By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps before entering the night were sitting with a record of (3-2-2).
Their previous wins came off of outstanding pitching and being able to scratch across a few runs, but not tonight. The Whitecaps offense exploded to take down Chatham for the second time this season. The Whitecaps won 9-1.
“It was good to see these guys put some insurance runs up on the board and not just score in the first inning,” manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps in their last three games had only scored six runs combined with three of those all coming in the first inning of their last three games.
The Whitecaps got off to a hot start quickly when Zach Neto (Campbell) doubled to lead off the game.
“I just knew we had to get something going early,” Neto said. “After I doubled, I just knew it was a matter of time before our offense exploded.”
Neto went two for five with two doubles and is now batting a whopping .350 on the season.
After the Neto double, Colin Davis (Wofford) who is an offensive nightmare in the box and on the base paths singled to left field and then Jake Thompson ( Oklahoma State) walked to load the bases.
Then stepped up Clay Owens (USC) who walked with the bases loaded to bring home the game's first run. In the very next at-bat, Cooper Weiss (Coastal Carolina) hit a sac fly to make the game 2-0 after one inning.
Chatham then in the second inning picked up a run off of a solo home run but that would be the only run scored of the day for the Anglers.
Picking up in the bottom of the seventh inning Colin Davis (Wofford) drew a one-out walk then stole second to get into scoring position. Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) who had three hits on the day singled him home to make it a 3-1 game.
“It took a little while to get used to the wood bats, but I think we are all figuring it out now and starting to barrel the ball,” Thompson said.
That score wouldn't last for long after Clay Owens (USC) drew a walk. Cooper Weiss hit a three-run home run over the centerfield fence to make it 6-1 and give himself his second home run of the season.
“I'll take a home run any day especially when it flies way over the fence like that,” Weiss said.
The home run Weiss hit caused some controversy; the Chatham outfielders claimed it landed short and hopped over the fence, but the umpire said otherwise, calling it a home run. This play caused Anglers' manager Tom Holiday to be ejected from the game.
The Whitecaps then scratched across three more in the bottom of eighth to make it 9-1. The game was then called because of darkness.
The red hot pitching continued for the Whitecaps. Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest), Micheal Prosecky (Louisville), and Connor Staine (Maryland) altogether only allowed one run, seven hits, and combined for six strikeouts.
The Whitecaps' pitcher have only allowed two runs in the last four games.
The Whitecaps now (4-2-1) will travel to Bourne to take on the Braves at 6 pm.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
DENNIS, M.A. - The Whitecaps three-game winning streak has sadly come to an end despite some brilliant pitching.
The Whitecaps entered Y-D looking for their fourth straight win. Instead, they come out of Y-D with a 1-1 tie. This is the second time the Whitecaps and Red Sox have faced each other this season. Both have resulted in tie games.
“Getting a tie given the circumstances at the end makes this feel like a win,” Manager Jame Shevchik said.
With no chance at winning going to the bottom of the ninth, it was either tie or lose for the Whitecaps and they ended up with the better result.
Bryce Hubbart (Florida State) got the start today for the Whitecaps on his birthday and dominated the Red Sox batting order. He finished with nine strikeouts, only allowed one hit, and didn't allow a run in five innings pitched.
“ I felt great, I wanted 10 strikeouts, but I'll take nine in five innings any day,” Hubbart said.
The bullpen once again was stellar for the Whitecaps allowing one run in the final four innings.
The first man out of the bullpen was Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) making his debut for the Whitecaps. He went two innings, had three strikeouts, and only allowed one run.
The second man out of the bullpen was Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) who continued his brilliant run here on the Cape. Stanavich recorded the final six outs as well as having four strikeouts, he only allowed one hit and did not allow a single run. Stanavich also struck out the side in the eighth inning.
“Every time I come out here I have something to prove I came here on a business trip,” Stanavich said.
Stanavich is one of three Rutgers pitchers on the team along with Harrison Rutkowski and Brian Fitzpatrick.
“I would take those three guys on any pitching staff I have ever had,” Manager Jamie Shevchik's response when he was asked about the Rutgers pitchers.
The Whitecaps lone run came off of a Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) home run in the top of the first. That was his second home run in the last two games. This was also Cross’s final game before he goes to play for Team USA for the next two weeks.
The Whitecaps now (3-2-2) will have another off-day tomorrow. They will be back at home Wednesday at 5 pm against Chatham for the third time this year the series is split 1-1.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
WAREHAM, M.A. - For the first and only time this year, the Whitecaps had to take the one-hour bus ride over the bridge into Wareham for a date with the Gateman.
The long bus ride did not affect the Whitecaps as they went on to win 3-0 and pick up their third straight victory and second straight shutout. Two big things that helped the Whitecaps to victory were a stellar performance from Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers) and wearing camo hats during the games.
