 vs. North Adams SteepleCats 2
The Bay Sox left too many runners in scoring position in this one. With ample opportunities to score, New Bedford dropped this nail biter at Paul Walsh Field. North Adams' Dylan Sylvia (0-1) got provided a solid start while reliever Jonathan Mullford (3-0) pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings to earn the win. North Adams scored their two runs in the 1st and 2nd innings setting themselves up with what turned out to be a comfortable lead. The Bay Sox picked up their only run in the 5th after a double by Walker Moses drove in Chris Travers from second. Jimmy Gutowski (0-2) got the start for New Bedford and was relieved by Jimmy Davitt. Gutowski picked up the loss and also gave up the two runs along with three hits, a walk, and two strike outs.
July 7th - Bay Sox 2 vs. Plymouth Pilgrims 8
New Bedford faced Plymouth starter Aaron Fossas (2-0) for the first time since his no-hit bid against them last week. Fossas went seven innings, allowing a lone Bay Sox run on six hits, while striking out only one man. Plymouth's offense was on fire, scoring five in the 4th inning against Bay Sox starter Reed Mason (1-2). Mason lasted only four and a third while allowing six runs on five hits and striking out three batters. The Bay Sox got their first run in the 6th inning when Joey Cecere scored after reaching on a single. Mike Gilbert grounded into a fielder’s choice which scored Cecere from third. The Bay Sox second run came when they rallied in the 8th when Gilbert knocked in Devin Perry with a hard hit single to left field.
July 9th - Bay Sox 3 vs. North Adams SteepleCats 1
New Bedford won another one despite a brief rain delay in the Berkshires. Joey Cecere lead off the ballgame with a blooping single down into right field, and scored when Mike Gilbert lined a hard single into left field for the first run. The Bay Sox would go on to score two more in the 5th as Brad Johnson scored on a wild pitch and Lorenzo Papa scored on another Cecere single. Bay Sox starter Brad Labozzetta (1-0) dominated North Adams hitters, striking out four while scattering four hits and two walks over six complete innings to earn his first win of the season. Dan Wertz came out of the bullpen in the 7th and only allowed one run off of three hits while striking out five. Wertz picked up his third save of the season. T.J. Hunt (1-2) picked up the loss for North Adams pitching six innings and allowing three runs off six hits while striking out six batters. Hunt also gave up two walks.