Nightly Round-Up: July 8, 2014

Cotuit 9, Bourne 5

Though the Bourne Braves set the pace for the game in the first, the Cotuit Kettleers came away with the win 9-5 at Lowell Park Tuesday night. The Braves got things started first in the first with back-to-back singles from Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) and Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) followed by a two RBI single from Blake Davey (UConn) to light up the board. Though things cooled off for Bourne as Cotuit fought back with a three-run third to tie the game for the first time. Jake Fincher (NC State) was one of three Kettleers to record two RBIs on the night, along with Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) and James Norwood (Vanderbilt). The Braves took the lead once again on a triple from Brett Sullivan (Pacific) in the fourth, but Cotuit followed with four more runs in the seventh – including the go-ahead run off a single from Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Lousianna)- and a two-run long ball from Norwood in the eighth to seal the deal.

Harwich 13, Chatham 8

The final score made this game seem a lot closer than it actually was, as in reality the Mariners (15-8-1) were rolling on all cylinders and rolled right over the Anglers (12-11-1). Hitting, pitching, and fielding were all on display in Harwich, as the home team played an impressive nine innings. 2013 All-Star Ian Happ (Cincinnati) led the way at the plate, launching a home run to start the scoring in the first inning and then adding a two-run double later on in the sixth. Both Joe McCarthy (Virginia)and Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) had big nights offensively as well, as McCarthy was 4-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of runs scored, and Gonzalez went 2-for-6, scoring three runs and driving in two more. Overall, Harwich had 20 hits, with every man in the lineup getting on base and eight players having multi-hit games, while seven had at least one RBI. On the mound, starter Robbie Kalaf (Florida Intl) and his relief, Ronnie Glenn (Penn), were too much to handle for Chatham, as they combined to allow just three hits in eight shutout innings. Sal Annunziata (Seton Hall) was stellar at first base all night too, making several highlight reel plays. Chatham scored all eight of their runs in the ninth off of Gavin Pittore (Wesleyan), but with such a large deficit, it was relatively meaningless. The Mariners took advantage of a Bourne Braves loss to pull into first place in the league, while preserving their division lead over the Orleans Firebirds with the win. Chatham is having a hard time beating their competition, as the third place Anglers fell to the Firebirds in their previous game, before getting hammered by the Mariners in this one.

Orleans 3, Y-D 2

The Firebirds (15-9) edged out the Red Sox (11-13) to keep pace in the battle for the top spot in the division. It was all about pitching in this showdown at Eldredge Park, as both teams had only seven hits apiece. Eric Hanhold (Florida) got the start for Orleans and allowed just one earned run on five hits over six strong innings. His relief came in Bobby Dalbec (Arizona), who’s usually at the plate and not on the mound, and Jacob Cronenworth (Michigan), who got his league-leading fifth save. They combined to throw three scoreless innings to finish the game. For Y-D, Kevin Duchene (Illinois) got the start and matched his opponent, allowing just the one earned run on five hits in six solid innings. The Red Sox’ bullpen was good as well, but an error in the eighth broke the 2-2 tie that had stood since the starters departed, and reliever Drake Owenby (Tennessee) was saddled with the loss. The winning runner was David Fletcher (Loyola Marymount), who was also the lone offensive standout of the game, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs. For about a half hour, the Firebirds held the division lead, but a Harwich win bumped them back down. They’re still on a hot streak though, and are ready to pounce when the Mariners finally lose.

Hyannis 11, Falmouth 8

The Harbor Hawks (11-13) have finally put an end to their seven-game skid as they were able to hold off the Commodores (12-11-1) in a competitive match at McKeon Field. The game remained close to start going from a 1-1 tie at the end of the first to a 3-3 tie at the end of the fourth before Hyannis scored four runs in the sixth to take a sizable lead. Falmouth came charging back to score three unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings before the Hawks scored four more in the bottom of the eighth to take a five run lead. The Commodores would threaten by scoring two in the top of the ninth, but it was too little, too late. Joseph Shaw (Dallas Baptist) came away with the win after coming on in relief in the sixth and tossing 1.2 innings while allowing two runs, none of which were earned. Matt Denny (Mississippi) picked up the save, finishing out the final 2.1 innings while striking out three and giving up three runs, only one of which was earned. Austin Slater (Stanford) led the offensive charge for the Hawks going 3-for-4 with a double, a run and four RBI. Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) finished 3-for-3 with a run, a stolen base and three RBI. Daniel Kihle (Wichita St.) went 3-for-5 with three runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI while teammate Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair of stolen bags. Sam Gillikin (Auburn) was a standout for the Commodores going 3-for-3, scoring a run and driving in a pair.

Brewster 2, Wareham 0

It was a pitchers’ duel at Spillane Field as the Whitecaps (9-15) were able to outlast the Gatemen (7-17) in a battle of division bottom-dwellers. Cody Ponce (Cal Poly) was solid on the mound for Brewster giving up only four hits and allowing no runs en-route to the win. Pat Ruotolo (Connecticut) came on for the six-out save and threw a scoreless pair of innings while striking out three and collecting his second save of the season. Bradon Bishop (Washington) and Luke Lowery (East Carolina) drove in the only two runs of the game while each finishing with just one hit apiece. Zach Gibbons (Arizona) finished 1-for-1 with a pair of walks, a run scored and a stolen base. Nick Halamandaris (California Berkeley) and Charlie Warren (Rice) did their best for the Gatemen going 2-for-4 each. Drew Harrington (Louisville) was the tough-luck loser for Wareham tossing six innings of four-hit ball while allowing just one earned run and striking out five.

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