Talk about winning in dramatic fashion. Host Harwich trailed Hyannis, 3-0, heading to the bottom of the ninth before North Carolina State's Pratt Maynard cracked a grandslam homerun, earning the Mariners a 4-3 victory. Harbor Hawks starter Tyler Ray (Troy) cruised through eight innings, allowing only two hits and no walks, while striking out 6. After striking out Aaron Conway to begin the ninth, Ray gave up a double to Ronnie Richardson. After looking at two strikes, Taylor Dugas worked the count full before getting hit by a pitch. Hyannis skipper Chad Gassman summoned Dallas Gallant from the bullpen to quell the uprising. Gallant had been lights-out coming out of the pen. In nine appearances this year, Gallant had 2 wins and 7 saves to his credit. On this night, Levi Michael greeted him with a single to load the bases. Gallant's record of near-perfection came to a crashing halt when Maynard homered on the first pitch that he saw. The suddenness of the turnaround made this a stunning loss for Hyannis and a big win and huge emotional lift for Harwich.
The Harbor Hawks jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Dan Sheppard in the fourth. They increased their lead to 3-0 an inning later on a single up the middle by Cam Seitzer.
Tennessee's Will Locante relieved starter Mike Wright (East Carolina) to start the sixth and pitched 4 innings of shutout ball to allow the Mariners to get to the ninth, setting the stage for Maynard's heroics.
Harwich's win, combined with Chatham losing this evening, allows the Mariners to move past Chatham for third place in the East. Harwich now has 26 points, one more than the Anglers. This was the fourth and final regular season meeting between these teams with Harwich winning the series, 3 games to one. Hyannis will look to bounce back when they host Bourne at McKeon Park tomorrow at 7:00. Harwich will attempt to put a dent in Anthony Ranaudo's record when they hop over to Brewster for a 5:00 game tomorrow.
Even though it is just past the halfway mark, two Eastern division teams wrapped up their regular season series over at Red Wilson Field where the host Red Sox beat the Firebirds, 3-2. Y-D took the series from Orleans, 4 games to 2.
Y-D jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning on the strength of a two-run homerun by Stuart Ijames. The blast was Ijames second in two nights. Y-D bumped their lead to 3-0 an inning later on a Matt Jensen single. Orleans' Shon Roe drove home Jayce Boyd in the fourth to score the Firebirds first run of the game. Orleans had a chance to do some damage in the eighth when Boyd and Steve Selsky singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. Preston Tucker hit into a 4-6-3 doubleplay with Boyd scoring on the play to cut the lead to 3-2.
Red Sox reliever Gabriel Shaw retired the first two batters in the ninth, but Orleans refused to go down quietly. Kolten Wong and Matt Newman singled to give the Firebirds hope, but Shaw retired Riccio Torrez on a groundball to end the game.
Tyler Hanover, Jensen and Ijames all had two hits for Y-D. Wong and Newman had three hits in the losing cause. Orleans stranded 10 runners on base.Y-D starter Tanner Poppe (Kansas) was credited with the win, even though he only lasted 4 innings. Firebirds starter Matt Sisto (Hawaii) took the loss after giving up 8 hits in 4.2 innings.
Tucker, who batted .331 with 11 HR and 49 RBI for Florida this spring, continues to struggle on the Cape. He is now 3 for 39 (.077) with no homeruns and just 3 RBI.
The Red Sox continue to put the pressure on Brewster in the race for first place in the East. Y-D's 32 pts. leaves them 4 pts. behind the Whitecaps. Orleans falls to 11-15 and remains in last place in the East, but they are only 3 pts. behind Chatham. Y-D and Orleans are on the road on Thursday. The Red Sox travel to Chatham while the Firebirds take on Harwich. Both games are at 7:00.
In the previously mentioned game in Chatham, the Anglers fell to Wareham, 4-1, in a rain-shortened affair. This game was originally scheduled as the second game of a doubleheader back on June 27. That game was eventually fogged-out.
The Gatemen wasted no time jumping on Anglers starter Marc Zecchino (Virginia Tech) for a run in the first when Jonathan Smith singled, stole second and scored on a hit by Max Muncy. Chatham tied it in the second on Mark Ginther's second homerun of the summer. Wareham wasted little time retaking the lead and they used a familiar recipe to do so. In the third, John Andreoli singled, stole second and came around to score on a basehit by Tony Caldwell. An RBI fielder's choice by Andreoli pushed across another run for the Gatemen in the fourth. Joe Zimmerman's wild pitch scored LJ Mazzilli in the sixth to account for the final score.
Georgia Tech's Jed Bradley pitched all six innings for Wareham to even his record at 2-2 while lowering his ERA to 1.95. Bradley gave up just 4 hits while striking out 7 and not walking a batter.
The game was called after Wareham batted in the 7th inning.
Wareham improves to 10-15-1 and their 21 pts. put them just 1 point behind Falmouth and Hyannis in the West. After starting the season 7-2-1, the Anglers now sit at .500 with a record of 12-12-1. Wareham plays at Cotuit at 5:00 tomorrow while Chatham goes to Falmouth for a 7:00 start.
CodBall will be covering the Falmouth @ Wareham game this Friday (7/16) and the Chatham @ Y-D and Brewster @ Harwich games on Saturday (7/17).