Wareham 6, Cotuit 2
The Wareham Gatemen (12-24-1) pick up their 12th win of the season with a 6-2 victory over the Cotuit Kettleers (16-20-1) at Lowell Park Friday night. With more combined errors on the night (9) than there were hits (4) the Gatemen capitalized on shaky fielding and consistent pitching to take home the win. Anthony Kay (UConn) pitched eight innings of relief after taking the mound in the second, allowing Cotuit’s only two hits while tallying four Ks. Although the Kettleers took the lead in the third with a sacrifice fly from Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana), it was an error-riddled sixth that decided the game. Chris Chinea (Louisiana) drew a walk to start of the sixth and eventually come around for the only earned run of the five-run, no-hit inning. Jackson Glines (Michigan) and Rhett Wiseman (Vanderbilt) picked up the only two hits of the nigh for Cotuit, while Blake Lacey (Southern California) and John Bormann (Texas San Antonio) did the same on the opposing side.
Chatham 8, Brewster 3
The Anglers (16-20-1) picked up their second straight win and sent the Whitecaps (12-24-1) to their third straight loss by scoring eight runs in just the first three innings en-route to a convincing win. The win was awarded to Jerry Keel (California St.) who came on in relief and tossed a game-high five innings allowing just two hits and one earned while striking out a pair in just his third appearance of the season. Justin Jones (Nevada) was outstanding on offense for Chatham completing the most difficult half of the cycle and finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI on a triple and a home run. Ty Moore (California) went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored while teammate AJ Murray (Georgia Tech) also collected a pair of hits to go 2-for-3 with a run scored. Zach Gibbons (Arizona) led the way on offense for Brewster going yard and finishing 2-for-4 with a run scored and a pair of runs driven in.
Falmouth 5, Harwich 3
A grand slam in the seventh inning pushed the Commodores (21-15-1) ahead of the Mariners (21-14-2) and gave Falmouth its second straight win and seventh out of ten to creep within four points of first place Bourne in the West. Meanwhile, the loss puts Harwich into a three-way tie with Orleans and Yarmouth-Dennis for first place in the East. Kevin Mooney (Maryland) picked up the win by coming on for two innings of relief and allowing no earned runs while giving up just one hit and punching out a pair. Matt Eckelman (St. Louis) threw a clean ninth and struck out one to collect his third save of the season and keep his ERA at a perfect 0.00 through 16.2 innings. Shaun Chase (Oregon) was the hero for Falmouth hitting a grand slam in the seventh to give his team the lead and subsequent victory. Kevin Newman (Arizona) and Boomer White (TCU) each finished 2-for-5 with a run scored for the Commodores. James Mulry (Northeastern) kept the Mariners in the game through 5.1 innings as he allowed just one earned and struck out five. Ian Happ (Cincinnati) was a standout on offense for Harwich as he finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a pair of doubles.
Y-D 6, Orleans 3
The Red Sox (22-15) held the Firebirds (21-14-2) to just three runs on five hits in their most important win of the season thus far. The league’s hottest team has finally completed their rise, as their defeat of Orleans made them the most winning-est team in the East and created a three-way tie atop the division. Only David Thompson (Miami) was able to find success against Y-D, with a two-run home run and a double, while the rest of his team was held in check, including starter Josh Sborz (Virginia), who was tagged for six runs on eight hits in 4.2 innings. On the mound for the Red Sox was Michael Murray (FGCU), who did not allow a hit in his first run through the lineup and ended up giving up just one hit total in the win. It was Rob Fonseca (Northeastern) getting it done at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Y-D continue to win at a torrid pace and a once-perceived two-horse race between Harwich and Orleans now looks like it could be won by the dark horse, the Red Sox.
Hyannis 15, Bourne 6
In a game that featured 21 runs on 31 hits, the Harbor Hawks (16-21) got their biggest win of the season and a boost of confidence by drubbing the league-leading Braves (23-13-1). Three different Bourne pitchers allowed four or more runs, as Hyannis bats took it to them all game. John La Prise (Virginia) led the way, going 4-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs, while Daniel Kihle (Wichita St.) had three RBIs as well. Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) was 3-for-6 with three runs and an RBI, and Cam Gibson (Michigan St.) was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. It was a monster offensive output by the Harbor Hawks, and if not for Mark Laird‘s (LSU) three RBIs, this could have been the biggest blowout of the season.