Day 49: Tight in the West

by Dave B. in

Things just got tighter in the Western Division. Fourth place Bourne nipped Falmouth while Cotuit clobbered Hyannis. With those results, Falmouth (41 pts.) maintains their 3 point lead on second place Hyannis. The Mets now share the second spot with Cotuit, both with 38 pts. Bourne (37 pts.) is only one point in back of the Mets and Kettleers.  Bourne 5; Falmouth 4. The Commodores jumped on Braves starter Nick McCully (Coastal Carolina) for 3 runs in the top of the first. McCully settled down after that as he limited Falmouth to only 3 hits and one run over the next 6 innings that he worked. The Braves wasted little time chiping away at Falmouth's lead as Ross Wilson (Alabama) put the Braves on the board with a homerun in the second inning. Bourne tied the game in the fourth on a walk and 3 hits while being aided by 2 of the 4 errors Falmouth made on the night. Falmouth came right back to re-take the lead in the fifth. The inning started with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners over, an infield single off the bat of Trevor Coleman (Missouri) scored the go-ahead run. An error loaded the bases but McCully struckout Brian Fletcher (Auburn) to limit the damage. Bourne tied the game again in the sixth on an RBI single by Brandon Bantz (Dallas Baptist). Jonathan Kountis (Ohio Dominican) came on to pitch for Falmouth in the seventh. After issuing a walk to Wilson, Stephen Batts (East Carolina) doubled to left. Kountis then threw a wild pitch to score Wilson with what would prove to be the winning run. With David Erickson (UConn) pitching, Falmouth threatened in the top of the eighth. Ryan Jones (Wichita State) singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Erickson reached back to strikeout Michael Thomas (Southern) and Brandon Macias (Southern Mountain Comm. Coll.) to end Falmouth's last threat. Eric Pettis (UC-Irvine) pitched a perfect ninth to record his sixth save.

Cotuit 12; Hyannis 2. Backed by a 10 hit, complete game effort by Seth Blair (Arizona State), the Kettleers romped over the Mets. Blair rebounded from his poor performance in the All Star game five days earlier. Cotuit already held a 4-0 lead when they scored 5 more in the fifth to put this one away. Joey Lewis (Georgia) hit a homerun in the onslaught. Mets pitching gave up 13 hits, issued 5 walks, hit 2 batters and threw 2 wild pitches. These teams are tied for second place in the West and they play each other at Lowell Park next Wednesday.

Wareham 3; Orleans 1. In a fog-shortened, 5 inning game, last place Wareham beat first place Orleans. Kipp Schutz (Indiana) and Cole Leonida (Georgia Tech) hit homeruns in the fourth inning to beat the Cardinals and the elements. Leonida's homerun was a two-run shot. In the home half of the fifth, Orleans strung together four hits to score a run and had the bases loaded with no outs when Jimmy Saris (Georgetown) relieved Gatemen starter Matt Bashore (Indiana). Saris proceeded to retire the next three batters, two by strikeout, to end the threat. Orleans ended July with a 17-5-2 record. Wareham kept their faint playoff hopes alive as they trail the second place teams by 7 points with only 6 games left on their schedule.

Y-D 5; Brewster 4. Brewster's bullpen let another one get away as Y-D scored 3 runs in the seventh inning. The Whitecaps took a 3-1 lead into the sixth when Andy Wilkins (Arkansas) homered to get the Red Sox within one. In the seventh, D'Angelo Mack's (South Carolina) single tied the game and Jeff Rutledge (Alabama) singled home the go-ahead run. Tyler Marmion's (San Diego State) single to left gave Y-D a 5-3 lead. Marmion's hit proved to be important as Brewster scored to pull within one in the ninth inning. Brewster had the bases loaded when Mike Belfiore (Boston College) got Jim Klocke (Southeast Missouri) to hit a ground ball to shortstop to end the game.

Chatham @ Harwich Postponed. The game at Whitehouse Field between the Mariners and A's was postponed due to fog in the third inning with Chatham holding a 3-0 lead. The game will now be played at 2:00 on Monday. After that game, Chatham will head home to Veterans Field to host Cotuit at 7:00.