Y-D 9, Brewster 7
A five-run fifth propelled the Red Sox (6-11) to a win on Sunday night over the Whitecaps (7-10). Y-D took a lead they would never give up and chased Brewster starter Garrett Mundell (Fresno St.) at the same time on their way to victory. Leading the charge was Jason Goldstein (Illinois) with four RBIs, and Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) was at it again with two RBIs of his own. Both Andrew Stevenson (LSU) and Josh Lester (Missouri) had two hits and two runs scored as well. In a losing effort, Mikey White (Alabama) had a huge game, going 3-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs. The Red Sox now sit just a game behind the Whitecaps in the battle for fourth in the East.
Falmouth 8, Bourne 3
While the Braves (11-6) got off to an early lead, the Commodores (8-8-1) got it done late in the game to take down the division leaders. Harrison Bader (Florida) doubled in a run and then came around to score to put Bourne up 2-0 in the first, but that was basically the end of their offense, as the Falmouth bullpen pitched five shutout innings. Nicholas Ramos sealed the win with a two-run single in the eighth as part of a three-run inning. Austin Afenir (Oral Roberts) also had a strong game, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs, and Cameron O’Brien (West Virginia) was no slouch either with three hits, two runs, and an RBI. The Braves are starting to look mortal now, having lost two in a row and four of their last ten.
Orleans 15, Harwich 8
In a power-packed battle between the #1 and #2 teams in the East, the Firebirds (9-8) came out on top against the Mariners (11-6). Orleans put up fifteen runs on the league’s best pitching staff so far, and ten of them in the first two innings, with back-to-back five run outbursts. Harwich fought back though, with four runs in the bottom half of the second and two more runs in thr fourth. Just when a comeback looked possible, with the Mariners having cut the deficit to 10-7, the Firebirds exploded for another five runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach. Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) had four RBIs, leading a lineup full of strong offensive performances. Edwin Rios (Florida Intl) had a good game as well, going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. On the Harwich side, Ian Happ (Cincinnati) drove in three runs with two RBI doubles and Angelo Amendolare went 3-for-4, driving in two runs and scoring two runs, but in the end the Mariners fell short. They’ll now have to keep a closer eye on the Firebirds behind them after the big loss.
Wareham 7, Cotuit 6
In a back-and-forth battle, the Gatemen (6-11) were able to pick up the win against the Kettleers (8-9) due in part to solid relief outings from Nick Fuller (UMass-Dartmouth) and Ryan Olson (San Diego). Fuller got the win and Olson got the save as the pair combined to throw 3.2 innings of hitless baseball. Before that though, it was a battle early in the game. Wareham’s two runs in the second were met with five Cotuit runs in the third, off of home runs by Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) and Austin Byler (Nevada). The Gatemen then countered with three runs in the fourth to tie it up 5-5. Wareham scored a run apiece in the fifth and sixth, and that would be enough to get the win in this one. Willie Calhoun (Arizona) had another strong showing, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, and Jake Little (Memphis) went 2-for-3 with a home run, as Wareham won with a full team effort.
Chatham 5, Hyannis 4
Another extra-innings adventure for the Anglers (8-8-1) resulted in a win over the Harbor Hawks (10-7) in the lone late game of the night. The teams had been tied at three since the fifth when they each added a run in the eighth to make it 4-4. The tie would not be resolved until four innings later, when AJ Murray (Georgia Tech) hit a walk-off home run in the twelfth. Murray was 3-for-5 with two RBIs in the game, making him the most valuable player in the game for the winning side even before he became the hero. Hyannis’ Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) continues to shine, as he went 4-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI. Austin Slater (Stanford) also was a big contributor, adding two of the Hawks four RBIs, but the Hyannis offense could not come through late and it cost them the game. A major factor of that was the incredible outing by Kyle Davis (USC), who pitched the final four innings for Chatham and got the win after allowing only one hit and striking out four.