By Maxwell Paul McLaughlin
BREWSTER, M.A. - The Whitecaps kept their winning streak alive on Monday night, backed by an excellent pitching performance by Bryce Hubbart (Florida State).
Hubbart pitched six innings, had ten strikeouts, and only allowed two hits. His performance propelled the Whitecaps to a 5-1 win over the Y-D Red Sox. This was the third time these two teams have played, both previous games ending in ties.
“Hubbart has been very good all summer, and that showed here today,” pitching coach Scott Landers said.
Picking up in the third inning after a Dillon Carter (Texas Tech) double, Spencer Jones (Vanderbilt) kept his hitting streak alive with a single. His single gave the Whitecaps the 1-0 lead.
The Whitecaps scored their next run off the bat of Kurtis Byrne (TCU). Byrne doubled to bring in Zach Neto (Campbell).
“I got a fastball down the middle and it felt great off the bat, I was happy to be able to produce for this great team,” Byrne said.
The Whitecaps then added three insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Trey Faltine (Texas) crossed home plate after a passed ball by the catcher making, the score 3-0. Zach Neto (Campbell) then hit into a fielder's choice, scoring a run as well.
The last run of the inning came off a Spencer Jones steal. Jake Thompson had gotten caught in a rundown between first and second. This made it possible for Jones to score.
The Red Sox picked up one run in the bottom of the eighth off a sacrifice fly, but that was it.
Hunter Patteson (UCF) and Chris McElvain (Vanderbilt) came in relief and picked up where Hubbart left off.
The story of the night was Bryce Hubbart ( Florida State) continuing his fantastic Cape League season.
“I make sure that I get my work in every day and stay right mentally, as long as I do that, I'll have success throughout my career,” Hubbart said.
The Whitecaps (10-5-2) winners, of four straight, will look for five tonight against Y-D again at home, at 5 p.m.