By: Koki Riley
On Sunday afternoon, there was a party at Stony Brook Field. A party in the form of a hitting party for the Brewster Whitecaps (3-3) in their double header sweep of the Hyannis Harbor Hawks (0-5-1).
How wild was this party? It was crazy enough to feature 23 runs on 19 hits from the Whitecaps, Brewster’s first two home runs of the season from Colin Davis (Wofford) and T.J. Collett (Kentucky), eight extra base hits, 12 walks and saw Brewster score at least once in 11 of the 12 frames that the Whitecaps were up to bat.
“I was starting to wonder who was going to get (the first home run),” Collett said. “I got the right pitch and it ended up being me.”
For a team that was only able to scratch across eight runs in its previous four games, Sunday’s offensive output was simply stunning. To call the Whitecaps offensive performance a clinic may have been an understatement, especially in a league where offense, at times, is hard to find.
“After we got that first win last night there was just a different feel in the dugout. The pressure was off. We could relax a little bit,” Brewster head coach Jamie Shevchik said after game two of the double header. “We had better swings today. It was a good team effort.”
Brett Auerbach (Alabama) went 2-2 from with three runs batted in game number two, Collett finished his afternoon with six runs batted in and Tyler Hardman (Oklahoma) had a pair of hits and scored twice in the first game of the double header.
But the Whitecap who shined the brightest at the plate was Davis. After being picked up from Cotuit on Friday and making his Whitecaps debut on Saturday night in Orleans, the Terriers outfielder finished his afternoon with two doubles, three walks and a home run.
“I’m trying to stay focused as much as I can with everything going on,” Davis said. “I’m really liking this team (and I’m) really looking forward to playing with these guys.”
And although Brewster’s pitching wasn’t spectacular today, allowing nine runs in 14 innings, the Whitecaps staff didn’t need to be spotless. 23 runs in 12 innings can give a team the kind of breathing room it needs to pitch without pressure.
“It’s a lot easier (to pitch) when your offense is clicking because you are on the verge of scoring a couple runs,” Shevchik said. “In our first three games our pitchers felt like they needed to be perfect.”
The Whitecaps attempt to take this party on the road to Hyannis tomorrow night in another matchup against the Harbor Hawks from McKeon Park. First pitch is at 6 p.m.