Cotuit 8, Hyannis 0
The Kettleers (18-22-1) moved into third place in the West Division with an 8-0 win over the Harbor Hawks (18-23) Thursday night at Lowell Park. The two teams squared off for the final time in the regular season splitting the overall record 3-3. The Kettleers scored all but one of their eight runs in the first two innings of play as Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) started things off early with a lead off triple. All but one Kettleer notched a hit with Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) and Jackson Glines (Michigan) leading the offense. Fisher finished the night going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI with two runs scored while Glines tallied the best line of the night for Cotuit going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Despite the loss, Nick Bates (St. Louis) recored six strikeouts while only allowing two runs in 4.2 innings on the mound for the Harbor Hawks. Jeff Kinley (Michigan St) picked up the win for the Kettleers as he fanned three in six complete innings, only allowing four hits.
Harwich 10, Chatham 0
The Mariners (24-15-2) continue to march towards the playoffs, as they made easy work of the Anglers (17-23-1) and now hold a confident two game lead over Orleans and Y-D in the East. After the first four innings yielded just four total hits, Harwich began their offensive surge in the fifth with a solo home run from Sal Annunziata (Seton Hall). It was the first of two for the Home Run Derby champ, as he came back in the sixth with a two-run shot to make it 3-0 Mariners. The seventh inning was the death stroke, as Harwich piled on seven runs on five hits to take an unassailable 9-0 lead. Annunziata’s two home runs helped him lead the team with three RBIs, but he also scored four runs on top of that. C.J. Hinojosa (Texas) also had a couple RBIs and a run scored, while Skye Bolt (UNC) drove in three runs of his own. On the mound, Robby Kalaf (Florida Intl) was lights-out, throwing five shutout innings, giving up just three hits and striking out six Anglers. His bullpen did just as well, combining for four scoreless innings and just two hits. It was a tough day for Chatham, as it has been all season against Harwich, who swept the season series with the win. The Anglers have still not clinched a playoff spot, and with three game to go, all of which come against stronger competition, their game and half lead over Brewster is looking precarious. Meanwhile, the Mariners can clinch the top seed in the East with a win over the Red Sox on Friday night.
Bourne 6, Orleans 2
The Firebirds (22-17-2) have now lost three straight, after falling at the hands of the West-leading Braves (25-15-1), and now see their division title hopes out of their control, as Harwich can clinch with a win over Y-D in their next game. Bourne meanwhile are doing their best to hold onto their top spot and hold off the streaking Commodores. They currently hold just a game lead over Falmouth, after months of having the first place spot on lockdown. They helped themselves out with the win, as Jimmy Herget (South Florida) was outstanding in his start, giving up just one hit over six shutout innings and striking out seven. Orleans failed to score until the eighth inning when they added two, but it was too little, too late at that point. Bourne scored a run in each of their first three innings and in each of their last three innings to keep the pressure on the visitors throughout. Blake Davey (UConn) led the way, going 2-for-4 with a home run, and Zander Wiel (Vanderbilt) chipped in two RBIs.
Brewster 14, Y-D 3
The Whitecaps (15-24-2) surprised the Red Sox (23-18) at Red Wilson Field bringing out the bats and sending the Sox to their second straight loss. The loss, coupled with Harwich’s second straight win, puts Y-D two games out of first in the East with just three games left in the regular season. Andrew Lee (Tennessee) got Brewster off on the right foot tossing six innings of shutout baseball en-route to the win. The Whitecaps got the majority of their offense from a pair of bats. Zach Gibbons (Arizona) was outstanding as he finished 4-for-5 with a home run, a pair of runs scored and an incredible seven runs driven in. Meanwhile, teammate Kyle Overstreet (Alabama) had a game-high five hits and ended up 5-for-6 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Gio Brusa (Pacific) only had one hit, but made the best of it by going yard for the fifth time this season and driving in three runs. Bradon Bishop (Washington) was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a stolen base while John Sansone (Florida St.) was 2-for-5 with three runs scored and a swiped bag. Nico Giarratano (San Francisco) stood out for the Red Sox finishing a team-high 3-for-4 with a run scored.
Falmouth 11, Wareham 2
The Commodores (24-16-1) continued their push in the West as they kept pace with the winning Braves and dropped the Gatemen (13-26-2) to remain just one game out of first in the division. All-star Alex Young (TCU) maintained a perfect record (3-0) as he picked up the win going seven innings allowing just one earned and striking out 10 Gatemen. Conner Hale (LSU), also an all-star, paced the Falmouth offense going 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored and three RBI. Boomer White (TCU), Nicholas Ramos (Indiana) and Sam Gillikin (Auburn) each chipped in with a pair of RBI for the Commodores. Nick Halamandaris (UC Berkeley) and John Bormann (Texas San Antonio) led the way on offense for Wareham as the team’s only multi-hit performers at two apiece. Willie Calhoun (Arizona) and Danny Rosenbaum (Louisville) drove in the Gatemen’s only runs with one each.