By: Frankie Vernouski
BREWSTER, M.A.—Dangerously high temperatures are expected to hit the Cape this weekend, but the heat hit early Friday night with an explosive Whitecaps offense.
Brewster (14-17-1) lost four games in-a-row and fell into last place in the East. A 9-1 victory over the division leading Chatham Anglers (18-12-2) felt exactly like what the doctor ordered.
Coach Jamie Shevchik thought his Caps team could not have played much better.
“We played pretty much as close to a complete game as you can get,” Shevchik said.
Though the offense was stellar with nine runs and ten hits, Brewster was setup to win with Tyler Follis’ (Louisiana Tech) performance.
“[Follis] was awesome,” Shevchik said. “He kept us in it. He just kept giving us a chance.”
A walk and a single created traffic in the first, but it stopped there. Follis faced the minimum in innings three through five.
His final line featured five strikeouts, a walk, five hits and a run over 5 2/3. The junior’s success went to a simple game plan.
“Just throw strikes,” Follis said. “You’ve got to get ahead of a team like this.”
The Whitecaps offense picked up the rest of the tab by the fourth inning. Back-to-back doubles from Tyler Gentry (Alabama) and T.J. Collett (Kentucky) put the first run on the board, and the scuffling Caps did not look back from there.
Shevchik considered giving Gentry the night off, but the Brewster outfielder had no interest. His double was his tenth on the year and leads the league.
Shevchik said everyone wanted to go out there and get a win.
“To see these guys hanging in there and not wanting to come out of the lineup and keep grinding it out is really impressive to watch, and that’s what makes the summer enjoyable,” Shevchik said.
The line of the game goes to Gage Workman (Arizona State). After an RBI and 3-4 performance against Harwich Wednesday, Workman boasted a 4-5 night with three RBIs, two runs and his league-leading fourth triple of the season.
While the Caps still sit below the Mariners by three points in last place, the four-game skid is over.
Brewster is 3-2 against Yarmouth-Dennis this year and closes out the week before the All-Star Game with a 5:00 game against the Red Sox at Red Wilson Field Saturday.