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8th-Inning Rally Propels Bravehearts Past Nashua

’Hearts earn second straight win with three-hit, six-run inning


Trailing 3-2 in the 8th inning, the Worcester Bravehearts launched a six-run 8th-inning rally to beat the Nashua Silver Knights 8-3 at Fitton Field Friday. Dylan LaPointe (FAU), Tyler McCord (Amherst) and Nathan Samii (Middlebury) knocked run-scoring hits in the frame.

 

The Bravehearts jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning when Owen Pincince (New Haven) tripled in a run and LaPointe singled him home. Worcester starting pitcher Brandon Stanley (SUNY Maritime) exited after the 5th in a 2-2 tie. The right-hander struck out four across five innings and didn’t allow an earned run.

 

After Nashua took a 3-2 lead in the 7th, the Bravehearts launched their go-ahead rally when CJ Egrie (Holy Cross) and Cody Smith (Assumption) walked, then scored when Pincince struck out but reached on a wild pitch. LaPointe singled, then Hingham’s Timmy Wagner (Wheaton) reached on a two-run error before McCord roped an RBI single to right and Samii smashed a run-scoring double to left.

 

Bolton’s James Borsari (Merrimack), who retired the last two batters in the top of the 8th, nailed down the final three outs to earn the win. Borsari, Hopkinton’s Josh Fischer (Wheaton), Joe Curreri (Hofstra), and Hopkinton’s Vinny Purpura (Bryant) teamed up for four innings of relief, surrendering one total hit and no earned runs. Nashua’s Jake Wiberg (0-1) took the loss.

 

The Bravehearts enjoy a day off Saturday before returning to Fitton Field for a Sunday rematch with New Britain. Gates open at 3 p.m. ahead of a 4 p.m. first pitch. All Bravehearts Kids Club members receive free admission on Sundays.

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