By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – They were toast, finished, a lame duck stuck in the middle of an ocean.
The Brewster Whitecaps (12-11-1) had the look of a defeated team halfway through their Wednesday evening matchup against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (14-10-1).
Trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Brewster had just two hits in the previous four frames, accumulated only three baserunners in that same span and struck out five times during that time as well.
But then, a single from Tyler Gentry (Alabama) and a pair of walks gave the Whitecaps some life.
Gage Workman (Arizona State) then reached on a fielder’s choice to score Brewster’s second run. And then an error from Red Sox shortstop Wyatt Young (Pepperdine) scored a second run in the frame to make it a 4-3 game.
“My job being one of the older kids is to keep the positive attitude and energy going,” Whitecaps first baseman T.J. Collett (Kentucky) said. “As long as me, (Christian) Molfetta (Stanford) and some of the other really high energy positive guys can keep that going then teams can explode in one inning.”
And that explosion for the Whitecaps came in the very next inning when a lead-off triple from Brett Auerbach (Alabama) kicked off a four-run inning that gave Brewster the three-run lead in their eventual 7-4 victory over the Red Sox.
The big rally included a broken bat home run from Collett that gave the Whitecaps a two-run lead. A strange moment in a game filled with odd base hits.
“I hit it, heard the snap, but I was like ‘I got that pretty good,’” Collett said.
“He’s one of the best power guys in the league,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. “At any point, he can leave the yard. He did it at the right time today.”
Last night, the Whitecaps trailed by a similar deficit for the majority of the night but couldn’t pull through, losing by the same 6-3 score from the fourth inning on.
So, what made tonight’s game different?
“I think you have to give credit to our pitching staff,” Shevchik said. “They kept us in it. They kept us within arm’s length.”
The Whitecaps face off against the Red Sox for a second consecutive night. First pitch from Red Wilson Field will be at 5 p.m.