By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – 20 runs, 18 hits, five errors and 10 unearned runs.
Those were the combined outputs of the Brewster Whitecaps (10-9-1) and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (12-7-1) in Friday evenings wild affair from Stony Brook Field in Brewster.
And although the Whitecaps came out on top with the 13-7 victory, Brewster didn’t play a flawless game. Allowing five unearned runs in the sixth, nearly blowing an 8-2 lead in the middle innings and walking six batters within the first four frames created, at times, a sloppy game.
But when it came down to it, the Whitecaps offense was too great for any of their mistakes to matter.
“If the bats are hot it gives a little breathing room for our pitching staff,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. “We weren’t perfect by any means today. Connor Shamblin (Alabama) didn’t have his greatest stuff. Jimmy Ramsey (Kentucky) didn’t have his greatest stuff. But when you put up 13 runs it makes it a lot easier.”
Brewster’s offensive explosion on the night didn’t happen by accident. Prior to the game, the Coach Shevchik made a couple of adjustments to the Whitecaps lineup that in turn lit the spark that grew into the raging fire that became Brewster’s offense on Friday night.
First, Gage Workman (Arizona State) was moved down to the No.9 spot in the order in an attempt for the switch hitter to see more fastballs against the lefty Erik Tolman (Arizona State). Workman didn’t see many fastballs from his college teammate, but still produced with three hits, three runs batted in and two runs scored.
“Y-D is known for more off-speed (pitches),” Workman said. “I felt like I was taking good at bats before but things weren’t falling but they fell today.”
Second, Christian Molfetta (Stanford) was inserted into the Brewster lineup behind the plate over fellow catchers, and teammates, Justin Vought (Maryland), Luke Berryhill (South Carolina) and Josh Crouch (Central Florida).
The senior and third year Whitecaps veteran grabbed his chance and ran with it, hitting a two-run home run, a two RBI double and finished the night with a total of five runs driven in on the night.
After hitting under .140 last season with zero homers and two runs batted in, Molfetta’s batting average after his first 15 at bats this season is at .400 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.
“Last year I was playing hurt and I was thinking too much about outside stuff, whether it was scouts, the draft or earning a spot at school,” Molfetta said. “This year, I’m just kind of letting it loose and playing.”
Combined with the two hit performances of Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) and T.J. Collett (Kentucky) and the Whitecaps debut of Duke Ellis (Texas), Brewster’s offense was nearly unstoppable on Friday night.
Considering how hard the Whitecaps had hit the ball the previous night, it’s safe to assume that Friday’s offensive performance was more substance than chance.
Brewster will stay home on Saturday night as Falmouth comes to town. First pitch from Stony Brook Field is at 5 p.m.