Danbury evens NECBL Championship Series

MichaelWilliamsKentucky Michael Williams (Kentucky) went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs as the Danbury Westerners used a five run third inning to defeat the North Shore Navigators 9-3 on Monday night.

The Westerners pounded out 16 hits with Michael Williams (Kentucky), Jim Brennan (St. John’s) and Brian Kownacki (Fordham) each collecting three hits.

Sean Hagan (St. John’s) threw six strong innings giving up three runs, striking out six and walking four and allowing three hits to pick up the victory.  Matt Alvarez (Boston College) and Ian Gardeck (Dayton) pitched the final three innings.  Alvarez struck out two batters in two innings of work while Gardeck struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth inning.

Daniel Patrick’s (Pepperdine) night lasted just three innings as he took the loss.   Patrick gave up six of the nine Westerner runs and all six were earned.  He allowed nine hits while striking out just one.  James Ramsey (Trinity College) came in to relieve Patrick and allowed three hits and a run in two innings of work.  He walked two and struck out one.  Hunter Gordon (Boston College) threw the final three innings for the Navigators giving up four hits and two runs while striking out a pair of batters.

Danbury would score one run in the bottom of the first, five in the third, one in the fourth and two more in the seventh for their nine runs while North Shore would score once in the top of the second and twice in the sixth for their three runs while collecting just six hits against the three Danbury pitchers.  Each team left seven runners on base.

The teams will play the final game of their three game NECBL Championship Series on Tuesday in Lynn MA.