A 5-run eighth inning powered Harwich to a 7-2 win over Orleans yesterday at Eldredge Park. Ryan Lindemuth (William & Mary) homered and drove in 3 runs to pace the Mariners offense. Harwich starter Nick Howard (Virginia), making his first appearance on the hill this summer, pitched 5.2 innings, allowed 6 hits, and did not issue a walk. Howard struck out 8. Michael Costello (Radford) earned the win after relieving Howard in the sixth. Costello retired 10 straight batters after walking the first batter he faced. Harwich's Aaron Barbosa (Northeastern) went 3-for-5 in the game and now leads the league with a .424 avg. Mark Zagunis and Brendon Hayden, teammates at Virginia Tech, each went 2 for 4 and drove in a run for the Mariners.
Josh Sborz (Virginia) pitched well for Orleans, giving up just 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk in 5 innings of work. Orleans got 2 shutout innings of relief from Vanderbilt lefty Jared Miller and the game moved to the eighth, tied at 2. Jeremy Rhoades (Illinois State) did not fare well after taking over for Miller to start the eighth. Rhoades gave up 4 hits and a walk while recording just one out as Harwich scored 5 times to put the game out of reach.
Greg Allen (San Diego St.) had two hits and drove in a run, and Duke's Chris Marconcini had the other RBI for the Firebirds.
With their sixth win in 7 games, Harwich moves to 8-4 and sits in first place in the East, one point ahead of Chatham. The Mariners host the Anglers tonight. Orleans falls to 6-6 and travels to Yarmouth-Dennis this evening.
NOTES: Harwich released Costello a few hours after his stellar relief outing.
After their 4-3 win over Bourne on Tuesday, West Division leader Hyannis is now 6-0 in one-run games.
Falmouth is the only team in the league that has not been shutout.
Florida State's Demetrius Stewart hit a two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for Y-D as the Red Sox tied Chatham, 5-5, on Tuesday. Yesterday, Stewart received an invitation to participate in the College Home Run Derby at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha on July 3. The event will be televised on ESPN on July 4 at 8 p.m. Clemson's Garrett Boulware and Virginia's Kenny Towns have also been announced as participants in this event. Over the next few days, there will be 5 more players picked to go to Omaha. Expect a couple of them to be players who are presently playing in the CCBL.
Here's a fun fact with a Cape League tie-in.... On May 19, 2008, Minnesota hosted Texas. With the score tied at 6-6 in the 10th inning, the Twins changed their lineup by moving DH Brendan Harris to the infield. That move cost the Twins the use of the DH spot for the rest of the game. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire was forced to send pitcher Bobby Korecky up to bat in the 11th inning. Korecky got a hit, then went out a and pitched a scoreless 12th inning and got credit for the win when the Twins scored in the home half of that inning, winning the game, 7-6. Korecky became the first Twins pitcher to get a hit in an American League game in the 25 years since the implementation of the DH rule in 1973. Korecky pitched for Chatham in 2000 and Yarmouth-Dennis in 2001.