THE CAPE LEAGUE: Martinez Belts Grand Slam in 8th for Firebirds’ Win

ORLEANS — Struggling to make the playoffs as the season comes down to its final 10-game stretch, the visiting Cotuit Kettleers didn’t get any help from Firebirds’ catcher Jeremy Martinez (USC) who unloaded an 8th inning grand slam to break open what had been a slim, 3-2, lead.

All-Stars: The Orleans Firebirds will be well represented in Saturday's Friendly's Cape Cod Baseball League ALl-Star Game at Spillane Field. (from left to right): Left to right: Ronnie Dawson (Starter 1B), Kyle Lewis (Starter RF), Sean Murphy (Reserve C), Mitchell Jordan (Starter P), Eric Lauer (Reserve P), Nick Zammarelli (Reserve INF), Willie Abreu (HR Derby). Photo courtesy of the Orleans Firebirds

All-Stars: The Orleans Firebirds will be well represented in Saturday’s Friendly’s Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game at Spillane Field. (from left to right): Left to right: Ronnie Dawson (Starter 1B), Kyle Lewis (Starter RF), Sean Murphy (Reserve C), Mitchell Jordan (Starter P), Eric Lauer (Reserve P), Nick Zammarelli (Reserve INF), Willie Abreu (HR Derby).
Photo courtesy of the Orleans Firebirds

Orleans, having already clinched a postseason berth, saw a one-out rally started in the bottom of the 8th with a Kyle Lewis (Mercer) single and the wheels came spinning off as Ronnie Dawson (Ohio State) was hit by a pitch, Daniel Pinero (Virginia) walked and then Austin Miller (Loyola Marymount) singled to plate Lewis for the 3-2 lead. Martinez, who went 2-2 on the night and had substituted for Tres Barrera (Texas), then hammered a 2-1 offering from Kettleer reliever Kevin Ginkel (Nevada-Reno). Ginkel came in after Lewis scored and Jack Anderson (Penn State) took the loss for the Kettleers.

Loyola Marymount righty Sean Watkins got the win for the ‘Birds. He went 1.2 innings and walked one. Kyle Serrano (Tennessee) started on the hill for Orleans and struck out eight over five innings of work but the game had been deadlocked at 2-2 until the Firebirds unloaded in the 8th frame.

Miller went 2-4 with one RBI for Orleans and Lewis also went 2-4. Alabama’s Will Haynie went 2-4 with two RBI and a homer for Cotuit. Haynie now has six home runs for the season.

Chatham Gets It Done in Early Innings Once Again

FALMOUTH — The Chatham Anglers used early-inning scoring opportunities for the second time in as many days as the guests downed Falmouth on Elmer “Guv” Fuller Field, 4-1, last night.

Wake Forest slugger Will Craig went 2-4 with two RBI for Chatham, including a first-inning one-run double and Demon Deacon teammate Nate Mondou added a

Chatham's Will Craig (Wake Forest) delivered once again for the Anglers last night.  Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

Chatham’s Will Craig (Wake Forest) delivered once again for the Anglers last night.
Sean Walsh/Capecod.com Sports

sacrifice fly to drive in Pepperdine’s Aaron Barnett for a 2-0 lead. That would ultimately prove all Chatham needed for the win over the host Commodores.

A.J. Puckett (Pepperdine) got the win in relief of starter Parker Dunshee (Wake Forest). Both went three innings.

Harwich Pulls out Win Over Y-D Red Sox

HARWICH — Harwich Mariners’ Ryan Lidge hammered a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning last night at Whitehouse Field as the host Harwich Mariners held on for a 3-2 win over the tough-to-beat Y-D Red Sox.

Preston Palmeiro (NC State) had singled and Johnny Adams (Boston College) had walked to set up Lidge’s clutch double.

Florida International righty Williams Durruthy got the win for Harwich after six solid innings of work. He fanned three and walked just one.

Lidge went 2-3 on the night and had two RBI.

Whitecaps Plate Three Runs in 8th Inning for Win over Host Harbor Hawks

HYANNIS — Colin Lyman (Louisville) went 3-5 on the night but it was his one-out 8th inning single and subsequent steal of second and advance to third on an error that set him up to score on a wild pitch for a 1-1 tie against the host Hyannis Harbor Hawks last night at McKeon Park.

Toby Handley (Stony Brook) then reached on an error, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch as teammate Nick Senzel (Tennessee) advanced to first on a dropped third strike. Robbie Tenerowicz (UC-Berkeley) then singled for the 2-1 lead as he drove in Handley.

 Creighton’s Nick Highberger took the win for the ‘Caps. He turned in a pair of scoreless relief innings.

Wareham Takes Care of Division Rival Bourne Braves in 7-2 Tilt

BOURNE — A three-run third inning spelled all the difference for the visiting Wareham Gatemen as the guests took home a decisive, 7-2 win over the host Bourne Braves at Doran Park last night.

Gavin Stupienski, Wareham’s catcher, turned in the Cape League performance of the night with a 4-5 effort and one RBI. Stupienski is a sophomore at UNC-Wilmington and in just three games is hitting .750 with six hits and three RBI.

Bourne was hanging onto a 2-0 lead heading into the fourth frame when Wareham staged a rally the Braves could not recover from.

Florida’s John Sternagel provided the big hit in that three-run fourth inning for Wareham when he laced a 2-2 pitch to right field to drive in Mark Karaviotis (Oregon) and Stupienski.

Michigan southpaw Evan Hill got the win in relief for Wareham. He went 3.2 innings and struck out four while allowing one hit and two walks but no runs scored.

— 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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