SOUTH KINGSTON, Rhode Island — The race for the third and fourth playoffs spots in the Eastern Division of the NECBL will come down to the last day of the regular season, Friday, after both Laconia and Mystic failed to lock up berths on Thursday night. Sanford trails the two teams right above it in the standings by one game, with one to play.
On Thursday, the Mainers (20-23) were forced to play a day-night doubleheader in different cities and came away with a split, losing to division leading Newport (29-14) 4-1 in the afternoon and then beating Mystic (21-22) 5-3 last night. The Muskrats (21-22) were blasted 14-4 by Ocean State here in Rhode Island. The Waves (24-19) are in second place
Tonight, Laconia hosts Sanford at 6:30 p.m. at Robbie Mills Field and Mystic hosts Plymouth (Mass.).
Ocean State jumped off to a 4-0 lead in the first inning last night and never looked back, adding 7 runs in the fifth.
Nevin Wilson (Vanderbilt) started for Laconia and gave up 9 runs in just 4-1/3 innings. He surrendered six hits and allowed 5 walks. Adrian Longoria (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) followed Wilson on the mound and he was tagged for 3 more runs in 2/3 of an inning. Next came Luke Stephenson (Vanderbilt), who didn't get an out and gave up 2 more runs. Rob Koski (Hartford CC) was Laconia's most effective pitcher, striking out 4 and allowed just a single run over the final 3 innings.
Shortstop Joey Bielek (Arizona State) had a very productive night at the plate for the Muskrats, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs.