The Real Deal: Monomoy’s Hamilton Masterful on Mound in Win over Upper Cape Tech

BOURNE – The lights did not come on at Doran Park Monday night in a literal sense, but in a figurative way all the light needed for the Monomoy Regional High baseball team was emitted from Brandon Hamilton’s right arm.

Monomoy's Brandon Hamilton struck out 12 en route to the Sharks' Div. 4 South quarterfinals win Monday night. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Monomoy’s Brandon Hamilton struck out 12 en route to the Sharks’ Div. 4 South quarterfinals win Monday night.
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The rock-solid junior hurler struck out 12 Upper Cape Tech Rams in the Division 4 South Sectional quarterfinals, en route to a 4-1 victory that eliminated the hosts from the postseason and advanced the Sharks to a semifinal for the ages this week against the 21-1 top-seeded St. John Paul II Lions (time, date and place to be announced).

Hamilton allowed four hits and walked four but the only time he appeared to lose a moment of focus was on a wild pitch in the fifth inning that allowed senior Austin Smolinsky to score and spoil the pitcher’s own shutout bid.

The loss eliminated the #12 seed Rams (14-7) from the postseason and ended their 2015 campaign.

The #13 seed Sharks (13-7) plated one run in the first inning after leadoff man Drew Senatore walked and came eventually home on an infield error to make it 1-0.

Monomoy added three more runs in the third inning, all with two outs.

Noah Nickerson started the rally with a walk, which was followed by three more consecutive walks, an infield error and another walk that gave Monomoy and Hamilton all they would need to seal the win.

Monomoy had just two hits in the victory, one from sophomore third baseman Owen Cottle and one from junior catcher John Vagenas. Neither hit factored into a run scored.

Monomoy head coach Steve Wilson debates a call that his batter was out of the box on an infield grounder, but the call was not modified. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Monomoy head coach Steve Wilson debates a call that his batter was out of the box on an infield grounder, but the call was not modified.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

It is highly probable that Monomoy will face St. John Paul II righty ace Joe Oriola and on the flip side it would appear that Monomoy has superlative righty David Nichols available or perhaps Cottle could make a mound appearance. The game will be held at a neutral site.

— Sean Walsh is the sports editor for www.capecod.com. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

 

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