By: Frankie Vernouski
BOURNE, M.A.—A run had already come home in the ninth and the tying run was on first, but Sean Fisher (Maryland) retired the last two Braves to secure the 2-1 victory.
Tonight marked the first win for Brewster (7-6-1) in nine days and second win over Bourne (5-7-0) this season.
Perhaps it was a good sign for the ’Caps when Ryan Bliss (Auburn) led the game off with a base-hit—his first for the team. Many hits were still to-come for Brewster. The Whitecaps bats knocked 13 hits after only four in Wednesday night’s loss to the Gatemen.
Mason Black (Lehigh) shined in his start for the ’Caps. He worked 5.2 innings and scattered four hits and a walk in that time. Only two Braves reached scoring position with the freshman on the mound.
In 15.1 innings on the season now, Black has only allowed one unearned run and struck out 18.
The bats were solid too—seven Whitecaps had a hit and eight reached base.
The biggest hit of the night came from Christian Molfetta (Stanford).
The Cardinal led off the third inning with a homerun that actually did not clear the fence on its own. Molfetta drove one to deep left-center on the first pitch he saw. Seemingly, the center-fielder Jud Fabian (Florida) caught it, but he hit the wall, and the ball jarred loose and popped over the fence. 1-0 Brewster.
The Whitecaps created plenty of other opportunities throughout the night but mostly could not capitalize. Ten men were left on base including five in the pivotal final three innings.
Gage Workman (Arizona State) scored in the eighth from a Tyler Gentry (Alabama) sacrifice fly to right. Gentry, who entered Friday’s game in a rough 0-23 stretch, went 2-3 with an RBI.
Fisher earned the save by dancing through trouble. He entered the eighth inning with one out and one man on. After allowing a double to Cade Beloso (LSU), Fisher forced a groundout to escape.
In the ninth, the Terrapin walked the lead-off man Nick Brueser (Stanford) who later scored from a one-out Henry Davis (Louisville) single. A strikeout and a groundout ended the trouble, though, to finish things 2-1.
Overall, Brewster had a much-needed victory and left the park happy. As I walked to my car after the game, Whitecaps assistant coach Gene Bowles had a message to cap the night.
“Frankie,” he yelled out of the front-row window of the team bus. “The ’Caps are hot!”
Next up is a home-and-home against Y-D starting in Yarmouth Saturday night at 5:00.