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MATSUZAKA WALKS-OFF ON SURGE

The Old Orchard Beach Surge (12-9) were defeated by the New Hampshire Wild (6-14) with a final score of 6-5 in extra innings on Wednesday night at Pappas Field in Rindge, New Hampshire.

The Surge took an early lead in the 1st inning.  Center fielder Shaun Cooper reached base on a double, stealing 3rd.  He would reach home on a sac hit from designated hitter Jacob Fabry to take a 1-0 lead.

A solo homerun from right fielder Sean Washington and an RBI double from left fielder Brandon Cooksey would out the Surge ahead 3-0 in the 2nd inning.  A solo homerun from third baseman Luc Pomales in the 3rd would put them ahead 4-0.  Cooper would pick up an RBI in the 4th, putting the Surge ahead 5-0.

The Wild would pick up 2 runs in the 4th, off a 2-run homerun from first baseman Zach Mathieu, bringing the score to 5-2 in favor of the Surge.

Left handed pitcher Michael Romano would take over the mound in the 8th, ending the night for starter David Ernst.  Ernst would end the night with 5 hits and 2 runs, while walking 5 and striking out 6.

The Wild picked up two more runs in the 8th.  Mathieu knocked an RBI triple, eventually scoring on a passed ball, bringing the score to 5-4.

Rich Baerga would take over for Romano in the 8th after 1/3 inning.  Romano allowed 2 runs on 1 hit, while striking out 1 and walking 1.

New Hampshire tied it in the 9th off a sac hit from Joshua Wong that scored Mark McCouch. Manager Jerry Gonzalez was tossed out of the game during that same play after arguing an inning ending questionable play at third base. The Wild went on to win the game in bottom of the 10th off a walk-off RBI single from catcher Ken Matzusaka after Zach Mathieu singled, got to second on a wild pitch and was moved over to third by Karl Kapinos.

Zach Mathieu led the Wild with 3 hits in the night just a double shy of the cycle, 2 stolen bases and 3 RBI’s.

The Wild take on the Surge tomorrow night, June 23rd, at 6:30pm for game 3 of their 4-game series in New Hampshire.