By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – The stage was set to be a big day for the Brewster Whitecaps (17-21-2).
The New England Sports Network was in town to televise the game, host families were being honored prior to first pitch and most importantly Brewster’s opponent had almost nothing to play for.
Already locked into the final playoff spot in the West Division, the Bourne Braves (17-23-1) only motivation was playing the role of spoiler for the Whitecaps.
And boy did the Braves spoil Brewster’s party.
13 runs on 17 hits resulted in the Braves lopsided 13-3 victory over a Whitecaps team that’s now five points back of the Harwich Mariners with four games left to play in the regular season.
“Luckily, we still have four games to play but at this point you have to hope that Harwich loses a game,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said.
Monday night’s eventual slaughter started out as a compelling affair with both sides combining to score five runs in the first inning.
For Brewster, T.J. Collett (Kentucky) continued his stellar summer with a two RBI single to cut the Whitecaps deficit from three to one in the first. But after Collett’s single, Brewster couldn’t grab another hit until the fifth inning.
While the Whitecaps continued to scuffle at the plate, Brewster’s pitching staff wasn’t giving their offense any favors.
After scoring three runs in the first frame, Bourne added two more runs in the third on a pair of sacrifice fly outs from Cade Beloso (LSU) and Giovanni DiGiacomo (LSU) and eventually opened the flood gates in the fifth with three runs on three hits to give Bourne the 8-2 advantage.
“It was just an absolute disaster from start to finish,” Shevchik said. “If we don’t make the playoffs by a half a game or a game you can always go back and look at a game like this and figure out what we could have done better.”
To lose a game this lopsided with the season on the line is a new low in what has been a summer filled with ups and downs for the Whitecaps.
All it takes for the Whitecaps is one loss and a Harwich win and Brewster’s season will officially end on Thursday.
For tomorrow, the Whitecaps will play two seven-inning road games. First at 1 p.m. Brewster head to Veterans Field to play Chatham. Then, at 6:30 the Whitecaps face off against Harwich from Whitehouse Field.