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NEWPORTâ€”The sun shined down on the baseball diamond Friday night for some New England Collegiate Baseball, as the Ocean State Waves (14-11) wouldnâ€™t have to go that far, traveling east to Newport to take on Southern Division second place Newport Gulls (16-8), for the third showdown of the season in â€śThe Pell Bridge Rivalry.â€ť
Approximately, 2,800 fans crowded the seats to watch the mid-season match-up between the teams. The season series are split down the middle at a game apiece. Last game out, the Waves won a statement game on the road over division-leaderâ€”Plymouth Pilgrims.
Mother-natureâ€™s wrath of rain struck the Gulls twice over the past few weeks, most recently versus the Keene Swamp Bats on Wednesday night and against the New Bedford Bay Sox on Independence Day. After the outcome in Fridayâ€™s performance, the team probably wishes that this time Mother Nature was on their side.
For a team assembled of eight Major League drafted prospects, four of which are starting position players, one would think tonightâ€™s, 8-2, win would be in favor of Newport. But Waves starting pitcher, Mitchell Jordan and company, thought otherwise.
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