Bourne 5, Y-D 0
It was a dominant pitching performance for the Braves (14-7) and Travis Bergen (Kennesaw St.) at Red Wilson Field, as they beat the Red Sox (9-12) by quieting their bats. Bergen got the start for Bourne and threw six shutout innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six opposing batters. The Braves’ bullpen followed suit, combining for three more shutout innings to close out the game. Y-D attempted a comeback in the ninth, but left the bases loaded with the game-tying run on deck. The Red Sox had just seven hits, and no player had a multi-hit game. The Bourne bats were fairly underwhelming themselves, as they were actually outhit seven to six. However, they used their hits more effectively, positioning players to score on sacrifice flies in the second and third innings. The big hit of the night was a leadoff homerun in the third from Richard Martin Jr. (Florida). The Braves hold on to their first place position in the West and become the first team to fourteen wins, while the Red Sox were unable to separate themselves from the Brewster Whitecaps in the battle for the fourth and final spot in the East.
Orleans 3, Harwich 1
In a battle between the top teams in the East, the red hot Firebirds (12-9) edged out the Mariners (13-8) to take a commanding 3-0 lead in the season series and to pull within one game of taking over first place in the division. Orleans got a strong pitching performance again from Kolton Mahoney (BYU), who allowed only two hits in five shutout innings Harwich did not score until there were two outs in the ninth inning, as the Firebirds’ bullpen followed Mahoney with four excellent innings. At the plate, Orleans got the job done early, scoring all three runs and getting all ten of their hits against starter Jason Ingrham (William&Mary), before he was relieved by Jacob Evans (Oklahoma) who threw four hitless innings with six strikeouts. The top of the order had a big game for Orleans, with leadoff man Johnny Sewald (Arizona St.) and cleanup hitter David Thompson (Miami) both going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Falmouth 14, Hyannis 3
After a four-run fourth and an eight-run eighth, the Falmouth Commodores improve to 11-9 on the season with a 14-3 offensive blowout against the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (10-11) at Guv Fuller Field Saturday night. Falmouth tightened their hold on the second place spot in the West Division, besting Hyannis for the third straight time this season. All but one Commodore recorded at least one RBI in tonight’s game, with Austin Afenir (Oral Roberts) going 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the way. Though Hyannis was the first on the board in the third with an RBI single from Donnie Dewees (North Florida), Falmouth evened the score in the bottom of the inning and didn’t look back. Three straight singles in the fourth, capped with an RBI base hit from Connor Costello (Oklahoma State) set the offense in motion. Alex Young (TCU) made his first appearance for the Commodores allowing just one run and six hits in five innings. Hyannis fought back in the ninth, as a throwing error from third baseman Connor Hale (LSU), a single, and a walk loaded the bases, but it was too little too late. Reliever Kevin Mooney (Maryland) struck out Bobby Melley (UConn) to end the bases loaded jam and the game.
Chatham 7, Brewster 2
Despite being out-hit 10-8 and falling behind early, the Anglers (11-9-1) rallied behind a four run fourth to down the Whitecaps (8-13) and win their third straight game. Max Tishman (Wake Forest) gave up eight hits in just six innings pitched, but was effective for the A’s in allowing just one earned run and striking out four en-route to the win. Nick Collins (Georgetown) led Chatham’s offensive charge going 3-for-4 an RBI and two runs scored. Kevin Fagan (Stetson) went 1-for-3 with a double and drove in a game-high three runs. Ty Moore (UCLA) chipped in for the Anglers finishing 1-for-4 with a solo shot. Mikey White (Alabama) had a strong outing at the plate for the Whitecaps going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a double to raise his season average to a stunning .375. Kevin Martir (Maryland) was 3-for-5 while John Sansone (FSU) finished 2-for-4 with a run scored, a run driven in and a stolen base.
Wareham 7, Cotuit 3
The runs came early and often in this West Division battle as the Gatemen (7-14) knocked in four in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and eventually send the Kettleers (9-12) to their third straight loss. Kyle Cody (Kentucky) pitched through a difficult first three innings in which he yielded three earned runs to finish with eight innings of work and nine strikeouts to go along with a winning decision. Willie Calhoun (Arizona) was the only member of the Gatemen to drive in two runs, finishing 1-for-5 and also scoring a run. Corey Ray (Louisville) and Kramer Robertson (LSU) each tallied two hits and a pair of runs scored while the latter also pushed in a run for Wareham. Jake Fincher (NC State) continued his incredible start to the season for Cotuit going 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs driven in while raising his season average to an eye-popping .438.