Nightly Round-Up: August 4, 2014

Brewster 2, Harwich 11

With half of the Brewster Whitecaps (17-25-2) position players out of the lineup, having left the Cape to return to school, it was up to the pitching staff to take to the field to fight for the playoff spot. Just one point ahead of the Chatham Anglers, the fate was entirely in their hands – a win would secure the spot and the outcome of the Anglers-Firebirds match up would be inconsequential. Unfortunately, the Whitecaps were held to just three hits on the night as they were defeated by the Harwich Mariners (26-16-2) 12-2 at Whitehouse Field. While Harwich worked their way through nearly their entire roster, they recorded 15 hits on the night, including a triple from C.J. Hinojasa (Texas Austin) and a 2-for-3 night with three runs scored from Joe McCarthy (Virginia). Danny Zardon (LSU) was one of three players to notch two RBI on the night, along with teammates Ian Happ (Cincinnati) and Skye Bolt (North Carolina Chapel Hill). For the Brewster bullpen, many having their first at bats of the summer, things were a little quieter – though Kenneth Oakley (Nevada Las Vegas) pulled double duty, starting on the mound and as designated hitter for the Whitecaps. Despite the loss, Brewster secured a playoff spot as the Chatham Anglers fell to the Orleans Firebirds 12-7.

Falmouth 4, Cotuit 2

The Falmouth Commodores improve to 25-17-1 on the season with the 4-2 victory over the Cotuit Kettleers (18-24-1) at Lowell Park Monday night. Kevin Newman (Arizona) proved why he’s the reigning Thurman Munson Batting Champion, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and one RBI for the Commodores. Matt Hollenbeck (Georgetown) started things off on the mound for Falmouth, pitching four complete innings while tallying five Ks, but it was Ryan Moseley (Texas Tech) who got the win posting two strikeouts in two innings of relief without allowing any hits or runs. After a two-run third for the Commodores, the Kettleers never trailed by less than two, despite a solo home run from Logan Taylor (Texas A&M) in the bottom of the inning to get things going for the home team. Home runs were the way to go for the Kettleers as the only other run of the night for Cotuit came in the eighth off a solo shot from Ian Rice (Chipola).

Y-D 3, Hyannis 2

The Red Sox (24-19-1) closed out the regular season with a win over the Harbor Hawks (19-24-1) by scoring a late run in the top of the eighth to regain the lead in a 2-2 tie and come away victorious. Y-D came into the night jockeying for seeding with the second place Firebirds. However, a win by Orleans on Monday as well guaranteed that the Sox would finish the season as the three seed in the East. Josh Staumont (Azusa Pacific) picked up his second win of the season striking out both batters that he faced in his 0.2 inning stint. Dimitri Kourtis (Mercer) came on to close the door tossing 1.2 innings of one-hit ball while striking out a pair to collect his fifth save of the year. Brennan Lund (BYU) and Marcus Mastrobuoni (California St. Stanislaus) were each 1-for-4 with a run driven in. Andrew Stevenson (LSU) and Nico Giarratano (San Francisco) were each 2-for-4 to lead the team in hits. Donnie Dewees Jr. (North Florida) ended his 2014 regular season campaign on a strong note continuing to impress as he finished 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run driven in for Hyannis. Nick Bates (St. Louis) had a solid start on the mound for the Hawks tossing 4.2 innings and allowing just one earned on two hits while striking out four to come away with the no decision.

Bourne 5, Wareham 0

The Braves (27-15-1) picked up their third straight win and cemented their place as the 2014 CCBL regular season champions. The second place Mariners also won on the night, but with Bourne staying hot, Harwich would have to settle for the second best regular season record. On the other end, the last place Gatemen (14-27-2) dropped yet another game in what has been a disappointing season. Max Knutson (Nebraska Lincoln) picked up the win in his first appearance of the season tossing two scoreless innings in the fourth and the fifth and striking out one. All-star Richard Martin Jr. (Florida) added on to his fantastic season going 4-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base. The perfect night at the plate raises his average to an incredible .358. All-star teammate Mark Laird (LSU) was 3-for-4 on the night with a double a run scored and an RBI. Gavin Collins (Mississippi St.) finished 1-for-3 going yard and driving in a pair. Kramer Roberston (LSU) was the lone multi-hit performer for the Gatemen going 2-for-4.

Orleans 12, Chatham 7

With the Whitecaps losing a pivotal game to the Mariners, all the Anglers (17-26-1) had to do was defeat the Firebirds (24-18-2) to reach the postseason. However, Chatham, losers of four straight, got ice cold at the absolute worst time and have now seen their 2014 campaign come to a close in disappointing fashion. Meanwhile, with the win Orleans was able to fend off the Red Sox and solidify the second seed in the East. Sam Moore (California Irvine) picked up the win starting the Birds off on the right foot with two innings pitched and one earned run. Orleans looked to a combination of six different relief pitchers to maintain the lead. David Thompson (Miami) led the offensive charge for the Firebirds going 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, a run driven in and two stolen bases. David Fletcher (Loyola Marymount) was 3-for-5 scoring four times and stealing a bag. Geoff DeGroot (UMass Lowell), Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) and Dathan Prewett (Walters St. CC) each collected a pair of hits for Orleans. Ty Moore (UCLA) was the catalyst for the Anglers finishing 4-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Chris Shaw (Boston College) hit his league-best eighth home run of the season and drove in three RBI.

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