Braves Win First; Harbor Hawks Soar

by Dave B.

    After starting the season 0-6-1, the Bourne Braves broke into the "W" column with a 4-2 win over Brewster.  Andrew Ravel (Kent St.) had another strong start, working 4.2 innings while giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, and did not walk a batter.  Ravel struck out 6 Whitecaps and lowered his ERA to 0.93.  Nick Jensen-Clagg, entered in relief of his college teammate and picked up the win by tossing 4.1 innings of perfect relief, striking out 8 of those 13 batters.    

    After Bourne put runners on base in the 8th via an error and hit-batter, Vince Fernandez' (Cal-Riverside) 2-RBI single broke a 2-2 tie.  Nick Solak (Louisville), playing in his first game for the Braves, had a run-scoring single and double.

    Toby Handley (Stony Brook) had two hits for Brewster and is batting .462.

    In a game that was played in a crisp 2:05, Falmouth nipped Wareham, 1-0.  The loss was the fourth straight for the Gatemen.  Alex Phillips (San Jacinto Coll.) started for Falmouth and gave up just 2 hits and one walk in 5 innings.  Sean Gustin (Holy Cross) earned the win, allowing just one walk in 2 innings and Wyatt Short (Mississippi) picked up the save in his first appearance for the Commodores, striking out 3 over the last 2 innings.

    The Commodores only had two hits in the game but the timing was right as they both came in the 7th inning when JB Woodman (Mississippi) doubled to lead off the inning and Heath Quinn (Samford) followed with a single to provide all the offense the Commodores would need.

    Wareham starter Zac Houston (Mississippi State) pitched very well in defeat, facing just one batter over the minimum (walk) in 5 innings.  Houston struck out 9.

    Orleans beat Yarmouth-Dennis for the third time in the young season, this time by a score of 5-1.  The Firebirds have outscored the Red Sox 24-4 in their meetings.  In a scheduling quirk, these teams meet again tonight at Red Wilson Field.  

    Bryson Brigman (San Diego) homered and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) hit his league-leading fourth homerun, a two-run shot, to pace the Orleans offense.  

    Y-D out-hit Orleans, 8-5, but couldn't get a key hit and ended up leaving 14 runners on base.  Brandon Bailey (Gonzaga) gave up 5 runs in 5.1 innings of work.

    Cavan Biggio's (Notre Dame) RBI-triple tied the game in the 7th inning and Sheldon Neuse (Oklahoma) followed with a single to score Biggio with what would prove to be the winning run as Harwich tripped Chatham, 4-3.  Four Harwich relievers combined to shutout the Anglers over the final 4 innings.  An infield hit and two walks loaded the bases for Chatham in the 9th but Luke Scherzer (Virginia Tech) struck out Aaron Knapp to end the threat. 

    Harwich swept the 6-game season series with Chatham last year and has now taken 11 of the last 13 meetings between the teams, going back to 2013.

    Hyannis has won 5 in a row and pushed their league-best record to 7-1 with last night's 7-3  win over Cotuit.  Jacob Noll (Florida Gulf Coast) had 3 RBI in the game and has 8 RBI in the last 3 games after driving in 5 in the Harbor Hawks doubleheader sweep of Brewster on Sunday.  JaVon Shelby (Kentucky) had 2 hits, scored twice, and added an RBI for Hyannis.  Michael King (Boston College) earned the win, working 5 shutout innings and allowing just 2 hits and one walk while striking out 5.

    Kettleers starter Matthew Milburn (Wofford) took the loss despite giving up just 2 unearned runs on 5 hits without walking a batter over 6 innings.