Orleans 13, Hyannis 0
The Firebirds (11-8) extended their winning streak to six games with a monster win at home against the Harbor Hawks (10-9). Like their previous two games, the offense was unstoppable, scoring double-digit runs on double-digit hits. Unlike their last two games, the pitching was also electric in this one, as Trent Thornton (UNC) threw five scoreless innings, giving up only three hits while striking out seven, and relievers Cody Moffett (Arizona) and Tyler Honahan (Stony Brook) combined to allow only two hits in four shutout innings to end the game. There wasn’t much for the pitchers to worry about though, as the offense got off to an early start and never looked back. The Firebirds loaded the bases in the first and R.J. Ybarra (Arizona St.) emptied them to give Orleans a 3-0 lead. They would load the bases again and drive in three more in the third as well. The death stroke came in fifth inning, when the Firebirds ended any chance of a comeback by piling on six more runs, with the exclamation point being a two-run double for Edwin Rios (Florida Intl). Both Rios and Ybarra had big hits, but the star of the show overall was Brett Lang (Charlotte), who quietly drove in three runs. It was a tough day all around for Hyannis, but it’s been a rough for all of Orleans’ opponents lately.
Y-D 8, Falmouth 1
The “bash brothers” of Jordan Tarsovich (VMI) and Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) continue to get it done for the Red Sox (8-11), who won their third straight with a convincing defeat of the Commodores (9-9-1). Tarsovich was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI, while Fonseca scored two runs and drove in a run as well. Both players scored in the first inning, as the Red Sox took a 4-0 lead that they would never come close to giving back. Vincent Jackson (Tennessee) also chipped in a couple hits and two RBIs. Kevin Duchene (Illinois) was lights-out on the mound for Y-D as well, throwing six shutout innings with only two hits and nine strikeouts. Altogether, Falmouth batters put together only five hits but struck out thirteen times. Kevin McCanna (Rice), who had been so solid to this point for the Commodores, was handed his first loss of the season in a difficult start.
Chatham 7, Cotuit 2
The Anglers (9-9-1) are back at .500 as they dropped the Kettleers (9-10) at Lowell Park. Jordan Hillyer (Kennesaw St.) put forth a solid start for the A’s going five innings while allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out four en-route to the win. AJ Murray (Georgia Tech) led the offensive charge for Chatham going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBI a stolen base and a pair of runs scored. Chris Shaw (Boston College) chipped in with a homer of his own finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. Kal Simmons (Kennesaw St.) also had a strong day finishing 2-for-5 while scoring a run and stealing two bases. Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) was Cotuit’s best performer going 2-for-4 as the team’s only multi-hit player.
Brewster 12, Wareham 5
The last place Gatemen (6-13) battled hard through five innings, but a late surge from the Whitecaps (8-11) sent Wareham to its second straight loss. It was a rocky start for Brewster’s Cody Ponce (Cal Poly) who gave up two early runs in the first inning. However, Ponce kept his composure finishing with five complete innings while yielding a total of three earned runs and striking out five to collect the win. Andrew Naderer (Grand Canyon) came on in relief and pitched four innings while allowing one earned and striking out three to convert the multi-inning save. Wade Wass (Alabama) had a stunning day at the plate going 3-for-5 and blasting two home runs while scoring three times and knocking in a phenomenal nine RBI to single-handedly outscore the Gatemen. Bradon Bishop (Washington) finished 3-for-5 for the Whitecaps while Travis Maezes (Michigan) and Gio Brusa (Pacific) each went 2-for-4 with a stolen base apiece.
Bourne 7, Harwich 6
The Braves (12-7) came away victorious over the home team Mariners (12-7) in a battle of the league’s top two teams. The win brings the West leading Braves into a tie with the East leading Mariners for the league’s best record. Despite a rough outing in relief, Jacob Sparger (Louisville) came away as the game’s winning pitcher tossing two innings while yielding two earned runs and striking out one. The Mariners had hope in the ninth as they scored once off closer Joey Strain (Winthrop) to cut the lead to one, but Strain slammed the door to pick up his fourth save of the season. Blake Davey (Connecticut) led the way for the Braves going 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, and a pair of RBI. Harrison Bader (Florida) also went yard for Bourne and finished 2-for-5. Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) was 2-for-4, scoring twice while driving in a run and stealing his eighth base of the season. Ian Happ (Cincinnati) and Matt Gonzalez (Geoegia Tech) each knocked home a run for the Mariners, bringing both of their season RBI totals into double digits at 10 apiece.