The Upper Cape Tech baseball concluded its regular season campaign with a shutout home victory against Southeastern as a tune-up for what the team will hope to be a long playoff run.
Hosting Southeastern at Doran Park on Monday, June 3,the Rams scored a 5-0 win, aided by Riley Thornell’s six shutout innings. Relying once again on his patented knuckle-curve, Thornell allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven Hawks batters.
He gave way to senior Tyler Earle, who closed out the game by pitching a scoreless top-of-the-seventh inning in which he allowed just one hit.
The two Rams' pitchers were supported offensively by a two-run single off the bat of Orlando Guadalupe in the bottom of the first inning. Connor Reidy and Jared Westgate led off the inning by working back-to-back walks. Thornell reached on an error to load the bases for Guadalupe’s eventually two-run base hit.
Later that same inning, UCT received another two-run single—this time with two outs—from Cam Bush.
An inning later, Thornell drove in Westgate, who reached on an error, with a two-out RBI-single to give the game its final score.
McCann Tech 4, UCT 3
The Rams traveled more than three hours to meet the reigning Massachusetts state small school vocational tournament champion Hornets in North Adams last Saturday, June 1.
After what had to be a draining bus ride across the state, UCT battled until the final out—getting the game-tying run in scoring position. But McCann Tech recorded a strikeout to end the threat and the game.
Westgate got the start for the Rams, as he allowed three runs to score in the bottom of the third inning after UCT had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning. The Hornets made it a 4-1 game in the bottom of the fifth inning, but UCT had a comeback effort still left in the tank. They plated two runs an inning later, in the top of the sixth, starting with an error by the Hornets. The Rams then executed a successful sacrifice bunt and followed that with back-to-back singles to drive in a run.
With the game then sitting at 4-2, McCann Tech opted for a pitching change, going with a left-handed reliever. UCT was able to tack on one more run to close within a run, 4-3, but the inning—and eventually the game—ended with the same score.
Now UCT (13-7) turns its attention to the Division 4 South Sectional tournament, where the team was awarded the eighth seed.