Bourne Braves Win In Extra Innings
By: Dan Crowley, July 11, 2013
The Bourne Braves pulled out a big win Wednesday night at Orleans with a Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State) 12th inning home run.
At the plate for the Braves Tim Caputo (Rhode Island), Max Pentecost and Clinton Freeman (East Tennessee State) are all hitting over .300. Caputo leads the team with an average of .333, with Pentecost at .329 and Freeman right there with an average of .324. As a team Bourne is hitting .250.
The team has the second-best ERA in the league at 2.67, behind Chatham at 2.58. Kyle Kubat (Nebraska) has seen the most work with 23 and two-thirds innings on the mound. he has two wins and an ERA of 1.90. Jaron Long (Ohio State) has the most wins on the Braves staff, winning each of his three starts. He has an ERA of 0.56 over 16 innings of work.
Bourne 6 - Orleans 5
The Braves did just what they wanted to Wednesday night in an extra inning 6-5 victory on the road at Eldredge Park in Orleans. Tied at 6-all at the end of nine innings, Max Pentecost (Kennesaw State) put the game in the win column with a two-run home run, also scoring Mason Robbins (Southern Miss) who had walked. Justin McCalvin (Kennesaw State) then did the rest, ending a Firebird threat in the bottom of the frame to pick up the win.
Bourne was first on the scoreboard, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Tim Caputo (Rhode Island) scored on a wild pitch. Orleans added a run in the second, but Pentecost then made it 2-1 in the third with his first homerun of the night.
The Firebirds tied the game at 2-2, but in the top of the fifth Bourne scored three times to take a 5-2 lead. But a run in the bottom of the frame by Orleans cut into the lead and in the sixth, the Firebirds claimed their first lead of the game with three runs, edging ahead 6-5. A single by Pentecost in the eighth scored Mark Laird (LSU) with the tying run.
The Braves stranded two base runners in the ninth and 10th innings, leading to the Pentecost game-winning blast in the 12th.
Kyle Kubat (Nebraska) got the start for Bourne going four and two-thirds innings, surrendering three runs on 10 hits. Will Cox (Mississippi State) gave up three runs on two hits in an inning of work. Mike Costello (Radford) and Trace Dempsey (Ohio State) delivered four and a third innings of scoreless relief, before McCalvin took over in the final two frames to pick up the win.
The Firebirds loaded the bases in the bottom of the 12th with no outs. McCalvin picked up the first out on a strikeout, before the Braves ended it with a double play.
Pentecost led the way at the plate going 5-for-5, with four RBI, three runs scored and two home runs, raising his season total to five fence-clearing blasts. Over the past week Pentecost has hit for an average of .571.
Falmouth 5 - Bourne 3
Max Pentecost tried to spark a comeback Tuesday night at Falmouth. Trailing the Commodores 5-2 in the top of the eighth, Pentecost launched a solo home run, but all the Braves could muster was a single the rest of the way as they dropped their 13th game of the season.
Nigel Nootbaar (USC) got the start and pitched two frames. He allowed just three hits and walked two, but Falmouth managed five runs, only three of them earned. Cody Livingston (Southern Miss) pitched three scoreless innings in relief, followed by Josh Laxer (Mississippi), who also went three scoreless frames. The Commodores scored a run in the second and then pushed four across in the bottom of the third.
Pentecost led Bourne at the plate going 3-for-4, with two RBI and a run scored. Richard Gonzalez (Alabama State) was 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored.