Cotuit Kettleers vs Bourne — July 23, 2019

Cotuit second baseman Nick Gonzales (New Mexico State) follows the ball after making contact on a pitch during a home game against the Braves on Tuesday at Lowell Park.

The race for the West Division crown is heating up, but a cold day at the plate by the Cotuit Kettleers left them looking up at the top, behind Falmouth and Wareham. With the Commodores topping the Gatemen 2-1 in Falmouth, the Kettleers fell three points behind the division-leading team.

Two Brewster pitchers combined to shut down the Kettleers’ powerful batting order in a 3-0 win at Stony Brook Field. The loss left the Kettleers at 17-15-4 for the season. Their total of 38 points had them three points behind the Commodores (20-12-1) and just one behind the Gatemen (19-16-1).

All-Star Mason Black (Lehigh) showed why he was deemed worthy of his spot in the annual spotlight game by twirling his best effort of the year thus far. Black, who did not factor in the decision, worked five innings against the Kettleers and shut down the high-scoring lineup, limiting Cotuit to just three hits. He fanned five and allowed one walk.

Black did his best work in the fourth, working out of a bases-loaded jam of his own creation. A single by Oraj Anu (Kentucky), a walk by Casey Schmitt (San Diego State) and a pitch off the body of Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) filled the sacks for the Kettleers with just one out. With the game still scoreless, Black wiggled his way out of the jam by getting a foul out to third and a strikeout to end the inning.

Cotuit loaded the bases again in the fifth with singles from Adam Oviedo (Texas Christian) and Joey Loperfido (Duke), and a hit by pitch to Anu. With the game still standing at 0-0, Black induced a 4-6-3 double play ball. That was the end of the day for Black, who turned it over to Sean Fisher (Maryland) for the final four frames.

Fisher was even more dominant than Black. The left-handed pitcher allowed just one base runner the rest of the way, giving up one hit with four strikeouts and no walks.

Cotuit’s starter Trey Holland (University of the South) was just as good as Black, and also did not factor in the outcome. Making his first start, and just his second appearance of the year, Holland scattered four hits, did not walk a man and struck out seven in the game.

It was when Holland left that the Whitecaps broke through. A leadoff single by Gage Workman (Arizona State) opened up the seventh, and sent Cotuit to the bullpen to bring in Richard Brereton (Emory) to face TJ Collett (Kentucky). The fourth pitch by Brererton was walloped out of the park to make it 2-0. Brewster added another run in the eighth to account for the final score.

Tied With Bourne

A two-run top of the eighth inning helped the Bourne Braves leave Lowell Park with at least one point on Tuesday, July 23. Robert Carmody’s (Hartford) RBI-groundout plated Nick Brueser (Stanford) for the Braves’ first run of the night. Cody Morissette (Boston College) then doubled in Jake Mackenzie (Fordham) to set the game in a 2-2 tie.

Jared Poland (Louisville) had a chance with the bases loaded and two outs, but he went down swinging on four pitches to end the threat. Kieran Shaw (Harvard) worked a quick bottom of the eighth before the game was called due to darkness.

It was Bourne’s first tie of the season and Cotuit’s fourth.

Fresh off his five-inning perfect game, lefty Nick Dombkowski (Hartford) struggled in the first inning against the Kettleers. The home team sent six batters to the plate, two of which came home to score on Joey Loperfido’s (UCLA) double. Dombkowski settled down after that, working into the sixth inning, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out three.

Dombkowski got the first out in the sixth, but left two runners on base for Braxton Roxby (Pittsburgh-Johnstown). He promptly struck out Parker Chavers (Coastal Carolina) on four pitches before catching Cam Hill (Kentucky) in a double steal attempt at home. Roxby, making his second appearance on the Cape, struck out two and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings pitched.

Mackenzie had two hits at the plate, joining Morissette, Jud Fabian (Florida) and Brueser with doubles for the Braves.

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