Nightly Round-Up: July 22nd, 2014

Bourne 9, Falmouth 4

The Braves (22-11-1) exploded for seven runs against the Commodores (19-15-1) in the eighth inning to pick up their league-leading 22nd win and to become the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season. It was a pitcher’s duel through six innings, as Falmouth held 2-1 lead behind a strong starts by both Charles Mulholland (S. Florida) for the Commodores and Ryan Kellogg (Arizona St.) for the Braves. The seventh inning saw Bourne score a run, and then Falmouth counter with two to make it 4-2 heading to the eighth. The Braves then put together seven runs in the eighth, led by a Richie Martin Jr.’s (Florida) RBI triple, and never looked back. He had a game-leading three RBIs, while both Harrison Bader (Florida) and Jason Delay (Vanderbilt) were 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Falmouth All-Stars Steven Duggar (Clemson) and Conner Hale (LSU) both had strong games, but it was not enough to lead the Commodores to victory over the league leaders.

Orleans 3, Brewster 3 (10)

In a game that started slow but finished strong, the Firebirds (20-13-2) and Whitecaps (12-21-1) ended up running out of sunlight at Stonybrook and playing to a 3-3 tie after ten innings. Brewster scored in the first to take an early lead, but Orleans countered with a run in the top of the third to tie it at one. The game then went scoreless until the bottom of the eighth, when Georgie Salem (Alabama) hit a bases-loaded sac fly to give the Whitecaps a 2-1 lead. Orleans fought right back though, as All-Star David Thompson (Miami) hit a two-run double to give the Firebirds their first lead of the game. Brewster didn’t quit though, and with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, they tied it back up at three on a passed ball and that was all she wrote. The pitchers were the real stars, as Cody Ponce (Cal Poly Pomona) got the start for Brewster and showed why he’s an All-Star, allowing just one run in five strong innings, while Tommy Bergjans (Haverford) was rolling as well for the Firebirds, allowing just one run on two hits in four innings. It was an exciting, evenly matched face-off, even though it pitted the division leaders against the division bottom feeders.

Cotuit 6, Chatham 5

It was a night of home runs as the Cotuit Kettleers (16-18-1) took the 6-5 win over the Chatham Anglers (14-19-1) in a game in an offensively impressive game that was ultimately decided by and RBI walk. All five of Chatham’s runs came off the bat of DH Chris Shaw (Boston College) – first a two run shot in the first and again in the fifth with a three run long ball. The Kettleers tied the game at two apiece in the third and battled back again to come within one on back-to-back solo shots from Vanderbilt teammates Rhett Wiseman and John  Norwood. Cotuit tied the game for a second time in the sixth with an RBI single from Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) and finished out the scoring in the seventh as Jackson Glines (Michigan) drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Wiseman. Jackson McClelland (Pepperdine) gets the W on the night for the Kettleers, shutting down the Anglers in a bases loaded jam in the seventh.

Harwich 12, Y-D 1

The Mariners (20-12-2) put on a clinic at Red Wilson Field scoring 12 times on 13 hits to maintain a half-game lead over the Firebirds in the East and drop the red-hot Red Sox (19-15) in a game that contained so much offense that it had to be called after eight innings due to darkness. Zack Erwin (Clemson) got much more offensive support than he would need as he was terrific on the mound tossing six innings and allowing just one earned on two hits to lower his season ERA to an impressive 1.57 and pick up the win. Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) led the charge on offense going 2-for-4 with a run scored, four RBI and a stolen base. Anthony Hermelyn (Oklahoma) went 3-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in to raise his season average to an astounding .372. Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) and Danny Zardon (LSU) each finished 2-for-4 while C.J. Hinojosa (Texas Austin) chipped in with his first homer of the season. Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) did his best for the Sox going 2-for-3 with his fourth long ball of the season and raising his average to .351.

Hyannis 7, Wareham 0

A six-run sixth inning put this game well out of reach as the Harbor Hawks (14-20) sent the Gatemen (11-23-1) home with yet another tough loss. Marc Brakeman (Stanford) got the Hawks off on the right foot with a lights-out performance on the mound going six innings of shutout baseball while allowing just four hits and striking out an incredible 11 batters en-route to the win. Lance Thonvold (Minnesota) came on in relief for the extended save as he tossed three scoreless innings while allowing just one hit. John La Prise (Virginia) was the leader on offense for Hyannis going 3-for-5 with a run driven in. Kyle Survance (Houston) finished 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and his 12th stolen base of the season. David Houser (Tennessee) went 1-for-3 with a run scored and led the team with a pair of RBI. Willie Calhoun (Arizona) and Keaton Aldridge (Memphis) each finished 2-for-4 for the Gatemen collecting four of the team’s five hits. Ryan Olson (San Diego) was solid in a losing effort going five innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits while punching out five.

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