The Bourne Braves extended their winning streak to three games, fueled by two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 2-2 tie against Hyannis.
Hosting the Harbor Hawks at Doran Park on Wednesday, July 10, the Braves took a 3-2 lead after Jimmy Glowenke (Wake Forest) scored from third on a wild pitch before Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) drove in Jackson Greer (East Tennessee State) for an insurance run.
Hyannis, which swept Bourne at McKeon Park in a doubleheader last weekend, had the tying runs in scoring position, but Kieran Shaw (Harvard) ended any hopes of extra innings with a strikeout to secure the victory, 4-2.
Jared Poland (Louisville) picked up the win in relief, despite giving up the tying run in the top of the eighth in his only inning of work. The Braves’ pitching staff was able to piece together the win as starter Haydn King (UNLV) pitched the first three innings and allowed one hit and walked three while fanning five. Sean Harney (UMass-Amherst) and JP Woodward (Lafayette College) then combined to pitch four innings of four-hit baseball, allowing one run and three combined walks.
The home team took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Jake Mackenzie (Fordham) scored on a wild pitch after reaching base on a double and advancing to third two batters later. An inning later, in the bottom of the fourth, Kyler Fedko’s (UConn) single to center scored Glowenke to double Bourne’s advantage, 2-0.
Bourne 6, Cotuit 4
It was a banner evening for Braves outfielder Jud Fabian (Florida). The leadoff man atop the Braves’ lineup blasted two home runs, produced three hits and drove in four runs to help lead his team to a 6-4 road win.
Traveling to Cotuit’s Lowell Park on Tuesday, July 9, Fabian sent the first pitch of the game out of the park and added a three-run blast in the top of the eighth that proved to be much needed. Leading 6-1, the Braves saw Cotuit make a last-ditch effort at a comeback win with a three-run ninth before ending the game.
Bourne’s closer Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island), who had been nearly unhittable this season, allowed a bases-clearing single from Cotuit’s Oraj Anu (Kentucky) before he was relieved by Nick Troglic-Iverson (Gonzaga), who induced two fly outs to end the threat and the game.
Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) pitched five innings of one-run baseball, allowing five hits and walking none in his second win of the year. The right-hander retired the first five batters of the game and the last six hitters he faced. His lone blemish was a solo blast from Anu. Rutkowski gave way to Blake Burzell (Arizona State), who gave up just a hit and a walk in his two innings of work.
Defensively, the pitching staff was aided by the Bourne infield turning three double plays in the game.
Glowenke singled in Warren to give Bourne a 2-0 advantage in the top of the third. Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) had two singles on the afternoon, joining Fabian as Braves who had multiple base hits.
Bourne 14, Falmouth 0
The Braves plated 14 runs on 13 hits while right-hander Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) continued to baffle opposing batters on the hill to stop a three-game losing skid on Monday, July 8.
Hosting West Division rival Falmouth at Doran Park, Lardner had his best outing to date on the Cape, throwing seven shutout innings and allowing just two hits while fanning eight in his second win. After allowing a lead-off single in the top of the first, Lardner sent down 19-straight batters he faced while facing just one over the minimum.
In fact, over his last three starts the Gonzaga rising senior has allowed just one earned run in his last 18 innings pitched while scattering 11 hits and recording 13 strikeouts and issuing zero walks.
With the Braves’ ace producing on the hill, that left the Bourne lineup at ease to tee off against the Commodores’ pitching staff. Bourne scored at least one run in six of the eight innings it batted in, including two four-run frames in the seventh and eighth innings.
Greer highlight the offensive onslaught with a two-out grand slam in bottom of the eighth inning. He finished the game 1-for-4 with four RBI, two runs scored and a walk. An inning earlier Poland doubled in two runs—part of his three RBI evening—after Glowenke singled in Warren, who led-off the bottom of the seventh with a single of his own.
In total, 10 different Braves recorded a hit while six drove in runs and nine scored a run in a complete dismantling of the Falmouth team, that currently sits in front of Bourne in West Division standings.
Boston College’s Cody Morissette drove in two runs on two hits and scored three runs for Bourne. Karl Johnson, a 6-foot-5 right-hander from UConn, closed out the game for Bourne, allowing one hit in two innings of work while striking out three.
The Braves (10-14, 20 points) will meet the Commodores again today, Friday, July 12 at Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth at 6 PM. They return home a day later, on Saturday, July 13, to face Cotuit at Doran Park at 6 PM.