Nightly Round-Up: June 30th, 2014

Orleans 11, Brewster 7

The Firebirds (10-8) continue to be the hottest team in the league, as they extended their winning streak to five games with an impressive offensive output against the Whitecaps (7-11). After beating the Harwich Mariners 15-8 the night before, Orleans came back with another game of scoring double-digit runs on seventeen or more hits. In their past two games combined, they’ve scored 26 runs on 36 hits. Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) had another big night, reaching base four times and driving in three runs, while David Thompson (Miami) continues to fuel the winning streak with his bat, as he was 4-for-6 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Altogether, six Firebirds had multi-hit games, while five had at least one RBI. Travis Maezes (Michigan) tried to keep Brewster in it with an eighth inning grand slam, but the Whitecaps never had the lead in this one, as Orleans coasted to another win behind their power bats.

Cotuit 16, Bourne 6

The Kettleers (9-9) upped the ante for big offensive games this season, as they set a new high in single-game runs, and did it in a pitcher’s ballpark against the best team in the West, the Braves (11-7). Cotuit got back up to .500 with the win, while Bourne suffered its third straight loss. The Kettleers hit an astounding four home runs in this one, which is impressive in any game, but is much more impressive in Doran Park, which held the home team without a home run for the entire 2013 season. They were also facing 2013 All-Star Ryan Kellogg (Arizona St.), who was hammered with six earned runs on seven hits in three innings. Ian Rice (Chipola) had the best day at the plate for Cotuit, driving in four runs and scoring two more, while Drew Jackson (Stanford) went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Overall, five Kettleers had multi-RBI games, as they caused problems for Bourne pitchers, as well as fielders, who recorded five errors. Gabe Berman (W. Michigan) helped out on the mound by getting the save with 3.1 shutout innings and five strikeouts to finish the game.

Falmouth 4, Hyannis 2

Matt Hall (Missouri St) only allowed two runs in seven innings of work for the Falmouth Commodores (9-8-1) en route to their 4-2 victory over the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (10-8) at McKeon Park Monday night. The Harbor Hawks recorded eight hits to Falmouth’s nine, but struggled leaving runners on base as the Commodores took the lead in the fourth. With the game knotted at two apiece, a two-RBI single from Trever Morrison (Oregon St) gave Falmouth a lead they would not relinquish. Hall got the W on the night as the Harbor Hawks threatened in the seventh, but back-to-back strikeouts put them away. Determined not to go quietly, Hyannis fought back once again in the ninth, putting the tying run in scoring position with a single from Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) and another base hit from Sam Haggerty (New Mexico), but they were unable to capitalize on a two-out bases loaded situation. Despite the loss, Alec Byrd (Florida State U) shut out the Commodores in 3.1 innings of relief for the Hawks.

Harwich 7, Chatham 3

The Mariners (12-6) built upon an offensive surge in the third inning, which resulted in a 5-0 lead, to down the Anglers (8-9-1) and maintain a two-game first place lead over the red hot Orleans Firebirds in the East. Winning pitcher Jared Poche (LSU) was phenomenal in his start tossing seven innings of shutout baseball while striking out seven and allowing just three hits. The outing lowered Poche’s season earned run average to a sterling 1.06. Ian Happ (Cincinnati) led the offensive charge for Harwich going 2-for-4 with his first homer of the season, a double, a pair of runs scored, three RBI and a stolen base. Angelo Amendolare (Jacksonville) also posted a two-hit night finishing 2-for-3 with a run scored. In addition, Amendolare displayed spectacular speed stealing three bases to run his season total to seven. Landon Cray (Seattle) anchored the Chatham offense going 1-for-3 with a double and knocking in all three of the Anglers’ runs.

Y-D 8, Wareham 6

The Gatemen (6-12) squandered a pair of leads in a back-and-forth game that featured four lead changes to fall into sole possession of the worst record in the league. On the other hand, the Red Sox (7-11) picked up their second straight win and have moved out of the basement into a tie for fourth place with the Brewster Whitecaps in the East. Y-D got on the board early posting a pair of runs in the top of the first inning before the Gatemen came roaring back in the bottom half tallying three runs of their own. The Sox tacked on two more runs in the fifth to regain the lead before Wareham notched a run in the bottom half to tie the game at four. Two Wareham runs in the seventh gave the Gatemen a two run lead, but the Red Sox had the last word scoring four runs in the top of the ninth inning en-route to the late comeback victory. William Strode (Florida St.) came away with the win going 1.1 innings and allowing one earned while striking out two. Phil Bickford (California St. Fullerton) picked up his second save of the season pitching a hitless ninth and striking out a pair. Hunter Cole (Georgia) had a terrific night at the plate going 3-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and a pair of RBI for the Sox. Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) and Josh Lester (Missouri Columbia) each chipped in with a pair of RBI. Chris Chinea (LSU) collected three RBI for the Gatemen while teammate Nick Halamandaris (California Berkeley) drove in a pair.

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