Let's start by saying it was Harrison Rutkowski’s (Rutgers) world and we were all just living in it. Rutkowski went six innings, struck out nine, only allowed two hits, and did not allow a run.
“I was feeling it in the bullpen and when I went out on the mound it was the same thing,” Rutkowski said. “I started throwing strikes right away and that helped out a lot.
In Rutkowski’s last start he was having a similar outing and then the rain started and the game was canceled leaving Rutkowski anxious for his next start.
“I was frustrated that day because I felt the same as today, I was just happy I picked up right where I left off,” Rutkowski said.
Griffin Green (Virginia Tech) and Hunter Patteson (UCF) came in relief and picked up right where Rutkowski left off.
The first run for the Whitecaps came in the first inning as the struggling Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) hit a missile over the right-field wall.
“It felt good because I've been working hard on just getting back to the basics and it finally paid off,” Cross said.
The next run came in the top of the fifth when Colin Davis (Wofford) singled up the middle bringing home Alex Freeland (UCF) from second.
The third and final run came in the seventh when Will Simpson hit a double bringing home a run.
“The biggest at-bat of the day was Will’s because of that insurance run,” Manager Jamie Shevchik said.
Now on to the camo hats.
The camo hats were only meant to be worn on Fridays for military appreciation. Well after winning their first game with them on they tried them for a second time. They then tried for a third straight win with the camo hats and they accomplished that goal. So as long as the Whitecaps keep winning these camo hats are here to stay.
“We are riding with these hats until we lose,” Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps (3-2-1) and now in first place in their division will be back in Y-D at 5 pm against the Red Sox who they tied with on the opening day of the season.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Whitecaps were able to hold on for the win against defending Cape League champions the Cotuit Kettlers. This was to pick up their second straight win.
The Whitecaps only scored two runs all game. That came in the bottom of the first off of a Shawn Goosenberg ( Northwestern) two-run bomb over the left-field wall. The score then stayed 2-0 from the first inning to the last pitch as the Whitecaps pitchers dominated once again.
With one out in the bottom of the first inning and Colin Davis (Wofford) at second, up stepped Shawn Goosnberg (Northwestern) in only his second start with Whitecaps. Goosenberg hit a two-run home run to give the Whitecaps their first, first-inning runs on the season and the 2-0 lead early.
“It was a fastball down and right in my wheelhouse so I was able to put a good swing on it,” Goosenberg said.
Mason Barnett (Auburn) started on the bump for the Whitecaps and was cruising along before catching a line drive to the ear forcing him out of the game. There was nothing serious with the injury and Barnett will be able to make his next start.
This forced the Whitecaps to go into their bullpen earlier than expected, but there were no worries at all. Thomas Babalis (Binghamton), Connor Staine (Maryland), Micheal Prosecky (Louisville), and Sam Bello (Maryland) combined for four strikeouts, three hits, and zero earned runs. That was in a combined 6.1 innings pitched.
“The pitchers the last couple games have come out and dominated the strike zone and pitched aggressively,” Pitching Coach Scott Landers said.”
The bullpen two days in a row now has been dominant and a key to the Whitecaps’ victories. “When you can go to the bullpen and call anyone's number and they come in and compete, that's huge for a team,” Landers said.
The Whitecaps clinched the victory after Sam Bello (Maryland) came in for the save and shut Cotuit down.
“I just wanted to come out here, throw some strikes, and keep this winning streak going,” Bello said.
A couple of other top performers for the Whitecaps were Colin Davis (Wofford) who was the only player with two hits in the game for either team. The other top performer for the Whitecaps was Zach Neto (Campbell). He had one hit and some very flashy glove-work at shortstop.
The Whitecaps now (2-2-1) will take their winning streak into Wareham to battle the Gatemen at 6:30 pm.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - With the Whitecaps coming off their first off day of the season they had one thing in mind. That one thing was revenge against a team that had defeated them on Wednesday night.
The Whitecaps got that revenge by beating Chatham 5-2 for their first win of the young season. This was the Whitecaps' first win since the 2019 season due to covid forcing the 2020 season to be canceled.
“It feels good because getting that first win is tough,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said.
The win was backed by very impressive pitching from start to finish. Brian Fitzpatrick (Rutgers) started the game for the Whitecaps. In 3.1 innings pitched he tallied seven strikeouts and only allowed two runs. Fitzpatrick also struck out the side to start the game
“My whole focus this week was just making sure my body was ready,” Fitzpatrick said. “ It was awesome. I felt like I pitched well and it was a really good day for me.”
The rest of the Bullpen picked up right where Fitzpatrick left off. Ryan Cardona (Marist), Dale Stanavich (Rutgers), and Hunter Patteson (UCF) combined for seven more strikeouts to give the Whitecaps pitchers 14 total on the day. They also only gave up two hits and did not allow a single run.
