Orleans 3, Chatham 1
The Firebirds (14-9) waited until the very last minute to secure their victory against the Anglers (12-10-1), scoring all three of their runs on one hit in the eighth. With the bases-loaded, Mitchell Tolman (Oregon) singled to right, driving in a run, and a throwing error allowed the other two base runners to score, giving Orleans the 3-1 lead. Chatham scored their first and only run in the fourth inning on a Jake Fraley (LSU) RBI double, but they were unable to muster up any more offense. Both teams struggled at the plate, as pitching stole the show. Anglers’ starter Andrew Chin (Boston College) threw 6.1 dominant scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and striking out five. The home team sent Kyle Twomey (USC) to the mound, who allowed just one run on three hits in 5.1 innings, and then the Orleans bullpen followed with four shutout innings. The Firebirds still were unable to pass Harwich for the top spot in the East, but they put some distance between themselves and the third-place Anglers with the win.
Harwich 7, Brewster 3
The Whitecaps (8-15) suffered their fourth straight loss, as the East-leading Mariners (14-8-1) got the best of them by scoring four unanswered runs with the game tied at three. Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) started the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run, and the Mariners added two more to go up 6-3. Another run in the seventh inning would be the nail in the coffin of the struggling Whitecaps. Gio Brusa (Pacific) again was the lone offensive threat for Brewster, driving in two of their three runs, but he could not carry the team to victory. Harwich was led on offense by Brendon Sanger (Florida Atlantic), who went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a home run. The Mariners also got a quality outing from Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee St.), who threw three hitless innings of relief. Harwich preserved their top spot in the division with the win, while Brewster sunk deeper into the basement of the East.
Yarmouth-Dennis 10, Hyannis 8
The Harbor Hawks (10-13) lost again sending their skid to seven straight games and now having lost nine of their last ten. Meanwhile, the Red Sox (11-12) continue to creep back up the standings with their second straight win and seventh of their last ten. Parker Bugg (LSU) came on in relief in the third inning and tossed 2.1 innings while allowing just on earned run and picked up his first win of the 2014 season. Dimitri Kourtis (Mercer) closed out the game with 1.1 innings pitched and an earned run to collect his second save of the year. Nico Giarratano (San Francisco) led the offensive charge for Y-D going 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI. Teammate Josh Lester (Missouri) came up big finishing 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and scoring three times. Andrew Stevenson (LSU) was 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of stolen bases. The Hawks’ Daniel Kihle (Wichita St.) and Carl Wise (Charleston) each finished 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base with Kihle scoring once and driving in three RBI while Wise scored twice and knocked in the one run.
Cotuit 9, Falmouth 8
The Kettleers (10-12-1) managed to eek out a win in a offensive battle that was cut short after seven innings. The Commodores (12-10-1) were battling from behind for the majority of the game, but managed to tie it at eight in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI double from Matthew Eureste (San Jacinto). The lead would not last long, however, as Cotuit’s Grant Kay (Louisville) ended the game in stunning fashion coming to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and final inning and taking a 2-2 pitch out of the yard for the walk-off home run. Luke Leftwich (Wofford), who came on to pitch with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, retired four of the five batters that he faced and shut down the Commodores’ relentless attack to earn the win. In addition to the walk-off, it was an all-around spectacular day for Kay who finished 4-for-4 with a double and crossed the plate four times. John Norwood (Vanderbilt) continued his strong start to the season after returning from the College Word Series and went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Tres Barrera (Texas) also went long for Cotuit and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. The Commodores had their share of strong performances at the plate with Connor Hale (LSU) leading the attack going 4-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI. Jake Madsen (Ohio) and Kevin Newman (Arizona) each collected three hits and raised their season averages to .391 and .432, respectively.
Bourne 8, Wareham 5
The Gatemen (7-16) scored four unanswered runs in the final two innings, but it was too little, too late as the Braves (15-8) continued to maintain a steady lead atop the West. Ryan Kellogg (Arizona St.) was a stud on the mound for Bourne tossing seven innings allowing just one earned and striking out six en-route to his third win of the season. Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) led the way on offense for the Braves going 2-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and a pair of RBI. Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) homered in just his second game of the season and finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Billy Fleming (West Virginia) led the team in hits going 3-for-5 with a double. The majority of the Gatemen’s offense came from three players led by Kramer Robertson (LSU) who went 3-for-4 with a home run, three runs scored and an RBI. Chris Chinea (LSU) was 3-for-5 with three RBI while Keaton Aldridge (Memphis) finished 3-for-4 with an RBI.