By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BOURNE, M.A. - The Epic showdown between the two division leaders on the Cape lived up to the hype. The Whitecaps out-dueled the Braves by one run and clinched a playoff spot.
Everyone knew the situation going into the game for the Whitecaps. Win and the Whitecaps are into the playoffs. The Whitecaps did just that. The Whitecaps came from behind in the eighth inning to win 3-2. The win clinched the Whitecaps a playoff berth for the first time since 2018.
“It's a cool sight to see these guys fired up,” Whitecaps’ manager Jamie Shevchik said. “You can tell all of them want to be here and they're anticipating we are going to score runs late in the game.”
The Braves went up 1-0 in the bottom of the third, but the Whitecaps responded quickly in the fourth.
Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) grounded out to the third baseman, that scored Mac Bingham (Arizona) to tie the game at 1.
Bourne quickly gained the lead back in the bottom of the fifth by going up 2-1.
The score stayed the same for the next couple of innings. The Whitecaps' chances of winning started to dwindle.
In the bottom of the eighth and the bases loaded and two outs, into the box stepped Tony Bullard (Arizona). Bullard ripped a single to left field. The single scored two runs for the Whitecaps to take a 3-2 lead.
“It was sweet, I was just trying to put the ball in play and I found a hole,” Bullard said. “It's been great just being able to play with all of these guys and now get to play even longer with each other.”
Bullard was a late-season signing for the Whitecaps and has produced a ton both on the offensive and defensive ends.
After Brennan Oxford (Wake Forest) walked the first man in the bottom of the eighth, Jamie Shevchik called upon Dale Stanavich (Rutgers).
The lefty completed the six-out save to send the Whitecaps to the playoffs.
“All of us here right now are all interns, trying to get to that next step up in our careers,” Stanavich said. “I’m interning to be a professional closer and I’m so thankful the coaches have allowed me to assume that role. I am also thankful for the players behind me on the field helping me out every step of the way.”
The Whitecaps have been the most interesting team to watch all summer. That is because of one big part of baseball, and that's hitting
The Whitecaps have shown they can win ball games while only having .210 team batting average.
The Whitecaps are onto their next challenge that is being crowned regular-season champions. That is something that has not been done by the Whitecaps, since 2003.
The Whitecaps now (20-9-3) will have a home and home series this weekend against the Harwich Mariners. The first game is tomorrow at 4 p.m, at Stony Brook Field.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
WAREHAM, M.A. - On a chilly and long night in Wareham, the Whitecaps put up five runs in the eighth inning to take down the Gatemen.
In the first seven innings of the game, the Whitecaps offense was nowhere to be found, and they were trailing 3-0. That was until an explosion in the eighth inning. The Whitecaps scored five runs in the eighth and won 5-3.
“For six innings it felt like this team could be heading in the wrong direction and then all of a sudden Whitecaps baseball happened,” Whitecaps Manager Jamie Shevchik said. “ Someone sprinkled a little pixie dust and all of a sudden we are up to five runs.”
It was all Gatemen early on. The Gatemen put up three runs in the first seven innings, and it looked as if they would hand the Whitecaps their second straight loss.
That was the thought, well, until the 8th inning.
After back-to-back singles by Tony Bullard (Arizona) and Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State), and a walk by Will Simpson (Washington). The bases were loaded, for Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist). Castillo roped a single, scoring Bullard and Thompson to make it a one-run game.
Castillo finished three for four and has been huge for the Whitecaps' offense since arriving on the Cape.
“It means everything coming out here and seeing how my talents stack up against some of the best players in the country,” Castillo said. “Seeing that I’m up there and doing my part gives me so much confidence.”
Next up was Kurtis Byrne (TCU). Byrne singled to tie the game at three.
Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech) stepped up and turned a bunt into two more runs after the Wareham third baseman sailed it way over the first baseman's head. The error made the score 5-3 in favor of the Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps stayed in the game with a huge outing from the bullpen.
Hunter Owen (Vanderbilt), Greg Farone (Herkimer County Community College), and Michael Prosecky (Louisville) combined for nine strikeouts in five innings and only allowed one run.
“These guys came in and did their job,” Jamie Shevchik said. “It could have easily been four or five nothing, but they recorded some huge outs.”
