The Bourne Braves responded after winning three straight games with a 4-0 shutout loss against Wareham at Spillane Field on Wednesday, July 31.
Bourne was held to just five hits in the loss, Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) getting two of them including the team’s only extra-base hit on the night.
Meanwhile, on the mound, lefty starter Haydn King (UNLV) struggled on the mound. King lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and three walks in the loss. One of those hits was a two-run homer in what was King’s last batter he faced.
But it wasn’t all bad against the Gatemen. A day earlier, on Tuesday, July 30, the Braves battered their West Division rival to the tune of 14-6 at Doran Park. The lineup put up 14 hits, highlighted by Warren’s 5-for-6 afternoon with three RBI and three runs scored. Warren fell a home run shy of the cycle.
Brendan Rivoli (Virginia) drove in four runs with his 2-for-3 day. Rivoli had RBI singles in the third, fifth and RBI putouts in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively.
Between the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, the Braves plated 12 runs. That proved to be plenty for the Bourne pitching staff, which was anchored by lefty ace Nick Dombkowski (Hartford). The southpaw picked up his third win of the year after hurling five innings of four-hit baseball and allowing one unearned run with four strikeouts. It was his fifth-straight outing where he lasted at least five innings.
Bourne 13, Brewster 3
The Braves generated 13 runs on 17 hits as they breezed by Brewster at Stony Brook Field on Monday, July 29. Bourne only scored in four innings, but put up multiple runs in all of them, including a five-run sixth inning.
Leading the charge at the plate was second baseman Cody Morisette (Boston College), who went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple and three RBI. Rivoli also showed his knack for extra-base hits, clubbing three doubles in his 3-for-5 day. Rivoli not only drove in two runs, but scored three of his own.
Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) added two base hits, driving in two more in the process as seven Bourne batters had at least two base knocks in the game.
That was plenty of support for starter Ryan Cusick (Wake Forest), who picked up his third win with four innings of two-hit baseball, allowing two earned runs and striking out six. Karl Johnson (UConn) closed out the game, pitching three innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits while striking out two.
The offensive onslaught began in top half of the first inning when Rivoli’s first double drove in two runs before he came around to score on a Cade Beloso (LSU) RBI single. Later in the sixth inning, the Braves had four of five batters in a row drive in runs to takeaway any hopes of a home comeback by the Whitecaps.
Beloso finished the game with three runs batted in, more than he had collectively in his last eight games.
Bourne (18-24-1, 37 points) completed its regular season and has secured the fourth seed in the West Division playoffs. They’ll begin the Cape League’s second season on the road at Guv Fuller Field to meet top-seeded Falmouth todayon Friday, August 2. The Braves snapped Falmouth’s 11-game winning streak earlier this week with a 5-3 victory. It was the longest winning streak in the CCBL since 2002.