Nightly Round-Up: June 20th, 2014

Brewster 4, Y-D 1

The Whitecaps (5-4) are back above .500 as they topped the Red Sox (3-6) with a strong pitching performance by starter Ryan McCormick (St. John’s), who went 5.2 innings giving up a run on four hits, and relievers Zach Morris (Maryland) and Evan Hill (Michigan), who combined for 3.1 shutout innings. The trio stymied the Sox offense, as no player had a multi-hit game and they had as many strikeouts as hits. Y-D did not have the same luck on the mound as starter Michael Murray (FGCU) was tagged for three runs on six hits in five innings. Justin Montemayor (Houston) was the catalyst on offense for Brewster, as he went 3-for-4 with an RBI. His Cougars teammate Josh Vidales (Houston) went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run driven in and Gio Brusa (Pacific) scored two of Brewster’s four runs in the win.

Wareham 7, Hyannis 5

The Gatemen (3-6) fought hard in a comeback win against the Harbor Hawks (5-4) for their first back-to-back wins since their championship run in the 2012 playoffs. It was a big day for Andrew Knizner (NC St.), who went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, leading the way for Wareham. Jake Little (Memphis) scored two runs and drove in another and Chris Chinea (LSU) added two RBIs of his own in the winning effort. Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) and Ben Deluzio (Florida St.) did their best for Hyannis, with two RBIs and a home run respectively, but in the end five runs on six hits was not enough for the Hawks. The Wareham bullpen was phenomenal, as Andrew Zapata (UConn), Ryan Williamson (NC St.), and Scott Effross (Indiana) did not allow an earned run and gave up only one hit in 4.1 shutdown innings.

Orleans 3, Cotuit 0

The Firebirds (4-5) silenced the Kettleers’ (4-5) bats sending Cotuit to its third straight loss. Five Orleans pitchers combined to complete the shutout. Despite pitching in just the first inning, Trevor Megill (Loyola Marymount) came away with the win. Nathan Bannister (Arizona), Reilly Hovis (North Carolina) and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) were brilliant in middle relief combining for 6.2 shutout innings. Jacob Cronenworth (Michigan) retired all four batters that he faced to convert the save. David Fletcher (Loyola Marymount) led the way on offense for the Firebirds as the only Orleans player with multiple hits. The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Edwin Rios (Florida International) continued his torrent start to the season going 1-for-4 with a run scored and his ninth RBI of the season. Cotuit’s Sam Tewes (Wichita St.) was the tough luck loser tossing five innings and allowing only one earned run while striking out four.

Bourne 2, Harwich 1

The Braves (6-3) came away with the victory in a close game and sent the East Division first place Mariners (7-2) to their second loss of the season while taking sole possession of first place in the West Division. Winning pitcher Travis Bergen (Kennesaw St.) was terrific on the mound for the Braves throwing five innings and striking out seven while allowing just one earned run. Thomas Hatch (Oklahoma St.) came on in relief tossing two scoreless innings before yielding to Joey Strain (Winthrop) who shut the door pitching a pair of shutout innings en-route to the save. Richard Martin Jr. (Florida), Mark Laird (LSU) and Stephen Wrenn (Georgia) powered the Braves’ offense, collecting a pair of hits each. The Mariners’ Jake Drossner (Maryland) pitched well tossing five innings and allowing just one earned run, but his team’s lack of offense resulted in a loss.

Falmouth 3, Chatham 3

The game was capped at 12 innings as the Falmouth Commodores (4-4-1) and the Chatham (3-5-1) Anglers found themselves knotted at 3-3. Chatham led 2-0 into the 8th as Zac Gallen (UNC) posted a strong start, pitching six complete innings with three strikes outs and just three hits. But an RBI single from Matthew Eurestes (San Jacinto) followed by a two run double by Steven Duggar (Clemson) put Falmouth up 3-2 as the 8th inning came to a close. But the game wasn’t over yet, and a wild pitch sent the tying run over the plate for Chatham in the top of the 9th to tie the game for a final time. Though shaky pitching from the Anglers gave the Commodores more than a few chances, they were unable to capitalize, stranding runners in scoring position in each extra innings.

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