The Whitecaps are still in the heart of a playoff race and are drawing closer to their magic number with only six games remaining.
The Whitecaps now (19-9-3) will go into their off-day with tons of confidence and will be back Friday at Bourne.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - Coming off one of their biggest wins of the season, the Whitecaps took a slight tumble against the visiting Firebirds.
Some people may call this one a Harwich hangover for the Whitecaps, who fell 6-3 to the Firebirds. On a positive note, the Whitecaps will still be in first place tomorrow and multiple Whitecaps had multi-hit games. This included Porter Brown (TCU). Brown has struggled on the Cape, it was a good sign to see him playing at his potential.
“I just want to give a huge thank you to my coaches for keeping trust in me and giving me chances to show myself,” Brown Said. “I felt really good today in batting practice and I am happy that it translated into the game.”
Those were the positives of the game. There was a negative to the day, and that was the Whitecaps losing.
The Firebirds took a 5-0 lead on the Whitecaps. The same as they did in the last game. This time the Whitecaps would not come back.
The Whitecaps scratched across their first run off a wild pitch in the sixth inning. Their next run came off a Porter Brown single that scored a run.
The final run of the game for the Whitecaps came from Tony Bullard (Arizona). Bullard singled to drive home a run.
Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State), Will Simpson (Washington), Tony Bullard (Arizona), and Porter Brown (TCU) all had two hits apiece.
Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) made his second start for the Whitecaps. Pete Hansen (Texas) and Brennan Oxford (Wake Forest) came in relief.
The Whitecaps now (18-9-3) will be at Wareham tomorrow night, at 6:45 p.m.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
HARWICH, M.A. - In arguably the biggest regular-season game for the Whitecaps thus far, they were able to escape Harwich with a 4-3 win.
Everybody knew the story going into the game. Whoever wins would be first. It was also the Whitecaps' Ace Bryce Hubbart’s (Florida State) final game. With the help of Hubbart and Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State), the Whitecaps will stay in first.
“It was revenge night and being able to do what we did is a special feeling,” Hubbart said. “I didn't have a lot of strikeouts so my teammates made a lot of great plays. I want to thank all the people who played behind me and who are in the dugout.”
Hubbart’s final stat line for the season was incredible. He went 31 innings and finished with 45 strikeouts. He had a 3-1 record with a 0.87 era in six starts.
“It was fun here, I got a lot better with my confidence and pitching,” Hubbart said. “I've learned a lot about the game, all of the coaching staff have been awesome. This is truly an experience I will never forget.”
It was a pitcher's duel for the first five innings. There were no runs scored and only two hits in the game, both by Harwich.
In the top of the sixth inning, Harwich went to their bullpen. Spencer Jones then singled, scoring Freeland to give the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead.
Later in the inning, Jake Thompson stepped up with two men on. Thompson hit a three-run home run to give the Whitecaps a 4-0 lead.
“I got a pitch to drive and I was so glad it landed over the fence because at first, it didn't look like it was,” Thompson said. “It was awesome helping out in a game like this. I have to give credit to Bryce for mowing them down for six innings.”
Harwich crept back into the game with a run in the bottom of the eighth. Harwich then made it interesting in the bottom of the ninth.
Dale Stanavich (Rutgers) came on to close the game out. Harwich picked up two more to make the game 4-3.
Stanavich was able to settle down and strike out the very next batter to keep the Whitecaps in first place in the East division.
Bryce Hubbart went six innings, allowed just three hits, had four strikeouts and no runs. Griffin Green (Virginia Tech) pitched the seventh and eighth innings. He struck out four in just two innings. Dale Stanavich, who has taken over as the full-time closer, shut the door on the Mariners.
The Whitecaps will be back at home tomorrow at 4 p.m, against the Orleans Firebirds.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Brewster Whitecaps now have three tie games on the year, all against the Y-D Red Sox.
In a back and forth game, the Brewster Whitecaps escaped with a 4-4 tie to keep a slight lead over the Harwich Mariners for first place in the East division.
“Walking out of here with anything other than the loss is a bonus,” manager Jamie Shevchik said. “We were fighting against Y-D, not Harwich, we want to be in either first or second so a tie goes a long way.”
