With two out in the eighth and the game deadlocked at 5-5, Ethan Bennett (Tennessee) launched the clinching home run out to straight-away center field, his fourth homer in the last four games.
Nic Manuppelli (Youngstown State) hurried to get ready for the ninth, with the Muskrats suddenly leading 6-5 and in need of a save. Nevin Wilson (Vanderbilt), in his third inning of stellar relief, bought him the necessary time, getting the first out of the ninth on a come-backer.
He then made way for Manuppelli, who locked up his fifth save of the season in five chances, and the Muskrats got a comeback win in the blink of an eye. Wilson kept the Mainers off the scoreboard from the fifth inning on, and earned the victory for his 3.2 innings of two-hit, one walk ball.
The Newport Gulls scored eight runs on four two-run hits in the fourth inning and got a controversial, 9-7 abbreviated win at Robbie Mills Field Saturday night.
In one of the more bizarre games the Muskrats have ever played in Laconia, a mechanical failure with the light tower closest to home plate caused the action to be called as the sixth inning was set to start.
Poor weather delayed the start of the game by nearly 50 minutes, but eventually gave way to a beautiful night for baseball. Normally, its rain that forces a game to be finalized after a minimum of five complete innings, not darkness.
Jeramy Matos (Central Florida) hit his third and fourth home runs at Robbie Mills Field this summer, and the five spot in the Schooners’ order produced seven runs, as Mystic unleashed on the Muskrats Thursday, 14-8
Mystic got just its second win of the season, improving to 2-10, with both victories earned against Laconia.
Jeremy Matos (Central Florida) led off the top of the ninth with his second booming home run of the night, and Mystic loaded the bases in their last chance to come back. But Laconia would not have a repeat of Friday’s Schooner rally, as Nic Manuppelli (Youngstown St) got an infield fly and two strikeouts to end the game.
The Muskrats refused to become Mystic’s league-low second win of the season, after giving them their only win on Friday. But they had to hold on for a 5-4 win as Mystic scored in each of the final two innings.
Laconia returned to Cardines Field Monday night, attempting to erase last Monday’s 16-3 defeat from their minds. The Muskrats competed with Newport pitch by pitch for the second consecutive game, but in the end, squandered a chance at victory and fell 3-2.
The Laconia Muskrats put Monday’s 16-3 loss to the Newport Gulls behind them and went toe to toe with the East’s top team Saturday night, grinding out a 5-4 win in the late innings.
It was the fist time Newport was defeated in 2012, as their last two losses have both come at Robbie Mills Field. That streak dates back to the 2011 Eastern Division playoff matchup with the Muskrats, when they were eliminated in the first round for the first time in their history.
The first win of the summer could not have been more exhilarating for the Mystic Schooners, coming back from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth, walking off with a win on a Ryan Lindemuth (William & Mary) two-RBI single.
Consider it a housewarming gift from the Muskrats, welcoming their new regular foe to the Eastern Divison. Mystic led throughout eight innings, and seemed to have their first victory within reach, until the Muskrats mounted their attack in the eighth and ninth innings.
If the Muskrats wanted a win Friday night, they would have to face their demons from the previous game. After going 1-for-8 with the bases loaded in Sanford, Laconia found themselves in that situation against Mystic, this time trailing 3-2 and down to their last three outs.