Y-D 2, Harwich 0
The Red Sox (13-13) defeated the East-leading Mariners (16-9-1) behind a lights-out pitching performance from Cody Poteet (UCLA). Poteet threw six shutout innings, allowing just four total base runners, while striking out ten Harwich batters in the winning effort. His bullpen was solid behind him, as Will Strode (Florida St.) and Phil Bickford (Cal St. Fullerton) combined for three hitless innings to close out the game. At the plate for Y-D, both Hunter Cole (Georgia) and Jesse Jenner (San Diego) were 2-for-4 and Andrew Stevenson (LSU) drove in both Y-D runs with a two-run single in the third. The Mariners failed to show up in this one, managing to get only three hits, but they were lucky that the Firebirds fell as well, so they hold on to their top spot in the East. Meanwhile, the win has allowed the red-hot Red Sox to catch the Anglers in the third place spot in the division.
Brewster 5, Orleans 3
The Firebirds (16-10) lost just their second game in their last ten, as they were surprised on the road by the Whitecaps (10-16). Brewster got off to a fast start, scoring a run in the first and two more in the second for an early 3-0 lead that they would never give up. Two RBI doubles in the third allowed Orleans to cut the deficit to one, but the Caps came right back in the fifth to lock up the win. Both Scott Kingery (Arizona) and Georgie Salem (Alabama) drove in runs as the lead returned to three. Kingery had a game-high three hits in this one. The Firebirds could only muster one more run, as they missed their chance to pass up the Mariners for the division lead. The teams played very different games, as the Whitecaps scattered thirteen hits, while the Birds put worked more efficiently with their five hits, but didn’t do enough to get the win.
Falmouth 7, Cotuit 5
A ninth inning rally from the Cotuit Kettleers (11-14) almost gave them the push they needed, but the Falmouth Commodores (13-12) held them off to get the win at Guv Fuller Friday night. While Cotuit scored first in the first, Falmouth responded immediately taking a 2-1 lead after just one inning. Cotuit recorded 13 hits total on the night, compared to Falmouth’s seven, but the Commodores added runs slowly, capitalizing on errors from their opponent all the while keeping Cotuit from crossing the plate for six innings straight. Tres Barrera (Texas Austin) picked up his second homer of the season with a solo shot in the eighth to give the Kettleers this first run since the first and the momentum picked up from there. Four straight singles from Cotuit’s Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Lousianna), Logan Taylor (Texas A&M), Jeremy Taylor (East Tennesse State), and Drew Jackson (Stanford) loaded the bases and put another run across in the ninth. Jackson Glines (Michigan) then added a single to put up two more runs making it 7-5 with two out. Commodores closer, Garrett Cleavinger (Oregon) ended on a high note despite letting up three runs and five hits, striking out Barrera swinging to end the game.
Wareham 2, Hyannis 0
The Gatemen (9-17) inched closer to climbing out of last place in the West with their second straight win, shutting out the fourth-place Harbor Hawks (11-15) who dropped their second in a row. Ryan Olson (San Diego) was strong on the mound for Wareham tossing six scoreless innings while striking out four en-route to his first win of the season. Scott Effross (Indiana) came on in relief to get the final two outs and collect his third save of the year. Chris Chinea (LSU) and Jake Little (Memphis) drove in the game’s only runs, each going 1-for-3 with an RBI. Anderson Miller (Western Kentucky) was the game’s only multi-hit performer finishing 2-for-3. Hyannis’ lack of offense certainly cost them in this one and they continue to slide down the standings as they have now dropped 10 of their last 12 games.
Bourne 7, Chatham 4
The Braves’ (17-9) second win in as many games has given them the best record in the league while the Anglers (12-13-1) have now lost four straight and find themselves in fourth in the East. Despite giving up 10 hits, Josh Rogers (Louisville) worked his way out of a number of jams to earn the win with 6.2 innings pitched and just one earned run. Lucas Laster (MSU) came on to close the door in the ninth inning mowing down all three batters that he faced and picking up his first save. Billy Fleming (West Virginia) led the offensive charge for the Braves finishing 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI to raise his season average to a fantastic .352. Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) was also 2-for-5 with a double of his own, an RBI and a pair of runs scored. When all was said and done, the Braves would finish the game with a total of five doubles. Chris Shaw (Boston College) starred on offense for the Anglers going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Robert Baldwin (Yale) led all hitters with three hits and finished 3-for-4 with a double. AJ Murray (Georgia Tech) raised his season average to a stunning .358 going 2-for-3 with an RBI.