Newport Gulls
The Newport Gulls return to Cardines Field this week. Photo Credit: Newport Gulls

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Needing just two wins entering the week to clinch the Southern Division, the Newport Gulls were confident they’d have home field advantage come August. Instead, the Gulls (26-14) dropped their third game in a row, this one to the Mystic Schooners, 12-6.

The Gulls scored first on a sacrifice fly by Jon Littell, seizing early momentum. However, as would be a theme of the night, Newport’s momentum would not last long.

The Schooners battered starting pitcher Brendan Spagnuolo in the second inning, as he allowed five runs on four hits in the frame.

Newport got back some good feelings with a three-run home run by Quinn Brodeyin the third, but once again the Schooners tacked more runs on the board in the ensuing innings to cruise to a six-run victory.

Despite the slump, the Gulls still control their own destiny in the postseason. A win tomorrow would give Newport the NECBL’s number one overall seed in the postseason for the sixth time in seven seasons.

Pitching coach Kevin Long said that this stretch has been adversity for the team and that all championship teams have to go through something like this to win.

“Morale is fine, we’re dealing with adversity right now,” Long said. “The team that’s going to be the most successful in postseason play is the team that’s the most mentally toughest and the team that lives in the moment and doesn’t get distracted.”

The Gulls wrap up their season Saturday with two road games: a continuation of Thursday’s suspended game against the Ocean State Waves and the regular season finale against the North Adams SteepleCats. Rob Masse will be on the call for both games on the NECBL Broadcast Network.

The Gulls and Waves resume their 7-inning contest at Old Mountain Field in Wakefield, R.I. at 10 a.m. in the top of the 6th inning in a 1-1 game. The nightcap will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams, Massachusetts.

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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