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Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:17

Local Minor League Team Mighty Mussels go 5-1 in Six Game Home Stretch Featured

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Sawyer Gipson-Long went five scoreless and Aaron Sabato drove in two to lead the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels to a 5-1 week against the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Hammond Stadium Sunday. Making their record for June 14-4

Sabato’s two-run double in the third inning proved to be the difference, as the Mighty Mussels (25-17) capped their big week with a 3-1 victory on Father’s Day. With two on and two out, Sabato laced a 3-2 pitch to the wall in left center at 101 miles per hour.

That followed a leadoff home run by Jeferson Morales, his team-leading fifth dinger of the season.

Gipson-Long and the Fort Myers bullpen did the rest, holding Lakeland (15-26) to two runs or less for the fourth time in six games. Gipson-Long scattered four hits and three walks, fanning six without allowing a run.

7th inning stretch

7th inning stretch rendition of Take Me Out To The Ball Game

The Mussels’ used four relievers for one inning each to close out the series. Erik Manoah Jr. earned his second save of the series, stranding the tying run at home in the ninth.

Denny Bentley, Steven Cruz and John Wilson each worked a clean inning before Manoah Jr. Cruz struck out two, and Wilson made his Hammond Stadium debut.

The Mighty Mussels’ have started the month of June with a 14-4 record, pitching to a stingy 1.97 ERA while striking out 215 batters in 155.1 innings (12.5 K/9). Perhaps most impressively, they’ve walked the fewest batters (68) in the league this month.

Fort Myers will travel to Palm Beach on Tuesday to begin a six-game series with the Cardinals. All six games can be heard on the Cardinals Baseball Network

Box Score:

Our next six game homestretch will be against the Bradenton Marauders of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from Tuesday through Sunday, June 29 to July 4, including three consecutive fireworks displays following the July 2 through 4 games to celebrate The Fourth of July.

Tickets range from $9 to $12; purchase them online at, at the box office that opens 60 minutes prior to each game, or over the telephone at 239-768-4210, with parking $10-per-car.

The Mighty Mussels play at Hammond Stadium at CenturyLink Sports Complex at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway.

John Vittas broadcasts every Mighty Mussels home game and will announce many 2nd Half road games as well, with broadcasts beginning 15 minutes prior to the first pitch.

The easiest way to access Mighty Mussels games is to come and enjoy the home game live... but worldwide you can catch them at: that pops up 15 minutes prior to each game, as well as through the MiLB First Pitch App and

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