By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – In every inning, other than the last, the Brewster Whitecaps (13-14-1) stranded at least one runner in scoring position.
Gage Workman (Arizona State) was stranded at second in the first. In the next inning, it was Justin Vought (Maryland) and Marcos Castanon (Santa Barbara) stuck at second and third base. For the third frame is was Tyler Gentry (Alabama) grounded at third base.
The Whitecaps didn’t just have the chance to take the lead on the Gatemen, they had the opportunity of blowing the game wide open.
But not all of Brewster’s outcomes were sour as the Whitecaps trailed Wareham (17-12-1) by a score of 4-3 heading into the seventh frame. But what didn’t help Brewster’s cause in the first place was the fact that they started the ballgame down 4-0.
“(Today’s game was) the opposite of what I thought we were going to get today,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said after the game. “With an All-Star pitcher going up against a left-handed lineup (we thought) were going to have a good chance to make something happen today.
“(Matthew Mikulski) (Fordham) was over amped and didn’t have his stuff. It put us in a hole and it’s kind of the same story of a lot of the losses that we have. We get buried in a hole early and it’s tough to fight out of it.”
In just three innings pitched, Mikulski walked three batters, committed an error and plunked two Gatemen with pitches. After allowing just one run to come across all summer before Sunday evenings start, Mikulski’s lack of command and stuff was a major surprise.
And through just two frames, the Whitecaps were already trailing 4-0.
“It was too much to overcome,” Shevchik said. “We got buried in too big of a hole.”
Three scoreless innings of relief from Tyler Follis (Louisiana Tech) kept Brewster within striking distance in the middle innings, but four runs and five hits allowed by Sean Hunley (Tennessee) in the top of the seventh put the game well out of reach for Brewster.
The Whitecaps head to Veterans Field on Monday night for a makeup game against the Chatham Anglers. First pitch in Chatham is at 7 p.m.