Firebirds Top Red Sox Again

by Dave B.

    After beating Yarmouth-Dennis for the fourth time this season, Orleans has now won four in a row overall and is tied with Hyannis at 7-2 for the league's best record.  The Firebirds entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead but the Red Sox pushed across 3 runs and had a runner on third when Jason Harper (Southern Connecticut State) induced Ryan Noda to ground out and end the game. 

    Bryson Brigman (San Diego) had 3 hits and a RBI, Kyle Lewis (Mercer) contributed 2 hits and scored twice, and Bobby Dalbec (Arizona) scored twice to lead the Orleans offense. Relievers Parker Bean (Liberty), Sean Watkins (Loyola Marymount) and Joe Ryan (Cal. St. Northridge) each pitched a shutout inning to keep Y-D off the board from the sixth through the eighth inning.

    Y-D had plenty of opportunities.  The Red Sox garnered 8 hits, walked 4 times, and the Orleans defense contributed 4 errors, but the Red Sox left 10 runners on base.  With 3 more hits last night, Donnie Walton remains hot for the Red Sox, and is batting .323. 

    Orleans has now outscored Y-D, 28-4, in their 4 matchups.

    Harwich continues to feast on their neighbors from Chatham.  The Mariners shutout the Anglers, 4-0, and have now won 12 of their last 14 meetings going back to 2013 - an impressive accomplishment considering the roster turnover from year-to-year.  Overall, the Mariners have won 3 in a row.  

    Geoff Bramblett (Alabama) went 6.1 innings to earn his second win.  Bramblett allowed just 2 hits and walked 2 while striking out 6.  He now has a 0.73 ERA over 12.1 innings.      

    Connor Justus (Georgia Tech) had 2 hits, scored a run, and had a RBI.  Cavan Biggio (Notre Dame) also had 2 hits and added a RBI.  Biggio is batting .360. 

    For Chatham, losers of 3 in a row, starter Daniel Castano (Baylor) allowed 6 hits, 4 walks, and all 4 runs in 5 innings of work.  Gabe Friese (Kennesaw State) came out of the bullpen to settle things down and tossed 4 perfect innings, but the Anglers couldn't muster any offense.  Luke Persico (UCLA) had 2 of Chatham's 3 hits.  

    Harwich was successful on all 3 stolen base attempts while Chatham had 2 runners thrown out attempting to steal.

    After going winless in their first 7 games, Bourne has now won 2 in a row.  The Braves beat Falmouth, 4-3, when Mike Garzillo (Lehigh) lead off the bottom of the ninth with a single.  Garzillo advanced to second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a wild pitch before racing home on a passed ball for the walkoff (slideoff??) win.  

    Falmouth held 2-0 and 3-1 leads in the game before Bourne scored 2 in the sixth to tie the game.  In addition to scoring the winning run, Garzillo had 2 hits, a walk, and a RBI.  Charles Galiano (Fordham) also had 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run for the Braves.  Bryan Baker (North Florida) pitched the eighth and ninth and got the win.

    For the Commodores, Boomer White (Texas A&M) had 2 RBI and Logan Ice had 2 hits.

    Cotuit kept Brewster reeling, beating the Whitecaps 4-3 at Lowell Park.  After Brewster jumped out to a 2-0 lead, Cotuit tied it in the bottom of the third and took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.  Nick Senzel (Tennessee) doubled to lead off the eighth for the Whitecaps and came home on a hit by Louisville's Will Smith to tie the game.  The Kettleers came right back in the home-half of the inning when Keenan Innis (Georgia Tech) walked, was sacrificed to second by Stephen Alemais (Tulane) and scored what would prove to be the winning run on a single to center by Jackson Klein (Stanford.)

    Jon Woodcock earned his second win in as many appearances, giving up just one run on 2 hits over the final 4 innings.

    Senzel (2 hits, 2 runs, 2 stolen bases) and Smith (2 hits, 2 RBI) paced the Whitecaps offense.

    Wareham thumped Hyannis, 7-0, behind the pitching of starter Bailey Clark (Duke) who went 5 innings and gave up 2 hits, Daulton Jefferies (California) who gave up just one hit over 3 innings, and Shea Spitzbarth (Molloy Coll.)  

    Andrew Knizner (North Carolina State) had two doubles and 2 RBI for the Gatemen.  Hyannis made as many errors as they had hits in the game, and only one of Wareham's runs was earned as the Harbor Hawks 4 errors greatly helped Wareham's cause.

    Hyannis starter Nick Deeg (Central Michigan) pitched better than the final score would indicate, allowing 5 hits, no walks, and striking out 7 in 6 innings.  Deeg was charged with 5 unearned runs.