Nightly Round-Up: July 23, 2014

Falmouth 7, Brewster 3

The Commodores pulled to 20-15-1 on the season with a 7-3 victory over the Whitecaps (12-22-1) at Fuller Field Wednesday night. Though it was a pitcher’s duel through five, the Commodores cracked open the game once and for all with a five-run sixth inning. Connor Hale (LSU) put Falmouth up 3-2 with a two-run homer to start the scoring in the bottom of the fifth. Jake Madsen (Ohio) and Austin Afenir (Oral Roberts) followed with back-to-back doubles to bring three more runners across. Despite the loss, the Whitecaps tallied eight hits on the night, two of those solo home runs. First in the fifth from Luke Lowery (East Carolina), who went 2-for-3, and again from Scott Kingery (Arizona) in the eighth. Ryan Moseley (Texas Tech) picked up the win for Falmouth, notching three strikeouts in two innings with just one hit. Before Moseley came in for relief, Alex Young (TCU) tallied seven strikeouts in five complete innings.

Y-D 8, Chatham 4

It took a seven-run explosion in the fifth inning for the Red Sox (20-15), the hottest team in the league, to come back and beat the Anglers (14-20-1), the coldest team in the league. The Chatham bats got started early with a bases-loaded two-run single for Patrick Mazeika (Stetson) in the first inning to go up 2-0, then scored a run in the top of the third and fifth to increase their lead to 4-0. To that point, Anglers starter Kyle Davis (USC) had allowed just one hit and one walk in four strong innings. His luck ended there though, as the bottom of the fifth belonged to the home team. Y-D came out swinging with five straight hits, four singles and then an Andrew Stevenson (LSU), to score three runs. After a dropped third strike, they hit back-to-back singles again to take a 6-4 lead. Josh Lester (Missouri) then laid down a drag bunt to plate Jordan Tarsovich (VMI) from third for the seventh and final run of the inning. Other than an RBI double for Jesse Jenner (San Diego) in the seventh, the game was essentially ended by the Red Sox fifth inning outburst. The Y-D bullpen allowed just three hits in four shutout innings to end the game. It was a strong offensive game for both teams, with all but three players, ironically including stars A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech) and Rob Fonseca (Northeastern), getting at least one hit. However, the status quo prevailed, as the streaking Red Sox got the win and the slumping Anglers took the loss.

Orleans 4, Harwich 3 (11)

The last time these two teams met, they played to a tie after battling in extra innings, and this one nearly had the same result. However, the battle for first in the East finally got a winner, as the Firebirds (21-13-2) outdueled the Mariners (20-13-2) in the eleventh inning to take the lead in the division. Orleans got the scoring started in the third with back-to-back RBI singles from David Thompson (Miami) and R.J. Ybarra (Arizona St.) to take a 2-0 lead. Harwich bounced right back in the fifth, scoring two runs after loading the bases, to tie the game. Pitching took over during the latter half of regular time, as both Mariners’ All-Star Jacob Evans (Oklahoma) and Firebirds’ dual threat Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) threw 4+ innings of scoreless baseball. With score knotted at two, the game moved to extra innings, and in the top of the eleventh Orleans struck, scoring on a passed ball and then a Cole Peragine (Stony Brook) single to take a two-run lead. Harwich tried to fight back in the bottom half, getting a run on the second of back-to-back double from Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) and Sal Annuziata (Seton Hall), but they fell just one run short and fell back into second place in the East division.

Bourne 12, Cotuit 4

The Kettleers (16-19-1) scored a run in each of the final four innings, but it was not enough to best the offensive-minded Braves (23-11-1) who rolled to their third straight win. Although he had plenty of run support, Samuel Kmiec (Winthrop) was still stingy on the mound for the Braves tossing 5.2 innings while giving up just one earned and striking out three to pick up the win. Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) led the offensive attack going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and a pair of RBI. Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) also notched three hits to finish 3-for-4 with a run driven in and two runs scored. Mark Laird (LSU) was just 1-for-4 but filled up the stat sheet scoring twice, knocking in a pair of runs and stealing his 16th base of the season. Stephen Wrenn (Georgia) was the third Brave to tally three hits finishing 3-for-5 with a run scored, an RBI and a pair of stolen bases. Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) led the Kettleers going 3-for-5 and scoring a run. Teammate John Norwood (Vanderbilt) finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a run driven in.

Hyannis 3, Wareham 0

The Harbor Hawks (15-20) shut out the Gatemen (11-24-1) for the second straight game to take both games of the home-and-away series and outscored Wareham a total of 10-0 over the two night span. The Hawks once again saw great pitching from their starter as Blake Hickman (Iowa) went 6.1 solid innings allowing just four hits and striking out five to pick up the win. Ryan Perez (Judson) came on in relief and finished the strong pitching performance by tossing 2.2 innings and punching out four to collect the save. Hyannis notched just three hits on the night but made the best of their lack of offense by scoring a run for each hit. John La Prise (Virginia) stayed hot and finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI to raise his season average to .432. Carl Wise (Charleston) knocked in the other run on a double and finished 1-for-4. On a quiet night for the Gatemen, Jake Little (Memphis) made the most noise going 2-for-4. In total, Wareham left seven men on base and paid for their lack of clutch hitting as they fall further into the basement of the West.

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