THE CAPE LEAGUE: Cal-Baptist’s Miller Mows Down Firebirds (SLIDESHOW)

BREWSTER — The first place Orleans Firebirds may not have known what hit ’em.

Aside from the ‘Birds first two hitters in the lineup, the Cape League’s offensive juggernaut met a virtual buzzsaw in the Brewster Whitecaps’ Tyson Miller (Cal-Baptist) last night at Stony Brook Field as the hosts downed the boys in red, 4-1.

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McNeese State submariner Collin Kober came on for two outs of middle relief last night against the Cotuit Kettleers in a key, 5-2 win at McKeon Park. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Miller, a 6’4″ sophomore righty with a 2-1 record this summer and a 1.44 earned run average for the Whitecaps, struck out 11 batters in eight innings of work, walked none and allowed just three hits as the upstart Brewster squad gained a stronger foothold on second place in the Cape League’s East Division.

Interestingly, Orleans plated its sole run of the night in the first inning when Austin Miller (Loyola Marymount) stole home plate after reaching on a single, advancing to second base on an outfield error and then stealing third and home. Miller finished 2-4 on the night and teammate Bryan Reynolds (Vanderbilt), Orleans’ leadoff man, also finished 2-4.

The Whitecaps, however, bounced back in the bottom of the second with the only two runs their hard-throwing starter needed.

Alabama Crimson Tide’s Chandler Avant drove in Cal-Berkeley’s Robbie Tenerowicz (3-4, 2 runs) to tie it at 1-1 and then Kel Johnson (Georgia Tech) came home on a Colin Lyman (Louisville) fielder’s choice to take the lead at 2-1. In the bottom of the third inning, Brewster added another run to make it 3-1 when Cassidy Brown (Loyola Marymount) drove in Tennessee’s Nick Senzel with a single. The ‘Caps added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th inning when Tenerowicz came home on a Jack Meggs’ (Washington) baseknock.

St. John’s Tommy Hackimer came on in the 9th inning for the Whitecaps to close it out and he struck out one for the save with two men on.

Louisville's Blake Tiberi drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning to get Hyannis rolling last night. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Louisville’s Blake Tiberi drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning to get Hyannis rolling last night.
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All-Star Tiberi Paces Hyannis Harbor Hawks to Win over Crosstown Rival Cotuit Kettleers

Deadlocked in a 0-0 tie heading into the bottom of the 4th inning last night at McKeon Park, Cal-State Fullerton’s Tristan Hildebrandt and Jacksonville’s Austin Hays each ripped doubles to put host Hyannis on the scoreboard, 1-0, then Louisville’s Blake Tiberi followed suit with a two-run single to put the Harbor Hawks in the driver’s seat.

And it was there that the Harbor Hawks stayed as Collin Kober (McNeese State) and Dakota Hudson (Mississippi State) came on in relief of starter Vance Tatum (Mississippi State) to close the door on any hopes Cotuit might have had to come back from the deficit.

Hays ended up going 3-5 on the night with one RBI and Tiberi did the same thing (3-5, two RBI) as the heart of the Hyannis order proved tough to solve, even with numerous infield shifts on batters. Colby Bortles (Ole Miss) and Hildebrandt each added two hits and Florida State’s Ben DeLuzio went 1-4 with one RBI to round things off.

Hudson, who went four innings in relief of Kober, struck out eight, walked one and scattered two hits.

The Kettleers will host the first place Harbor Hawks on Friday night at Lowell Park.

Alabama slugger Will Haynie continued his torrid, late-season clip with a 1-4 performance and two RBI. All-Star Jon Woodcock took the hard-luck loss in 3.2 innings of work.

Cotuit Kettleer catcher Mike Cantu takes a hack at McKeon Park last night in a tough, 5-2 loss to the host Harbor Hawks. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Cotuit Kettleer catcher Mike Cantu takes a hack at McKeon Park last night in a tough, 5-2 loss to the host Harbor Hawks.
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Chatham Anglers Foil Falmouth Victory Bid with Big 8th Inning

Behind the entire game until the top of the 8th inning, the visiting Chatham Anglers put up a three-run outburst for a 3-2 lead and then closed the door on the host Falmouth Commodores last night at Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field.

Down 2-0 heading into the 8th inning, Chatham received a pair of singles from Nate Mondou (Wake Forest) and Aaron Knapp (Cal-Berkeley) o get things rolling and with two outs and the bases loaded Aaron Barnett (Pepperdine) drove in Mondou to make it 2-1 and then a costly third base error on a ball hit by Luke Persico (UCLA) brought in two more.

Virginia Tech righty Aaron McGarity came on in the ninth inning for the Anglers and struck out two for the save.

Knapp was the sole Chatham hitter with multiple hits (2-5). Falmouth’s Heath Quinn (Samford) socked his first home run of the season – a solo blast – in the second inning that gave the Commodores their original, 1-0 lead.

Last Place Harwich Mariners Take Road Win over Bourne Braves

The visiting Harwich Mariners took home a key, 3-1, win last night from Doran Park, after capitalizing on the trifold pitching efforts of Hunter Williams (UNC), Joe Ravert (La Salle) and Zach Schellenger  (Seton Hall) and a trio of Bourne errors.

Mississippi's Errol Robinson led off last night's 5-2 win versus Cotuit with a triple but was stranded. Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Mississippi’s Errol Robinson led off last night’s 5-2 win versus Cotuit with a triple but was stranded.
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Notre Dame’s Cavan Biggio drove in the first run for the guests and Boston College’s Johnny Adams made it 2-0 with an RBI-single as the guests went up 2-0 in the top of the third inning.

A ground-rule double in the 7th inning from Adam Pate (UNC) brought in  Nick Walker (Old Dominion) who had reached on an error.

Schellenger got the win – his first of the season. He went 2.1 innings in relief and struck out three.

Y-D Red Sox Put Hammer Down on Host Wareham Gatemen

The Y-D Red Sox rapped out 12 hits with four players each having two as the visitors staged a 9-1 rout of the host Wareham Gatemen last night at Clement S. Spillane Field.

Cole Billingsley (South Alabama), Tommy Edman (Stanford), Gio Brusa (Pacific) and Mike Donadio (St. John’s) each had two hits on the night for the Red Sox, with Brusa driving in three runs. Edman and Donadio each had one RBI for the guests.

The hitting output made a winner out of all-star southpaw Ricky Thomas who went 6.2 innings and struck out eight batters while allowing one run on five hits and one walk.

Y-D’s win, however, was not quite as simple as it sounded in the early going as the Red Sox held onto a 2-1 lead until the top of the 7th inning when they erupted for seven runs. Brusa and Houston’s Connor Wong got things rolling with back-to-back doubles to start the late-inning rally and from their the Sox just laid it on heavily.

— 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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