Local roundup: Schooners' Bowens continues to crush it

Wakefield, R.I. — The Mystic Schooners lost to the Ocean State Waves 14-10 on Tuesday night in the New England Collegiate Baseball League, but Mystic's TT Bowens continued his torrid hitting.

Bowens, the former Montville High School standout who plays at Central Connecticut State, was 3-for-5 with six RBI. Bowens hit a three-run double in the third inning, an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run home run in the sixth. The homer was Bowens' 11th this season.

David Beam (East Tennessee) had two hits, two RBI and scored three times, Steven Barmakian (George Washington) had two hits and scored three runs and Nolan Kessinger (UMass) and Isaiah Byars (Alabama) had two hits each for the Schooners (17-14).

Tigers doubleheader suspended

• Due to inclement weather in Aberdeen, Maryland, Wednesday's scheduled doubleheader between the Connecticut Tigers and Aberdeen IronBirds was suspended and will be continued Thursday. 

The continuation of Wednesday's game will be part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:35 p.m. The Tigers and IronBirds are tied 3-3 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. That game will consist of nine innings, while the second game will be a seven-inning game.

On Friday, the teams will play two seven-inning games beginning at 5:05 p.m. at Ripken Stadium.

Mitchell players honored

• The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2018-19 NABC Honors Court, recognizing those men’s collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, including three players from Mitchell College.

Senior Domenico Santiago earned the honor for the second time in his career while senior Evan Bing and junior Matt Finke were first-time recipients. To be eligible for the award a student-athlete must be either a junior or senior academically and have maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Santiago, the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Year, averaged team highs of 17.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game in his final season. He led the NECC in rebounding and ranked fourth in the country in the category, and his league-high 18 double-doubles tied for sixth-most in the nation.

Bing played in 23 games, primarily off the bench, and gave Mitchell depth in the frontcourt. The four-year letterwinner averaged 1.9 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in his final season while providing valuable leadership.

Finke started and played in all 29 games and averaged 9.0 points and 2.4 assists per contest. He led the Mariners and ranked seventh in the NECC with 59 three-point field goals. His biggest shot of the season — a game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer in the semifinals of the NECC Championship — propelled Mitchell to the conference title game.

Mitchell finished the season with an overall record of 19-10 and won the NECC championship for the second time in school history. The Mariners also made their second NCAA Division III tournament appearance and fell to national runner-up Swarthmore in the opening round.

Zuliani tournament (11-12)

• Makhi Sebastian doubled twice and New London beat Montville 2-1 Tuesday in the Dominick A. Zuliani baseball tournament. Desmond Powers earned with win, pitching five innings while allowing two hits, striking out three and walking one. Cameron Payne went 2-for-3 with a double for Montville.

• North Stonington beat Pawcatuck 3-2 Tuesday. James Main earned the win, pitching 5.2 innings, allowing five hits, striking out 11 and walking none. James Main and Mason Perkins each had doubles for North Stonington. Patrick McGugan and Camden Ogden each had two hits for Pawcatuck.


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