Cotuit 4, Falmouth 2
The Cotuit Kettleers (14-15-1) capitalized on shaky fielding from the Falmouth Commodores (16-13-1) to pick up the 4-2 win at Lowell Park on Thursday. Three of Cotuit’s four runs came from fielding errors before the fifth inning, while Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) picked up the only RBI with a single in the sixth. Vincent Fiori (South Carolina Columbia) got the win for the Kettleers, pitching 1.2 innings of relief and allowing just two hits while Adam Whitt (Nevada Reno) got the save. The Commodores wouldn’t go quietly as the top of the order threatened twice with bases loaded situations. Matt Eureste (San Jacinto Col) ignited both – first with a leadoff double in the fourth that lead to the Commodores first run of the game on an RBI single from Cameron O’Brien (West Virginia), and again in the eighth with a single to start off the inning. Eureste went 3-for-4 on the night with two runs scored.
Orleans 7, Bourne 0
Things escalated quickly in this one, as the Braves (19-11) and Jimmy Herget (South Florida) had a no-hitter going into the sixth, before the Firebirds (18-11-1) woke up in a big way. Herget had walked just three and struck out six in five dominant hitless innings, before things began to unravel. A walk and an error started the frame, and ended Herget’s day, and then David Thompson (Miami) got Orleans’ first hit to load the bases. Edwin Rios (Florida Intl) promptly unloaded the bases with a two-run double to crack the scoreless tie. R.J. Ybarra (Arizona St.) then drove in Thompson with a single and back-to-back RBI doubles from Mitchell Tolman (Oregon) and Cole Peragine (Stony Brook) drove in three more runs to suddenly make it 6-0. After having no hits in five innins, the Firebirds took the lead on five straight hits and never looked back. Rios added a solo shot for good measure in the seventh and the Braves simply didn’t have the fight in them to comeback from such a collapse. Not to be ignored in this one was Orleans’ pitching, as starter Trent Thornton (UNC) allowed just one hit and struck out six Bourne batters in five strong innings for the win, and his bullpen allowed just two more hits and one walk in four innings of relief. It was a big win for the Firebirds, who needed to keep pace with the Mariners in the East and did so with an exciting win over the league’s top team.
Y-D 6, Chatham 3
In a back-and-forth battle, the Red Sox (16-14) got the last laugh against the Anglers (13-16-1) as they took over the game with a big ninth inning effort. The majority of the game was slow, methodical small ball, as each team seemed to squeeze in a run here and there to keep pace with the other. Bryant Burleson (Texas Tech) got the scoring started for Chatham in the second with his first of two RBI singles, but Y-D bounced back with two runs of their own in the third, and then Burleson tied it up again in the fourth. The Red Sox pulled into the lead again in the seventh, as Jesse Jenner (San Diego) led off the inning with a double and was driven in by the next batter, Rob Fonseca (Northeastern). However, the Anglers answered back in the eighth with an A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech) RBI to tie it up heading into the final frame. It was in the ninth when Y-D finally decided to put an end to the tight contest, as Andrew Stevenson (LSU) got on base to start the inning and came around to score, before Brennon Lund (BYU) added some much-needed insurance with a two-run single to secure the 6-3 win. Closer Phil Bickford (Cal St. Fullerton) came away with the win after throwing 1.2 hitless innings and striking out four to close out the game. Y-D further widened the gap between themselves and Chatham and will try to keep their hot streak going and close in on the race between Harwich and Orleans at the top of the division.
Hyannis 3, Brewster 0
The runs came late in this one as the Harbor Hawks (13-17) scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to steal a victory in a pitchers’ duel against the Whitecaps (11-19). Blake Hickman (Iowa) was a force on the mound tossing seven scoreless innings while allowing just four hits and striking out five en-route to his second win of the season. Teammate Lance Thonvold (Minnesota) continued the shutdown pitching coming on in relief and going two innings of no-hit ball and striking out a pair to pick up his fourth save of the season. Bobby Melley (Connecticut) sparked the offense for the Hawks driving in a pair of runs and finishing 1-for-4. Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) was 1-for-3 knocking in the third run and swiping a bag. David Houser (Tennessee) led the team as the only player with multiple hits finishing 2-for-3. Justin Montemayor (Houston) was the only other multi-hit performer going 2-for-3 for the Whitecaps. Tyger Talley (Arizona) was the tough-luck loser for Brewster going five innings of shutout baseball in his first start of the season.
Harwich 4, Wareham 2
A two-run sixth inning put the Mariners (18-10-2) over the top in a back-and-forth game as Harwich sent the Gatemen (9-21) to their fourth straight loss. Johnathan Frebis (Middle Tennesee St.) collected the win pitching the final four innings and allowing no runs while striking out three. C.J. Hinojosa (Texas) was the leader on offense for the Mariners going 2-for-4 with an RBI. Anthony Hermelyn (Oklahoma) and Skye Bolt (North Carolina) each tallied a pair of hits and a run scored to add to the Mariners’ total. Corey Ray (Louisville) stood out for the Gatemen going 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of RBI.