The Newport Gulls scored four times in the ninth inning, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 walk-off victory against the Ocean State Waves at Cardines Field on Independence Day, all as fireworks went off throughout downtown Newport.
The Gulls ninth-inning comeback began when Trey Harris, the newest addition to the squad making his debut as a starter, reached on a hit-by-pitch from Waves closer Robert Hitt. Shane Matheny, pinch-hitting for Mark Powell, reached on an error, followed by a walk issued to pinch hitter Troy Dixon.
Dixon was lifted for pinch runner Chris Chatfield before Cole Fabio ripped a two-RBI double down the right-field line to put the Gulls within a run, 5-4. Hitt would reload the bases on a walk before being pulled for Tyler Barrs, the Waves seventh pitcher of the night.
After Barrs got ahead of Charlie Carpenter, who was already 2-4 in the ballgame, with two sliders for strikes, Carpenter hit a ground ball to the left side that was misplayed by the shortstop, scoring Chatfield from third. A throw to the plate was too late to tag the winning run, Fabio, who joined his teammates in mobbing Carpenter down the first base line as the Gulls walked off for the third time this season at Cardines.
Jake Brodt accounted for all of the Newport Gulls runs prior to the ninth, hitting an RBI single in the fourth to score Carpenter, and an RBI double in the fifth that scored Fabio. Starting pitcher Jake Cousinsgave up four earned runs in five innings of work, followed by three sensational relief innings by Andrew Summerville, who retired nine out of 10 batters without allowing a hit. The Waves plated a run in the top of the ninth off of reliever Derik Beauprez.
The win in front of a crowd of 1,876 marked Newport’s first victory against Ocean State in Pell Bridge Series action this summer, after four losses, including three at Old Mountain Field in Wakefield, R.I. and one at Cardines Field. Newport and Ocean State play a sixth and final time at Cardines on Friday, July 15.
The 10-12 Gulls, now exactly half-way done with their 44-game regular season, are on the road Tuesday to face the Upper Valley Nighthawks at 6:30 in Vermont, and return home to Cardines Field to play the Valley Blue Sox on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. for Newport Hospital Night.
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