By Stephen Hough – Team Publicist
Newport dropped its second straight in the 7-5 loss to the Keene Swampbats (1-1) on Friday night.
The Gulls drew first blood after Scott Holzwasser came around to score off a fielder’s choice off the bat of Hudson Haskin in the top half of the first inning. The lead wouldn’t last long though, as Keene tied it up in the second with a solo home run from David Mathews and then exploded for a five-run third inning that included two more home runs.
Playing from behind the rest of the night, the Gulls were able to tack on two more runs in the fifth, one run in the sixth, and one final run in the eighth to give them one last chance down 7-5 heading into the ninth.
After two straight walks to start the inning, Holzwasser bunted over the tying runs into scoring position. Jake Gustin flew out in foul territory and Keene’s Randall Bednar made a diving play in right field to end the game and save a double from Haskin that would’ve knotted things up at seven.
With the loss, Newport falls to 0-2 on the season and will look to get its first win on Saturday night when they face off against the New Bedford Bay Sox at Paul Walsh Field. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.