The Mighty Mussels started their season on the road and won their first, second, and third game to complete a sweep of the season-opening series at BayCare Ballpark against the Clearwater Threshers
The Mussels were only team in the league to sweep their season-opening series, Fort Myers pulled out three tight games in Clearwater by scores of 6-5, 4-2 and 6-3. The team’s 3-0 start is the best in the league and the franchise’s best since 2014.
Last Tuesday they had their home opener in Fort Myers to a crowd of 2, 000+ fans bringing the best record in the Florida State League into Hammond Stadium welcoming in the Jupiter Hammerheads from Miami who were in first place in their division as they began their season 2 -1 where the Mussels’ Kala’i Rosario delivered a walk-off base hit in the tenth inning Tuesday, giving the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels a 6-5 win over the Hammerheads in 10 innings.
The Mussels entered Wednesday's game against Jupiter with a perfect 4-0 record, looking to continue their winning streak when Kyle Schmidt delivered a decisive three-run home run. Schmidt came to the plate after a pitching change in the bottom of the third with Fort Myers (5-0) trailing 4-3. On the second pitch of the at bat, Schmidt cranked a three-run bomb over the left field berm to give the Mussels their first and only lead at 6-4 and the Mussels’ pitching did the rest and struck out 17 in a 6-4 win over the Hammerheads. Mussels 5-0
On the first Throwback Thursday in Miracle gear this season, Fort Myers trailed 7-2 entering the bottom of the eighth. After a fielder’s choice and a walk, the Mussels had two men on with two outs. That brought up first baseman Dillon Tatum, who blasted a momentum-shifting three-run bomb to bring the Mussels back within striking distance at 7-5.
Still trailing 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Fort Myers loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. With one out, Kala’i Rosario hit a ground ball to the third basemen, who attempted a double play. Second baseman Angeudis Santos made the turn to try and seal the win for Jupiter, but bounced the throw to first, allowing Emmanuel Rodriguez to score and tie the game at 7-7.
The Hammerheads were shut down in the top of the tenth inning by Matthew Swain (1-0), putting the bat back in the Mussels’ hands. Dylan Neuse reached first safely on a fielder’s choice, putting runners at first and second. Daniel Ozoria then lined a single to right field, loading the bases for Noah Miller.
Miller grounded a ball to the pitcher, who flipped to the catcher for a force out. Jupiter catcher David Martinez fired to first for the double play, but the throw ricocheted into right field to bring home the winning run. The come-from-behind victory gives Fort Myers their first 6-0 start since 2013.
The franchise is now 6-0 for the first time since 2013, when the Miracle began the season with a staggering 12-0 record. That team’s roster included future Twins Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano.
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FAMILIAR FACES RETURN TO DUGOUT
Brian Meyer returns as manager after leading Fort Myers to a 60-54 record last year. Pitching coach Carlos Hernandez also returns after leading the Mussels’ pitchers to a league-best 3.96 ERA in 2021. Hitting coach Rayden Sierra joins Meyer and Hernandez as returnees from last year’s coaching staff. Jared Gaynor and Takashi Miyoshi join the coaching staff after spending 2021 with the GCL Twins, giving them tremendous familiarity with the 2022 Mussels players.