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7-24-21 Starfires 8 Sea Unicorns 6

Sea Unicorns Rally But Fall Short to Starfires 8-6
July 24, 2021

(Norwich, CT) -- The Norwich Sea Unicorns scored five unanswered runs in the late innings, but their comeback fell short to the Starfires with the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth in an 8-6 final that aired live on NESN. Down 8-1 in the sixth, Anthony Porrino

(Norwich, CT) -- The Norwich Sea Unicorns scored five unanswered runs in the late innings, but their comeback fell short to the Starfires with the tying and winning runs on base in the ninth in an 8-6 final that aired live on NESN.

Down 8-1 in the sixth, Anthony Porrino (Locust Valley, NY) hit a towering three-run home run to left to cut the Norwich deficit in half at 8-4. The Sea Unicorns pushed two more across in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Reece de Castro (Rutland, VT/Castleton University) and an RBI single to right by Ian Battipaglia (Chesire, CT/Franklin Pierce University). The Sea Unicorns loaded the bases in the ninth and Matt Malcom (East Lyme, CT/Eastern CT State University) hit a screaming line drive to left with two outs, but it was caught to end the ballgame.

Kaelen Culpepper (Memphis, TN/Kansas State) went 3-5 with two runs to lead the Sea Unicorns. Battipaglia finished with two hits as well.

Gary Costello (Chesire, CT/University of New Haven) gave Norwich a chance for a comeback attempt with three scoreless innings of relief, scattering three hits with no walks and a strikeout. Owen Caldwell (Wakefield, RI/Lasell University) pitched a scoreless inning relief as well.

The Sea Unicorns host the Starfires again in a single-admission doubleheader beginning at 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 25 at Dodd Stadium. Every Sunday, kids are invited to run the bases and receive a voucher for a free ice cream, presented by Ben & Jerry’s.