Brewster 13, Y-D 3
Just one night after pulling into a three-way tie atop the East Division, the Red Sox (22-16) are already back in third place after a mammoth loss to the Whitecaps (13-24-1) and wins by Orleans and Harwich. It was tough start for Y-D and pitchers Drake Owenby (Tennessee) and Parker Bugg (LSU), as they found themselves down 12-1 after just three innings. Brewster scored four runs in the first, highlighted by Zach Gibbons’ (Arizona) two-run single, and then topped themselves in the third with a seven-run inning in which they batted around and Luke Lowery (ECU) previewed the Home Run Derby with a two-run shot. Altogether, Lowery led the way in the home win, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Kyle Overstreet (Alabama) was 3-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs, and Andrew Lee () was 4-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and an RBI. The Whitecaps were dominant on the mound as well, holding the Red Sox to just seven hits, three of which belonged to one player (Josh Lester (Missouri)). The bullpen allowed just one hit and one walk versus four strikeouts in four innings of relief. It was a strong effort from Brewster, and a poor effort from Y-D, which has been rarely seen for almost a month.
Harwich 9, Chatham 8 (10)
The Mariners (22-14-2) held off a late attack from the Anglers (16-21-1) with a walk-off win and in doing so, held on to their share of the lead in the East. Harwich had scored at least a run in five of the first six innings and held a confident 6-2 lead heading into the eighth. The Chatham bats finally woke up in the top half, pushing two runs across, then really came alive in the ninth with four more runs, three of which came courtesy of a game-changing three-run home run from Chris Shaw (Boston College). However, the Mariners were able to bounce right back after going down by two at the last minute, and tied the game up in the bottom of the ninth. Skye Bolt (UNC) then played hero in the bottom of the tenth, delivering the game-winning RBI single. Bolt, Shaw, and Harwich’s C.J. Hinojosa (Texas) were the only players with multi-hit games, in a tight contest that featured only fifteen total hits given up by twelve different pitchers. The Mariners were lucky to escape with the win, as the Anglers will surely take a positive out of this game as they try to lock up the final playoff spot in the division.
Orleans 1, Cotuit 0 (11)
The Firebirds (22-14-2), like the Mariners, also got a lucky win on Saturday night to keep the team afloat at the top of the East. The Kettleers (16-21-1) drew the short end of the stick in the extra-innings loss and now find themselves in fourth place in the West, having been passed by Hyannis. It was as evenly matched as it could get in this one, with each team getting seven hits and each and every pitcher having a strong outing. However, it was Orleans who finally got it done in the bottom of the eleventh, with Johnny Sewald (Arizona St.) driving in Cole Peragine (Stony Brook) for the walk-off win. The Orleans-Harwich battle for the division will be the must-see storyline after the All-Star break, as we head down the stretch.
Hyannis 8, Bourne 7
The Braves (23-14-1) made a late push in the top of the eighth inning scoring five runs to tie the score at seven, but the Harbor Hawks (17-21) came back with a run in the bottom half to regain the lead and come away with the victory. The loss makes three straight for Bourne who now finds themselves with just a one game lead over the red-hot Commodores in the West. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) was solid on the hill for Hyannis tossing seven innings while yielding just two hits and two earned runs and striking out four. However, it was teammate Lance Thonvold (Minnesota) who picked up the win despite struggling in relief. Daniel Kihle (Wichita St.) paced the Hawks on offense finishing 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored, three RBI, a stolen base and his fifth homer of the season. John La Prise (Virginia) was the only other Hyannis player to finish with multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 and raised his season average to an impressive .439. Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) also went yard for the Hawks to bring his season home run total to three. Nearly all of Bourne’s offense came from the bats of Mark Laird (LSU) and Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt). Laird finished 1-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI while Wiel was 1-for-3 with a homer and three RBI.
Falmouth 7, Wareham 5
The Commodores (22-15-1) rallied late scoring three runs in the top half of the ninth to take their first and only lead of the game and came away with their third straight win as they dropped the Gatemen (12-25-1) at Spillane Field. The win puts Falmouth just one game back of the first place Braves in the West. Matt Hollenbeck (Georgetown) came away with the win throwing one inning of scoreless ball while allowing just one hit and striking out a pair. Garrett Cleavinger (Oregon) picked up the save punching out three in the ninth while walking one. Conner Hale (LSU) had a stunning night for Falmouth finishing 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and three RBI. Matt Eureste (San Jacinto) chipped in on offense going 2-for-4 and scoring twice to go along with a solo shot. Jose Cuas (Maryland) stood out offensively for the Gatemen driving in a pair of runs and swiping a bag. Kramer Robertson (LSU) tallied a pair of hits to finish 2-for-4 with two runs scored.