The Whitecaps struck first in the second inning. Tyler Dellerman (Charleston) ripped a single up the middle scoring Tony Bullard (Arizona) to give the Whitecaps the 1-0 lead.
Bullard was making his Whitecaps debut and finished one for four while playing some stellar defense.
“It seems everybody's first game they come in hot and ready to play, if he stays like this he makes our lineup even better,” Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps took a 2-0 advantage after a wild pitch that scored Alex Freeland (UCF).
The Red Sox answered quickly by putting up a four-spot in the fourth inning.
The Whitecaps added a run in the bottom of the fourth. Alex Freeland hit a ground ball to the second baseman, who made an error. The error allowed the Whitecaps to score from third to make the game 4-3.
The Whitecaps then tied it in the sixth. Trey Faltine (Texas) singled, scoring Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist).
Both teams failed to score in the seventh and eighth inning, and the game was called, due to darkness.
Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) started for the Whitecaps; he went four innings, had six strikeouts, allowed four runs, and allowed six hits.
Connor Staine (UCF) and Hunter Owen (Vanderbilt) came in relief and shut the door on the Red Sox to force the tie.
The Whitecaps now (17-8-3) will travel to Harwich tomorrow night for possibly one of the biggest regular-season games left on the Whitecaps schedule.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
DENNIS, M.A. - After trailing 2-0, the Whitecaps offense came alive to beat the Red Sox 5-2.
If it wasn't for Dylan Simmons (Florida State), it possibly could have been a game all night long. Simmons came in relief and went four innings, allowed two hits, no runs, and recorded four strikeouts. He shut down the Red Sox in every way to help capture the Whitecaps their second straight victory.
“Being able to come out here against the best players in the country for four innings and not allow a run is a special feeling,” Simmons said.
Jumping to the fourth inning, the Red Sox took the 2-0 advantage behind a home run and, bunt that scored a man from third.
The offense of the Whitecaps started to come alive in the sixth. With a man on Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) hit a blast over the fence to tie the game at two.
The Whitecaps then took the lead in the seventh off a Chad Castillo (Cal Baptist) home run.
Fast-forwarding an inning Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State) tripled to bring home a run and give the Whitecaps the 4-2 lead.
In the ninth Will Simpson (Washington) added the exclamation point by hitting a zero doubt home run over the fence. Simpson has overcome his recent struggles and is starting to get hot just at the right time.
“I'm just trying to trust my abilities and the stuff that got me here,” Simpson said. “With that home run I was just looking for a pitch to drive up the middle and it ended up going over the fence.”
Hunter Patteson (UCF) started the game for the Whitecaps. Patteson went five innings, allowed four hits, two runs, and struck out three.
Simmons was the real star on the day coming out of the bullpen. “It makes me feel good that I have that much control over my pitches, but this was a team win,” Simmons said.
The Whitecaps still sit in first place with ten games left in a heated playoff race in the East division.
The Whitecaps now (17-8-2) will be home tonight against Y-D at 5 p.m.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - After coming off a heartbreak loss, the Whitecaps recovered quickly, with a win over Chatham.
Three southpaws came out to pitch for the Whitecaps and shut down the Anglers To help the Whitecaps get the 3-1 win. A win was a must for a team in the center of a playoff race and not a lot of games left in the regular season.
“When you're in a tight race like we are it is extremely important to come right back with a win after a tough loss,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said. “We needed this win, we couldn't look ahead to tomorrow or even the next day we needed to lock down a win quickly.”
The Whitecaps took the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) singled to bring in in Mac Bingham (Arizona) to score.
The Whitecaps scored yet again in the second inning after a balk by the Chatham pitcher to make it 2-0.
The Whitecaps scored their final run of the day in the third inning off a Will Simpson (Washington) single.
The Anglers scratched across one run, but it wasn't enough to get back in the ballgame.
The story of the game was the three lefties to pitch for the Whitecaps Brian Fitzpatrick (Rutgers), Michael Prosecky (Louisville), and Dale Stanavich (Rutgers).
Fitzpatrick started the game and went four innings, had six strikeouts, and only allowed two hits.
The star of the game was Michael Prosecky. He entered the game with bases loaded, zero outs, and a 1-0 count on the hitter. Even with the pressure, he was able to set down the Anglers in order and not allow a run.
