By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – In the bottom of the second inning, Whitecaps catcher Brett Auerbach (Alabama) brought a plastic friend onto the field.
With its big green shell and bendable feet on Auerbach’s back, the inflatable turtle that had entered foul ground was handed to the Harwich (21-21-2) dugout as a gift prior to Greg Tobin’s (Brandeis) first pitch of the frame.
Brewster (18-22-3) went on to score their first run of the game that frame on a solo home run from Mason Dodd (Belmont Abbey College). But Dodd’s solo shot was not the focus point of the inning. In fact, none of the eight runs scored in Wednesday’s 4-4 tie were more important than the turtle shaped floatie that found its way on the field.
The fact of the matter was that Brewster and Harwich’s final matchup of the regular season had zero playoff implications for either team.
The Whitecaps had been eliminated from postseason contention by the Mariners the night before. On the other hand, Harwich, with just one game left to play, were locked into the fourth seed no matter the outcome of Wednesday’s game.
But, for Whitecaps starting pitcher Mason Black (Lehigh), that made pitching Wednesday evening even more difficult.
“It was tough not having anything to really pitch for team wise,” Black said. “We all grinded out this whole summer together so you just want to go out on a high note.”
So, in his final appearance with Brewster, Black was tremendous, allowing just one earned run in five innings of work to finish his summer with a 1.49 earned run average in 36.1 innings of work.
“It was a great year, (I) had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends that I’m definitely going to stay in touch with for the rest of my life,” Black said.
Black’s summer may be over, but the Brewster Whitecaps summer is not done yet.
Tomorrow, Brewster will play their final game of the season in Bourne. First pitch against the Braves will be at 6 p.m.