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NEWPORT, R.I. – Ending the 2017 New England Collegiate Baseball League campaign on a season-high seven-game winning streak, the Newport Gulls finished 20–22 overall, holding onto the fourth place spot in the Southern Division. Having four NECBL All-Stars, over 40,000 total fans attend 19 games at Cardines Field and two back-to-back walk-off victories, the Gulls completed the 2017 NECBL season on a high note.

Upon the completion of the regular season on August 1st, Kameron Misner led the NECBL in batting average at .378. The Missouri product paced the Gulls in batting average, hits (51), doubles (13), RBI (25), walks (28), stolen bases (14), and tied the team-lead in home runs with eight. Misner was the starting left fielder for the NECBL Southern Division All-Star Team.

Andrew Daschbach, Ty Duvall and Kyle Mora were also named 2017 NECBL All-Stars. Daschbach ended the season batting .321 with eight home runs and 23 RBI as Duvall hit .290 while logging five home runs and 12 RBI. Mora completed the campaign leading the team with 35 innings pitched, while striking out 32 batters. Shay Smiddy finished with a team-low ERA of 1.71 through 21 innings pitched while Matt Murphy had a 1.72 ERA over 15.2 innings thrown, pacing the Gulls with four saves.

But, Newport did not only achieve success on the field. The Gulls had promotional achievements as well. Cardines Field’s first-ever Christmas in July Night on July 3rd saw fans make over 200 toy donations for Lucy’s Hearth with an attendance of 2,876. Lucy’s Hearth provides 24-hour shelter for mothers and their children who are homeless due to economic hardships, divorce, eviction, and family crisis. For Host Family Appreciation Night on July 26th, the Gulls had 3,127 fans attend, a season-high.

The entire Newport Gulls organization is extremely thankful of the support throughout the season from the fans, community and all of its sponsors. Newport will now turn the page to begin preparations for the 2018 season.

Ryan Belmore is the 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.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

Belmore is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.