“I wanted to just make sure none of those runs crossed and just shut the door,” Prosecky said.
Prosecky finished with eight strikeouts in only 3.1 innings.
“In a game like this it showed me when all of my stuff is working I can pitch incredibly well,” Prosecky said. “At the same time, it shows me how hard I have to work it is going to take me to keep all of my stuff working.”
Dale Stanavich was able to finish the game for the Whitecaps. He recorded the five-out save and had two strikeouts while not allowing a hit.
The Whitecaps now (16-8-2) will be at Y-D on Saturday night at 5 p.m in an east division battle.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
ORLEANS, M.A. - Unfortunately, the Whitecaps will not get to be winners of six in a row. Instead, they will start a new chapter, which is a race to the playoff.
The Whitecaps lost 8-6 and going into an off day, nobody wants to lose, but the Whitecaps showed tons of heart in a game they once trailed 5-0. This team has been showing fight and grit all season long. It is going to be a fun rest of the summer.
It was all Firebirds early. The Firebirds went up 5-0, and the Whitecaps were showing no signs of life.
That was until the seventh inning.
The Whitecaps scratched across two runs in the top of the seventh. The first run came off a Nick Biddison (Virginia Tech) Triple, and Biddison then scored off Alex Freeland's (UCF) double.
After that inning, you could start to feel the Whitecaps had something going in which they did.
With the bases loaded in the top of eighth trailing 5-2, the struggling Will Simpson (Washington) stepped up to pinch-hit. Simpson hit a ball that landed on the moon. The grand slam gave the Whitecaps the 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Firebirds scored three runs to gain back the lead.
The Whitecaps then had one more shot in the top of ninth down 8-6, the Whitecaps were unable to come back again.
The game didn't end there as the Firebirds pitcher made a few gestures to the Whitecaps dugout after striking out the last batter. Nothing else had happened, but from a fan's perspective, you could tell the Whitecaps were fired up.
You can see from that singular moment the Whitecaps will be locked in for the rest of the season. This is a team that won't let others push them around.
The Whitecaps now (15-8-2) will be home against Chatham this Friday at 5 p.m.
Even though there is no CCBL All-Star game, the Whitecaps had no shortage of midseason all stars.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
The Whitecaps have been having a dream season sitting atop the east division with a 15-7-2 record. The Whitecaps are also winners of eight out of their last ten.
This past Tuesday, things got even better for the Whitecaps. Five of their players were named to the CCBL All-Star Team. Those players include; Bryce Hubbart (Florida State), Zach Neto (Campbell), Michael Prosecky (Louisville), Dale Stanavich (Rutgers), and Jake Thompson (Oklahoma State).
“We are extremely happy for those guys and they deserve that great accomplishment,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said. “They worked hard and have earned the right to be among the best players in the best amateur league in the country.”
Bryce Hubbart from Florida State has been the best starting pitcher for the Whitecaps since he arrived on the Cape. The lefty leads the league in strikeouts with 41. He is third in the league with a 1.08 era and has a 2-1 record. In 25 innings pitched Hubbart has only allowed three runs.
Every time Hubbart pitches for the Whitecaps, everyone gets excited. Hubbart has not given up a run in his last four starts and may go down as one of the most dominant Whitecaps pitchers ever.
“It was cool to see my name on that list, but I was more excited to see my other teammates there,” Hubbart said. “I’m going to try and take what I’m doing here and do that in my next year at Florida State, and then hopefully replicate it into my professional years.”
Zachary Neto from Campbell has been the best all-around and most exciting Whitecaps player to watch thus far. It's because of his graceful defense and him being a juggernaut on offense. Neto right now leads the team in home runs with three and has added ten runs batted in Neto, also has a .304 batting average.
Neto has had something to prove here in the Cape League after being cut by Cotuit. Unfortunately, Neto will be leaving Sunday after suffering a sprained ankle. Even though Neto hasn't been on the field, he has been the Whitecaps biggest supporter in the dugout cheering every second of the game.
“My goal was to come out here play the best baseball I could and help my team win,” Neto said. “Whether I was an all-star or not the main part of the goal was to help get my team where we are today,"
Michael Prosecky from Louisville is the silent assassin out of the bullpen. If you've never looked him up, you wouldn't even know he boasts a .90 era, along with nine strikeouts in only ten innings pitched. That's what makes him so good. He goes out on the mound, does his job, then goes to the bullpen and has fun.
