Season Ends For UCT Baseball Team With Loss In Division 4 South Sectionals
By: DAN CROWLEY, June 6, 2014
The eighth-seeded Upper Cape Tech Rams (15-7) knew they would have their hands full matchup at McKeon Park in Hyannis as they took on top-seeded Pope John Paul II (22-0) in the quarterfinal round of the MIAA Division 4 South Sectionals on Tuesday, June 3.
“We knew we had to be perfect,” UCT coach Gabe Coutinho said after the Rams fell, 11-2. “Those early runs in the bottom of the first swung the momentum in their favor. Pope John Paul II is a good baseball team. We wish them luck.”
The Rams put up two runs in the top of the first. Austin Smolinsky walked and Randy Frazier reached on an error. With two outs Nick Gagner doubled into the left-centerfield gap, scoring Smolinsky and Frazier.
In the bottom of the inning the Lions roared back, putting up five runs. The big hit was a three-RBI double off the bat of Collin Russell. Frazier held the Lions scoreless in the second and third frames but got into trouble in the fourth, allowing three more runs before Jason Comoletti came on in relief. Frazier was charged with nine runs over 3-1/3 innings.
Comoletti finished the game and surrendered two more runs.
Ben Gibson hit a groove after the first inning and went the distance for the Lions, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and striking out a dozen.
Russell continued to get to UCT pitching finishing three for four with three doubles, six RBI and two runs scored.
The Rams reached the quarterfinal round with a 2-1 victory over West Bridgewater on Saturday, May 31. Trevor Rowe got the win for UCT, scattering three hits over six innings. Frazier closed out the seventh, earning the save.
Gagner drove in both UCT runs in the third inning with a double down the right field line. Smolinsky was three for three at the plate.
UCT will lose Frazier, Ben White, Anthony Delmonico and Tyler Mahoney to graduation.
“They brought a lot of maturity to our team,” coach Coutinho said of his four seniors. “They were all hard-working kids and they did a great job. I am really going to miss them all.”