“The bullpen dominated,” Shevchik said. With the bullpen as dominant as it was the Anglers of Chatham had no chance of coming back against the Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps’ offense rewarded their great pitching by tying their season-high in runs with five on the night. Three of them came in the bottom of the second.
With two men on Kurtis Byrne (TCU) came to the plate and laid down a bunt and it ended up resulting in the game's first run because of an aired throw by the Chatham third baseman. The next run came from Zach Neto (Campbell) in his first at-bat as a Whitecap. Neto hit a grounder to second that brought the runner in from third.
The final run in the inning came from the red-hot Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech). Biddison singled up the middle bringing home Kurtis Byrne (TCU).
The Whitecaps' next run came in the very next inning off a past ball by the catcher that scored Will Simpson (Washington) making it 4-0.
The Anglers made it interesting in the top of the fourth by scoring two runs but they were no match for the Whitecaps’ bullpen.
The fifth and final run for the Whitecaps came in the bottom of the sixth after Colin Davis (Wofford) drew a walk and then stole second Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) stepped up and drove Davis home with a double.
The play of the game came from Zach Neto (Campbell) in the top of the sixth. Neto, playing shortstop, made an unbelievable Derek Jeter-like play that you will have to see to believe.
“I just put my glove out there and threw it on the run,” Neto said. It was really fun all the love the guys were showing me for making that play.”
The Whitecaps now (1-2-1) will try to continue their winning ways against defending Cape League champs Cotuit at home at 5 pm.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
CHATHAM, M.A.- The Whitecaps went into the night still seeking their first win and despite some great pitching, they will head into the first off-day a winless team.
After falling behind 1-0 early in the second inning the Whitecaps were never able to come back and ended up falling to the Anglers 4-2 despite showing some grit and toughness towards the end of the game.
“We showed that we had grit,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said. “I feel like we are one break away from breaking through on the offensive end.”
The Whitecaps who looked lifeless for six innings finally showed that grit in the seventh inning when Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) had a double to get the Whitecaps into scoring position. Then stepped up the red-hot Will Simpson (Washington) who ripped a line drive to right field bringing home Thompson from second.
That was followed by back-to-back singles by Clay Owens (USC) and Dylan Simmons (Florida State) to get the bases loaded for Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech).
Unfortunately Cross hit a laser right to the second baseman who then made the throw to first to turn the double play and stop the Whitecaps rally in the seventh.
The Whitecaps would scratch across one more run before getting blanked in the ninth to end the game. The run came off of a Colin Davis (Wofford) sacrifice fly that brought in Alex Freeland (UCF) from third.
The Whitecaps were able to stay in the game behind some dominant pitching, especially from starting pitcher Teddy McGraw (Wake Forest) and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) who came in relief.
McGraw, making his first appearance in the Cape League, tossed 3.2 innings striking out six and only allowing one run and two hits.
“I had fun. I was pretty satisfied with the way I threw today, but I still have a lot of stuff to work on,” McGraw said.
Dale Stanavich, making his first Cape League appearance as well on his Birthday, struck out two batters and set the Anglers down in order in one inning pitched.
"It felt great to be out there for my team, even though we lost I had to go out there and do my thing to help the team as best as I could, “ Stanavich said.
One more thing the Whitecaps have to look forward to is their newly signed player Zach Neto out of Campbell “From what he showed at practice he is going to be a big help on the offensive side,” assistant coach for the Whitecaps Ej Devarie said. “He also showed that he is a team player by encouraging a lot of the guys and being into the game for every pitch.”
The Whitecaps now (0-2-1) will have their first off day of the year tomorrow and will be back Friday at home at 5 pm for a revenge game against Chatham.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
HYANNIS, M.A. - After coming off of a 9-1 loss the previous night the Whitecaps were looking to pick up their first win of the season. They were unable to do so because of a downpour on the Cape that caused four out five league games to be cancelled.
The game only lasted four innings. With the new league rules this year the game will not count and all of the statistics will be wiped away because it failed to make it past the fifth inning. The game will also not be made up or resumed per league rules.
Although the game was canceled the Whitecaps were showing life unlike the night before. When the game was called the Whitecaps were leading 1-0.
The one run came off of a Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) line-drive home run that got out in a hurry.
The Whitecaps offense also saw hits from Porter Brown (TCU) and Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech).
The Whitecaps also got a very impressive first four innings from their starting pitcher Harrison Rutkowski (Rutgers). Rutkowski had five strikeouts and had not given up a run in his first four innings.
One of the biggest plays in the shortened game came in the bottom of the third when a Hyannis player tried to steal second base. He was no match for the arm of Kurtis Byrne (TCU) who threw an absolute rocket to the shortstop Alex Freeland (UCF) who laid down a perfect tag to catch the runner.