The lengthy lefty has made six appearances each one better than the next, that is because of the hard work he puts in day in and day out. That hard work has led to him being one of the best relievers in the Whitecaps bullpen.
“Honestly I wasn't expecting it or hoping for it,” Prosecky said. “I have just been going out there and throwing. It's cool to get the recognition, but the Caps are rolling so that's all that matters.”
Dale Stanavich from Rutgers is most likely having one of the best seasons by a reliever on the Cape this season. His numbers speak for themselves. He has pitched ten innings, recorded 18 strikeouts, and he hasn't allowed one run. Stanavich has been so good he’s become the full-time closer for the Whitecaps now in any close situation.
The way Stanavich has played this summer may be surprising for many except for Dale himself. Stanavich has worked very hard in his life to be in the position he is in today. Stanavich has stayed humble through it all.
“Honestly it feels good to see a bunch of other Brewster teammates on there as well,” Stanavich said. “I think that the most important thing is that Brewster represented the East Division very well. It's not the end of the season though. We didn't win anything yet so none of that stuff matters right now.”
Last but certainly not least is Jake Thompson from Oklahoma State. Thompson has been the most consistent hitter since day one for the Whitecaps. Thompson has a .265 batting average while hitting two home runs and driving in 11 runs.
Thompson has also played well at first base and third base. His best game of the year came against Cotuit. Thompson hit two home runs. He is also one of the most humble baseball players you will ever meet.
“I was pretty excited to be recognized in a league like this, this is the best summer league so it's a great feeling to be recognized,” Thompson said. “This will help my future to be seen on an all-star list out here.”
These five players are not the only ones contributing to the Whitecaps. It has been a whole team effort and a much different team than the one that started 0-2-1.
The Whitecaps are hot and in first looking to win their first title since 2017. As of right now, the Whitecaps are heading in the right direction.
By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
FALMOUTH, M.A. - The Whitecaps were able to stay hot with their fifth straight win.
Once again, it took the Whitecaps a few innings to get going, but it was all Whitecaps from the sixth inning on. After Being tied at one through five innings, the Whitecaps took charge and beat down the Commodores 7-1.
“We have something really special happening right now,” Whitecaps manager Jamie Shevchik said. “It seems to me they are pulling for each other and having fun, and all of them want to win a championship.”
The Whitecaps took the 1-0 lead in the first inning after Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) doubled to bring in a run.
Shortly after, the Commodores tied the game with a home run in the third inning.
Picking up in the sixth, the Whitecaps scored three runs to jump back out in front.
The first two runs in the inning came from Spencer Jones again. Jones doubled for his second time on the day to make the game 3-1. Jones has been red hot for the Whitecaps and is now batting .342.
In the next at-bat, Kurtis Byrne (TCU) singled to make the game 4-1.
In the seventh, the Whitecaps picked up two more runs.
Trey Faltine (Texas) doubled to lead off the inning. Tyler Dellerman (Charleston) then stepped up and hit a double as well to bring Faltine home.
Chris Lanzilli (Wake Forest) made it 6-1 after singling to left to bring home Dellerman from second.
Going into the ninth, the Whitecaps were leading 6-1 until Trey Faltine stepped up.
Faltine added the exclamation on the Whitecaps win by hitting the scoreboard to make the score 7-1.
“I've been working with coaches every day and it finally seemed to pay off,” Faltine said. “This game helps a lot because I didn't have the best success early, but I just stuck with it.”
Brendan Girton (Texas Tech) started the game for the Whitecaps. Girton went four innings, had four strikeouts, and allowed one run.
Pete Hansen (Texas) came in relief and got the win. Hansen went four innings, had five strikeouts, and allowed one hit.
“This is what I watched on tv all year with Pete Hansen and we are starting to see it now for the Whitecaps,” Shevchik said.
Dylan Simmons (Florida State) came in to pitch the ninth. Simmons had two strikeouts and closed the door on the Commodores.
The Whitecaps are now (15-7-2) and have won five in a row. The Whitecaps will be heading to Orleans tonight at 7 p.m to take on the Firebirds.