Ocean State Waves Roll Over Laconia Muskrats at Old Mountain Field

Ocean State Waves news release…

WAKEFIELD, R.I. – Entering the seventh inning with a 3-2 deficit against the Laconia Muskrats, the Ocean State Waves needed a big inning to win their second straight game. In front of 978 fans at Old Mountain Field, the Waves scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge out the Muskrats, 11-3.

The Muskrats scored first in the top of the second inning off Waves lefty starter Ryan Gray (Trinity), as Brett Lashley (Florida Atlantic) scored on a past ball and James Davison (Howard) drove in Vinny Demaria (Iona) on a single to make the score 2-0. 

Geoffrey Murphy (Boston College) then made his seventh appearance of the summer in the top of the third as he replaced Gray, who pitched 2.2 innings with one strikeout. 

Ryan Blanton (Georgia State) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the fourth inning to get the Waves on board and trail 2-1. The Waves didn’t come back again until the bottom of the sixth. Blanton hit a single down the left field line to get on base, then stole second. From there Tim Lynch (Southern Mississippi) drove him in with a ball to the outfield, tying the score up 2-2. 

Muskrats lefty Mike Gentile (American International) replaced Riley in the bottom of the seventh inning with bases loaded and only one out, but Blanton struck yet again with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Corin and tie the score 3-3. 

The Waves continued to push for runs in the bottom of the seventh, Dylan Burdeaux (Southern Mississippi) kept the momentum going with a double to drive in Helms and Jake Palomaki (Boston College).  AJ Ramirez (Southern California) kept the momentum going and hit a hard line drive to the left field fence, which became a ground rule double and ultimately gave the Waves another run in their lead of 6-3. 

Laconia replaced Gentile with Cain Spangler (Florida International) in the same inning in an attempt to throw the Waves off their momentum. Chuckie Robinson (Southern Mississippi) answered back with a RBI single to increase the Waves lead again 7-3. 

The rally would not stop as Helms walked with bases loaded to let Lynch to reach home plate, making the score then 8-3. The Muskrats finally got out of the inning trailing the Waves 9-3. George Capen (Holy Cross) made his fifth appearance of the season as he replaced Murphy on the mound in the top of the eighth. Murphy threw 4.1 innings with one strikeout and allowed only one run. 

Standouts today for Ocean State include Blanton, who went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Robinson went 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI and Helms went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run, and a RBI. 

For the Muskrats, Brian Mims (North Carolina Wilmington) went 2-for-4 with one run, Braxton Martinez (St. Louis) went 1-for-2 with two walks, and Jackson Cramer (West Virginia) went 1-for-3 with a RBI. 

Tomorrow, the Waves return to action as they battle the Mystic Schooners at Fitch High School. Blaise Whitman (Rhode Island; 1-1, 1.76 ERA) makes his fourth start of the summer for the Waves, while the Schooners counter with Tre Gonzalez (Eastern Connecticut State; 1-0, 2.87 ERA). Tune in online as Tim Scott and Alex Teixeira bring you the action on the NECBL Broadcast Network. First pitch is set for 6:05 in Mystic.