Y-D 4, Cotuit 3 Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) was the hero in this one, as his seventh-inning home run ended a back-and-forth contest and gave the Red Sox (17-14) the first lead of the game, and the only lead they would need, as they beat the visiting Kettleers (14-16-1). Cotuit got off to a strong start, with John Norwood (Vanderbilt) starting the game with a double and coming around to score to make it 1-0 in the first inning. It was a pitcher’s duel for the next few innings, as Kettleers’ starter Trey Wingenter (Auburn) and Red Sox’ starter Justin Jacome (UC – Santa Barbara) did not allow another run for three more innings. The teams then traded runs in the fifth and the sixth, making it 3-2 Cotuit heading into the seventh. This was when the game changed, with Andrew Stevenson (LSU) doubling and then Fonseca promptly sending himself and Stevenson home with a deep home run. Y-D went up a run and never looked back. Three relievers combined to let just one Kettleer on base in the final two frames, as the Red Sox coasted to the win. Wingenter did his best for Cotuit, throwing 3.2 scoreless innings, but it wasn’t enough as his bullpen faltered. On the home side, Jacome threw seven strong innings to get the win and got strong support from his bullpen. Y-D continues to be the hottest team in the Cape League, now 8-2 in their last ten games.
Chatham 4, Brewster 2 The Anglers (14-16-1) got the win over the struggling Whitecaps (11-20) on Friday due in large part to their offensive juggernaut, A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech). Murray broke open a scoreless tie in the fifth with a three-run home run, his fifth of the year, and Jake Fraley (LSU) added on another run later in the frame to make it 4-0. Meanwhile, Jordan Hillyer (Kennesaw St) pitched another gem for Chatham, going six innings strong with just one earned run and seven strikeouts. He picked up the win, despite a shaky day by the bullpen, who gave up another run and loaded the bases in the ninth. Behind the scenes, Andrew Lee (Tennessee) had a big day for Brewster, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. It wasn’t enough though, and the Whitecaps slipped further into the basement of the East.
Orleans 3, Hyannis 2
The Orleans Firebirds (19-11) bullpen held the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (13-18) to just five hits all night en route to their 3-2 victory at Eldridge Park Friday night. With the win, the Firebirds overtake the Harwich Mariners for the first place spot in the East Division. David Thompson (Miami) went 2-for-4 for Orleans with one RBI in the third to bring in the first run of the game for either team. The Firebirds extended their lead in the sixth, capitalizing on a fielding error at shortstop. But the Harbor Hawks wouldn’t go quietly, as Carl Wise (Charleston) homered a loud first run for Hyannis in the seventh followed by an RBI single from Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) in the eighth to come within one. But within one they would stay as Reilly Hovis (North Carolina Chapel Hill) picked up the save for the Firebirds, fanning two in the ninth.
Bourne 5, Harwich 4
A pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth pushed the Braves (20-11) ahead of the Mariners (18-11-2) and allowed them to maintain a one-point lead over Orleans for the best record in the league. Bourne led 3-2 going into the ninth before yielding two runs in the top of the inning to trail by a run going into the bottom half. Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-run double to give the Braves the win. Joey Strain (Winthrop) picked up the win tossing 1.1 innings and allowing two unearned runs. Billy Fleming (West Virginia) was the offensive catalyst for Bourne finishing 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) was spectacular offensively for the Mariners as he finished 4-for-5 with a home run, a pair of runs scored and two RBI.
Falmouth 5, Wareham 3
It took some late inning heroics, but the Commodores (17-13-1) sent the Gatemen (9-22) to their fifth straight loss. Conor Costello (Oklahoma St.) had a fantastic day at the plate finishing 3-for-4, but his most memorable hit came in the top of the ninth when he drove in a pair of runs on a triple to give Falmouth the late lead and sending them on to victory. Matt Eureste (San Jacinto) also put on a stunning performance for Falmouth going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a double. Kevin Mooney (Maryland) came away with the win tossing one inning while allowing on earned run. Matt Eckelman (St. Louis) came on to pitch in the bottom of the ninth and shut the Gatemen down to earn his second save of the season. Jake Little (Memphis) and Jose Cuas (Maryland) each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Wareham.