Just five days after facing the defending MIAA small school state vocational champion—a game they were not out of until the final out—the Upper Cape Tech baseball team found itself in a first-round match-up with the defending Division 4 state champion Archbishop Williams team June 6.
The eighth-seeded Rams played host to the Bishops, the ninth seed, and hung tough against their flame-throwing ace Myles McDermott, but couldn’t scratch across a run in a 5-0 loss in the south sectional at Doran Park.
McDermott mowed down the Rams lineup, topping out at 88 miles per hour with his fastball, hurled a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 10 in the process. UCT trotted out senior right-hander Tyler Earle, who matched McDermott pitch-for-pitch through the better part of the game.
Earle also went the distance, allowing five runs—two earned—on six hits, a walk, a hit batter and five strikeouts.
The two pitchers traded zeroes through the first three innings, with Earle allowing two hits and McDermott allowing just one base runner on a dropped third strike. Archies scored the only run it would need in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single to centerfield. UCT attempted to answer with a run of its own in the bottom half of the fourth when senior third baseman Jared Westgate broke up McDermott’s no-hit bid with one out, but could not advance further than first base.
In the fifth inning, with the score still 1-0 in favor of the visitors after catcher Riley Thornell gunned down a runner at third to end the top half of the frame, the Rams attempted to push pressure on the Archies’ defense by bunting. But the tactic failed as the two bunt attempts were cleanly fielded and the Rams were sent down in the order.
An inning later, in the sixth, a ball off the bat of Archies fell in no man’s land between four Rams fielders on a miscommunication that allowed the second run of the game to score. In the top of the seventh, Archies plated three more runs on back-to-back doubles—one that one-hopped the fence down right field—after two misplayed balls in the field by UCT, marking three unearned runs attributed to Earle.
Aidan Rooney reached base in the bottom of the seventh inning to account for the Rams’ second hit of the day. Jeremy Wurtzburger reached base two times in the game, both via base on balls.
The loss concluded the 2019 season for the Rams (13-9), who lost to McCann Tech, 4-3, in the small school state vocational semifinal last Saturday.