Bourne Braves Geared For July Run

Richie Martin Jr. dives safely back to first during a pick off attempt in a recent game against the Cotuit Kettleers.
DON PARKINSON/ENTERPRISE - Richie Martin Jr. dives safely back to first during a pick off attempt in a recent game against the Cotuit Kettleers.

The Bourne Braves ended the month of June in first place in the western division of the Cape Cod Baseball League, but just barely, as they clung to a one-game lead over the second place Hyannis Harbor Hawks with a record of 11-7. Monday the Braves dropped a 16-6 decision to Cotuit. It was the third straight loss for Bourne, which has dropped four of their last five games.

Cotuit 16 - Bourne 6

The visiting Cotuit Kettleers scored 16 runs on 16 hits Monday night as they roughed up three Bourne pitchers in a 16-6 victory. The Kettleers posted five runs in the top of the second, but the Braves came back with four in the bottom of the frame. Cotuit added two more runs in the third and another two in the fourth, before taking a 15-4 lead by the top of the sixth.

Ryan Kellogg (Arizona State) got the start for the Braves, lasting three innings, while surrendering seven runs. Eric Nyquist (Mercer) came on in relief for two and two-thirds innings, allowing another five runs on five hits. Lucas Laster (Mississippi State) finished the sixth and pitched the seventh and eighth innings for Bourne, giving up four more runs on three hits. Dylan Hecht (Cal - Santa Barbara) pitched a scoreless ninth. Kellogg took the loss for Bourne.

The Kettleers were helped by five Bourne errors that resulted in six unearned runs. Bourne pitching combined for 10 strikeouts and allowed just two walks.

The Kettleers feasted on Bourne pitching with four home runs. Austin Byler (Nevada Reno) led off the second inning with his fourth roundtripper of the season and Ian Rice (Chipola) hit a three-run home run in the five-run second inning. Grant Kay (Louisville) led off the sixth for the Kettleers with a home run and Drew Jackson (Stanford) hit a solo home run to open the eighth. Jake Fincher (NC State) added to the fireworks with a two-run triple in the fourth.

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The Braves were led at the plate by Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) who went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a RBI and Brett Sullivan (University of Pacific) who ended the day 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Falmouth 8 - Bourne 3

The Braves pushed two runs across in the top of the first inning Sunday night at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth, but Bourne pitching could not stop the Commodore bats as Falmouth combined for 14 hits in an 8-3 victory.

Andrew Sopko (Gonzaga) got the start for the Braves and went five frames, allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out six. Thomas Hatch (Oklahoma State) took over on the hill in the sixth and in two innings surrendered another two runs. Brad Raley (Lake Erie) pitched the eighth for the Braves, giving up three more runs. Hatch was tagged with the loss.

Falmouth tied the game at 3-3 in the fourth and then pulled ahead with a run in the bottom of the sixth. After posting one more in the seventh, the Commodores put the game away with three runs in the eighth.

Harrison Bader (Florida) had two of Bourne’s eight hits as he finished 2-for-5 with a run scored and a RBI. The Commodores sent five different pitchers to the mound, who combined to strike out 11 Bourne Braves.

Hyannis 6 - Bourne 2

A trip to McKeon Park turned into a 6-2 loss for the Braves on Saturday night. Travis Bergen (Kennesaw State) got the start for Bourne, allowing five runs on six hits over four innings. Dylan Nelson (Radford) came in for two and two-thirds innings of work, surrendering one run on three hits. Joey Strain (Winthrop) finished the seventh and Dylan Hecht (Cal - Santa Barbara) pitched a hitless eighth.

Harrison Bader (Florida) got Bourne on the scoreboard with a home run in the top of the second. The Braves scored again in the third inning when Richie Martin Jr. (Florida) walked and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Gavin Collins (Mississippi State).

The Harbor Hawks tied the game in the bottom of the third and took a 5-2 lead in the fourth.

Mark Laird (LSU) went 2-for-4 with a walk and Stephen Wrenn (Georgia) was also 2-for-4.

Bourne 8 - Brewster 2

Josh Rogers (Louisville) got the start and the win Friday night as the Braves topped visiting Brewster by a score of 8-2. Rogers scattered three hits over five innings, allowing one run and striking out 4. Jacob Sparger (Louisville) allowed just two hits over three innings of relief, and John Gorman (Boston College) closed out the ninth, surrendering one run.

The Braves scored in the bottom of the first when Martin singled and came around on a base hit by Billy Fleming (West Virginia) and then scored six times in the third, topping things off with a final run in the bottom of the seventh.

Fleming led Bourne at the plate, finishing 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and a run scored. Bader was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Blake Allemand (Texas A&M) had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

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