Bourne 9, Hyannis 3
A six-run first inning proved to be too much for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks to handle as the Bourne Braves took the 9-3 win at Doran Park Wednesday night. Four Bravos had multi-hit nights, including Mark Laird (Lousiana State) who went three-for-three with three runs and three stolen bags. Three was a big number for Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) and Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) as well, who each notched three RBI on the night – Allemand with a bases-clearing double to cap off the first inning. Not to be outdone, Billy Fleming (West Virginia) raked in three more RBI for his numbers going three-for-five with two doubles. Despite the loss, Hyannis’ Ben DeLuzio (Florida State) made two top-10 catches to rob Bourne of any more runs in the second and again in the fourth. Additionally, Daniel Kihle (Wichita State) put up a solid effort in the lead off spot for the Harbor Hawks going two-for-four with two runs scored.
Y-D 3, Brewster 1
The Red Sox (12-13) continue to have the Whitecaps’ (9-16) number, as they win again in the matchup between the two squads fighting for the final spot in the East Division. Y-D now holds a three-game lead over Brewster with the win. The game was tight on offense for both teams, with all four runs in the game coming in just two innings, and the only big hit of the night was a two-run home run for Jesse Jenner (San Diego) in the fourth to give the Sox a lead they would never relinquish. The real story of the game was the pitching for Y-D. Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt) allowed just one run on six hits in 5.1 strong innings to earn the win, while Phil Bickford (Cal St. Fullerton) closed out the game with two scoreless innings to get the save. Brewster and Y-D are having opposite luck as of late, with mirror records of 3-7 and 7-3 respectively in their last ten games. It’s starting to show in the ever-widening gap between the fourth and fifth placed teams.
Wareham 2, Chatham 1
In an all-out pitcher’s duel, the Gatemen (8-17) snuck by the Anglers (12-12-1) with a slim victory. Chatham managed to get only three hits against Wareham starter Brock Hartson (UTSA), and one was a solo shot to deep left by Mitch Gunsolus (Gonzaga) for the only earned run against Hartson. He was dominant all night long, striking out eleven anglers in seven innings. Jordan Hillyer (Kennesaw St.) was impressive as well, as he threw six shutout innings, also giving up just three hits. Wareham finally broke into the run column in the seventh, as an error in right field allowed John Bormann (UTSA) to reach third and score soon after. Chris Chinea (LSU), the only player in the game with a multi-hit game, also drove in the eventual game-winning run soon after. Wareham let their bullpen close out the game, and that was all she wrote. Only ten hits combined in the game, compared to 22 strikeouts, tells you all you need to know about this one. After going on a hot streak, Chatham has now lost three straight, while Wareham picked up just their eighth win of the season and will try to keep the winning going so they can narrow the gap between their position and the rest of the pack in the West.
Orleans 6, Falmouth 2
The Firebirds (16-9) and Commodores (12-12-1) traded one run leads in the third inning before Orleans broke the game open with a five run fifth inning and never looked back. Trent Thornton (North Carolina) was the winner tossing five innings while allowing two earned runs and striking out three. RJ Ybarra (Arizona St.) led the offensive charge for the Birds going 3-for-5 with a home run, a run scored and a pair of RBI. David Fletcher (Loyola) was also 3-for-5 and contributed a double and an RBI. Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) also went yard for Orleans and finished 1-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Steven Duggar (Clemson) was the hit leader for the Commodores going 3-for-4 while also swiping a bag. Matthew Eureste (San Jacinto) drove in the only two runs for Falmouth finishing the game 1-for-4. Despite the game being all but out of reach, Garrett Cleavinger (Oregon) came on in the ninth for the Commodores and struck out the side in impressive fashion.
Harwich 10, Cotuit 6
The Mariners (16-8-1) won their third straight to match the win by the Firebirds and maintain a slight one point lead over Orleans in the East. The Kettleers (11-13-1) meanwhile find themselves two games under .500 with the loss. Harwich ran away with it early scoring nine runs to Cotuit’s zero in the first three innings. The Kettleers would fight back with five unanswered in the fourth and fifth innings, but it was too little, too late. Despite giving up five earned in just five innings of pitching, James Mulry (Northeastern) came away with the win. Craig Aikin (Oklahoma) belted a three run homer in the third and finished the game 1-for-4 with four RBI. Ian Happ (Cincinnati) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of RBI. Sal Annunziata (Seton Hall) also chipped in with a pair of RBI and finished 2-for-5 with a run scored. John Norwood (Vanderbilt) continues to impress in his late start to the season going 2-for-4 as the Kettleers’ only multi-hit player and scoring twice to raise his season average to a stunning .438. Ian Rice (Chipola) and Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) were each 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI.