The Upper Cape Tech baseball team had already secured its place in the Division 4 South Sectional tournament last week, but the Rams moved one step closer to qualifying for the state’s small school vocational tournament on Wednesday, May 15.
Visiting the Wildcats, the Rams earned the season sweep against Westport behind righty Tyler Earle’s complete-game two hitter, scoring an 8-1 win. Earle struck out four batters while allowing three to reach base—two hits and a walk—while allowing one run.
With the win, UCT has just four games remaining in the season and one game against a vocational opponent—Southeastern—which the Rams will close the regular season against at Doran Park on May 30.
To this point UCT has posted a record of 10-2 against vocational schools, slating them into the third spot of the four-team state-wide tournament. Only Mayflower Athletic Conference-Small rival Old Colony (9-0) and the North Adams-based McCann Tech (7-1) have better records. The Rams’ only vocational losses have come at the hands of Old Colony.
Against the Wildcats, however, UCT faced little resistance, scratching for a four-run fourth inning together sparked by a Jeremy Wurtzburger single. He found himself on third following an error and a single by Aidan Rooney. Wurtzburger came home from third on an error. Joe King and Connor Reidy produced sacrifice flies to score a run each while the fourth run came on a Wildcats’ passed ball.
Riley Thornell drove in a run with a double and came around to score on yet another Westport error as part of the Rams’ two-run fifth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Defensive miscues proved to be the hosts’ undoing as two more UCT runs scored on an error in the sixth inning to hand the guests an 8-0 lead before the Wildcats scratched across a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Conor Lecomte took the loss for Westport and drove in the Wildcats only run with a triple.
UCT (11-5, 6-2 MAC-Small) will travel to Spillane Field to meet Wareham in a non-conference game on Tuesday, May 21 at 6 PM. When the two teams previously met at Doran Park on April 4, the Vikings won 17-4.