Happy Opening Day! Here’s a look at how the games went:
Brewster 7, Falmouth 3
The Brewster Whitecaps opened the season with a win at home against the Commodores. After falling behind early to Falmouth, the Caps fought back, exploding to a 7-3 lead in the sixth inning with a bases-loaded 3-RBI triple by John Sansone (Florida St). Returning batting champion Kevin Newman (Arizona) went 2-for-5 with two RBI for the Commodores, showing flashes of what earned him his title last summer as a freshman. Ryan McCormick (St. John’s) earned the win while Andrew Naderer (Grand Canyon) notched the save for Brewster, settling in after his first inning with four strikeouts over three innings of work. Brewster hosts Harwich tomorrow at 5:00pm, while Falmouth travels to Y-D to take on the Red Sox at 5:00.
Harwich 7, Y-D 2
Ian Happ (Cincinnati) picked up right where he left off from his 2013 All-Star campaign, and led the Mariners to an Opening Day win going 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs, and a walk. Robert Youngdahl (Notre Dame) added two RBIs and a run and starter James Mulry (Northeastern) threw seven shutout innings, striking out nine and only walking one, as Harwich rolled past the Redsox. The only Y-D player who could figure out Mulry and get multiple hits against him was his Huskies teammate Michael Foster (Northeastern), who went 3-for-4. The Mariners scored all seven of their runs against Y-D starter Bryan Bonnell (UNLV) in the first three innings, and the Redsox scored both of theirs against Harwich reliever Gavin Pittore (Wesleyan) in the ninth. Y-D looks to rebound in their home opener tomorrow against Falmouth at 5:00, while Harwich travels to Brewster to face the Whitecaps at 5:00.
Chatham 10, Orleans 2
The Anglers strung together ten runs on nine hits against the Firebirds thanks mostly in part to second-year man Blake Butera (Boston College), who had a great night driving in four runs and scoring two of his own. Another returning Angler, Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) added an RBI, as did three others, as Chatham rolled the defending division champions. Edwin Rios (Florida Intl) had the only Orleans RBI, a fourth inning triple, as offense was hard to come by for the birds. Trent Thornton (UNC) was saddled with the loss, though he allowed only one earned run in four innings of work, while his bullpen allowed seven earned runs in five innings. Another 2013 Angler Andrew Chin (Boston College) got the start, as five Chatham arms combined to allow one earned run on seven hits and strike out ten Firebirds. Chatham hosts the Gatemen in their home opener tomorrow at 7:00, and Orleans heads up to Bourne for a 6:00 start.
Hyannis 3, Cotuit 2
Though the Kettleers got on the board first – and tallied three hits along the way – in the first inning, it was the Harbor Hawks who came away with the W on opening day at their home field. A broken bat double from Dalton Britt (Liberty) led off the third and gave Hyannis a chance to tie the game. Daniel Kihle (Wichita State) notched an RBI, single to send Britt home and tie the game 1-1. That wouldn’t be the only tie of the game as the two teams battled it out at 2-2 before Hyannis took the lead once and for all in the sixth. With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Sam Haggerty (New Mexico) knocked a double over deep into center. Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) drew a walk. After replacing starting pitched Daniel Lewis, Kettleers Jeff Kinley hit David Houser (Tennessee) to load the bases. Kinley followed with another walk to Cam Gibson (Michigan State) to break the tie and put the game winner across the plate, boosting Hyannis over Cotuit 3-2.
Bourne 4, Wareham 2
The Braves captured their first home opener win in seven years with the 4-2 victory over Wareham. The Gatemen took an early lead in the third – a leadoff double from John Bormann (UTSA) followed by a triple from Jake Little (Memphis) rocketed into center field to put the first of two runs across the board that inning. But the lead didn’t last Bourne scored three runs in the fourth. All but two Braves tallied at least one hit, but it was Blake Davey (U of Connecticut) who really stood out in the order going 2-for-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Jimmy Herget (South Florida) had the run support from his team, but that doesn’t outshine his first outing with the Braves. Herget struck out five batters, allowing six hits in 6.0 innings of work.