Y-D 3, Brewster 2
The Red Sox (10-12) came out the victor in the battle at the bottom of the East Division, as the Whitecaps (8-14) lost their third straight game and continue to lose their grip on the fourth and final playoff spot. It was a tight one at Stony Brook, as only five runs were scored, and three of them came in the same inning. Tied 1-1 going into the sixth, Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) followed a sac fly with an RBI double to give Y-D a two-run lead. Gio Brusa (Pacific) cut the deficit to 3-2 with a solo shot to lead off the bottom half of the inning, but that was the last score for Brewster, as the Whitecaps outhit the Redsox 9-5, but could not drive in the runs. Brusa did all he could, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run, but it was not enough, as none of his teammates could put together a multi-hit game. Similarly, Fonseca was the only real offensive threat for the visitors, getting two of the Redsox’ five hits. The real stars of the game were the relievers, as Brewster’s Andrew Naderer (Grand Canyon) allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings, and Y-D’s Phil Bickford (Cal St. – Fullerton) got the save, also allowing just one hit and striking out four over 2.2 shutout innings.
Harwich 5, Cotuit 5
The Mariners (13-8-1) and Kettleers (9-12-1) both played to their first tie of the season, as an over three hour affair ran out of sunlight after ten innings. It was a tough result for Cotuit, who saw all five of the opposition’s runs come in just two sloppy innings. The Mariners scored three runs in the second, helped out by a wild pitch and a bases-loaded hit batter, and then pushed two more across in the eighth, due in part to a fielding error. The Kettleers scored their runs the traditional way, and had an overall strong day at the plate with fifteen hits. Ian Rice (Chipola) led the charge, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs, while Drew Jackson (Stanford), Grant Kay (Louisville), and Jake Fincher (N.C. St.) all had multi-hit games with runs scored. On the mound, Zack Erwin (Clemson) allowed just one run in 5.2 quality innings for Harwich, while Cotuit relievers Ashton Perritt (Liberty) and Jeff Kinley (Michigan St.) each threw two scoreless innings. The tie keeps the Mariners afloat atop the East, now with just a half-game lead over Orleans, while the Kettleers have moved within passing distance of the third-place Harbor Hawks in the West.
Orleans 5, Wareham 1
The Firebirds (13-9) picked up their eighth win in their past ten games with a convincing win at home over the last-place Gatemen (7-15). Nathan Bannister (Arizona) was dominant on the mound for Orleans, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out six in six innings for the win. The Firebirds’ bullpen was also strong, allowing just two hits and striking out six more in the final three innings, as Orleans never faced a serious threat to their lead. It was another huge day at the plate for David Thompson (Miami) as he went 2-for-4, scoring two runs and driving in four of his team’s five runs. The highlight was a three-run home run in the fifth that put Orleans up 5-1, and they never looked back. The Firebirds are now just a half game back of Hawich, as their hot streak may pay off soon with the top spot in the East. Meanwhile, a talented Wareham team continues to struggle, and need to put together some wins to get back into the playoff picture as we enter the second half of the season.
Chatham 9, Hyannis 3
The Anglers (12-9-1) fell behind early, yielding two runs in the bottom of the first, but rallied back to score five in the top of the second en-route to their fourth straight win. The Harbor Hawks (10-12) meanwhile were sent to their sixth straight loss. Charlie Dant (Dayton) started on the mound for Chatham tossing six innings while allowing three earned runs and striking out eight to pick up the win. Ty Moore (UCLA) led the way on offense for the A’s finishing 1-for-6 but making the most of his at-bats and driving in four runs while homering on his only hit. Robert Baldwin (Yale) was 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while AJ Murray (Georgia Tech) reached base five times for Chatham going 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and three drawn walks to raise his season average to .370. The Hawks’ Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) continued his strong start to the season and filling up the stat sheet going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI, a home run and a stolen base.
Falmouth 9, Bourne 3
The Commodores (12-9-1) stayed hot besting the Braves (14-8) to win their third straight and eighth out of their last ten games. The win brings Falmouth within three points of the first place Braves in the West. Ryan Moseley (Texas Tech) got the win pitching five innings while giving up three earned and striking out three. Shaun Chase (Oregon) was a standout for the Commodores finishing 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. Conor Costello (Oklahoma St.) also went yard and was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Kevin Newman (Arizona) tallied four hits to go 4-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI and raised his season average to an impressive .410. Blake Davey (Connecticut) had a strong outing for the Braves going 2-for-3 with a run scored, three RBI and a home run.