Following the success of last week, the Mansfield Destroyers took a step backward. The Destroyers have recorded losses in three of their last four games.
Mansfield hosted Genesee Wednesday, July 3 in a game that had potential playoff implications. The Rapids are third in the western division and only a couple games behind the Destroyers.
Tyler Burchett led the Destroyers from the mound with two scoreless innings to start the night. In the third, facing Howard Sewell Jr., Genesee put two runs across the plate for the first scores of the game.
Mansfield didn’t have an answer until the fifth, when they scored three runs. Matt Williams scored on a single to center field by Abraham Mow and Devan Nail and Mow both crossed the plate before the inning was over.
Both teams added one run between the sixth and eighth innings. Mansfield was holding on to a slim 4-3 lead heading into the final inning. But, Genesee wasn’t finished yet, and they closed out their final at bat of the night with three runs and earned a 6-4 victory.
The Destroyers followed the loss with an Independence Day road matchup with division leading Niagara. Brandon Quigley had a strong night from the mound as he went seven innings and allowed just two runs and struck out five, but Mansfield plated just one run and fell 2-1.
After putting just three runs on the board Thursday night, Mansfield faced Niagara again Friday night. This time, there was no lack of offense as both teams put 10 runs across the plate and combined for 26 hits. At the end of the night, a winner had not yet been crowned, when the game was called due to inclement weather. The offensive battle will resume July 18, when Niagara returns to Mansfield.
When the game was called, Colton Evans was leading the Destroyers at the plate with three hits in four at-bats and three runs scored. Andrew Walker was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Nail was leading the team with three runs batted in on a 1-for-3 night. Nail had crossed the plate three times himself accounting for six of Mansfield’s runs. Tim Carrol was also having a successful night at the plate with two RBIs and two hits for the Destroyers.
Sunday, July 7, on the road against Genesee again, Mansfield fell 7-6. Genesee capitalized on late game heroics once more as they put two runs across the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
Mansfield returned home Wednesday, July 10 with a matchup against Olean, before a Thursday night rematch with Genesee. The scores from these games will be in next week’s Gazette.