Two games into the 2019 Cape Cod Baseball League season, and the Bourne Braves are still searching for their first win.
Hosting Harwich at Doran Park in the Braves’ home opener on Wednesday, June 12, the Braves fell, 3-1, and were held to just three hits on the afternoon.
Much like in their season-opener, it wasn’t for a lack of pitching. Nick Dombkowski (Hartford), a big left-handed hurler, pitched four innings and allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks. He gave up a pair of RBI singles in the third, which later proved to be enough for the Mariners to hang on for the win.
The Bourne lineup cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jimmy Glowenke (Dallas Baptist) knocked in Shane Muntz (Wake Forest) with a two-out RBI double. Both Glowenke and Muntz went 1-for-3 on the afternoon, as did first baseman AJ Curtis (Cal State-Fullerton). The visitors, however, tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh to give the game its final score of 3-1.
Kieran Shaw (Harvard) and Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island) pitched the final two innings for the Braves, combining to face just one over the minimum and recording three strikeouts.
The game was supposed to be the back end of a home-and-home series, but the road game against the Mariners at Whitehouse Field was postponed on Tuesday, June 11 due to rain.
Orleans 2, Bourne 0
The Braves were held to just four hits to begin the 2019 season, as they fell on the road to Orleans at Eldredge Park on Monday, June 10.
Left-handed starter Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) was the hard-luck loser for Bourne, pitching four innings of four-hit baseball, allowing two earned runs and one walk while striking out five. His lone blemish? A two-run bomb to the Firebirds’ Josh Zamora with one out in the second inning. Rutkowski retired seven of the next 10 batters before his outing ended. He gave way to Wesley Tobin (Southern New Hampshire), who pitched three scoreless innings where he allowed three hits and one walk. Nick Trogrlic-Iverson (Gonzaga) pitched a perfect ninth inning with a strikeout.
At the plate, designated hitter Shane Muntz (Wake Forest) had half of the Braves’ hits, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Bourne (0-2, 0 points) host the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox today, Friday, June 14 at Doran Park at 6 PM.