Nightly Round-Up: July 29, 2014

YD 5, Orleans 3

In a big-time win, the Red Sox (23-16) struggled early on leaving runners on base, but turned it around in the fourth to take the 5-3 win over the Firebirds (22-15-2) at Red Wilson Field. Six Red Sox had multi hit nights, including A.J. Simcox (Tennessee) who went 3-for-4 on the night and Nico Giarrantano (San Francisco) went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs in the fifth. But it was Josh Lester (Missouri) with the big hit of the night – a two-run single to break the 1-1 tie in the fourth. Lester hit 2-for-4 for the Red Sox. On the other side of things, RJ Ybarra (Arizona St) was the only Firebird to have a multi-hit night, going 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the sixth. Cody Poteet (UCLA) ended his 2014 season with the CCBL on a high note, tallying eight strikeouts in eight innings pitched in his final start for the Red Sox. The Y-D pitching only got better from there, as Phil Bickford (Cal St Fullerton) retired the side in the ninth. With the win and the Harwich loss, the Red Sox again have created a three-way tie atop the East Division.

Wareham 3, Harwich 2

In an unlikely outcome, the Gatemen (13-25-1) topped the Mariners (22-15-2), who missed their opportunity to take sole possession of first in the East. Zach Erwin (Clemson) suffered from a rarely-seen poor outing on Tuesday, as he was left in just a bit too long and gave up all three runs in the fifth and sixth innings. John Bormann (UTSA) was the hero, as he scored the first run and the drove in the winning two runs. Ian Happ (Cincinnati) was similarly the sole provider of offense, as he drove in all of Harwich’s runs with an RBI triple in the sixth. It wasn’t enough though, as the one-run margin proved to be all Wareham needed to get the win. Their playoff chances may be slim, but their still statistically alive. On the other side, the Mariners now find themselves in the midst of a three-team battle for the top spot in the division.

Brewster 12, Chatham 7 (8)

The Whitecaps (14-24-1) continue to do all they can in their late pursuit of a playoff berth, as they defeated the fourth-place Anglers (16-22-1) to pull within two games of a postseason spot. Brewster scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, and held a commanding 11-4 lead after the fifth. Chatham would go on to score three runs in the final two innings (the game was called for darkness after eight), but it wasn’t enough to catch up. A.J. Murray (Georgia Tech) did his best in the losing effort, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs, including his sixth home run of the season. On the winning side, Bradon Bishop (Washington) led the way, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a pair driven in, while John Sansone (Florida St.) was also on his game, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Sansone and Luke Lowery (ECU) each had a home run, and six Whitecaps had at least one RBI in the game. Brewster has been playing their best baseball of the season of late, and may just sneak into the playoffs after all if they can keep it going.

Bourne 7, Cotuit 1

The first place Braves (24-14-1) scored a barrage of runs late in this one to send the Kettleers (16-22-1) to their fourth straight loss. Andrew Sopko (Gonzaga) tossed five innings of shutout ball while striking out three to pick up the win. Mark Laird (LSU) was the catalyst on offense finishing a double shy of the cycle to go 3-for-5 and drive in four runs. Blake Davey (Connecticut), Brett Sullivan (Pacific) and Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) all had a multi-hit night and knocked home a run. Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) stood out for the Kettleers going a perfect 3-for-3.

Hyannis 7, Falmouth 4

The Commodores (22-16-1) fell behind by seven and rallied back with four runs in the final two innings, but it was too little, too late to stop the Harbor Hawks (18-21) who have now won their third straight. Marc Brakeman (Stanford) was impressive on the hill going a strong six innings and allowing no runs while striking out nine Commodores to collect the win. Ian Gibaut (Tulane) came on to record the final two outs with a pair of strikeouts to come away with the save. Sam Haggerty (New Mexico) led the charge for Hyannis going 1-for-3 with a stolen base and driving in a team-high two runs. Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) led the team in hits going 3-for-5 while swiping a pair of bags to give him a total of 15 on the season. Connor Hale (LSU) was terrific offensively for Falmouth going 3-for-5 and driving in three runs.

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