Written by Jacob Ouellette
The Sanford Mainers have had an odd start to their season, starting 3-7 and in fourth place in the Eastern Division, however had their offense ranked fifth in the league and pitching ranked fourth.
Tonight, the Mainers were able to push past the Danbury Westerners in a 3-0 shutout for their fourth victory of the season.
Tripp Davis took the mound for his third start on the year, and this time hoped to turn his season around after losing his first two outings.
Davis worked seven strong shutout innings, leaving the game with four strikeouts, allowing only four hits, and recorded three 1-2-3 innings for the Moose.
Eric Luksis made his third start for the Westerners; he had yet to record a decision until tonight. He lasted only five innings, gave up five hits, three runs, walked three batters, and struck out only one.
The only trouble Luksis had was with the bat of Jordan Betts. Betts lead off the bottom half of the second inning and took the first pitch he saw for a laser of a home run to left-center field to put the Mainers up 1-0.
It wasn't long until Luksis had to face Betts again. He managed to work a full count on the powerful right-hander, but Betts took Luksis deep for the second time in the game and to the same exact spot in left-center.
The score stood at 3-0 all because of Betts and that would be enough for the Mainers.
After a stellar performance by Davis, Charlie Haslup came in for relief in the eight inning. After getting himself into a mini, runners-at-the-corners jam, Haslup struck out Tom Zengle to end the inning.
For the first time all season, the Mainers were in a save opportunity and that chance was put in the hands of right handed pitcher, Matt Horan.
Horan managed to strike out the first hitter he faced, but walked Chase Butler, giving the Westerners a runner on in the ninth.
Daniel Spignola grounded into a fielder's choice, and what came next was smooth sailing.
With an 0-2 count on the hitter, Horan got Scott Hagan to ground out to third base for the final out of the inning and the game.
The Mainers improve to 4-7 on the season, while the Westerners fall to 5-7. Both teams will be home tomorrow, with the Mainers hosting the Mystic Schooners for the first time this season.
Nate Jones is set to take the hill for the Moose as he searches for his first victory this year. Catch all the action tomorrow night on the NECBL Broadcast Network.
Final Box Score
WP: Tripp Davis (1-2) LP: Eric Luksis (0-1) SV: Matt Horan (1)
Notes: Anthony Hajjar streak of reaching base safely in every game this season ended... Jordan Betts doubled his home run total to three on the season and the only Mainer to hit a home run... He now leads the team in RBI with 9... The Mainers victory tonight is the first win against another team... The first three coming against New Bedford...