Hosting the West Division-leading Wareham Gatemen, the Bourne Braves’ late-inning rally came up just short of a comeback road victory at Spillane Field Wednesday, July 3.
The Braves fell behind by six runs, 7-1, early on against Wareham but three straight innings of scoring made things close. Bourne sent the tying run to the plate twice, but Wareham got out of the jam to prevail. 7-5.
Cody Morissette (Boston College) had a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth get the comeback effort started. That was part of his two-RBI evening as he drove in Nick Brueser (Stanford), who had two doubles in the game. Brueser drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the top of the eighth to pull Bourne within two, 7-5. Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) singled earlier that frame to score Jud Fabian (Florida).
Relief came in form of the bullpen for Bourne, as three pitchers combined for six shutout innings to keep the road team in the game. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Gonzaga) lowered his season ERA to 0.96 with three shutout innings. Jared Poland (Louisville) and JP Woodward (Lafayette) later combined for three more shutout innings.
Cotuit 4, Bourne 1
A day after scoring a key West Division win, the Braves saw a 1-0 lead dissipate into a road loss against Cotuit.
Visiting Lowell Park on Tuesday, July 2, the Braves got out in front on a Henry Davis (Louisville) sacrifice fly to right field that scored Jackson Greer (East Tennesse State) in the top of the second, but the Kettleers scored four unanswered runs to score the win.
Christian Robinson (Stanford) produced an infield single in a two-out, bases loaded situation in the bottom of the third to knot the game at one apiece. An inning later, Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) reached with a two-out single. During the next at-bat, Gonzales came around to score from first to break the 1-1 tie after Braves’ starter Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) had an errant pick-off attempt.
Cotuit tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Matthew Mervis (Duke) and Joey Loperfido (Duke) recorded back-to-back RBI doubles to put the game out of reach. Loperfido, Gonzales and Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina had three-hit days for Cotuit.
Rutkowski worked around nine hits in four innings, allowing two runs (one earned) in the losing effort. On the winning side, Joshua Nahas (Georgia Southern) earned his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out five.
Greer and Poland had the only hits for Bourne.
Bourne 6, Wareham 1
A three-run first inning helped knock off the West Division-leading Gatemen on Monday, July 1, at Doran Park.
Greer clubbed a two-run ground rule double as Warren drove him in one batter later with a double of his own to take a 3-1 lead. That’s all the Braves pitching staff would need, although Bourne pieced together a three-run seventh inning to down its division rival.
Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) earned his first win of the year, throwing six innings while scattering six hits for one earned run. After allowing an RBI single by Wareham’s Darren Baker (California) in the first inning, Lardner settled in to finish his outing facing four over the minimum. It was the left-hander’s third straight start where he gave up one earned run or fewer.
Colby Dunlop (UConn) and Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island) combined to slam the door shut on the Gatemen, pitching three innings of one-hit baseball to preserve the victory.
Following Jimmy Glowenke’s (Wake Forest) RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh, Greer and Warren went back to work with the bats. Greer drove in his third run of the game with his second double as Warren plated Greer again with a single. Greer went 2-for-4 with three RBI, two runs scored while Warren had a 2-for-3 day with two RBI and a walk.
Fabian had three hits in five at-bats from the lead-off position for Bourne.
Hyannis 4, Bourne 2
The Braves scored two runs in the top of the fifth to close within a run of the Harbor Hawks, but a seventh-inning insurance run secured a home win for Hyannis at McKeon Field on Sunday, June 30.
Henry Davis sent a two-run blast over the fence, scoring Kyler Fedko (UConn), to put Bourne’s deficit at one run, 3-2. It was the Louisville catcher’s first four-bagger on the Cape in just his second game. But a Bryce Teodosio (Clemson) sacrifice fly, scoring Lucas Dunn (Louisville) from third, ensured Hyannis would capture its third win of the year in the bottom of the seventh.
Bourne had a strong opportunity to tie the game an inning later, in the top of the eighth, with two runners in scoring position and two outs. After Hyannis made a pitching changer, Ben Abram (Oklahoma) worked a four-pitch strikeout to get out of the jam.
Right-handed starter Ryan Cusick (Wake Forest) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on five hits and three strikeouts over six innings of work. Nicholas Richmond (Pheiffer) made his Cape League debut and worked two innings of relief, allowing one walk, one hit and one earned run.
Fabian had a two-hit day from atop the lineup for Bourne while the Harbor Hawks were led offensively by Hunter Goodman (Memphis), who went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
Falmouth 3, Bourne 0
The visiting Commodores plated two runs in the top of the first and added an insurance run in the third to blank Bourne, 3-0, at Doran Park on Saturday, June 29.
Falmouth trotted out three pitchers to combine for the shutout where no walks were issued. Franco Aleman (Florida International) got the start, throwing six shutout innings, scattering six hits and striking out four in the win. Left-handed reliever Robert Ahlstron (Oregon) pitched two one-hit innings before giving way to Zach Brzykcy (Virginia Tech) to shut the door in the ninth.
Bourne also got some strong pitching after Sean Harney (UMass-Amherst) allowed three runs in the first three innings. Kerry Wright (Louisville), Trogrlic-Iverson and Woodward combined to pitch six scoreless innings to stop the bleeding for a late offensive surge from the Braves’ offense.
But it never came. Although Bourne out-hit Falmouth, 7-6, the home team hit in two inning-ending double plays in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, to wipe out any chance of a comeback victory.
The Commodores got its lineup cooking in the top of the first, setting six batters to the plate. The first three runners reached base before Bourne got a twin-killing of its own—one of the team’s three double plays in the game—but a run scored on the play. One batter later, Zach Deloach (Texas A&M) singled in Blake Dunn (Western Michigan) to take a 2-0 lead.
Two innings later, in the top of the third, Tim Tawa (Stanford) hit a ball to centerfield that scored Dunn, who reached with a ground rule double to lead off the frame. That would be all the runs the Falmouth pitching staff would need as the Commodores ended the game by sending down seven straight Braves.
Dunn went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk for Falmouth while Glowenke lifted his average to .306 after a 3-for-4 evening at the plate.
Bourne (6-11, 12 points) hosts Harwich at Doran Park today, Friday, July 5 at 6 PM in its only home game of the weekend.