By: Koki Riley
BREWSTER, M.A. – On Sunday night, the Brewster Whitecaps (8-7-1) limited the amount of times they struck out (only five times), consistently put the ball in play and were able to put runners in scoring position throughout the night.
The problem was, the Whitecaps couldn’t turn those opportunities into runs.
In the first three innings alone, the Whitecaps stranded at least one runner in scoring position in each frame. That included a second inning where Brewster had runners on second and third with one out and a third inning where a leadoff triple from Ryan Bliss (Auburn) turned into zero runs.
The Whitecaps were missing that one break through hit. A clear sign in Brewster’s two run effort in the 5-2 loss against the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox (9-5-1)
“We didn’t have the timely hitting. We had guys on base, opportunities to score a run but we just couldn’t come up with a big hit,” Whitecaps head coach Jamie Shevchik said. “That’s baseball. Sometimes the bounces are going to go your way and sometimes they’re not.”
And despite trailing for the vast majority of the game, the Whitecaps were dangerously close to the Red Sox up until the eighth inning when Yarmouth-Dennis scored three runs on two walks, two singles and an error to make it 5-1 in their favor.
Brewster scored a consolation run in the ninth inning after back to back doubles from Luke Berryhill (South Carolina) and Christian Molfetta (Stanford), but it was far too little, far too late.
“We’re a good team (and) we’re really talented,” Whitecaps outfielder Tyler Gentry (Alabama) said. “It’s just hard when you’re facing really good pitching every day.”
In a league where pitching is priority, it’s true that runs are at a premium on the Cape. But when/if those opportunities arise throughout the course of a game, taking advantage of the situation is a must.
“We just didn’t have enough in us,” Shevchik said.
The Whitecaps have tomorrow off, but head to Falmouth on Tuesday. First pitch is slated to be at 6 p.m.