It was a rematch a year in the making.
A year after the Bourne baseball team felt cheated out of a tightly contested Division 4 South Sectional quarter final by a non-call from the home plate umpire in a rundown between third base and home, the Canalmen squared off with the top-seeded St. John Paul II Lions in a Division 4 South Sectional first round meeting.
The location was different, as the Lions’ home field of McKeon Park was under renovations. They played at Massaschusetts Maritime Academy’s Hendy Field, but the result was the same last Saturday, June 8.
SJPII plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, erasing a two-run deficit in the process, to score a 7-4 victory over the 16th-seeded Canalmen—once again, ending Bourne’s season.
The Canalmen led for most of the game, getting a run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from senior Alex Sorenti-Burns. That run stood up, thanks to James Cahoon’s throwing out a Lions’ runner at home from his right field position to cap a double play. Bourne padded its lead when senior Jacob Fader clubbed a two-run double to left-center field to give the visitors a 3-0 advantage in the top of the third.
SJPII answered in the bottom of the fourth, plating two runs to pull within one, 3-2. Senior Ben Smith, who also pitched for the Canalmen, pushed his team’s lead back to two runs, 4-2, when he ripped an RBI-single in the top of the sixth inning.
Smith pitched 5.1 innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) while scattering seven hits and five walks. In the bottom of the sixth, the Lions roared back—taking advantage of some fielding miscues by the Canalmen to take the three-run lead, 7-4. Nick Card came on in relief for Smith, getting the last two outs of the inning including a strikeout.
Senior Jack Neil was the only Bourne hitter to have a multi-hit day at plate, going 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk and a run scored.
The Canalmen lost 4-2 to SJPII in last year’s Division 4 South Sectional quarter final at McKeon Park.
Bourne 6, Millis 5/11 Innings
Sophomore Brendan Sullivan has had a knack for coming up big in late situations this season. He already came through with a two-RBI single to lift the Canalmen to a win against archrival Wareham in May. But his timely performance last Friday, June 7, was even sweeter.
In the 11th inning of Bourne’s Division 4 South Sectional preliminary round game against 17th-seeded Millis at Coady Field, Sullivan poked a ball through the right side of the infield to score Sorenti-Burns, breaking a 5-5 tie and sending the Canalmen on to the next round in walk-off fashion with a 6-5 victory.
That was one of four hits for the sophomore second baseman, who went 4-for-6 with three RBI from the seventh spot in the lineup.
Sorenti-Burns led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a double well over the centerfielder’s head. Following two pop outs, Sullivan produced the game-winning hit that sent home the Bourne catcher.
Millis led, 5-2, after the top of the fifth inning, thanks to a four-run third inning. In the bottom half of the fifth, however, the Canalmen closed within a run, 5-4, following an RBI fielder’s choice by Chris Darcy and an RBI-single from Sullivan.
In the bottom of the seventh, facing early elimination, Fader (2-for-5) smacked a lead-off double and came around to score two batters; later on yet another RBI-single from Sullivan would tie the game at five apiece.
Not to be forgotten was the relief pitching of Card, who relieved Cahoon in the top of the fourth inning. Card retired 13 straight batters to give his lineup a chance at the comeback. Card pitched 4.2 innings of hitless baseball, allowing just two walks in that span. Smith took over from there, pitching the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit and fanning three.
Cahoon went the first three innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on five hits three walks while recording four strikeouts. The bottom of the lineup, consisting of Sullivan, Steve Barmarshi and Brady Fitzpatrick, proved to be tough outs as the trio combined to 6-for-11 at the plate, producing three RBI and a run scored.
Bourne concluded its season with a record of 10-12 and will graduate six seniors from the lineup in Smith, Cahoon, Sorenti-Burns, Fader and Dalton Woodside.