The Whitecaps who still remain (0-1-1) will try again to pick up their first win of the season tomorrow night at Chatham at 7 pm.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A.- It was the first game back at the newly remodeled Stony Brook Field in over a year and the Whitecaps were seeking their first win on the young season. The Braves however had other plans.
The Bourne Braves defeated the Brewster Whitecaps 9-1.
Even with the lopsided score, the Whitecaps came out hot. Whitecaps starting pitcher Bryce Hubbart (Florida State) in his first cape league game came out of the gates roaring by striking out the side in the top of the first inning.
“I was pretty excited to pitch, I'm glad I got the first game jitters out of the way,” Hubbart said.
The score stayed 0-0 until the top of the third inning where the Braves hit a three-run home run to give themselves a three-run lead.
“I made one bad pitch and it resulted in a homer,” Hubbart said.
Hubbart finished with six strikeouts in four innings pitched.
After Hubbart exited the game the Braves put six more runs on the board in the last six innings of the game.
It then suddenly turned into a bullpen day for the Whitecaps who saw four pitchers come to the mound in the last five innings of the game.
“It wasn't supposed to be a bullpen day,” Whitecaps pitching coach Scott Landers said. “It got to that point just where we just wanted to see what the guys could do when we put them out there."
The four pitchers who came into the game after Hubbart were Sam Bello (Maryland), Micheal Prosecky (Louisville), Dylan Simmons (Florida State), and Thomas Babalis (Binghamton).
A problem for many of the relief pitchers as the game went on was falling behind in the counts according to coach Landers.
“I thought the pitchers competed well, but throwing first pitch strikes and getting ahead in the count became a problem as the game went on," Landers Said.
The Whitecaps however did not help out on the offensive end either. The team only had six hits and a whopping 12 strikeouts as a team.
The Whitecaps also had runners in scoring position multiple times and couldn't take advantage.
One bright spot on the offense was Colin Davis (Wofford). He had two hits, had two stolen bases, scored the only run for the Whitecaps, and was on base a total of three times.
The Whitecaps scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth off of a Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) infield single that brought in a runner from third base.
The Whitecaps now (0-1-1) will look to pick up their first win at Hyannis tomorrow at 6 pm.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
YARMOUTH, M.A. - Even though it wasn't the result the Whitecaps wanted to start their season, it was a good feeling getting back to Cape Cod summer baseball.
The Cape Cod Baseball League deciding to cancel their season last year was a big blow to all the players, coaches, and personnel involved with the league. Especially Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik.
“What we missed out on last year was devastating,” Shevchik said.
Shevchik as well as all the other players and coaches had to wait over a year to get to today and just playing was a win in itself.
The Whitecaps went down 1-0 to the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the bottom of the second with a run coming in off of a fielder's choice.
To start the third inning Alex Freeland(UCF) drew a walk and then Colin Davis(Wofford) laid down a sacrifice bunt to push Freeland to second base. The next batter up was Richie Schiekofer(Rutgers) and he was hit by a pitch and before you know it the Whitecaps had two men on.
Enter Will Simpson(Washington).
With already a single on the day, Simpson hit a scorcher to the second baseman in which the second baseman was unable to handle it bringing in a run to tie the game at one apiece.
Simpson had been one of the few bright spots for the Whitecaps offense going 3-4 with an RBI
“It was a great experience being out here and I was happy I was able to get some base hits,” Simpson said.
In the very next at-bat, Jake Thompson(Oklahoma State) was hit by a pitch loading the bases for Clay Owens(USC).
Owens hit a routine grounder to the first baseman in which he bobbled then threw it past the man covering first resulting in the Whitecaps scoring two runs.
Then the next few innings besides some pitchers changing the score had not until Cooper Weiss(Coastal Carolina) had come to the plate in the eighth inning.
Weiss crushed a ball over the left-field fence to give the Whitecaps the 4-1 lead.
Of course right when the Whitecaps scored you know the Red Sox had to as well. The Red Sox put up two runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the Brewster lead to one heading to the ninth.
In the top of the ninth, the Whitecaps struck again with a run-off another error by the Red Sox which they had no shortage of. The Whitecaps were heading to the bottom of the ninth with a 5-3 lead and Brian Fitzpatrick(Rutgers) looking for the five-out save.
With one out in the inning the Red Sox put some hits together and tied the game at five. After that Fitzpatrick settled down and got the final two outs and the Whitecaps escaped the ninth inning with a tie.
“When you blow the lead and it results in a tie it feels like a loss, but it wasn't so we can go into tomorrow with a clean slate,” Shevchik said. “ Playing Cape League baseball is the most important thing right now,”.
The Brewster Whitecaps will be at home on Monday, June 21 at 5 pm taking on the Bourne Braves.