Doubleheaders Make Triumphant Return in Cape League

HYANNIS – Somebody forgot to mention that this was the first weekend of Cape Cod League baseball to Mother Nature as she rained out Friday’s games and a handful of games on Saturday. However, the weather couldn’t dampen the fact that doubleheaders are back on Cape Cod!

Brewster Whitecaps (2-2) @ Cotuit Kettleers (4-0)

Game 1

Brewster 3 Cotuit 4 F 8

W: Zane Collins L: Robert Broom

Game 2

Brewster 1 Cotuit 2

W: Zane Collins L: Joe Molettiere S: Chase Shugart

The Kettleers swept the day against the Brewster Whitecaps in two hotly contested games. Wright State reliever, Zane Collins, picked up the win in both tilts, pitching a total of 2 and a third innings. In game 1, the Whitecaps pushed Cotuit to the brink with a clutch solo blast from Bryant Bulldog, Michael Gasper in the top of the 7th to tie the game. However, a series of costly errors by Brewster in the bottom of the 8th led to a game winning single by Boston College catcher, Gian Martellini.

Game 2 saw lights out pitching performances from both teams, but it was Greyson Jenista’s (Wichita State) RBI single in the bottom of the 5th that gave the Kettleers a one run advantage and that’s all Collins and closer, Chase Shugart would need to secure the win. The two Father’s Day victories for Cotuit pushes their record to an unblemished 4-0 giving them the best record in the league.

Orleans Firebirds (1-4) @ Falmouth Commodores (1-4)

Game 1

Orleans 2 Falmouth 5

W: Kyle Braddish L: Jake Wong S: Mitchell Miller

Game 2

Orleans 9 Falmouth 3

W: Daniel Lynch L: Jordan Gubelman

Both the Firebirds and the Commodores limped into Sunday’s contests with the undesirable goose egg in the win column through 3 games. Falmouth, plagued by slow starts so far this season, witnessed their starting pitching Kyle Braddish (New Mexico State) give up two quick runs (1 earned) in the top of the 1st. Wichita State’s Alex Bohm cut the lead in half with a towering sacrifice fly to right in the bottom of the frame. To the home crowd’s relief, Braddish settled in nicely, striking out 5 Firebirds over his 4 inning outing. The game broke open when the Commodores erupted for 4 runs in the bottom of the 3rd. Jacksonville State’s Clayton Daniel went a perfect 3 for 3 with 2 runs in the game as the Commodore leadoff man. Lefty Mitchell Miller (Clemson) came in for Braddish and hurled 3 innings of near perfect ball, only surrendering 2 hits and striking out 7 to earn his first save of the season.

Staring an 0-4 record in the face, it was gut check time for the Orleans Firebirds. In the top of the 1st with two outs Brandon Riley (UNC) smoked a triple into left center field and was promptly sent home by a Jaxx Groshans (Kansas) single. In the top of the 2nd, Falmouth starter, Jordan Gubelman (Mizzou), walked the bases loaded and with two outs in the inning, Jimmy Herron (Duke) belted a grand slam deep over the left field wall. Up 5 to 1, the Firebirds would score four more throughout the game, which included a home run by Groshans to split the Sunday series with Falmouth.

Hyannis Harbor Hawks (1-2-1) @ Harwich Mariners (2-2-1)

Game 1

Hyannis 0 Harwich 6

W: Tyler Baum L: Ryley Gilliam

Game 2

Hyannis 0 Harwich 0 F 9

Harwich’s pitching staff woke up on Sunday morning and was really not in the giving mood. Not one Harbor Hawk crossed home plate in 16 innings. In game 1, starting pitcher Tyler Baum (UNC) and a staunch Mariner defense allowed only two hits through his 6 innings of work. At the plate, Harwich was led by catcher, Bradley Debo (NC State) who went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and an extra base hit.

Game 2 went the distance without either team doing any damage, resulting in 0-0 tie. For Hyannis, Brooks Crawford (Clemson) pitched 4 strong innings, striking out 3, while only allowing 2 hits. He was replaced by Nick Sandlin (Southern Miss), who dealt over 5 frames, striking out 6. Sandlin and Crawford barely broke a sweat as only one Mariner reached scoring position in the game. Harwich received another strong start, this time from Oklahoma Sooner Dylan Grove who threw 6 shutout innings in the contest. The combination of Massachusetts native, John Witkowski (Boston College) and Cole Aker (UNC) would close out the game for the Mariners.

Wareham Gatemen (2-3) @ Chatham Anglers (3-1)

Game 1

Wareham 3 Chatham 8

W: Ryan Hedrick L: Justin Hagenman

Game 2

Wareham 1 Chatham 6

W: John Signore L: Fitzpatrick Stadler

Chatham’s bats could not be silenced as they took care of business at home and swept the doubleheader against the Wareham Gatemen. Nick Patten (Delaware) had himself a day at the plate smashing a home run in each of the games going a total of 4 for 5 with 5 RBIs. Chatham came out hot, knocking in 3 runs in the first inning of both games. In game 1, Anglers starting pitcher, Jacob Stevens (Boston College), logged 4 innings of shutout ball. However, the Wareham would hang a 3 spot on Angler reliever, Ryan Hedrick (Presbyterian) in the top of the 5th. The feeling of euphoria would not last long for the Gatemen as the Anglers would respond with two runs in the bottom of the 5th and 3 runs in the bottom of 6th to seal the 8-3 victory.

Game 2 saw more hot Angler bats. In addition to Patten, right fielder, Jacob Olson (South Carolina), and third baseman, Antonio Ralat (UAB) went a combined 4 for 6 with 3 runs scored and a RBI. Chatham starter, John Signore (Fairfield) shutdown the Gatemen for 5 innings, only giving up one run while striking out 5. Chatham, leading in the East Division will face off against the West leaders, Cotuit Kettleers at home tonight.

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (2-1) @ Bourne Braves (2-1) POSTPONED

Additional scores from the weekend and Monday night’s tilts are listed below:

Friday, June 16 – All Games Postponed

Saturday, June 17

Harwich Mariners 5

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox 2

Mariners score 4 in the 5th to top Red Sox

Falmouth Commodores 3

Wareham Gatemen 4

Gatemen comeback from 3 down in the ninth to walk-off against the Commodores

Bourne Braves 2

Orleans Firebirds 1

The combination of 5 Braves pitchers stifle the Firebirds on the road

Cotuit Kettleers

Hyannis Harbor Hawks PPD

Chatham Anglers

Brewster Whitecaps PPD’

Monday, June 19

Harwich Mariners (2-2-1) @ Falmouth Commodores (1-4) | Arnie Allen Diamond | 6:00 PM

Harwich: TBD

Falmouth: TBD

Hyannis Harbor Hawks (1-2-1) @ Wareham Gatemen (2-2) | Spillane Field | 6:30 PM

Hyannis: TBD

Wareham: Joey Matulovich (1-0)

Cotuit Kettleers (4-0) @ Chatham Anglers (3-1) | Veterans Field | 7:00 PM

Cotuit: Seth Shuman

Chatham: Dan Hammer

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (2-1) @ Orleans Firebirds (1-4) | Eldredge Park | 7:00 PM

Y-D: TBD

Orleans: TBD

By MATT ST. JEAN, CapeCod.com NewsCenter

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