By: Roy Bowler
For the second straight day the Brewster Whitecaps (12-12-1) faced off against their division rival, the Yarmouth- Dennis Red Sox (15-10-1), and for the second straight day, Brewster was playing from behind.
Cam Tringali (South Carolina) got the start for Brewster, and after two quick outs, surrendered a first inning solo home run to YD’s Austin Wells. In the second, Tringali surrendered another homer, this one, a two-run shot, courtesy of JT Wold.
The Brewster offense struggled to figure out YD pitcher Erik Tolman through the first two innings. In the third, Gage Workman (Arizona State) doubled in Duke Ellis (Texas). However, that was all the success Brewster could manage off Tolman, who dominated over 5.2 IP while recording 8 Ks. Brewster manager Jamie Shevchik admitted, “he had us off balance, I tip my hat, that kid was pretty good today.”
Peyton Alford (Virginia Tech) entered in relief for Brewster after Tringali went just 3.2 IP. While Alford allowed just one hit, it was a two-run home run, again from JT Wold. Jimmy Ramsey (Kentucky) pitched the 6th and 7th for Brewster and was the best he has been in a Whitecap uniform. In his two innings of work, he struck out three batters and allowed only a single hit. Shevchik said of Ramsey’s performance, “It was the best I’ve seen him… if that’s what he potentially can be, then he makes us better, and gives us more confidence to go to him in bigger situations.”
Ramsey kept Brewster in the game through the later innings and the Caps finally began to break through in the 8th. After a Tyler Gentry (Alabama) single, Mason Dodd (Belmont Abbey) slugged his first homer of 2019. In just two games so far, Dodd has three hits. Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) then singled, and Jesse Franklin (Michigan) took a pitch to the elbow, which brought the go ahead run to the plate in the form of last night’s hero, TJ Collett (Kentucky). But Brewster could not capitalize as Collett grounded into a double play and Justin Vought (Maryland) struck out.
And that was it as the game was called in the 8th inning due to darkness for the second night in a row.
In Brewster’s last eight games they have been in a win-loss-win-loss pattern. Shevchik said he wants his team to “play with more confidence and string a few wins together. This is a good team, we just gotta get comfortable and get that fire in our bellies. Right now, we’re just hovering around.”
Friday, Brewster travels off Cape to take on the Wareham Gatemen. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45.