Harwich 6, Orleans 3
In potentially the biggest game of the regular season, the Mariners (23-15-2) beat the Firebirds (22-16-2) at their own park, and with Y-D losing as well, retook sole possession of first place in the East Division. In a unique twist, all nine total runs were scored in just three innings and in the same method, two runs in the top half for Harwich and a run in the bottom half for Orleans. Despite only two of his runs being earned, All-Star Kolton Mahoney (BYU) was saddled with the loss as all six Mariners’ runs came across while he was on the mound. Conversely, Jon Harris (Missouri St.) got the win, even though he allowed more earned runs than his opponent. However, Harris and his relief, Jonathan Frebis (Middle Tennessee St.), did succeed in preventing the big game from anyone in the Orleans lineup, as no player had a multi-hit or multi-RBI game. The star at the plate for Harwich was Joe McCarthy (Virginia), who went 2-for-4 with a double, a run, and three RBIs. Matt Gonzalez (Georgia Tech) was also a key contributor, as he got the scoring started in the first with a two-run single. Overall, the Firebirds never really posed a threat throughout the contest, and the Mariners have now secured the best position to be atop the standings when the season ends on Sunday.
Chatham 6, Y-D 5
The Anglers (17-22-1) not only did themselves a favor by increasing their playoff likelihood with a win, but also helped out the Mariners by taking down the red-hot Red Sox (23-17), who slipped back into second place in the East. Y-D did try to mount a comeback, after cutting the deficit from 5-2 after three innings to 6-4 after six innings and then coming within one run of tying it up in the ninth, but they fell just short. The teams both had nine hits, but Chatham was simply more efficient and made life difficult for Y-D starter Kevin Duchene (Illinois). Both Chris Shaw (Boston College) and Bryant Burleson (Texas Tech) went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI in the winning effort. The Red Sox could not find similar output from anyone in their lineup, as Derek Atkinson (San Francisco) was the only player with a multi-hit game and a run scored. The upset is hard to swallow for Y-D, but for Chatham, the win and a Brewster late-game collapse that led to a tie have solidified their position as the fourth and final East playoff team with just four games left.
Falmouth 5, Bourne 3
Kevin Mcanna (Rice) worked his way out of two bases loaded situations to help the Falmouth Commodores (23-16-1) come away with the 5-3 win over the Bourne Braves (24-15-1) at Doran Park Wednesday night. The Commodores starting things off early, posting two runs in the first on a RBI triple from Connor Hale (LSU) and a RBI base hit from Boomer White (Texas A&M). But the Braves fought back in the bottom half of the inning loading the bases on a leadoff single from Richie Martin Jr (Florida), a walk, and another base hit. Though they threatened, Bourne was kept off the scoreboard with back-to-back strikeouts from Mcanna on the mound. The Braves pulled within two in the eighth with a fielding error and a RBI ground out from Jason Delay (Vanderbilt), but even a home run in the bottom of the ninth from Blake Davey (UConn) couldn’t topple the Commodores. Falmouth worked through five pitchers total, Matt Eckelman (St Louis) tallied the save pitching 1.1 innings and striking out one.
Wareham 6, Brewster 6
Ten innings was not enough to decide this one as the last place Gatemen (13-25-2) battled to a tie with the last place Whitecaps (14-24-2). Blake Lacey (USC) was the hits leader for the Gatemen going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Nick Halamandaris (UC Berkeley) led the team with two RBI and finished 2-for-5 with a triple and a run scored. Corey Ray (Louisville) and Charlie Warren (Rice) each had a pair of hits to go 2-for-4 with a run scored apiece. John Sansone (Florida St.) led the charge for the Whitecaps finishing 2-for-5 with a double and a pair of runs driven in. Andrew Lee (Tennessee) went 2-for-5 with a double, a pair of runs scored and one knocked in while Justin Montemayor (Houston) chipped in with a pair of hits and a run scored.
Cotuit 12, Hyannis 10
The Kettleers (17-22-1) outlasted the Harbor Hawks (18-22) in an offensive showdown that featured 28 hits and 22 runs. The go-ahead run came in the top half of the ninth inning and was unearned. Adam Whitt (Nevada) picked up the win pitching the eighth and ninth innings and allowing no runs while striking out three. Lance Thonvold (Minnesota) was saddled with the loss allowing two unearned runs in the ninth. Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) was the offensive catalyst for Cotuit finishing 4-for-5 with a double, three runs scored and a pair of runs batted in. Tres Barrera (Texas) and Jackson Glines (Michigan) each chipped in with a pair of runs batted in. Carl Wise (Charleston) was impressive for Hyannis going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBI. Teammate John La Prise (Virginia) was also a top contributor for the Hawks going 2-for-4 with three RBI to raise his season average to an eye-popping .438. Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) and Dylan Bosheers (Tennessee Tech) each collected three hits for Hyannis.