Cotuit 3, Harwich 1
After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the fourth inning, the Kettleers (8-8) bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the inning before tacking on a third insurance run in the eighth to knock off the East Division first place Mariners (11-5). Logan James (Stanford) was terrific on the mound for Cotuit tossing five scoreless innings of three-hit ball while striking out six and allowing only one earned run en-route to the win. Adam Whitt (Nevada) relieved James in phenomenal fashion going 2.2 innings with seven strikeouts, one hit and no earned runs. Jeff Kinley (Michigan St.) came on to shut the door pitching the remaining 1.1 innings allowing no runs and picking up the save. Jake Fincher (North Carolina St.) and Jeremy Taylor (East Tennessee St.) picked up an RBI each going 1-for-2 and 1-for-3, respectively. Brendon Sanger (Florida Atlantic) filled up the stat sheet for the Mariners going 3-for-4 with a double, a stolen base and the team’s only RBI.
Hyannis 6, Bourne 2
The Harbor Hawks (10-6) came away with the win to close the gap on the West Division leading Braves (11-5) and now trail by just one game in what is turning out to be a great battle for the top spot in the West. Blake Hickman (Iowa) started on the mound for the Hawks throwing five innings while giving up two earned runs and striking out four to pick up the victory. Hickman yielded to Marc Brakeman (Stanford) in the sixth who shut down the Braves’ offense and pitched the remaining four innings giving up no runs and striking out four to collect the save. David Houser (Tennessee) led the charge on offense for Hyannis going 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and three runs batted in. Kyle Survance (Houston) and Austin Slater (Stanford) displayed tremendous speed on the base paths stealing a pair of bases each. Mark Laird (LSU) continued his fantastic start for the Braves going 2-for-4 and raising his season average to .378 while stealing his seventh base of the summer.
Wareham 4, Falmouth 0
The Gatemen (5-11) ended a three-game skid knocking off the West Division fourth place Commodores (7-8-1). Kyle Cody (Kentucky) was spectacular on the mound for Wareham going seven scoreless innings while striking out six and allowing just three hits on his way to the victory. Scott Effross (Indiana) came on in relief and continued the shutout performance by striking out four in two innings of one-hit ball. Blake Lacey (USC) was the game’s only multi-hit performer going 2-for-4 for the Gatemen. Willie Calhoun (Arizona) was 1-for-4 with a pair of the Gatemen’s runs.
Orleans 6, Y-D 3
After rallying back from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning, the Red Sox (5-11) were unable to complete the comeback and dropped their second straight game to remain in the basement of the East Division. The Firebirds (8-8) however, notched their third straight victory and have moved into second in the East. Winning pitcher Kolton Mahoney (BYU) yielded three earned runs in his six innings pitched, but managed to strikeout a terrific 11 Red Sox hitters. Jacob Cronenworth (Michigan) came on in the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning to pick up his third save of the season. Orleans’ Edwin Rios (Florida International) finished 1-for-4 with his third home run of the season and a pair of RBI. Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) also went yard finishing 1-for-3 with two RBI. Jordan Tarsovich (Virginia Military) was a bright spot for the Red Sox going 2-for-4 with a home run and all three of his team’s RBI. Justin Jacome (UC Santa Barbara) put forth a strong start on the mound for the Sox tossing 4.1 innings giving up one earned run and fanning five while receiving the no-decision.
Brewster 5, Chatham 4
A three-run home run for Wade Wass (Alabama) in the seventh inning sealed a comeback victory for the Whitecaps (7-9), as they got the job done at home against the Anglers (7-8-1). Wass had a big night, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. Brewster’s late-game heroics squandered a strong start by Max Tishman (Wake Forest), who threw five strong innings for Chatham, allowing two runs on seven hits. The Anglers also got solid offensive output from Landon Cray (Seattle), who had two RBIs, and Landon Lassiter (UNC), who scored two runs, but it wasn’t enough in the end . Chatham falls back below .500 with the loss, while Brewster is now a win away from passing them for the third spot in the division.