After splitting a doubleheader with the Chatham Anglers at Veterans Field over the weekend, the Bourne Braves welcomed the East Division team to Doran Park on Wednesday, June 26.
Braves fell behind 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, but promptly answered with a run in the bottom half of the frame and tacked on three more an inning later to score a 4-1 win—Bourne’s third-straight victory.
Karl Johnson (UConn) got the win in relief, pitching two innings of one-hit baseball. Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) made his third start of the year, lowering his season ERA to a microscopic 1.80, despite earning the no-decision. He allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks.
Side-winding right-hander Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island) pitched a perfect ninth inning to preserve the win for the home team.
Brendan Rivoli (Virginia) tied the game at one in the bottom of the fifth, although he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play with the bases loaded. Kyle Hess (Pittsburgh) scored from third in the twin-killing defensive play by the Anglers.
An inning later, in the bottom of the sixth, Jake Mackenzie (Fordham) belted a lead-off triple and came home to score four pitches later on a wild pitch to give Bourne a 2-1 lead. Peter Burns (Boston College) worked a bases-loaded walk to plate Cade Beloso (LSU) from third. Jud Fabian (Florida) also walked with the bases full of Braves, scoring Hess to give the game its final score.
Yarmouth-Dennis 2, Bourne 0
The Braves were held to two hits at home on Tuesday, June 25, as the visiting Red Sox hung on to win the pitcher’s duel at Doran Park.
Both teams traded zeroes through the first four innings until the top of the fifth when Y-D struck for both of its runs. Bourne left-hander Mac Lardner (Gonzaga) took the loss, but pitched exceptionally well. The Bulldog threw five innings of three-hit baseball, allowing two unearned runs while walking none and striking out two. Right-hander Colby Dunlop (UConn) relieved Lardner in his second appearance of the season, throwing three innings and allowing one hit. Joshua Culliver (Minnesota) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Braves.
Y-D trotted out Trenton Denholm (UC-Irvine) and faced just one over the minimum in his four innings pitched—allowing just one hit and striking out three. In seven innings pitched, Denholm has yet to give up a run for the Red Sox and has allowed three hits and five base runners. Lefty John Beller (Southern Cal) was equally as impressive for the visitors, pitching the final five innings and striking out eight as he picked up the win.
Bourne’s third baseman Zavier Warren (Central Michigan) had the two hits for his team from the lead-off spot, recording two singles. Mackenzie also reached base for the Braves after he was hit by a pitch.
Braves Split Doubleheader With Anglers
After dropping the first half of their Sunday, June 23, road doubleheader at Veterans Field in Chatham, 8-2, the Braves responded with a 4-2 win to salvage the twin-billing that closed out the second week of the Cape League season.
Ryan Cusick (Wake Forest) earned the win for the visitors, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and recording eight punch outs. Kieran Shaw (Harvard) gave up two runs, one earned, in the bottom of the sixth as he lasted just two-thirds of an inning that saw Bourne’s lead dwindle from 4-0 to 4-2. Tyler Brosius (Rhode Island) came into to end the Anglers’ comeback effort, promptly getting the next batter out to have his team head back to the dugout. Brosius picked up the save, working a scoreless seventh inning.
Bourne added a run in each of the first two innings when AJ Curtis (Cal State Fullerton) scored on an infield single off the bat of Jimmy Glowenke (Dallas Baptist) in the top of the first inning. Then, in the top of the second, the Braves doubled their advantage after Warren produced an RBI-groundout with the bases loaded.
Warren (1-for-5, two RBI) came up in the clutch again in the top of the sixth inning, plating Kyler Fedko (UConn) after he produced a lead-off single and moved into scoring position on Fabian’s single. Fabian came around to score on a misplayed ball off the bat of Alika Williams (Arizona State) later that inning.
Both Fedko and catcher Burns went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Braves
Bourne (5-6, 10 points) hosts Brewster at Doran Park today on Friday, June 28, and will play host to Falmouth tomorrow. Both games are slated for a 6 PM start time.