Chatham started the season by winning 9 of their first 10 games. Prior to their game last night, the Anglers won only 5 of their next 15. Now it is Bourne who is scuffling after a hot stretch. The Braves recently won 8 of 9 but are now on a 4 game losing streak after their 5-4 setback at the hands of Falmouth last night. Hunter Morris (Auburn) led the Commodore attack, going 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. His fourth homerun of the year, a solo shot in the eighth inning, proved to be the difference in this one. Despite the win, Falmouth remains in last place in the West with 17 pts. Bourne looks to get back on track when they host Hyannis this evening.
Second place Wareham was not able to gain ground on Bourne as the Gatemen fell to Brewster, 5-1. The Whitecaps tagged Wareham starter Matt Barnes (UConn) for 6 hits and 4 runs in the first 4 innings and cruised to victory. The big story in this game is the quality pitching performances that Brewster received from two new arrivals. Starter Nathan Baker (Mississippi) went 4 innings and allowed just one run on 3 hits. He was followed to the mound by Caleb Cotham who tossed 3 innings of one-hit shutout ball. Baker recently arrived on the Cape and prior to last night, had only pitched one inning for Brewster. He started 7 games and made 20 appearances in his junior season for the Rebels, going 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA. Baker, who pitched in Bourne last summer, was a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in last month's MLB draft. Cotham made his 2009 debut and picked up the win. The righthander from Vanderbilt was taken in the fifth round of this year's draft by the New York Yankees. Cotham was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA while earning All Star honors with Brewster last year. Brewster pitchers have struggled this year, but the Whitecaps staff should get a big boost with the addition of Baker and Cotham. Brewster has won two in a row and looks to add to that when they host Orleans this afternoon. The Firebirds have taken 3 of the first 4 games between the two teams.
Wareham has struggled to a Major League Soccer-type record of 0-3-3 in their last 6 games. The Gatemen finish up their 7 games in 5 days stretch with a doubleheader at Harwich today.
Coming off a ten game stretch that saw Cotuit go 1-8-1, the Kettleers have rebounded to go 2-0-2 in their last 4 games. Backed by a complete game, 6 hit, no walk effort by North Carolina State's Jake Buchanan, Cotuit rolled over Orleans, 6-2. A four run second inning, highlighted by a two-run homerun by Cory Vaughn (San Diego State), gave Buchanan an early cushion. Vaughn's blast was the fifth homer given up by Orleans starter Matt Hiserman this year. The Kettleers had some fun on the basepaths totaling 7 stolen bases, with 6 of the swipes coming in the sixth and seventh innings.
After a ninth inning comeback fell just short in a 4-3 loss to Hyannis on Monday, the Anglers put together a solid effort and beat the Mets last night, 4-2. Rick Oropesa (USC) and Steven Brooks (Wake Forest) each doubled in runs to stake Baylor's Shawn Tolleson to a 2-0 lead. The Mets scored two in the fourth to tie the game but Chatham put the game away in the seventh on another run-scoring double by Brooks, who later scored on a wild pitch. Tolleson pitched 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits and both of the Mets runs. Fireballing Jesse Hahn (Virginia Tech) took over in the seventh and retired all 7 batters he faced. Hahn has not given up an earned run this year and has allowed just one hit in 9.1 innings of work. Russell Brewer (Vanderbilt) came on with one out in the ninth and retired the next two Mets batters to record the save against his old team. Brewer now has 6 saves for the season. Notre Dame punter/pitcher Eric Maust took the loss for Hyannis.
Hoping to go to the first game of the doubleheader in Harwich to see Arkansas' Brett Eibner pitch for Wareham before taking the short drive over to Chatham to see Logan Verrett (Baylor) and the Anglers take on Falmouth. Eibner and Verrett are listed as "probables" but we'll have to wait and see.